Environment & Enforcement Specialist (Remote)

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Environment & Enforcement Specialist (Remote)

Job Information
Author charmainematteau
Date November 15, 2022
Deadline December 02, 2022
Type Full Time
Company First Nations Land Management Resource Centre
Salary $83,000-$95,000 - Annual
Location Remote, ON
Category Miscellaneous
Contact Information
careers@labrc.com

LANDS ADVISORY BOARD

FIRST NATIONS LAND MANAGEMENT RESOURCE CENTRE

 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Environment & Enforcement Specialist

The Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management is a significant expression of Indigenous ingenuity and modern efforts to shed the colonial legacy of the Indian Act. Our team at the First Nation Lands Management Resource Centre (FNLMRC) is cutting edge, dedicated and experienced in assisting First Nations to develop workable solutions to the everyday challenges of community led lands and resources governance. We are currently searching for motivated and qualified candidates to fill an Environment & Enforcement Specialist position.

CURRENT POSITIONS BEING STAFFED: 1

  • Location – Within Canada, to be determined based on the successful candidate.

Applicants meeting the essential criteria outlined below will be placed in a pool of partially assessed qualified candidates for consideration for future vacancies. Applications will be kept on file for one year.

ABOUT US

As part of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management (Framework Agreement), the Lands Advisory Board (LAB) and the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre (RC) provide political and technical support to developmental and operational First Nations.  The developmental process under the Framework Agreement consists of a series of activities including the drafting of community land codes, implementing communication strategies and community voting procedures, as well as finalizing Individual Agreements with Canada. Once a First Nation ratifies its Land Code and becomes operational, the LAB and RC provide various support services such as assisting/advising with drafting land laws, rules, procedures, and instruments, as well as implementing land governance systems and facilitating agreements and other arrangements with municipal, provincial, federal or First Nation governments.

ABOUT THE POSITION

Reporting directly to the Manager, Land Code Governance, the Environment & Enforcement Specialist is the RC’s “in-house” environment & enforcement expert. The incumbent will assist the LAB, the RC, RC senior staff and operational and developmental First Nations to fulfill their responsibilities under the Framework Agreement.  The incumbent’s responsibilities rest in six main areas:

  • Leading the development of strategies for improving environmental management and enforcement of laws under the Framework Agreement for operational First Nations.
  • Working with RC field staff and operational and developmental First Nations to review and advise on environmental site assessments.
  • Working with RC field staff and operational First Nations to develop practical measures to improve environmental assessment, protection, and risk management under land codes.
  • Working with RC field staff and operational and developmental First Nations to develop practical measures to respond to environmental issues, improve environmental management planning and implementation, and develop environmental protections.
  • Building capacity directly with operational First Nations, as well as developing and advising the RC capacity building and professional development strategy.
  • Advising the RC on environment and enforcement-related matters.

The incumbent must have a good working knowledge of the Framework Agreement, the environmental site assessment process, federal and provincial environmental legislation, and the enforcement challenges of First Nation self-government laws. The incumbent must also have a good grasp of the challenges in developing enforcement procedures, environmental regulations, and laws on First Nation lands outside of the Indian Act.

The position requires an individual who is proficient at consulting with stakeholders, for example First Nation leadership, staff and community members, various environment and enforcement specialists, third parties, and federal and provincial government officials. The incumbent must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Duties will vary, although the following gives a general outline of the tasks involved:

  • Develop and prepare reports on unresolved (legacy) environmental issues.
  • Develop training materials, recommended best practices and precedents for consideration by operational First Nations interested in improving environmental management and enforcement of laws.
  • Maintain knowledge of, and document existing operational First Nation regulations and laws related to lands and environmental management.
  • For the purposes of law harmonization, advise operational First Nations on federal, provincial and municipal approaches to environmental management and potential partnership opportunities with other governments.
  • Assist operational First Nations with the interpretation of federal and provincial legislation related to environmental protection activities.
  • Review draft laws and develop model laws related to First Nation environmental management issues.
  • Conduct First Nation workshops and community meetings to discuss environmental management planning, and environmental laws, regulations, liabilities, and obligations.
  • Present at broader regional or national workshops on environment and enforcement topics.
  • Any other related workload in keeping with the LAB, RC and FNs’ responsibilities in implementing the FA.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for the position identified above, or for future consideration, please demonstrate how you meet the following essential criteria:

  • University or other post-secondary degree in environmental science, environmental management, or a related field.
  • 3-5 years’ experience working with First Nation communities.
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders on horizontal files.
  • Experience in environmental management, environmental site assessments, environmental assessments, environmental protection, contaminated sites, and environmental risk assessments.
  • Experience in one or more of the following:
    • applying legal systems and regulatory regimes to resolve environmental issues.
    • working with enforcement strategies, including related policies, regulations, and procedures preferably outside of the Indian Act.

The following essential requirements will be assessed at a later date, either through an interview, written assessment and reference checks:

  • Good understanding of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Lands Management.
  • Knowledge of land and environment issues affecting First Nations in Canada.
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial environmental laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of enforcement issues affecting First Nations in Canada.
  • Understanding of Indigenous culture.
  • Excellent writing, research, and analytical skills.
  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Proficiency with software programs such as Adobe Suite, Microsoft office and various virtual meeting platforms.
  • Ability to undertake detailed analysis of laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing for a variety of audiences.
  • Effective interpersonal relationships.
  • Tact and good judgement.

ASSETS

If you meet any of the following, please explain how you meet these asset criteria.

  • Bilingual (French)

OTHER

  • Must be willing to travel.
  • Candidates must possess a valid Driver’s License and have access to a reliable personal vehicle.
  • Candidate must work from a home office environment and be centrally located to facilitate travel.

PREFERENCE

Due to the amount of work with First Nation communities, preference may be given to candidates with Indigenous ancestry.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Satisfactory criminal records check and education verification.

WHAT WE OFFER

  • A competitive salary ($83,000-$95,000 annually; starting salary is based on experience).
  • Paid vacation time.
  • An opportunity to work from a home office setting.
  • A comprehensive benefits package consisting of paid sick leave, extended health, and dental coverage as well as access to short- and long-term disability benefits.
  • Access 24/7 to an employee assistance program.
  • Ability to participate in a TFSA/RSP program.
  • Education allowance and access to annual education leave.

If you would like to be considered for this rewarding opportunity, please forward your cover letter along with your resume to:

careers@labrc.com or by fax: (866) 817-2394

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Application Deadline:  December 2, 2022

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