Salmon Value Restoration Biologist – North Coast-Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society – Ottawa

The Salmon Value Restoration Biologist is expected to function as a key Salmon Technical Team member to support and implement workplans in order to achieve the restoration deliverables under the program. The successful candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team to provide technical support for office and field components of restoration projects.

Anticipated responsibilities:
Provide support and coordination to confirm the final approval, detailed plans, and implementation of two restoration sites within the Skeena estuary.
Specific roles anticipated include:
Procure professional services, necessary permitting requirements, and equipment to conduct field assessments and scope out restoration projects including engineers, biologists, field technicians, project managers/consultants.
Scope project locations and conduct field assessments that may include: boat, drone, beach seine surveys to map habitat and species pre-restoration.
Develop restoration prescriptions including draft restoration design and monitoring protocols for Technical Team review.
Secure permits for monitoring and for construction of works associated with the restoration project (overseen by a contract project manager).
Work with the Field Coordinator and Partner Nations technical staff to deliver field programs, monitoring, and training opportunities.
Lead, supervise, and provide oversight to technical support staff/sub-contractors in order to generate deliverables.
Participate in Project Team, Salmon Technical Sub-Group, Estuary Technical Sub-Group, Tier 1 (Nation only), and Tier 2 (including Province and/or Federal governments) meetings as required.
Support internal and external communications and engagement, including supporting presentations more broadly to internal/external groups.
Support sub-contractor(s) to lead/facilitate workshops/working discussions with project partners including Provincial and Federal government agencies and First Nations.
Collaborate closely with the Salmon Value, Estuary and Access to Resources/Food Security Value Leads to plan and implement tasks required under the Workplan.
Conduct other related tasks, as requested, by the Project Managers.

Experience and Skills Required:
At least three years of experience working as a fish habitat/ restoration biologist.
Registered Professional Biologist designation is beneficial.
Demonstrated knowledge of the legislation, management regimes and processes associated with salmon habitat restoration in the Province of BC.
Exceptional time-management and organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and products with tight timelines.
Excellent technical and communications skills and experience developing technical/management briefings, reports, and other communications products.
Working closely with teams to develop workplans, statements of work, and request for proposals, and experience in proposal evaluation and management of contractors/sub-consultants.
Demonstrated experience designing and implementing field monitoring programs including permit acquisition and reporting, safety protocols, equipment management and data management.
Familiarity with technologies/software such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Doodle Poll, online conferencing platforms such as GoTo Meeting, and experience with GIS and R-code is an advantage.
Ability to work independently and be self-directed.
Experience managing field staff and working effectively as part of a team.
Experience working with First Nations on collaborative initiatives is a definite asset.
Familiarity and experience working on the BC North Coast, and with the North Coast First Nations, is of additional benefit.
Must have access to a vehicle and a valid class 5 driver’s license as some travel may be required.
Must have valid Wilderness and Remote First Aid certification.
Additional field certifications may be an asset.

Education Required:
A combination of related skills and experience may be considered in lieu of:
Master’s Degree in Fisheries Biology, Natural Resource Restoration, or related field.
Degree/certificates in community development, communication, and/or project management is an asset.
Local applicants from the North Coast Region are strongly preferred as regular travel to field sites and coordination with local First Nations technicians will be required. The successful applicant will need excellent computing skills, telephone and internet access, and the ability to travel.

This position is based on a 21-hour work week (possibility to extend to full-time pending funding and ability to advance additional deliverables) and commensurate with experience. Annual contract renewal is based on performance and availability of funds. NCSFNSS is willing to consider a part-time employee contract with benefits available to the candidate. NCSFNSS offers a competitive salary and benefits package, flexible hours, strong administrative support, and promotes a healthy work/home balance. NCSFNSS is pro-actively managing health and safety concerns for all employees related to the Covid 19 pandemic whether it be for field projects or office work. Alternatively, the candidate may choose to operate as an independent contractor. Accordingly, income tax, employee EI premiums and employee CPP contributions will not be deducted from payments made under this contract nor will any premium or contributions for benefits be paid on his/her behalf. The contractor will also be expected to have their own WorkSafeBC Coverage.

Application Deadline:
Please send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Lia Chalifour, Salmon Lead.This position will remain open until a qualified applicant is identified.
Please send to:
North Coast-Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society
363 – 309 2nd Ave West
Prince Rupert BC V8J 3T1