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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Geomorphologist

The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) is the Tribal Council for the eight member communities of the Okanagan Nation which includes Osoyoos Indian Band, Upper Nicola Band, Upper and Lower Similkameen Indian Bands, Penticton Indian Band, Westbank First Nation, Okanagan Indian Band and the Colville Confederated Tribes of the Northern WA state. The ONA’s mandate is to advance, assert, support and preserve Okanagan Nation title and rights. Further, the ONA is charged with providing members with a forum to discuss and form positions on areas of common concern.
The ONA is currently seeking to employ a Geomorphologist 1. The job incumbent should be comfortable with contract management and providing scientific data and formulation and presentation of recommendations to an assigned Fisheries Biologist. The position holder will function in a fast paced results oriented environment. Excellent problem solving, communication and time management skills are essential to succeed in this position.
 
Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Completion of assigned projects with incorporation of traditional ecological knowledge into assessments and reports.
  • Technical review and assessment of development plans to assess impact to fisheries resources and aquatic habitat.
  • Review and incorporation of current and new advances in fisheries and fluvial geomorphology operations.
  • Assist with drafting of work plans, purchasing of equipment, maintenance and creation of databases in hard copy or electronically.
  • Maintenance and safekeeping of sediment samples, sample archives, scientific equipment
  • Preparation and submission of project updates and contribution to scientific papers and reports.
 
Qualifications and Experience
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in geography/environment management/ water management with courses in fluvial geomorphologic dynamics.
  • Previous experience working with a First Nation band or within a First Nations environment is desirable.
  • Experience with scientific sampling theory and techniques would be an asset.
  • A reliable vehicle and a valid class 5 BC driver’s license.
  • Commitment to safety.
  • Flexible work hours/willingness to work evenings and weekends.
  • Preference will be given to qualified applicants of Aboriginal ancestry.
 
Hours: Up to 40 hrs per week, with flexible work hours (e.g. some evenings and weekends).
Application Procedures: Interested candidates are invited to forward a current resume and covering letter to:
David Leroux, Human Resources Manager
Okanagan Nation Alliance
# 101- 3535 Old Okanagan Hwy
Westbank, BC V4T 3L7
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Fax: (250) 707-0166
This competition will close July 31, 2017
Thank you for your interest, No Phone Calls Please only those short-listed will be contacted.

Fisheries Biologist - Fulltime Position

 
Job Title: Fisheries Biologist
Location: Abbotsford, BC
Term: Full Time Term Position, until March 31, 2019.
Start date: August 2017
Wage: Competitive remuneration based on experience and qualifications.
Reports to: LFFA Executive Director
 
BACKGROUND:
The Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance (LFFA) is a collaboration of thirty First Nation communities from the mouth of the Fraser River to the Canyon. The organization is guided by an Executive Committee who is directed by Leadership and Fishery Technicians of the First Nations. The LFFA provides advocacy, technical and coordination support to First Nation communities and their leaders in fishery matters.
Working with the LFFA will provide candidates with a diverse fisheries resource management experience. The organization was established in 2010 and is growing its capacity to manage and coordinate Fraser River protection and habitat restoration. The LFFA is a point organization for government, industry and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to study best practices and coordinate resource and community needs. The Fisheries Biologist will engage with senior biologists, technical working groups and resource managers within government and the greater community, providing unique opportunities for career growth and learning. The Fisheries Biologist will also have some freedom and independence to pursue topics of interest in a manner that fits their skills and career goals. The successful applicant should be comfortable working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
 
KEY FUNCTIONS:

The Fisheries Biologist will provide coordination, planning, program development, financial monitoring and reporting, technical support and advice to fisheries Program Staff, Executive Committee and Lower Fraser First Nations. Activities may include:

  • Work with LFFA personnel and Executive Committee members to identify, develop and implement key resource management priorities and plans;
  • Provide technical and coordination support to LFFA Working Groups and resource planning processes;
  • Liaise with fisheries organizations at the regional, provincial and national scales to support the technical advancement of LFFA, including fisheries policy and regulation reviews;
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, and establishing professional networks;
  • Design, conduct and manage complex research and analytical projects in a systematic fashion;
  • Prepare technical discussion papers, briefing notes, project reports and other pertinent
  • materials;
  • Prepare and manage budgets for specific projects;
  • Facilitate workshops, technical sessions and assist with relevant event planning;
  • Project Management, coordination and implementing fisheries projects will include:
o The LFFA Coded Wire Tag Program;
o Lower Fraser Aboriginal Knowledge project;
o Lower Fraser Habitat and Restoration project.
o Oversight of LFFA Non-Salmon Technical Working Group.
  • Participate in fisheries post-season review, in season and pre-season planning;
  • Supervision of some staff;
  • Develop funding proposals to sustain and support biological and technical initiatives of LFFA.
 
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resources related field with a minimum 3 years
  • fisheries experience;
  • Knowledge of Federal and Provincial management of fisheries and aquatic resources;
  • Working with consultants, government agencies and others to complete joint projects;
  • Demonstrated understanding of key fisheries interests of First Nations and capable of
  • developing innovative and effective approaches to pursuing them;
  • Ability to manage and prioritize heavy workloads involving multiple tasks and changing
  • priorities;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and proven ability to establish rapport with
  • people of all educational and occupational backgrounds;
  • Proficient in MS Office programming, intermediate/advanced computer and typing skills;
 
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Valid BC Driver’s License;
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Record Check;
  • The ability to work in a team environment and independently.
  • The ability to work flexible hours and away from home to attend meetings or conduct field work.
 
Application Deadline: 4:00 pm, Wednesday July 26, 2017 or until position is filled. Interested
candidates should submit their resume, 3 letters of reference and cover letter to:
Attn: Murray Ned, Executive Director
Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance
2788 Sumas Mtn. Rd.
Abbotsford BC V3G 2J2
Fax: 604-852-4048 E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Preference is given to persons of Aboriginal ancestry as per Section 41 of the Human
Rights Code.

Fisheries Biologist (Time limited – Maternity leave backfill)

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Fisheries Biologist 2 (Time limited – Maternity leave backfill)
The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) is the tribal council for the eight Okanagan Nation communities which includes Osoyoos Indian Band, Upper Nicola Band, Upper Similkameen Indian Band, Lower Similkameen Indian Band, Penticton Indian Band,Westbank First Nation, Okanagan Indian Band and the Confederated Tribes of the Northern WA state. The ONA’s mandate is to advance, assert, support and preserve Okanagan Nation sovereignty. Further, the ONA is charged with providing members with a forum to discuss and form positions on areas of common concern.
 
The ONA is seeking to employ a skilled and experienced individual to work as a Fisheries Biologist 2 in a time limited Maternity backfill position. The successful applicant should be comfortable working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, supervise field crews, be able to work independently and have excellent communication skills.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
 
Project Management, coordinate and implement fisheries projects which will include:
  • lake water quality sampling and analysis
  • In Lake assessments of nerkind populations and immunological conditions.
  • project public outreach
  • analysis and interpret monitoring data
  • technical data entry in Microsoft Excel and Access programs
  • Supervision and training of field crews, monitoring data and assess fish and aquatic issues in the Columbia Basin
  • Identify and develop potential fisheries proposals and projects
  • Preparation and review of scientific technical reports
  • Other duties as required
Qualifications and Experience:
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resources related field with a minimum 3 years fisheries experience
  • Demonstrated experience presenting at workshops/conferences, overseeing of work plans, field work, reporting and budgets, experience in fisheries scientific sampling theory and techniques for e.g. fisheries stock assessments and technical writing
  • A reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license are requirements
  • First Aid Level 1 and Transportation Endorsement is an asset, must be comfortable and feel safe working in and around rivers, streams and lakes
  • Swift water Safety Certification, Marine Emergency Duties (MED A3), Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) certification, backpack electro fishing certification is an asset.
  • Preference will be given to qualified applicants of Aboriginal ancestry
Hours: 40 hours per week.
Application Procedures: Resumes and covering letter must be submitted to:
David Leroux, Human Resources Manager
Okanagan Nation Alliance
101-3535 Old Okanagan Highway, Westbank, BC V4T 3L7
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Fax: (250) 707-0166
COMPETITION Open until Filled.
Thank you for your interest, No Phone Calls Please only those short-listed will be contacted.

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