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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.

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