BROUGHTON AQUACULTURE TRANSITION INITIATIVE (BATI)
Field Operations Planner – Full-time until March 31, 2023
The Mamalilikulla First Nation, the ‘Namgis First Nation, and the Kwikwasut’lnuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation have developed the Broughton Aquaculture Transition Initiative (BATI) through engagement with Provincial and Federal governments and industry, to reduce the impacts of finfish aquaculture on Broughton Area wild Pacific salmon while assisting in the recovery of stocks through habitat restoration activities.
The BATI is conducting science-based projects funded by the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF) that include: (1) The Indigenous Monitoring and Inspection Plan (IMIP) project; (2) The Broughton Wild Salmon Restoration project, (3) The Independent First Nations Genomic Laboratory project, and (4) collaborative research projects.
Working with the Salmon Restoration Coordinator and Marine Coordinator (“the Coordinators”), the primary duties of this position will include planning and implementing a variety of field activities focused on monitoring the status of wild Pacific salmon populations and habitats in freshwater, estuary, and marine ecosystems in the Broughton Area. In addition, the successful candidate will assist in implementing salmon rebuilding activities (i.e., habitat restoration) and planning training activities.
The field staff, known as Ecosystem Monitoring Technicians (EMTs), that you will support are representatives of the three partnering First Nations. They may be joined at any time by environmental consultants, non-profit collaborators, academic researchers, instructors, other BATI staff, or other First Nation representatives. As such, clear and coordinated communication is essential.
The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, complex, and changing work environment. They must be willing to adapt to daily changes in weather, schedules, personnel, program requirements, available resources, and BC COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. They will have experience working with First Nations people in remote coastal communities, ideally studying salmon populations and their habitats. Experience with field logistics, including scheduling field work, communicating with employees and external partners, arranging accommodations, organizing food plans, maintaining equipment, managing data, and upholding the BATI Safety Plan are vital components of the job.
- Representing the Broughton First Nations to their members and the outside world positively in all This representation may extend beyond work hours for some activities.
- Supporting EMTs in field activities, including salmon habitat and population monitoring and restoration, open-net pen fish farm monitoring, and marine ecosystem monitoring
- Planning field operations with direction from the Coordinators, including:
- Scheduling field activities (i.e. monitoring, assessment, restoration, training);
- Communicating field plans with staff and external partners with a high degree of diplomacy, respect, and professionalism;
- Securing remote and local accommodations for field staff;
- Ordering, pickup, and storage of food and kitchen items for camp stays;
- Tracking and maintaining a variety of scientific equipment and transport vehicles and vessels;
- Managing field-collected data on storage devices and shared software programs;
- Implementing the BATI Safety Plan, including acting as a check-in/check-out contact (early morning, evening, and weekend availability sometimes required);
- Occasional field work and other duties, as
- Diploma or degree in environmental science, fisheries biology, ecological restoration, or natural resource management would be an asset, but not required;
- Minimum 2 years experience working in the field with First Nations communities implementing fisheries-related scientific research and ecological restoration activities;
- Proven proficiency using software applications including Outlook, Teams, Excel, Word, Sharepoint, Google Earth, Avenza, Sling, Adobe Acrobat, ;
- Strong ability to encourage teams of people with varying background in accomplishing tasks safely and effectively with the goal of developing independent First Nation Guardians;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills;
- Highly organized and vigilant in maintaining and tracking scientific equipment, vehicles, and vessels;
- The ideal candidate would reside in Alert Bay, be willing to relocate there, or commute on a daily basis
- Must be able to work early mornings and occasionally on weekends as required;
- Successful completion of a criminal record check;
- This position is predominantly an office-based
- Planning, Organizing and Coordinating: proactively planning, establishing priorities and allocating resources for the development and implementation of increasingly complex plans, as well as monitoring and adjusting work to accomplish goals to the expectations of this initiative
- Self – Motivated to maintain focus and self-discipline to complete tasks without ongoing supervision, and creating new ideas and initiatives
- Critical Thinking to analyze and evaluate information objectively to make reasoned judgements, conclusions, and recommendations
- Teamwork and Cooperation to support collaboration and the resilience needed to complete complex tasks
- Information Seeking to know more about things, people, or issues and going beyond the questions that are routine or required in the job
You may submit a covering letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to:
Human Resources, ’Namgis First Nation, PO Box 210, Alert Bay, BC V0N 1A0
Resumes will be accepted until November 9, 2021