Reporting to the Director of Lands and Natural Resources (Director), the Environmental Assessment (EA) Advisor will assist Lax Kw’alaams’ Band in participation in environmental assessment processes and referral reviews, providing technical advice, assisting in and, as needed, assisting in the design of environmental monitoring initiatives and participating in or leading such initiatives as appropriate, ensuring that full consideration is given to key Lax Kw’alaams’ values and interests. The EA Advisor will work with Lax Kw’alaams Fisheries Department, businesses/agencies, neighbouring First Nations communities, federal and provincial government officials, and project proponents as necessary, with a view to protecting, sustaining or rebuilding Lax Kw’alaams’ longstanding relationship with and beneficial interests in its lands and natural resources. Provides strategic and operational advice and guidance to Director, Lands and Natural Resources as it relates to lands and natural resource management, providing technical expertise on policies and procedures pertaining to environmental stewardship.

As a member of the Lands and Natural Resources Department, the EA Advisor provides technical scientific advice, identifies issues, reviews project proposals, and assists in the development of policies, process and procedures to facilitate timely and incisive responses on all matters relating to environmental assessments and project referrals.

Specific Accountabilities:

Provides technical advice to the Director on EAs and referral reviews for projects in Lax Kw’alaams territories;

Participates in provincial and federal environmental review processes relating to proposed projects in Lax Kw’alaams’ territory, including representing Lax Kw’alaams on technical committees as necessary;

Attends meetings, writes reports and delivers presentations to a variety of audiences;

Reviews project and permit applications for technical and scientific rigour;

Participates in working group meetings, conducts field visits, and interacts with technical representatives of project proponents and regulators;

Assists in the identification of opportunities for and coordinates with other Lax Kw’alaams’ departments or agencies as necessary to support Lax Kw’alaams participation in baseline environmental assessments and monitoring.

As necessary, helps identify and provide input on specific technical skills required of contractors assisting in environmental reviews or related matters.

Develops and oversees proposals for projects, preparing budgets, collecting data and reporting;

Contributes to the ongoing development and implementation of Lax Kw’alaams Land Use Plans, identifying and making recommendations on beneficial practices;

Contributes to the development of Lax Kw’alaams’ policies for land and natural resource management to further guide project proponents and regulators operating on Lax Kw’alaams territory;

Works closely with Fisheries department on matters related to environmental project review and permitting reviews;

Assists in the formulation of monitoring and compliance activities associated with environmental reviews and other initiatives;

Analyses technical reports to identify potential issues and makes recommendations to Director of Lands & Natural Resources as needed.

Drafts reports, letters, and other written responses as directed.

Drafts briefing notes and makes recommendations to Director on issues relating to environmental assessments, proposed projects and environmental monitoring activities.

Collects, assesses, analyzes and applies information, including data, facts, concepts and theories.

Maintains records/documents with a view to preserving knowledge.

Maintains confidentiality as per policy guidelines.

Performs other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

University degree in terrestrial biology, natural resources, ecology, and/or the environmental sciences;

A minimum five years’ professional experience;

Strong understanding of environmental assessment processes;

Experience conducting technical review of scientific studies, including commenting on study design and results related to biological, physical, cultural, and socio-economic findings;

Basic knowledge of laws, regulations and minimum standards guiding land and marine resource management in British Columbia;

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with government, industry, and First Nation community members

Basic appreciation of Coast Tsimshian culture and practices;

Ability to work successfully with First Nation communities;

Ability to design and lead scientific studies;

Ability to write proposals, including budgets and reports;

Strong organization skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and tight timelines;

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as part of a dynamic team;

Proficient use of various office-based software including Microsoft Office Suite

Demonstrated problem solving skills and ability to use good judgement in making decisions.

Working Environment

Work is performed in the Lax Kw’alaams Business Development office in Prince Rupert and in the Lax Kw’alaams Band office.  A willingness to work flexible hours on occasion, when required to attend internal, external, Council or committee meetings.

Travel may be required.

Current and valid driver’s license is required.

Successful Criminal Records Check is required.

Please send your up dated resume to hr@laxbdl.com

Term position – 2 years