EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY at Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick (WNNB)

Term: Part time/ 7-month position with the possibility to renew


The Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick is a not-for-profit organization that represents the six Wolastoqey Communities in New Brunswick: Matawaskiye (Madawaska), Neqotkuk (Tobique), Pilick (Kingsclear), Sitansisk (Saint Mary’s), Welamukotuk (Oromocto) and Wotstak (Woodstock). It was formed in 2017 to help coordinate and provide technical support and advice to the Wolastoqey Communities in New Brunswick on matters that relate to Wolastoqey constitutionally protected Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.

Through the completion of the ‘Strategic Rights Plan’ community members identified Wolastoqey protection of Wolastoq (Saint John River) to be a priority of the Nation. As such, WNNB is searching for 2 individuals who will take a multifaceted work approach, who will observe, gather and report data and engage in physical activities while being caretakers of Wolastoq. The two selected individuals will work closely with each other, WNNB’s GIS Technician, and will report to the Environmental Impact Assessment Coordinator, but will perform the majority of their work with a high level of independence.

Training and Education:

The job will offer training for all necessary field techniques, so prior experience, while an asset, is not necessary. This will include:
• YSI use and care
• Wilderness first aid
• Black ash and Butternut Identification

Roles & Responsibilities:

• Visiting pre-determined sites of significance along Wolastoq and using a YSI to measure certain attributes of the water
• Conducting cultural surveys including tree and medicine identification
• Filling out daily site forms
• Visiting and reporting on other sites of significance as requested
• Driving to and from site
• Working as a complimentary team with the other Guardian
• Working with WNNB’s GIS Technician to download the YSI at regular intervals
• Assisting with planning Resource Development Consultation Coordinators (RDCC) and community Meetings.
• Attending and presenting information at RDCC and community meetings.

Mandatory Experience and Skills:

The successful applicant must have the following qualifications,
experience, and attributes:
• Connection with one of the Wolastoqey communities
• Ability to work with technical apparatus
• Ability to communicate effectively
• Ability to use software such as the Microsoft Office suite of applications
• Physical ability for field work
• Ability to work with others and potentially mentor as needed

Desirable Qualifications and Attributes:

The following qualifications and attributes would be considered assets for this position:
• Prior experience working with First Nations
• Previous environmental technician training or experience
• Previous field experience
• Other training and areas of expertise (ex. Archaeological technician)
• Knowledge of Wolastoqey lands, waters, animals, fish, trees, and plants

Operational Requirements:

• Valid Class 5 Driver’s license, insurance, and access to a vehicle.
• Willingness to travel.
• Willingness to spend time in the field

Remuneration is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Working location is Kchikhusis Commercial Centre, St. Mary’s First Nation, New Brunswick, although much of the work will be in the field and so remote reporting and coordination is acceptable. Anticipated start date is September 14, 2020.

Applications should be submitted in confidence via email, with the subject line “Guardian Environmental Technician”, to: human.resources@wolastoqey.ca. The deadline for applications is September 7, 2020 at 9pm

Note: The WNNB may consider candidates that initially may not have all the experience and knowledge requirements. In that case, training and development opportunities will be identified for the candidate’s long-term success.