Forestry Engagement Lead
Term: One year with the ability to renew.
The Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick (WNNB) provides high-quality scientific analysis and technical support to New Brunswick’s six Wolastoqey communities on resource development matters that impact Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. Our organization strives to protect these Rights and the natural resources for future generations. Since our inception in 2017, WNNB has built a passionate and highly motivated team of technical and legal experts and a workplace that values interdisciplinary collaboration. To learn more about our organization, please visit www.wolastoqey.ca.
WNNB hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, qualified Indigenous applicants will be given priority in accordance with the Aboriginal Employment Preference policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
The WNNB is currently seeking to fill the position of Forestry Lead. Working alongside the Nihkanatpat (Executive Director) and the Consultation Team, the successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day forestry activities at WNNB.
The WNNB Forestry Engagement Lead is responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with six Wolastoqey communities, leaders, and partner organizations to promote collaboration in forestry projects. This position involves actively engaging Wolastoqey forestry stakeholders to ensure their involvement and input in all aspects of forestry planning, operations, and decision-making processes. The role requires strong communication, networking, and cultural competency skills to bridge the gap between the forestry industry and our Wolastoqey communities
· Develop and implement a Wolastoqey forestry engagement strategy to ensure meaningful participation and input of our Wolastoqey communities in forestry projects.
· Build and maintain relationships with Wolastoqey leaders, community members, and forestry organizations to establish trust and mutually beneficial partnerships.
· Establish a Wolastoqey forestry advisory committee to integrate Indigenous knowledge, traditional practices, and cultural considerations into planning and decision-making processes.
· Facilitate consultation and engagement processes with Wolastoqey foresters to gather their input, address concerns, and ensure their perspectives are incorporated into forestry plans and operations.
· Support the development and execution of training programs and capacity-building initiatives for community members interested in forestry-related careers.
· Keep updated on legislative requirements, regulations, and best practices related to Indigenous engagement and incorporate them into forestry operations.
· Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of engagement activities and provide recommendations for improvements.
· Act as a liaison between Wolastoqey communities and the larger forestry industry to foster understanding, collaboration, and positive relationships.
· Support the implementation of Wolastoqey land management practices and traditional ecological knowledge in forestry operations, where appropriate.
· Prepare reports and provide updates to senior management on Wolastoqey engagement activities, outcomes, and opportunities for partnership.
· Bachelor’s degree in forestry, Natural Resource Management, Indigenous Studies, or a related field. A combination of relevant education and experience may be considered
· Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with the ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders.
· Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to communicate effectively in cross-cultural settings.
· Demonstrated ability to develop and implement engagement strategies and plans.
· Knowledge of NB forestry principles, practices, and regulations is preferred.
· Ability to travel and work in remote locations, sometimes for extended periods.
· Valid driver’s license and ability to operate in varying terrain and weather conditions.
· Cultural competency training or willingness to undergo cultural competency training as required.
Remuneration is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick offers competitive salary and benefits to our employees. Working location is 35 Dedham Street, St. Mary’s First Nation, NB. Applications should be submitted in confidence via email, with the subject line “Forestry Lead” to: email@example.com. or indeed.com. The deadline for applications is August 9th, 2023.
Note: Personal suitability will also be considered during the hiring process. 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.