• Location: Truro, NS
  • Deadline: October 31, 2021 at 4:00 pm

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Department of Aquatic Resources and Fisheries Management

Fisheries Biologist

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (The CMM) is a Tribal Council representing eight, Mi’kmaq communities of mainland Nova Scotia. Our mission is to proactively promote and assist Mi’kmaq communities’ initiatives towards self-determination and enhancement of community. The CMM is located in the Millbrook Mi’kmaw Community in Nova Scotia and has over 100 Employees. The CMM’s Department of Aquatic Resources & Fisheries Management is currently looking for an energetic, mature and independent candidate to fill the role of Fisheries Biologist within the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group (MCG).

The MCG is focused on promoting and enhancing the environmental health of Nova Scotia’s Watersheds. Its mission is to promote and restore the concept of Netukulimk in the Bay of Fundy Watershed. The MCG is involved with a variety of marine and freshwater management projects and is continuously developing programs involving youth mentorship and First Nations capacity; and, addressing issues relating to species-at-risk, water quality, climate change and directed habitat restoration. In addition to the eight CMM member communities, the MCG also serves a non-CMM community – Fort Folly (NB) First Nation.

Reporting to the Senior Director of the Department of Aquatic Resources & Fisheries Management, the MCG Fisheries Biologist will be responsible for developing and executing research and community projects related to aquatic resource management while also providing technical advice to existing processes within the organization. S/he will also be responsible for documenting research activities; conducting habitat assessments; managing his/her own research agenda and work plan; promoting scientific capacity within Mi’kmaw First Nations Communities; presenting research and results to different advisory committees; adhering to safety protocols associated with field work in aquatic environments; and taking direction from the Senior Director of the Department of Aquatic Resources & Fisheries Management.

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum completion of a post-secondary program related to environmental and/or natural resources (biology, ecology, aquatic resource management), or an acceptable combination of experience in a field related to the position.
  • Knowledge of current First Nation community challenges and opportunities relating to aquatic resource management.
  • Must have knowledge of scientific research methodologies and standards pertinent to environmental issues related to aquatic resource management.
  • Experience providing technical advice to management and conveying complex concepts to a diverse audience.
  • Ability to effectively participate in meetings and interpret complex issues related to aquatic resource management.
  • Understanding of the Indian Act and Mi’kmaq aboriginal and treaty rights.
  • Strong attention to detail while maintaining a high degree of accuracy.
  • Excellent presentation, teaching, and training skills.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage numerous tasks at once.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding outdoor work in and around water.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as the ability to work productively as part of a team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Willingness to attend training courses related to improving technical skills.
  • Driver’s license, vehicle, and the ability to travel.
  • Must be able to travel overnight and work overtime when required.

Asset Qualifications:

  • Experience working in, or with, First Nation communities.
  • Understanding of issues related to the gathering and sharing of Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge.
  • Previous experience with ArcGIS, watershed delineation, culvert and/or habitat assessments, habitat remediation, fish passage monitoring, and fish handling.
  • Familiarity with power tools and basic carpentry skills.
  • Experience developing research proposals related to aquatic resource management.  Valid First Aid/CPR and WHIMIS certification.

Salary/Employment Term:  

Salary range: $37,500 – $42,500 per year based upon qualifications and experience. This is a one-year contract with the opportunity of renewal and subject to the policies and practice of the CMM. The CMM offers a substantial benefits package to all employees.

Application Deadline: October 31 , 2021

Submit Cover Letter AND Resume to:         Human Resources

c/o The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

PO Box 1590, Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 5V3



We are an equal opportunity employer; however, qualified Aboriginal applicants will be given priority in accordance with the

Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.  Only those applicants who qualify for an interview will be contacted.  The successful candidate may be required to submit a current criminal record check.