RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Habitat and Impact Assessment Manager

  • Location: Truro, NS
  • Deadline: April 11, 2022 at 4:00 pm

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Department of Aquatic Resources & Fisheries Management

Habitat and Impact Assessment Manager

About The CMM

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM) is a Tribal Council located in Mi’kmaki and provides services to the eight Mi’kmaw communities of mainland Nova Scotia. Our mission is to proactively promote and assist Mi’kmaw communities’ initiatives towards self-determination and enhancement of community. The CMM’s main office is situated in the Millbrook Mi’kmaw Community and has over 100 employees. The CMM’s Department of Aquatic Resources and Fisheries Management (DARFM) is currently looking for an energetic, mature, and independent candidate to fill the role of the Habitat and Impact Assessment Manager.

Position Overview

Reporting to the DARFM Director, the Habitat and Impact Assessment Manager is primarily responsible for the oversight and guidance of impact assessments and habitat development projects unit of DARFM. The Manager will also be responsible for strengthening partnerships with governmental and industry partners to ensure The CMM and its member communities are engaged in project and policy development with regards to aquatic resource management. They will develop strategies for the CMM to expand into desired service-based contracts and make connections to existing grant and contribution agreements. The establishment of these agreements and strategies will help build community capacity through reviewing and participating in impact assessments and developing policies and projects that are currently being undertaken by industry participants and governmental agencies.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Manage aquatic resource environmental files (energy and mines activities, habitat development and restoration, resource, and fisheries management initiatives, etc.).
  • Manage fish and fish habitat restoration and monitoring projects (Offsetting projects) with groups such as: Nova Scotia Power, NS Public works, NS Inland Fisheries, Parks Canada, etc.
  • Prepares and oversees preparation of reports (i.e., briefing notes, updates, technical reports, etc.) of the status of assigned files and projects for DARFM staff and CMM Senior Management.
  • Leads and participates in the development and recruitment for all positions of the impact assessments and habitat development projects unit of DARFM. Recommends approval for staffing of all positions within the unit.
  • Liaise with and develop working relationships with member communities, project teams, project partners, and external technologists and researchers, as needed
  • Development of outreach and communications materials for community workshops and events.
  • Attends meetings with member communities, government, and industry partners to discuss communities’ needs and the development of new funding programs.
  • Provide financial monitoring in accordance with approved budget for any assigned files and projects, as well as identifying and securing new or continued funding through the preparation of proposals, relative to the unit.
  • Prepares/oversees preparation of proposals for new and/or expanded services within the unit.

Position Qualifications (combination of skills through training, life experiences and education)

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in management, science, education, or a related field
  • Five-years of relevant working experience in a related field
  • Education and experience in the field of scientific research
  • Experience working in or with First Nation communities
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated passion for conservation of the environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access).
  • Knowledge of current First Nation community challenges and opportunities.
  • Ability to build and maintain collaborative working relationships and partnerships.
  • Solid understanding of the principles of project management.
  • Must have access to reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license, and ability to travel within Nova Scotia.

Asset Qualifications

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Two-Eyed seeing approach, social sciences, scientific methodology and/or data processing.
  • Experience with Elders, knowledge holders, Mi’kmaw Community members.
  • Previous experience in non-profit sector.
  • Understanding of issues related to the gathering and sharing of Traditional Knowledge.
  • Fluent Mi’kmaw speaker and writer.

Why work with us?

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (The CMM) is well known throughout Canada as a professional organization that is committed to providing a pleasant and healthy working environment for all its employees. As an organization, we understand that a great work/life balance is essential to success. As a full-time employee you can expect:

  • An atmosphere that is both professional and family oriented.
  • Enrollment in the organization’s benefits packages on your first day of employment with no waiting period, which includes Health & Dental, and Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP).
  • Generous amounts of paid time off (Paid Statutory Holidays plus St. Anne’s Day and Aboriginal Day, Summer Shutdown (2 weeks), Christmas Shutdown (roughly 2 weeks), plus 1 weeks of discretionary vacation time (up to 2 weeks with 10 years of service).
  • Social Committee, Staff Days, Staff Knowledge Days, etc.

If you would like to join The CMM Family, please see below on how to apply for this position.

Salary/Employment Term:  Salary range: $55,000 to $60,000 per year. This is a Permanent Position (pending successful one-year probationary contract).

Application Deadline:  Open until position is filled.

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 provide up-to-date CV along with Cover Letter and qualify for interview will be contacted.  The successful candidate may be required to submit a current criminal record check. Applicants MUST provide proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency.