RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Management Habitat and Impact Assessment Manager

  • Location: Truro
  • Deadline: Open Until Filled

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 the 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 Habitat and Impact Assessment Manager.

Position Overview

Under the direction of, and reporting to the DARFM Director, the Habitat and Impact Assessment Manager is primarily responsible for the oversight and guidance of environmental monitoring programs, habitat offsetting and banking files, and projects which foster Indigenous participation in the environmental assessment process. 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 regard 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 the development of policies and projects that are currently being undertaken by industry participants and governmental agencies.

Key Areas of Responsibility

• Manages aquatic resource environmental files (energy and mines activities, habitat development and restoration, resource, and fisheries management initiatives, etc.).

• Manages 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 the 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, industry groups and external technologists and researchers, as needed.

• Attends meetings with member communities, government, and industry partners to discuss communities’ needs and the development of new funding programs.

• Provides financial monitoring in accordance with the approved budget for any assigned files and projects.

• Identifies and access funding opportunities to support the development and growth of the unit and expand its suite of environmental services for member communities.

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 the 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 a reliable vehicle, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to travel within Nova Scotia.

Asset Qualifications

• Knowledge of the environmental assessment process in Nova Scotia is considered an asset.

• Experience delivering habitat compensation projects considered an asset.

• Previous experience in a Project Manager position is considered an asset.

• Knowledge and understanding of the Two-Eyed seeing approach, social sciences, scientific methodology and/or data processing.

• Previous experience in the 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 the 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 week of discretionary vacation time (up to 2 weeks with 10 years of service).

• Social Committee, Staff Days, Staff Knowledge Days, etc

Salary/Employment Term:

Salary range: $60,000 – $75,000 per year. This is a Permanent Position (pending a successful one-year probationary contract).

Submit Cover Letter AND Resume to:

Human Resources c/o The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq PO Box 1590, Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 5V3 Email: