• Full Time
  • Alberta, AB
  • Applications have closed.

Website Nature Conservancy Canada

Opportunity Type:

Location:          Alberta

Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for an Indigenous Conservation Program Manager , to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.

NCC is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 15 million hectares of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Position Summary

This new position will play an essential role in advancing conservation partnerships in Alberta. Reporting to the Regional Vice President, the Indigenous Conservation Program Manager is a key member of the Alberta leadership team and will play an essential role in advancing conservation partnerships in Alberta with Indigenous communities, corporations, private landowners, and governments.

As an organization, NCC realizes our own responsibility to reconcile past approaches to conservation and adapt to more respectful methods based on meaningful relationships that sustain healthy communities and ecologies. This position will help lead on creating an ethical space in which to undertake NCC’s renewed approach to conservation and advance a two-eyed seeing pathway to conservation that respects Indigenous worldviews, traditional knowledge, and establishes the necessary connections to better inform and pursue our conservation efforts moving forward. To learn more, download NCC’s Indigenous Conservation Framework.

Job Responsibilities

Lead Indigenous-led conservation program for NCC Alberta

Listen to and engage with Indigenous communities in Alberta to understand needs and interest in Indigenous conservation initiatives;
Establish, facilitate, and maintain relationships with First Nation and Metis communities across Alberta, particularly in areas where NCC operates;
Identify and incorporate best practices for engagement and collaboration with Indigenous Peoples including how to effectively build and maintain relationships, build Ethical Space, employ a two eyed seeing approach, and other evolving concepts that respect multiple ways of knowing;
Advance NCC’s Indigenous Conservation Engagement Framework (ICEF) at the regional scale and the commitment to building meaningful relationships with Indigenous Peoples;
Lead the development of collaborative conservation initiatives with NCC Alberta and First Nations and Metis communities;
Promote opportunities for reconciliation through Indigenous engagement;
Develop site-specific approaches to managing and preserving Indigenous cultural heritage resources while simultaneously respecting access to these resources by members of Indigenous communities;
Share NCC’s technical skills and expertise where needed to support Indigenous conservation initiatives to facilitate the establishment of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) across Canada.

Mentor, coach and support NCC Alberta staff and senior volunteers in engaging with Indigenous Peoples in on the ground conservation to proactively identify Indigenous conservation priorities

Develop and implement guidance for NCC Alberta in engaging with Indigenous Peoples in securement and stewardship programming;
Support capacity-building efforts to improve NCC Alberta staff’s ability to engage with Indigenous nations and communities in Alberta (e.g., through training, facilitating on the land experiences) to improve staff and volunteers’ Indigenous cultural capacity, knowledge and competency;
As part of the Alberta leadership team, provide strategic direction, set priorities and goals for relationship building initiatives and collaborative conservation initiatives.

Provide capacity to develop new Indigenous engagement opportunities

Create operational capacity for NCC Alberta to develop this work with Indigenous communities (i.e., ranging from hiring Indigenous summer interns to creating an Indigenous circle of advisors);
Apply concepts such as treaty rights and Aboriginal title to the region’s work of conservation and reconciliation and policy development and practice from a regional perspective;
Act as a key liaison for all regional staff and support problem-solving and trouble shooting.
Skills and Qualifications

Experience leading the development of forestry/natural resource management policies, programs, or projects for or in collaboration with Indigenous Nations;
Experience working directly with Indigenous communities with an understanding of Indigenous cultural traditions, worldview and protocol in Canada;
Knowledge of the First Nations, Metis Nations and local communities in Alberta as well as their rights, perspectives, and concerns with respect to natural resource conservation and/or management;
Knowledge of the Treaty system in Canada specifically Treaties 6, 7 and 8, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and and relevant provincial and federal legislation and jurisprudence as it pertains to Indigenous People in Alberta;
Experience negotiating agreements with Indigenous communities;
Ability to demonstrate leadership and mentorship to NCC AB board, staff and supporters and to create effective educational and training opportunities;
Ability to work collaboratively with ENGOs, governments, businesses, other land managers and users and the public;
Proficiency with MS Office Suite;
Ability to communicate and engage effectively both orally and in writing with a wide variety of audiences, including Indigenous Peoples.

How to Apply

NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary expectations through our Career Centre.

Closing date for applications is 11:59 p.m. March 1, 2022.

NCC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.

Please note that in-person office attendance, carpooling with co-workers to NCC properties or events, and in-person attendance at any indoor events are currently restricted to staff who are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Accordingly, if you are required to participate in any of these activities as part of your job the expectation is that you must be fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means you have received two doses of the Pfizer, Astra Zeneca or Moderna vaccine or combination of, and have received the second dose at least two weeks prior to your start date or you have received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two weeks prior to your start date.

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