Website Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance (SDNA)

Opportunity Type:

Forest Stewardship Ecologist
Posted: January 26, 2022
Employer/Company: Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance (SDNA)
Contact Person: Chris Cardamone
Address: 59 First Avenue South Williams Lake, BC V2G 1H4
Positions: available 1
Full Time: 5 days a week/35 hours per week
Start Date: As soon as possible but negotiable
Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience
Benefits: Eligible after 3 months of full-time consecutive employment.
Closing Date: Until filled
Driver’s License: Required
Driver’s Abstract: Required
Police Info Check: Required

Who we are – SDNA
Located in beautiful Williams Lake, BC, Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance (SDNA) is a dynamic
and growing three First Nations’ Organization that demonstrates strong leadership in
asserting inherent Rights and Title, supporting a vibrant economy, while sustaining a healthy
natural environment. We are a group of business professionals and scientists supporting the
needs of the association and its communities.
We honour the past and look to the future as we address the priorities, challenges, and
emerging opportunities in our territory. We represent the people of our three communities
and work with all levels of government to advance toward a full recognition of our rights and
title to our lands.
In living our values of assertiveness, excellence, unity, determination, respect, and flexibility
we provide progressive leadership for the mutual benefit of the Nation and its communities,
in an overarching, organized, and respectful manner.

Position Overview
The SDNA is in the process of building a strong team of technical professionals to develop
and implement a sustainable, ecosystem-based Land Stewardship Plan. This plan will
enhance First Nations involvement in conservation and management of land and resources
through an active engagement with both the governments of BC and Canada. Reporting to
the Stewardship Officer, the Forest Stewardship Ecologist will work collaboratively in a
multidisciplinary team of technical experts. Updating and implementing the Land
Stewardship Plan that maintains wildlife, biodiversity, and ecological integrity, as well as
preserving food security, natural resources, cultural values and Rights and Titles for the
SDNA member First Nations. People who can address disturbances such as forest fires,
insect outbreaks, climate change adaptation, and biodiversity conservation into forest
landscape planning and management are particularly encouraged to apply.

Essential Responsibilities
• Contribute to the revision and implementation of the ecosystem-based Land Stewardship
Plan to restore adverse environmental conditions and Indigenous Peoples values across
the 4.6 million ha of the SDNA territory.
• Conduct or assist in spatial analysis of landscape to guide conservation of biodiversity,
wildlife habitat, sustainable management of forest resources, environment, and
Indigenous Peoples values with considerations to the climate change adaptation, forest
fires, the history of insect outbreaks, and conservation of old-growth forests.
• Develop strategies and implement monitoring of key ecological and management
indicators for Indigenous people based on the assessment of the draft stewardship plan.
• Actively engage in discussions and dialogues with Indigenous communities as well as
with the governments of BC and Canada to inform project achievements and instruct
tangible applications of projects. SDNA currently plays a leading role in the Quesnel
Forest Landscape Planning process with the Province.

Qualifications – Education and Experience
• Ability to constructively communicate with people from all levels of cultural, educational,
social, and economic backgrounds.
• Degree in biological science, ecology, natural resources science, or other related subject
areas (Master’s Degree, preferred, or Bachelor’s Degree with relevant technical skills).
• Ability to conduct spatial analysis in GIS (ArcGIS/QGIS) and statistical analysis in a major
statistical software (R or SAS) to inform planning for sustainable management of natural
resources, maintenance of ecological integrity, conservation of biodiversity, species, and
habitat at a broad landscape scale.
• Experience in some of the following subjects is an asset: forest/land stewardship
planning, timber supply review, ecosystem-based management, sustainability, forest
ecology, disturbance ecology (e.g., fire, disease, insect outbreaks), forest management,
silviculture, cumulative effect assessment, climate change adaptation, water
conservation, watershed analysis, landscape ecology, conservation biology, wildlife
conservation, vegetation ecology, ethnobotany, traditional ecological knowledge, and
LiDAR/Remote Sensing.
• Experience designing and conducting field-based biological, ecological, and/or natural
resource projects is an asset.
• Experience working for First Nations is an asset.
• Having relevant professional certification is an asset (e.g., R.P. Bio., R.P.F. etc.).
• Experience of Natural Resources/Environmental Legislation in BC, such as Forest and
Range Practices Act (FRPA) is an asset.
• Experience in timber supply review is an asset.

Required Competencies
1. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
2. Attention to detail.
3. Problem solving/judgement with the ability to analyze problems systematically, organize
information, identify key factors, identify underlying causes, and generate solutions.
4. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
5. Excellent interpersonal and public relation skills.

Other Requirements
• Occasional travel may be required.
• Valid BC driver’s license and access to a reliable insured vehicle.

What We Offer
This is an opportunity to use your talents to further the work of a progressive organization
that has established a strong reputation of working with all levels of the provincial and
federal government. SDNA works to open up economic opportunities for our members;
strengthen claims to our traditional territories and the right to determine how the resources
on those lands, and the lands themselves, will be utilized.
We offer a competitive salary based on qualifications (salary range if given is only an
estimate based on similar positions). We offer a strong benefits plan, competitive
compensation, and the opportunity to work with a team of talented professionals.

How to Apply
Please send your resume and a cover letter, highlighting your experience and qualifications
to Chris Cardamone at No phone calls please. Thank you for your interest,
but only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.
*** Please note that you must have authorization to work in Canada (you must possess
Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Resident Status, or a Work Permit). We do not have the
resources to assist you in obtaining this.
For more information about SDNA, visit our website:

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