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Position: Nuxalk Marine Manager
Salary: $50,000 - $60,000

Organization: Nuxalk Nation
Location: Bella Coola BC (option to start remotely but with intention to move here)


To work closely with the Nuxalk Stewardship Director, Nuxalk Marine Use Coordinator, Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance (CCIRA) Marine Fisheries & Science Team, BC Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) Implementation Coordinator, and Coastal First Nation communities to implement key elements of their marine plans.

Nuxalk Stewardship represents a wide variety of initiatives and projects including marine planning and operations with the goal of ensuring long-term sustainability. Nuxalk’s water, land, air, and plant and animal life are the most diverse in all of Canada, including valuable economic and social benefits.

The Marine Manager coordinates Central Coast First Nations technical activities related to fisheries, ocean protection and shipping response, Nuxalk marine stewardship, habitat restoration, compliance and monitoring by implementing Nuxalk governance over Nuxalk territory.


  1. Work directly with Nations to build capacity, identify resources and implement MaPP implementation actions at the Nation-level.
  2. Support Nation-level staff in developing work plans, executing duties and monitoring progress on plan implementation actions.
  3. Work with First Nations, governmental, and non-governmental agencies to develop work plans, and manage implementation projects of the MaPP Central Coast Marine Plan.
  4. Plan and prepare project proposals and develop briefing documents on specific resource management and economic development opportunities that are supported by the Central Coast First Nations’ Marine Plan.
  5. Where necessary prepare communication materials that summarize key elements of community plans and implementation strategies/action plans.
  6. Report to MaPP partners, CCIRA Program Director of Marine Planning and Conservation, Nations, and the CCIRA Board on marine plan implementation progress.
  7. Carry out other duties that may be requested by the Central Coast Area Implementation Committee (CCAIC) or CCIRA Program Director of Marine Planning and Conservation.


  • Understanding of the marine and aquatic resources and commercial and non-commercial activities within the Pacific Northern Shelf Bioregion;
  • Awareness of First Nations laws, rights and title, issues and traditional ecological knowledge, and importance of these to resource management and economic development opportunities;
  • Understanding of the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP), ecosystem-based management, and its application to resource and economic development in the marine environment;
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques to secure government, business, and community involvement in project implementation;
  • Project management skills from project inception to completion;
  • Contract management skills, including request for proposal development, contract proposal review and evaluation, and contract execution;
  • Ability to summarize and interpret complex, detailed information into plain language documents and presentations;
  • Ability to motivate others to gain support for new initiatives;
  • Thorough understanding of the First Nations political environment and sensitivities and an ability to function effectively within that environment;
  • Ability to work effectively in a highly dynamic team environment with a significant level of autonomy.


  • a Bachelor’s degree in resources management, marine ecology, marine biology, marine planning, or related technical skills and two years of relevant work experience;
  • Previous experience working with First Nations;
  • Experience with project management and supervision;
  • Project development and proposal writing skills;
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, systems and equipment. Ability to operate computer equipment and software programs to produce publishable reports and documents;
  • Interpersonal skills including: leadership, team oriented, energetic, self-motivated, creative, patient, persistent, tactful, and conscientious; and
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.

***Please be sure to include BOTH your current resume AND a cover letter.***

Critical Success Factor

The core of our business is serving the Indigenous community; therefore, a critical success factor for any person who joins our team is to have an in-depth understanding of Indigenous people and Indigenous culture, preferably with strong British Columbia connections.

Team members are expected to have gained this understanding through lived experiences, whether it is from being of Indigenous ancestry or working closely with Indigenous communities. We encourage all to apply.

The candidate should be self-motivated, be able to work in a highly dynamic team environment, deliver projects under tight time constraints, and have a willingness to live, work, and play in a remote community. We ask you seek housing options before accepting the position.

NOTE: Nuxalk operates in a distributed office environment due to Covid-19. Currently, members of our technical teams live and work from the Lower Mainland, BC Interior, South and Central Coast and Vancouver Island. Candidates for this position should be prepared to work at home.


Salary depends on work experience, management abilities, and marine knowledge.

Income Tax, employee EI premium, employee pension and health contributions will be deducted from salary accordingly.


Reports to: Nuxalk Stewardship Director and informs Nuxalk leadership and citizens

Supports: CCIRA Marine Planner, CCIRA Marine Fisheries & Science Team, and Nuxalk Stewardship team


Applicants are asked to submit letters of application, with resume or CV, providing details of work experience and two references.

Position will be posted until filled.

Reply to:

Bernie Elkins
Stewardship Director
Nuxalk Nation
Post Office Box 65
Bella Coola, British Columbia V0T 1C0

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Oct 21 2020    ID: 57756