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Position: Nuxalk Lands 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 Council and Stataltmc, Stewardship Director, and Coastal First Nation to implement Nuxalk Aboriginal rights on the Central Coast. The Nuxalk Stewardship Office works with our Coastal First Nation (CFN) communities to manage our natural resources.

Nuxalk affirms our sovereignty by engaging with provincial, federal, Central Coast Regional District, and industry. The Lands Manager conserves and enhances our resources by establishing Nuxalk Aboriginal rights and reaching recognition agreements.

Nuxalk Stewardship represents a wide variety of initiatives and projects including land use planning, developing landscape reserve designs, establishing Eco-based management measures, and working with the goal of ensuring long-term sustainability of the Great Bear Rainforest. Nuxalk’s water, land, air, and plant and animal life are the most diverse in all of Canada, including valuable economic and social benefits.


  1. Work directly with Nuxalk leadership and CFN communities to build capacity, identify resources and implement landscape reserve designs, Eco-based management measures, and land use planning.
  2. Support Nuxalk seizing compliance opportunities within BC and Canada.
  3. Executing Nuxalk led and CFN initiatives through work plans, executing engagement duties and monitoring progress on implementation actions.
  4. Plan and prepare project proposals and develop briefing documents on specific resource management and economic development opportunities such as tourism, fisheries, forestry, and clean energy.
  5. Where necessary prepare communication materials that summarize key elements of Nuxalk’s community plans and finalize Nuxalk’s Land Use Plan.
  6. Increase performance to review and respond to multiple land and water development applications by prioritizing and tracking responses.
  7. Carry out other duties that may be requested by the Coastal First Nations under the Great Bear Land Use Order.


  • Knowledge of Aboriginal laws, rights and title, issues and traditional ecological knowledge, and importance of these to resource management and economic development opportunities;
  • Understanding of the Great Bear Imitative under the BC Reconciliation Agreement and its application in conjunction to the federal Fish Reconciliation Agreement for resource development;
  • Ability to work with professionals or technical advisors on landscape reserve design and eco-based management processes
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques to secure government, business, and community involvement in project implementation;
  • Project management skills from project inception to completion;
  • Ability to summarize and interpret complex, detailed information into plain language documents and presentations;
  • Ability to motivate others to gain support for new initiatives;
  • Land or water planning experience with First Nations, multi-party engagement, facilitation, conflict resolution
  • Ability to work effectively in a highly dynamic team environment with a significant level of autonomy.


  • Bachelor degree in natural resource (or related study) degree or diploma or combination five-years’ experience in natural resource management, referral management, and planning.
  • Skills supporting the revitalization Aboriginal governance and laws, and traditional ecological knowledge with our Ancestral Governance department
  • Experience working in remote communities
  • Ability to work in a digital environment to track referral responses using map tools such as ArcGIS and MS Excel
  • 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

NOTE: The Lands Manager must be willing to work remotely and report to the Nuxalk Stewardship Director and follow public health guidelines. Currently, our technical consultants work remotely throughout British Columbia, while essential staff works in office. Non-resident candidates must confirm housing options before accepting this position.

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.


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: CFN-BC Reconciliation, Nuxalk hereditary and elected leadership, and 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: 57755