Tsleil Waututh Nation — North Vancouver, BC, BC

Posted: August 5, 2022
Field Program Manager, Environment


Tsleil Waututh Nation — North Vancouver, BC, BC

CLOSING DATE:  Until Filled
DEPARTMENT: Treaty, Lands & Resources
CLASSIFICATION:  Permanent, Full-time (35 hrs./week)
STATUS: Internal, External

Job Summary:
The Field Programs Manager (FPM) reports to the Director and is responsible for managing and overseeing TLR’s on the ground stewardship activities, including aquatic and terrestrial field science, support for field aspects of TWN harvesting programs, field aspects of restoration projects, TWN’s oil spill preparedness and response work, and field-based components of other TWN stewardship initiatives. The FPM is responsible for managing people and budgets, and providing input to overall Department direction and growth in collaboration with other managers and the TLR Director.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The listed duties are only illustrative and are not intended to describe every function that may be performed by this position. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.

  • Program management and oversight.
  • Assert Tsleil-Waututh Indigenous Rights, Title and interests with regards to natural resources, stewardship and governance rights.
  • Relationship-building with Crown governments, private sector, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, proponents and other First Nations.
  • Support the Director to ensure the vision laid out in foundational Tsleil-Waututh documents (e.g., Stewardship Policy, Burrard Inlet Action Plan, Trans-Mountain Assessment etc.) and overall Tsleil-Waututh philosophy is met.
  • Management of program budget including planning, invoicing, budget reporting and all other necessary tasks.
  • Oversee the roles and responsibilities of the Field Programs Senior Environmental Specialist, Head Field Technician, and Natural Resource Technicians.
  • Collaborate and work closely with the Natural Resources Planning Manager and Environmental Programs Manager to develop and implement TLR’s environmental programs to be consistent with the Department’s objectives and Tsleil-Waututh priorities.
  • Participate with TLR managers and director on TLR strategic planning, growth, and vision.
  • Participate with Department staff and consultants in the conceptualization, planning, implementation and monitoring of all environmental stewardship initiatives, including marine and freshwater stewardship, habitat restoration, protection, and research studies.
  • Report on activities to satisfy all funding requirements.


  • Managing 7-10 staff, including field crew and other support staff;


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (e.g., biology, ecology, environment studies, natural resources management, etc.) with a minimum of 4 years of work experience, or a Master’s degree in related field with 2 years work experience implementing field programs.
  • May consider alternate combinations of education and relevant work experience.
  • Experience building, managing and supervising dynamic teams involved in a wide range of work is a strong asset.
  • Academic and practical knowledge of aquatic and terrestrial sciences. Relevant experience and knowledge including fish and shellfish biology, marine and freshwater ecology, physical oceanography, and terrestrial and forest ecology.
  • Direct field experience such as conducting marine scientific studies and/or restoration works.
  • Understanding of the current and historical culture of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coast Salish peoples.
  • Understanding of Aboriginal rights and title, particularly in the context of B.C.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations community and/or organization is preferred.
  • Experience building and managing teams.
  • Must successfully pass a Criminal Record Check.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent communication and analytical skills; attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated; proven ability to deliver results when working independently and within a team environment.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a wide variety of people.
  • Brings a creative and unconventional approach to problem solving (ability to think outside the box).
  • Proficient with computers, including Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.).
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under pressure; demonstrate flexibility, cooperation and ability to shift priorities rapidly.
  • Ability to solve practical problems in a culturally-appropriate manner and deal with a variety of variables in situations.
  • Demonstrated patience, understanding, and a willingness to share and learn.
  • Ability to solve practical problems in a culturally appropriate manner and deal with a variety of variables in situations.

For a full job description, please go to our website: www.twnation.ca

We appreciate everyone’s interest in the role, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Why work with us?
Training and Career Development
Business Casual Office
Extended Health & Dental Benefits

How to Apply
Send your cover letter and resume to: jobapplications@twnation.ca