Join Our Team: Seeking Community Representative

We are seeking full-time Community Representatives from Sayisi Dene First Nation and Barren Lands First Nation and a part-time Community Representative from Northlands Denesuline First Nation. Community Representatives from each community will work with the project team to develop grassroots support for the initiative and ensure that the conservation proposal reflects the values and needs of the communities.

They will work with leadership, community members, elders, and land users to collect relevant knowledge and work with youth on community service and land-based learning projects. They will represent their community during project team meetings and report back to the Chief, council, and their communities on the initiative’s progress.

Position is funded through March 31, 2022 with the potential to extend should need and funding be identified. Hourly rate is $31.25.

Goals:

  1. Support the establishment of an Indigenous Protected Area in the Seal River Watershed by developing grassroots support for the initiative.
  2. Ensure that the conservation proposal reflects the values and needs of their communities.
  3. Support the sustainability of the initiative by building local capacity to fill anticipated positions associated with the establishment of an Indigenous Protected Area such as Land Guardians.

Objectives

  1. Build awareness and support in the Seal River Watershed Indigenous Protected Area Initiative through outreach activities.
  2. Participate in project team meetings and project working groups.
  3. Develop an overall work plan for each community with direction and support from the project team.
  4. Work with the project team to develop a schedule of community outreach events — during Covid this could be Facebook events, radio bingos, photo contests, and the online petition and survey.
  5. Work with contractors and project team members to compile existing, relevant, and documented Indigenous Knowledge and conduct interviews with knowledge holders.
  6. Work with contractors and project team members in developing stewardship plans.
  7. Work with contractors and project team members in developing long term sustainability planning (e.g. eco tourism).
  8. Compile and complete reports on any conversations and meetings had with community members.
  9. Provide twice monthly activity reports.
  10. Work on community engagement projects:
    • Collect signatures in support of the initiative — at least 1/2 of community members pledge support.
    • Organize and Participate in community meetings and/or Zoom or Facebook live meetings during Covid-19 lockdowns.
    • Participate in at least one team meeting per month.
  11. Plan land based research and work with the project team, like clearing trails, organizing workshops, supporting other staff and scientists working in the community.
  12. Work a maximum of 80 hours per month and submit time sheets & activity reports.

Community Representative

  • The project team will work with the Chief and council to hire appropriate representatives with leadership experience and strong reputations as leaders in the community.
  • The Community Rep will be the voice of their community and will help create and implement community outreach plans that support the initiative.
  • The Community Rep will play a crucial role in winning grassroots support within each community and coordinating with political leadership to ensure the project advances smoothly.
  • The Community Rep will play a crucial role in winning grassroots support within each community by working with youth representatives on youth community projects and by working with all community members to gather Indigenous Knowledge.
  • They will be responsible for conducting an informal referendum aimed at gathering pledges of support for the initiative by meeting with community members in large and small groups.
  • They will work in partnership with other project staff to host community events such as bingos, radio shows, Zoom meetings, Facebook live events, and community dinners in order to promote the initiative.
  • They will attend regular meetings in Thompson and Winnipeg to share lessons learned and ensure the project is advancing smoothly (need to have flexibility to attend meetings — special requirement).
  • They will help to develop educational packages for youth outreach.

To Apply:

Apply by end of day September 10, 2021 to [email protected]

Send cover letter detailing how your skills, experience, and education fit with this position, along with your resume, in Word or PDF format. All applications received will be acknowledged with a reply email. However, only those to be invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.