Natural Resources Planning Manager

Natural Resources Planning Manager

Internal Employment OpportunitiesNatural Resources Planning Manager

Natural Resources Planning Manager


September 26, 2021

North Vancouver


*This is a Full-Time, Temporary position (12months maternity leave) *

Job Summary:

The Natural Resources Planning Manager is responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans for natural resources of the territory, exercising Tsleil-Waututh Nation stewardship rights to protect and restore ecological values and asserting Tsleil-Waututh’s governance and other objectives.  This is a supervisory position, and the Natural Resources Planning Manager reports to the Director of Treaty Lands & Resources. This work is collaborative and requires working with programs across TLR.

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.

 Project management of Tsleil-Waututh natural resources planning projects and implementation of key plans including but not limited to: Marine Stewardship Plan, Say Nuth Khaw Yum Park Plan, Whey-Ah-Wichen Park Plan, Mount Seymour Park Management Plan and more.

  • Planning, development and updating of parks, terrestrial and marine protected areas management strategies.
  • Coordinating work to improve the water quality of Burrard Inlet, and other marine and freshwater environments in the territory.
  • Work with TLR teams to support development and implementation of ecological monitoring plans, restoration projects, and coordinated stewardship initiatives throughout the territory.
  • Advance and coordinate opportunities for TWN leadership in marine spatial planning.
  • Collaborate with the TLR climate team on federal and provincial climate change legislation and plans, and IPCC climate change reports.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to further climate change adaptation planning in the TWN territory.
  • Review and comment on any federal and/or provincial legislation reforms that potentially impact Tsleil-Waututh environmental stewardship values or initiatives
  • Coordinating and providing support for inter-agency park board, joint planning committee and other tables.
  • Project management of coordinated stewardship bodies and intergovernmental planning processes or programs.
  • Asserting Tsleil-Waututh Aboriginal rights, title, and interests with regards to natural resources, stewardship and governance rights.
  • Relationship-building and growing partnership opportunities with Crown governments, private sector, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, proponents and other First Nations.
  • Assisting the Consultation and Accommodation team with natural resources planning related referral and consultation requests.
  • Assessing the risks associated with various developments to ecological values and stewardship objectives.
  • Supporting the Director and the TLR team in departmental strategic planning and work plan prioritization to ensure that the vision laid out in foundational Tsleil-Waututh documents (e.g. Tsleil-Waututh Nation Declaration, Stewardship Policy, Economic Development Strategy, Burrard Inlet Action Plan, and others) is met.
  • Collaborate with the Land, Water, and Environment Program and Cumulative Effects Program team to implement the outcomes of planning processes, and support the roles and activities of other TLR programs.
  • Integrating Tsleil-Waututh Indigenous and western science in planning processes.
  • Coordination and collaboration with other TWN Departments.
  • Actively seeking and pursuing new funding opportunities for the program.
  • Development and negotiation of Department funding agreements and proposals, and provide input to the development of funding proposals, reports and other deliverables.
  • Management of natural resources planning program budgets including: project and overall programs annual budget tracking, invoicing, budget reporting and all other necessary tasks.
  • Providing input into Departmental communications and outreach, which may include the development of presentations, media releases, and council information packages.
  • Assists with the implementation and delivery of other Department initiatives as directed.
  • Supporting the Director to prepare and present updates and analysis results to leadership, colleagues, community members, and proponents. This includes participating in weekly TLR team leads meetings.
  • Supporting the Director in all other tasks as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Hire, train and supervise technical and support staff, as required.
  • Manage contracts and scope of work with consultants, as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (e.g. biology, ecology, environment studies, natural resources planning and/or management, etc.) with a minimum of 4 years of work experience, or a Master’s degree in related field with 2 years work experience.
  • May consider alternate combinations of education and relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading collaborative (multi-government and stakeholder) land use planning process
  • Supervisory experience and proven ability to manage and mentor teams
  • Experience building teams and growing programs
  • Academic and practical knowledge of natural resource sectors including forestry, fisheries, wildlife management, and water quality monitoring, and marine spatial planning.
  • 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.
  • 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, the Internet and 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.


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