Environmental Specialist – Parks Planner

Environmental Specialist – Parks Planner

Internal Employment OpportunitiesEnvironmental Specialist – Parks Planner

Environmental Specialist – Parks Planner

Permanent Full Time

June 1, 2023

North Vancouver



Salary pay range: 68,173.00- 85,217- based on qualifications and experience.

Job Summary:

The role of the Environmental Specialist – Parks Planner is to apply parks planning, ecosystem management, and Indigenous rights, title, and interests into the development, update, and implementation of various park plans and initiatives within Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s unceded territory.


Duties & Responsibilities:

Support the Treaty, Lands, and Resources Department and address Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) community interests in the delivery of parks initiatives. Previous knowledge and experience with parks planning, ecosystem management, and project management is an asset. The listed duties 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 additional duties not listed if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.


  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Natural Resources Planning Manager and staff in the Treaty, Lands and Resources Department to coordinate the development and implementation of park plans and park co-management agreements including the Say Nuth Khaw Yum Park Management Plan, the Whey-ah-Wichen/Cates Park Master Plan, and the təmtəmíxʷtən/Belcarra Regional Park Cultural Planning and Co-operation Agreement
  • Support development and implementation of new and updated park plans with creativity and a multi-disciplinary, holistic mindset that honours the needs of the Tsleil-Waututh community and integrates TWN rights, title, interests, values and cultural expression
  • Work to build positive working relationships with BC Parks, District of North Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, the Vancouver Parks Board, and other agencies and jurisdictions involved with park planning and management including other TWN departments, and other First Nation governments.
  • Advocate for and assert TWN’s mandate in an intergovernmental setting by representing TWN on park technical committees, and supporting park steering committees
  • Prepare, facilitate, and lead internal and external meetings
  • Review and analyze project referrals for activities in parks of interest to TWN, and provide written responses assessing potential impacts and benefits to TWN
  • Support and develop initiatives to increase TWN members access to the lands and waters throughout the territory, working closely with the TWN school and Elder’s group, TWN communications team and other Treaty, Lands and Resource’s staff.
  • Execute project management tasks including keeping track of project budgets, invoicing, budget reporting, activity tracking and scheduling, deadline and progress management, and file management
  • Provide regular updates to the Manager, and support internal and external communications which may include the development of presentations, community engagement, media releases, and council information packages.
  • Conduct site visits and in-field reconnaissance, as needed
  • Other related duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies or Geography with 2 years of parks planning or related Will consider alternate combinations of education and relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of planning, parks management, and ecosystem stewardship
  • Understanding of Indigenous rights and title, particularly in the context of C.
  • Understanding of the current and historical culture of the Coast Salish Peoples
  • Proficient with computers, Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), Adobe, video conferencing, MS Teams, SharePoint and other relevant applications
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations community and/or organization is preferred
  • Must successfully pass a Criminal Record Check


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to a team environment
  • Good organization and pays attention to detail
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and unconventionally, and in a culturally appropriate manner
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and efficiently
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under pressure; demonstrate flexibility, cooperation, and ability to shift priorities rapidly.


Work Conditions:

Physical Demands

  • Significant desk work with long periods of manual dexterity activities (keyboard operations, phone calls, filing).
  • Travel to site locations and off-reserve meetings, as


Mental Focus

  • Ability to synthesize complex and diverse
  • Ability to remain calm, professional, objective, and
  • Attention to detail with strong organizational
  • Ability to adhere to established systems and
  • Provide detailed and comprehensive strategic advice, sometimes with little
  • Ability to work under pressure, and to manage high work-loads.
  • Adaptive and able to respond quickly to reassignment of


Environmental Conditions

  • Dynamic environment with multiple demands, changing priorities and constant interruptions.
  • Sometimes projects involve working with highly sensitive legal, confidential and/or political information that must be carefully
  • Engagement with other departments, TWN community, outside consultants, stakeholders, other levels of government, and First
  • Occasional meetings outside normal office


If this role interests you, please click the link below to directly apply.

Environmental Specialist – Parks Planner

Or send your Resume and Cover Letter to jobapplications@twnation.ca

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