Field Programs Manager, Monitors

Field Programs Manager, Monitors

Internal Employment OpportunitiesField Programs Manager, Monitors

Field Programs Manager, Monitors

Permanent Full Time

North Vancouver - Tsleil-Waututh Nation



Based on Experience

*A cover letter is required*



The Field Programs Manager (FPM) reports to the Director and is responsible for managing and overseeing TLR’s on the ground stewardship activities which includes monitoring archaeological and environmental aspects of external and internal projects, 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.


The FPM is responsible for managing work associated with:

  • Managing 5+ staff, including field crew and other support staff;
  • Coordinate hiring of new staff as needed, in collaboration with other Department managers and director;
  • Overseeing existing TLR field programs, including archaeological and environmental monitoring initiatives;
  • Managing relationships and identifying opportunities for expanding fieldwork;
  • Exploring opportunities for training of TLR field staff;
  • Providing input to overall Department direction, strategic planning and growth;
  • Ensuring collaboration with related projects, and other programs in TLR, in support of TWN mandates;
  • Managing and supporting contracts and agreements related to fieldwork;
  • Managing program and project budgets, including securing funding for required work;
  • Working with other staff in TLR to develop and implement new field initiatives that support TWN priorities;
  • Ensuring an effective safety program is maintained and adhered to for all fieldwork activities.



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 (eg. 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 Archaeology & Environmental Stewardship Liaison, Archaeology & Environmental Monitors.
  • Collaborate and work closely with the all other TLR managers to develop and implement TLR’s field monitoring program to be consistent with the Department’s objectives and Tsleil-Waututh priorities.
  • Report on activities to satisfy all funding requirements.
  • Oversee training as needed to all program staff and create formal training program
  • Assist with the negotiation of protocol agreements, funding, etc.
  • Reviews, drafts and edits Departmental, program and project reports and documentation as required.
  • Actively seek and pursue new funding opportunities for the program.
  • Provides 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.
  • Provides input into the development of funding proposals, reports and other deliverables.
  • Supports the Director to prepare and present updates and analysis results to leadership, colleagues, community members, and proponents. This includes participating in regular TLR team leads meetings.
  • Supporting the Director in all other tasks as required.



Supervise activities and manage:

  • Archaeology & Environmental Stewardship Liaison
  • Archaeology & Environmental Monitors
  • Other Department staff, as directed



  • Bachelor’s degree in related field (e.g. biology, ecology, environment studies, natural resources management, archaeology 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, supervising, and managing 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.
  • Experience building and managing teams.
  • Must successfully pass a Criminal Record Check.
  • Must comply with TWN’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy



  • 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.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations community and/or organization is preferred.
  • 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.



Physical Demands

  • Significant desk work with long periods of manual dexterity (keyboard operations, filing).
  • This role will be primarily office-based, but will require some field visits to ensure proper implementation and operation of monitoring programs.

Mental Focus

  • Must synthesize complex and diverse information.
  • Must remain calm, professional, objective, and constructive.
  • Attention to detail with strong organizational skills.
  • Must model adherence to established systems and processes.
  • Provide detailed and comprehensive strategic advice with little notice.
  • Highly-developed ability to work under pressure.

Environmental Conditions

  • Dynamic environment with multiple demands, changing priorities and constant interruptions.
  • Highly sensitive legal, confidential and political issues and environment.
  • Engagement with other departments, levels of crown and First Nation governments.
  • Field work includes significant boat-based work, work in and around rivers and rapid water, and physical activities in remote locations out of cell range.


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