environmental management

Job – Assistant Professor in Aboriginal Environmental Management and Governance. Apr. 15, 2016

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Assistant Professor in Aboriginal Environmental
Management and Governance

The School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Aboriginal Environmental Management and Governance. We welcome applications from scholars who will advance environmental and social justice issues as they relate to Aboriginal communities in Canada through interdisciplinary research, teaching, mentoring, and community engagement. We seek a collaborative colleague who will address topics such as marine or terrestrial resource use, management and governance; spatial planning; social-ecological systems; food security and sovereignty; climate impacts; or water resource management.

Relevant background disciplines include: Indigenous studies; anthropology; sociology; community and regional planning, political science; environmental or social history; geography; human ecology, or political ecology. Our preference will be for candidates with experience conducting primary fieldwork and engaging with Indigenous communities and government entities. Eligibility for certification as a professional planner is desirable.

The candidate should hold a PhD. Under exceptional circumstances we may consider outstanding candidates with a mix of education and experience that could be considered equivalent to the PhD. The successful candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate courses, supervise and mentor graduate students, will engage with Aboriginal communities, and will have demonstrated the ability to develop and maintain a high caliber research program. Candidates should have strong aboriginal cultural knowledge and experience. Relevant teaching experience is very desirable.

Starting date for the position is negotiable, but we hope the successful candidate will assume the appointment by September 2016.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be given priority. Simon Fraser University, located in the greater Vancouver area, is committed to an equity employment program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff. We particularly encourage applications from qualified Aboriginal Canadians, women, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a concise research statement including how their program would contribute to research strengths at SFU, up to three representative publications, and a 1-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy. All application materials should be prepared in advance as a single PDF file and submitted to the REM Director at rem_facultysearch@sfu.ca, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, B.C., CANADA V5A 1S6; (TEL: 778-782-3074; FAX: 778-782-4968). Applications should be received by April 15, 2016. Short-listed candidates will be contacted to request letters of recommendation.

For more information, visit: http://www.rem.sfu.ca/

Globally significant landmark agreement reached

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Globally significant landmark agreement reached

First Nations, environmental groups and coastal forest industry representatives joined the Province today to celebrate achieving ecosystem-based management in the Great Bear Rainforest.

The Great Bear Rainforest was established through land-use decisions announced in 2006. This globally unique area covers 6.4 million hectares on British Columbia’s north and central coast, and is home to 26 separate First Nations. Ecosystem-based management in the area is defined as “concurrent achievement of high levels of ecological integrity and high levels of human well-being.”

Under the new Great Bear Rainforest land-use order, ecological integrity is achieved through increasing the amount of protected old-growth forest to 70% from 50%. As well, eight new special forest management areas covering almost 295,000 hectares will be off-limits to logging. Six may receive additional protection based on ongoing discussions with First Nations. With the new measures, 85% of the forest will be protected and 15% will be available for logging, supporting local jobs.

The land-use order also addresses First Nations’ cultural heritage resources, freshwater ecosystems and wildlife habitat. The amount of habitat protected for the marbled murrelet, northern goshawk, grizzly bear, mountain goat and tailed frog will increase as new reserves required by the order are developed.

The Province has signed reconciliation protocols with the Coastal First Nations and Nanwakolas Council. Through these government-to-government relationships, separate human well-being agreements have been reached to address issues of special concern to each group of First Nations. Most notably, both have an increased stake in the forest sector. The commercial grizzly bear hunt will cease in Coastal First Nations’ traditional territories.

The Province has committed to amending atmospheric benefit-sharing agreements with Nanwakolas and Coastal First Nations. This will increase the forest carbon credits they can use to support implementation of ecosystem-based management and community development projects of importance to them.

Because of the uniqueness of the Great Bear Rainforest and the innovative elements in the new and amended agreements, the B.C. government intends to introduce supporting legislation in spring 2016.


Geomorphologist 1 – Okanagan Nation Alliance

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Okanagan Nation Alliance 

# 101 – 3535 Old Okanagan Hwy, Westbank, BC V4T 3L7

Phone (250) 707-0095 Fax (250)707-0166 http://www.syilx.org


Geomorphologist 1 

The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) is the Tribal Council for the eight member communities of the Okanagan Nation which includes Osoyoos Indian Band, Upper Nicola Band, Upper and Lower Similkameen Indian Bands, Penticton Indian Band, Westbank First Nation, Okanagan Indian Band and the Colville Confederated Tribes of the Northern WA state. The ONA’s mandate is to advance, assert, support and preserve Okanagan Nation title and rights. Further, the ONA is charged with providing members with a forum to discuss and form positions on areas of common concern.

The ONA is currently seeking to employ a Geomorphologist 1. The job incumbent should be comfortable with contract management and providing scientific data and formulation and presentation of recommendations to an assigned Fisheries Biologist. The position holder will function in a fast paced results oriented environment. Excellent problem solving, communication and time management skills are essential to succeed in this position.

Key Duties and Responsibilities 

 Completion of assigned projects with incorporation of traditional ecological knowledge into assessments and reports.

 Technical review and assessment of development plans to assess impact to fisheries resources and aquatic habitat.

 Review and incorporation of current and new advances in fisheries and fluvial geomorphology operations.

 Assist with drafting of work plans, purchasing of equipment, maintenance and creation of databases in hard copy or electronically.

 Maintenance and safekeeping of sediment samples, sample archives, scientific equipment

 Preparation and submission of project updates and contribution to scientific papers and reports.

Qualifications and Experience 

 A Bachelor of Science degree in geography/environment management/ water management with courses in fluvial geomorphologic dynamics and a minimum of 1 year’s relevant work experience.

 Previous experience working with a First Nation band or within a First Nations environment is desirable.

 Experience with scientific sampling theory and techniques would be an asset.

 A reliable vehicle and a valid class 5 BC driver’s license.

 Commitment to safety.

 Flexible work hours/willingness to work evenings and weekends.

 Preference will be given to qualified applicants of Aboriginal ancestry.

Hours: Up to 40 hrs per week, with flexible work hours (e.g. some evenings and weekends).

Application Procedures: Interested candidates are invited to forward a current resume and covering letter to:

David Leroux, Employment and Human Resources Administrator

Okanagan Nation Alliance

# 101- 3535 Old Okanagan Hwy

Westbank, BC V4T 3L7

Email: dleroux@syilx.org Fax: (250) 707-0166

This competition will be posted until filled 

Thank you for your interest, No Phone Calls Please only those short-listed will be contacted.