Employment & Contract Opportunities

TWO-YEAR FULL TIME POSITION
REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL FORESTER

ʔaq̓am is located in the beautiful, sunny centre of Ktunaxa traditional territory in the southeast corner of British Columbia. If you love the outdoors, the mountains, fresh air and the sun, this is the place for you. Be a part of an excellent team, perform meaningful work that will realize long-term benefits, share in worthwhile accomplishments, celebrate successes, join in the camaraderie, and build strong relationships!
Key Responsibilities:
Registered as a Professional Forester (RPF) with the Association of British Columbia’s Forest Professionals, your key responsibility will be to provide professional forest management advice to colleagues and decision makers to support the development of ʔaq̓am’s forestry assets. You are intuitive and skilled in your ability to comprehend forestry-related legislation, synthesize the overarching strategic objectives of ʔaq̓am and work with a collaborative and consultative approach with both Community and external stakeholders, to develop meaningful, long-term forestry plans that advance our self-governance development processes. Although this position has a two-year term, there is a possibility of it becoming a permanent position, based on successful performance.

Specifically you will provide expertise to:
•   Engage in forest management and strategic planning for ʔaq̓am's forestry assets including our forested land base on Reserve lands, replaceable tenure, and new opportunities;
•   Create a strategic plan for the long-term management of ʔaq̓am forestry assets within Ktunaxa traditional territory and on ʔaq̓am Lands;
•   Explore potential business to business initiatives with key industry partners in the Rocky Mountain Resource District and Kootenay Boundary Region;
•   Develop a business case assessment for the potential ʔaq̓am First Nations Woodland License;
•   List opportunities for additional tenure acquisition and advocate for allocations to ʔaq̓am with the Ktunaxa Nation and the Provincial Government;
•   Participate in the Forestry Working Group, a strategic collaboration of the 4 Ktunaxa communities;

Qualifications:
•     Registered Professional Forester with the Association of British Columbia’s Forest Professionals
•     Minimum 5 years’ experience in a similar role, developing strategic plans, and land and resource development
•     Expertise in Forest management planning, practices and legal obligations
•     Proven analytical and organizational skills to review information and reports and make recommendations/solutions on a variety of resource matters
•     Experience with harvesting operations, log selling and marketing generally
•     Experience working with a variety of stakeholder groups including government, agencies, First Nations, industry, and non- profits.

To see the full job description of this position please visit our website: aqam.net under
Employment and Contract Opportunities

Remuneration: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and includes a favourable
benefits package and pension plan.
Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “confidential” to:
Jan Bailey, HR Manager ʔaq̓ am Administration
7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5; email:
Fax: 250-426-8935

Closing Date:  Tuesday, February 6th, 2017 @ 4:00 pm MST
Thank-you to those who apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION
Position: Registered Professional Forester

Department: Lands and Natural Resources
Reports to: Director of Lands and Natural Resources
Date: January 2018
Position Type: Two Year Full-Time with possibility of Permanent
OVERVIEW
ʔaq̓am is a member Community of the Ktunaxa Nation (pronounced ‘k-too-nah-ha’). ʔaq̓am Organization exists for the Community.  Externally, we are here to serve the Community, and internally, we are our own Community, comprised of different departments unified by our Vision, Mission, and values.  As a team, through our own roles and departments, the ʔaq̓am Organization works together to achieve our strategic plan – “ka kniⱡwi·tyaⱡa ~ Our Thinking”, and continue to progress and move our Community forward.   
POSITION SUMMARY
The Registered Professional Forester is responsible for the assessment and strategic planning of ʔaq̓am’s forestry assets. This position is supervised by the Director of Lands & Natural Resources (DLNR).
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Registered as a Professional Forester (RPF) with the Association of British Columbia’s Forest Professionals, your key responsibility will be to provide professional forest management advice to colleagues and decision makers to support the development of ʔaq̓am’s forestry assets. You are intuitive and skilled in your ability to comprehend forestry-related legislation, synthesize the overarching strategic objectives of ʔaq̓am and work with a collaborative and consultative approach with both community and external stakeholders, to develop meaningful, long-term forestry plans that advance our self-governance development processes.

Specifically you will provide expertise to:
• Engage in forest management and strategic planning for ʔaq̓am's forestry assets including our forested land base on Reserve lands, replaceable tenure, and new opportunities;
• Create a strategic plan for the long-term management of ʔaq̓am forestry assets within Ktunaxa traditional territory and on ʔaq̓am Lands;
• Explore potential business to business initiatives with key industry partners in the  Rocky Mountain Resource District and Kootenay Boundary Region;
• Conduct a timber supply analysis and acquire LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for areas of interest for a potential ʔaq̓am First Nations Woodland License;
• Develop a business case assessment for the potential ʔaq̓am First Nations Woodland License;
• List opportunities for additional tenure acquisition and advocate for allocations to ʔaq̓am with    the Ktunaxa Nation and the Provincial Government;
• Participate in the Forestry Working Group, a strategic collaboration of the 4 Ktunaxa communities;
• Provide ʔaq̓am with an understanding of the implications/impacts of the Strategic Engagement Agreement negotiations on our Forestry tenure;
• Develop forest stewardship principles for ʔaq̓am that align with our community vision and strategic plan;
• Develop a harvesting plan for ʔaq̓am’s on-reserve forests;
• Implement ecosystem restoration and fuel mitigation projects on ʔaq̓am lands;
• Promote and develop partnerships with Ktunaxa communities;
• Respond to industry referrals and FSC certification audit requests;
• Manage harvesting activities in a manner that maximizes revenue while reflecting ʔaq̓am’s stewardship principles.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
• Expertise in forest management planning, practices and legal obligations
• Knowledge of principles and practices of forest ecosystem management
• Proven analytical and organizational skills to review information and reports and make recommendations/solutions on a variety of resource matters
• Physically fit and capable of working for extended periods in the field, sometimes under arduous conditions
• Strategic and analytical thinker
• Experience with harvesting operations, log selling and marketing generally
• Experience leading project working groups/committees within government or external stakeholders, which include making oral presentations.
• Experience managing relationships with senior level stakeholders
• Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and ability to communicate complex information in a simple manner.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a variety of people from different backgrounds, demonstrating professionalism at all times.
• Exceptional organizational and time management skills with attention to detail.
• Ability to take initiative and prioritize multiple projects.
• High degree of ethics, confidentiality, and integrity. 
• Knowledge of financial management.
• Ability to review land related documents for accuracy.
• Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office.
• Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and current technologies
• Ability to travel on an as needed basis.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Ktunaxa/Aboriginal people and Ktunaxa/Aboriginal culture is preferred.
TRAINING, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE
• Registered Professional Forester with the Association of British Columbia’s Forest Professionals
• Minimum 5 years’ experience in a similar role, developing strategic plans, and land and resource development
• Project management experience.
• Experience working with a variety of stakeholder groups including government, agencies, First Nations, industry, and non-profits.
• Proven experience preparing and managing budgets.
• Completion of Aboriginal Culture Training, training in engagement and consultation, and/or Aboriginal rights and title training/workshops is an asset.
• Previous experience working in a First Nation or Aboriginal environment is an asset.
CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS
The core of our business is serving the ʔaq̓am Community and the Ktunaxa Nation overall.  Therefore, anyone who joins the organization should have an understanding of ʔaq̓am and/or the Ktunaxa Nation.  This understanding can be gained from being a member of the ʔaq̓am Community and/or the Ktunaxa Nation, being from ʔaq̓am or Ktunaxa ancestry, or from working with the Community and/or the Nation.  If a person looking to join the ʔaq̓am Organization does not currently possess this understanding of the Community or Nation, they must demonstrate a genuine interest to learn more and immerse themselves in the culture to gain a greater understanding. 
I acknowledge, understand and agree to the job description herein and also acknowledge, understand and agree that this job description is the base of my duties and that other managerial duties may be required from time to time.

 

 

 

Part-time (21-25 hours per week) Early Childhood Educator ʔaq̓amnik̓  Daycare Centre
At ʔaq̓am we are dedicated to working toward our community Vision, collaborating to provide quality programs and services to ʔaq̓amnik̓  (the people).   By infusing our Ktunaxa language and culture into the programming at our ʔaq̓amnik̓ Daycare Centre we are laying the foundation for the next generation of strong and healthy Ktunaxa citizens. Our employees enjoy exposure to Ktunaxa culture and language, a cohesive work environment, we offer excellent benefits and a diverse, dedicated and enthusiastic team!

In collaboration with the Daycare Manager, the Early Childhood Educator will assist the Daycare Centre to do its part in preparing our infants, toddlers and pre-school children of today to become our next generation of Ktunaxa professionals, trades people, parents, chiefs, councillors, artisans and …..

Key responsibilities will include:
• Provide quality childcare as well as plan and carry out developmentally and age appropriate educational activities to engage children aged 1-5 years in learning;
• Help children complete daily tasks and routines to gain independence and provide constant feedback and communication to build self-esteem;
• Function as a member of our cohesive, positive, flexible and exuberant team, which includes staff, management, parents and community members.

Successful candidates will have:
•     Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certification and licence to practice;
•     Doctor’s medical clearance letter;
•     Up to date immunization record;
•     First Aid Certificate
•     Vulnerable Sector Check and Criminal Record Check;

Preference will be given to candidates who also have:
•     Previous experience in a similar capacity, supervising and working with children; experience developing learning activities would be an asset.
•     Previous experience working in a First Nation community.
•     Food Safe certification.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and copy of ECE certificate and licence to:
Jan Bailey, Human Resource Manager, ʔaq̓am                                                                                         
Fax:  (250) 426-8935
7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5       Email: jbailey@aqam.net

Closing date: Ongoing
While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview
will be contacted.

 

 

 

 

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