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Business Lead & Senior Restoration Specialist

Yukon Seed & Restoration
January 30, 2023
Whitehorse, YT
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SUMMARY Yukon Seed & Restoration Inc. (YSR) is in search of a Business Lead & Senior Restoration Specialist to lead YSR through the organization’s growth. Working with the Board of Directors, this position will be integral in building YSR’s dedicated administrative and technical professionals, will help pursue business development opportunities, and will be responsible for leading YSR’s technical services. This position provides a unique opportunity to be a part of the Yukon’s growing restoration and reclamation economy. The Business Lead & Restoration Specialist will undertake a variety of tasks related to the procurement and development of business opportunities, management and implementation of reclamation, restoration, and nature-based design projects throughout the Yukon. The position will also include contribution to the development of YSR’s native seed and plant supply system program, and capacity building training initiatives. We are looking for someone who is a natural leader that has both technical restoration expertise as well as a strong business sense. This position will oversee the growth of both the technical and business teams of YSR. A significant portion of this work, at least at first, will be to initiate business development and growth for YSR, and to work with a variety of partners to develop the Yukon’s restoration and reclamation economy. This position requires someone who can work independently, as well as part of a highly collaborative team of experts, board of directors, and partners. A love for the natural world and desire to restore and steward the vibrant Yukon landscape is appreciated. As a start-up organization, YSR seeks to employ individuals who are self- starters and are flexible enough to operate across multiple different industry lines, with the ability to strategically work on files that may be outside of their routine tasks. We encourage continued two-way learning and growth of all our employees to best achieve this.

CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT YSR is a for-profit subsidiary (51% owned) of the Nacho Nyak Dun Development Corporation (NNDDC). NNDDC is 100% owned by the Na-cho Nyäk Dun Business Trust (NNDBT), which is wholly-owned by the First Nation of Na-cho Nyäk Dun (FNNND), a self-governing Yukon First Nations government, and is accountable to the General Assembly of Citizens. 51% of YSR returns are payable to NNDDC and 100% of all NNDDC returns are payable to the NND Business Trust. NNDDC and all its subsidiaries, including YSR, operate with a holistic approach to economic reconciliation that is centered around people, community, culture, language and land. These core values are at the heart of all our activities.

Note: NNDDC's Na-Cho Nyäk Dun First Nation Citizens hiring preference policy is in effect for those that meet the requirements - please be sure to clearly self-identify if you are an NND Citizen. An eligibility list may be established from this competition to hire identical or similar positions in the future. Anyone who can legally work in Canada can apply for this job. If you are not currently authorized to work in Canada, the employer will not consider your job application.

TERM: Full Time, Permanent


REPORTS TO: YSR Board of Directors

KEY RELATIONSHIPS: First Nations communities and governments, traditional knowledge keepers, mineral resource development proponents, Yukon Government, Government of Canada, academic institutions



  • Development of new business opportunities and lead development of contract proposals, and provide recommendations to the Board of Directors on contract opportunities;
  • Plan and manage project operations to ensure that all tasks are completed successfully, within budget, and on time;
  • Lead development of funding applications and implementation of successfully funded projects;
  • Lead ecological and restoration related site assessments, including management of field teams;
  • Leadership and oversight for in-field activities including, but not limited to: field sampling; environmental data collection, information compilation, management, analysis, and interpretation;
  • Design and prepare recommendations and prescriptions for reclamation/restoration based on the needs of projects;
  • Work with clients to design and implement reclamation/restoration projects, and to provide deliverables and technical reports to clients in a timely and professional manner;
  • Ability to manage small to medium field teams;
  • Provide technical support, and assist with the facilitation of skill and capacity building training programs in partnership with various Yukon communities and First Nations clients;
  • Lead the development of community-based restoration programs including, but not limited to, seed increase and grow out programs, harvesting programs, on-the-job training and mentorship programs, etc.;
  • Lead organizational development (policies, procedures, protocols and best practices), as it pertains to their field of work, client liaison, and relationship building;
  • Lead development of operational health, safety, and environment program;
  • Manage YSR’s seed inventory and cataloguing system to ensure proper handling, testing, and deployment of all seed stock;
  • Work with the wider YSR team on key projects and initiatives, such as an Indigenous Intellectual Property Policy, impact reporting, and Co-development and implementation of corporate vision with the Board of Directors and the YSR team that aligns with establishing a Yukon restoration economy that is rooted in economic reconciliation in action;
  • All other reasonable duties as required by YSR.


The Ideal Candidate Will:

  • Have experience in both restoration (technical) and business-related environments;
  • Have business and restoration planning, implementing, and management experience; including business development, project management and coordination, site assessment, baseline monitoring, vegetation surveys, and reclamation/restoration project implementation;
  • Have experience managing and creating budgets and have good financial acumen;
  • Have experience with health, safety, and environment programs;
  • Be comfortable working in remote areas of the Yukon and have knowledge of field safety protocols;
  • Be willing and able to work independently and take initiative to carry out activities to improve operations;
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Have experience preparing technical reports, memos, and other written communications material using Microsoft Office Suite (or similar software);
  • Have a Valid Class 5 Yukon license or equivalent;

Considered An Asset:

  • Experience working with companies in their start-up and/or growth stages.
  • Experience working in the Yukon or similar northern settings.
  • Familiarity and previous experience working with First Nations communities, the Umbrella Final Agreement and/or First Nations relations.
  • Knowledge of First Aid and wilderness survival techniques.
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS and basic knowledge of Geographic Information Science (GIS).

YSR has a generous employer paid benefits package that commences after 3 months of continued employment.

Please send a cover letter and CV to

We thank all those who apply but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. YSR reserves the right to underfill this position.

Company Info

Local seed and plant sourcing for the restoration and reclamation of Yukon environmental sites.

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