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Conservation Areas, Project Coordinator

Tlicho Government
September 2, 2021
Job Type
  • Dependent on Experience



The Department of Culture and Lands Protection (DCLP) oversees the use, management, administration and protection of Tłı̨chǫ lands, renewable and non-renewable resources. Working closely with the DCLP, and reporting to the Manager Lands Protection and Renewable Resources, the Conservation and Protected Areas Project Coordinator is responsible for the, development and implementation of the Tłı̨chǫ Government conservation areas initiatives within Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè.


The Conservation and Protected Areas Project Coordinator is responsible for advancing and coordinating Tłı̨chǫ Governments conservation initiatives around Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè and especially in Dinàgà Wek’èhodì. The incumbent will work with Conservation partners across the N.W.T. including the GNWT and Federal Government to take steps at conserving critical ecological and cultural sensitive habitat within Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè.

Related conservation work will include conservation areas planning, project operations management, research, community meetings, logistics planning and representing the Tłı̨chǫ Government on all other related official business. The incumbent must follow legislation, policies and procedures in completing their duties, however, they have significant latitude in conducting research and making recommendations concerning conservation planning.


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Duties and Responsibilities

1. The incumbent will work closely with DCLP staff and conservation partners across the N.W.T. to advance new and existing conservation and protected areas around Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè and especially in Dinàgà Wek’èhodì: a) Work toward implementing the N.W.T. Protected Areas Strategy (PAS) b) Ensure community participation, engagement and education in all community related aspects of conservation areas c) Assist in policy development for conservation and protected areas d) Work with partners toward developing management plans for conservation areas and especially in Dinàgà Wek’èhodì e) Oversee the management and operation of Dinàgà Wek’èhodì through logistics planning, managing budgets and work plans and supervising seasonal conservation projects around Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè f) Deliver technical presentations to a variety of audiences g) Write technical reports and work closely with industry to provide support and clarity in process and operation systems of conservation areas h) Develop and implement communication and conservation areas monitoring plans for effective programs delivery i) Carry out research and develop short and long term policies and objectives for each conservation area j) Organize and facilitate conservation areas workshops and meetings k) Liaise with other Tłı̨chǫ Government departments and related programs on matters of strategy and resource management.

2. Oversee the lands administration system by: a) Ensuring applications for land and resource use in conservation areas are properly processed b) Collaborating to ensure the DCLP databases are up to date and accurate; c) Taking direction from the Manager, Lands Protection to recommend responses to industry and other governments (ie. requests for Consultation); d) Provide conservation areas management bodies with the necessary support in reviewing and evaluating proposals for land use in conservation areas and prepare recommendations; e) Coordinating decisions and responses of DCLP and Tłı̨chǫ Government; f) Overseeing the processing of any required permits; g) Liaising with regulatory and environmental review agencies as necessary concerning applications and proposals for land use as well as any permits to be processed; and h) Working closely with and advising the Lands Administration Officer to ensure lands administration system is efficient and effective.

3. Represents the Department of Culture and Lands Protection by: a) Preparing reports and briefing notes on issues concerning Lands Protection for the Director, Tłı̨chǫ Executive Officer, Chief’s Executive Council or Tłı̨chǫ Assembly; b) Participating in public meetings to present plans, proposals or conservation areas planning studies to the general public and special interest groups; c) Producing final documents such as technical reports, conservation standards and criteria; d) Making recommendations and preparing presentations on conservation and protected areas e) Assisting the Lands Administrative Assistant with customer service to citizens, clients and others; f) Accompanying DCLP Staff in outreach events in Tłı̨chǫ communities; and

4. Executes duties, as assigned by the Director, DCLP or the Manager, Lands Protection, associated with special projects that require immediate attention.

5. Other duties and activities as directed


Education and Skills

The Incumbent is expected to have the following education, work experience and skills (equivalencies will be considered):

• A Minimum of 2 years Diploma and 3 years of related office and field work experience, including experience in conservation planning, natural resource and/or environmental management or an equivalent combination of education and experience • Strong understanding of land and resource management in the Northwest Territories and of the applicable legislative, regulatory and institutional framework • Familiarity with land and resource management systems and approaches, and the legislative and regulatory regime, MVRMA, Tłı̨chǫ laws, Protected Areas Act, NWT PAS and applying that to Tłı̨chǫ Lands, Wek’èezhı̀i and Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè • Knowledge of conservation initiatives across Canada • Knowledge of policy and program development related to conservation areas and natural resources management • Familiarity with conducting technical reviews of conservation and protected areas applications and submissions • Experience in running remote operations and supervising projects and staff • Familiarity with mapping systems and the concepts and techniques of land and resource management in northern Canada • Highly developed analytic and practical reasoning abilities • Sensitivity to and willingness to be guided by Tłı̨chǫ geographic and land and resource use concepts and traditions, traditional knowledge and other Tłı̨chǫ priorities • Good budgeting, mathematical and problem solving abilities • Very good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as a member of a team • Very good computer skills and the ability to use electronic data bases and filing systems and use of Windows or Apple IOS, Microsoft Office, Adobe platforms and the Internet for research purposes • Very good organizational and time management skills • Positive attitude and collaborative work ethic • Ability to work with Tłı̨chǫ community members, particularly elders, youth and harvesters • Ability to speak the Tłı̨chǫ language is an asset • Familiarity with the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement and Tłı̨chǫ Constitution, Tłı̨chǫ language, culture and way of life

Company Info

The Tłı̨chǫ Government has powers to pass and enforce a wide range of its own laws. The Tłı̨chǫ Government can own resources, receive tax revenues and protect resources. The focus of the Tłı̨chǫ Government is the protection of the Tłı̨chǫ language and culture, heritage and wildlife. The Tłı̨chǫ people also have their own Constitution. The Constitution sets out the rights and freedoms of Tłı̨chǫ citizens and provides the rules for the election of the Tłı̨chǫ Government and for keeping the Government accountable. The Tłı̨chǫ Governing Structure is made up of three parts:

1. Annual Gathering
An Annual Gathering of the is held on a rotation basis in each Tłı̨chǫ community. The purpose of the Annual Gathering is to bring people together to share in the social, political and cultural activities of the Tłı̨chǫ. Among other things, the following matters shall be attended to at the Annual Gathering:
1. an open forum shall be held where Tłı̨chǫ Citizens may ask questions, make recommendations and provide broad policy directions to the Tłı̨chǫ Assembly;
2. nominations for the Grand Chief shall be announced in the year of an election;
3. annual reports including financial reports on the activities of Tłı̨chǫ Government and its institutions shall be presented;
4. debate, consideration and approval of proposed amendments to the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement or to the Constitution; and
5. consider approval of motions from the Tłı̨chǫ Assembly.

2. Tłı̨chǫ Assembly
The Tłı̨chǫ Assembly is made up of a Grand Chief elected by Tłįchǫ citizens, a Chief from each of the four Tłı̨chǫ Community Governments and two representatives of each Tłı̨chǫ community. These members are elected by the residents of their community. The Tłı̨chǫ Assembly sits at least four times per year in one of the four communities. The Tłı̨chǫ Assembly is the law making body for the Tłı̨chǫ Government.

3. Chief's Executive Council
The Chief's Executive Council is made up of a Grand Chief elected by Tłı̨chǫ citizens, and a Chief from each of the four Tłı̨chǫ Community Governments. The Chief's Executive Council oversees the Implementation of Tłı̨chǫ Laws

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