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On The Land Support Coordinator

NWT Recreation and Parks Association
June 2, 2021
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The NWT Recreation and Parks Association (NWTRPA) is seeking a collaborative, organized, and strong communicator for the position of On the Land Support Coordinator. This is a term position based in Sǫ̀mba K’è/Yellowknife until March 31, 2022.


The NWTRPA envisions a territory where everyone has access to recreation programs and spaces that foster healthy families, strong cultures, and vibrant communities.

The mission of the NWTRPA is to promote recreation by supporting leaders, communities, and partners through training, advocacy, and networking.

The On the Land Support Coordinator is responsible for assisting with the direction and delivery of NWTRPA On the Land programs support. The incumbent will support on the land leaders across the NWT through training, networking/communications, and advocacy. The strategic goal most closely aligned with this position is: The NWTRPA is a vital resource for and champion of community-directed on the land programs.

The On the Land Support Coordinator will assist with the delivery of the NWTRPA On the Land Programs workplan. The incumbent will work directly with NWTRPA members, community groups, partners, and staff to assist with the support of safe, culturally-appropriate On the Land programs in the NWT.


Reporting to the On The Land Programs Consultant, the On the Land Support Coordinator is responsible for assisting with the development and execution of the On the Land Programs workplan. The incumbent will work closely with the On The Land Programs Consultant who is responsible for administering an annual On the Land Programs budget.

The On the Land Support Coordinator will provide support to the On the Land Programs Consultant, Executive Director and other staff members. The NWTRPA is a small territorial non-profit organization. The staff work collaboratively and provide assistance to other staff members as and when needed.

The activities of this position impact program, organization, and Board policies.  The position impacts the allocation of funding and program delivery for community programs and services.


Lead aspects of the On the Land Programs workplan:

  • Lead the coordination of all On the Land program supports offered by NWTRPA. This includes: NWT On The Land Collaborative, knowledge sharing, networking, training, partnerships, promotions, and funding.
  • Promote, share, and celebrate learnings and materials with people leading on the land activities through the Collaborative and NWTRPA communications.
  • Organize and deliver workshops and events, develop resources and program supports, and work with committees and other stakeholders to organize and deliver On the Land Programs training curriculum.
  • Provide mentorship, support, advice, and encouragement to program instructors and leaders, program participants, and other program stakeholders as needed.

Coordinate financial records as part of the On the Land Programs workplan:

  • Assist with the administration of the On the Land Programs workplan budget.
  • Coordinate and work with any contracted agents on an as needed basis.
  • Complete invoicing as required for the On the Land Programs workplan.
  • Maintain an active record of program revenues and costs.

Provide administrative duties towards maintaining daily operations:

  • Respond to general requests via phone, email, social media, and fax.
  • Organize workshops and events, including booking travel, speakers, and venues.
  • Order, track, and maintain required inventory for program delivery.
  • Issue and monitor program certifications.
  • Provide advice and direction to clients seeking program information.

Engage in networking and fundraising:

  • Foster, develop, promote, and maintain relationships and partnerships with communities, community organizations, program participants, and stakeholders.
  • Create and develop strategic partnerships with corporate, government, and private sponsors to provide the On the Land Programs workplan with potential revenue streams.
  • Communicate regularly with NWTRPA members, stakeholders, and funders about the NWTRPA On The Land Programs work plan.

Support NWTRPA operations:

  • Provide information and offer council to the On The Land Programs Consultant and Executive Director to inform the operations of NWT Recreation and Parks Association.
  • Attend NWTRPA Board meetings when requested to provide reports and information as needed.
  • Support NWTRPA colleagues by providing assistance and guidance regarding program delivery.
  • Other duties as required.


To satisfy the expectations of the NWTRPA, the incumbent should have the following qualifications or equivalencies:

  • Post-secondary education in communications, event planning, program evaluation, outdoor education, Indigenous studies, or a related discipline; or equivalent experience in land-based programming and/or organizing and delivering training programs.
  • Experience establishing relationships, fostering trust, and strengthening existing connections and networks with stakeholders.
  • Experience in communications, event planning, and recreation or on the land programming.
  • Experience with communications tools and social media platforms, such as (but not limited to): Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Canva, Google Suite, Weebly.
  • Experience with program evaluation.
  • Training and certifications in the following areas: lake canoe instructor, wilderness camping, wilderness first aid, wilderness first aid instructor are an asset.
  • Ability to network with government, business, and non-profit agencies.
  • Experience working within a non-profit agency.

In addition the incumbent should be:

  • Strongly self-motivated.
  • Well organized.
  • Have excellent communication skills.

The incumbent must also successfully complete a satisfactory criminal record check as a condition of their hire.


Physical Demands:

Most of the incumbent’s time is spent working in an office setting, performing general office duties or networking with current and potential partners. The successful applicant will spend approximately 70 to 80 percent of their time in an office. In order to access the NWTRPA offices, the incumbent must be able to physically navigate multiple stairways. Regular computer usage should be expected.

Some work time is spent leading training activities both indoors and outdoors.

Subject to operational demands, the incumbent may be expected to work evenings and weekends.

Environmental Demands:

Environmental demands are those typically associated with an office position.  Some work time is spent leading training activities in outdoor and indoor settings.

Periodic travel will be required which may result in exposure to the extremes of our Northern climate.

Sensory Demands:

The office environment includes fluorescent lighting and online meetings.

Mental Demands:

There is potential for multiple projects to be ongoing all requiring attention and concentration.  Multi-tasking may be required for long periods of time.

The position may require travel to small, isolated communities within the NWT.

The NWTRPA is also embarking on a racial equity journey in relation to our strategic goal of working with intention to advance decolonization and reconciliation through its work, workplaces, and relationships. This work may be mentally demanding.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of this position.

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