The prime objective of the Conservation Advisor in the Lands, Resources and Consultations (LRC) Branch of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is to provide support to the Managers in the LRC Branch and, where required, to the Director the Branch. Under the direction of the Managers in LRC Branch, the Conservation Advisor will assist in the development of land conservation initiatives and projects benefiting the citizens of the MNO.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Provide technical support to the LRC Branch and the MNO’s Regional Consultation Committees (RCCs) in relation to the conservation initiatives. Duties include, but are not limited to, research, liaising and reporting on the above mentioned items and development of projects and initiatives.
Support the MNO in its environmental stewardship (i.e. land conservation initiatives, educational outreach) goals.
Support the development of land conservation programs such as land ownership for conservation, conservation easements, education initiatives, etc.
Assist with drafting funding applications to provide capacity for conservation work.
Plan and execute engagement activities with the RCCs and the MNO community, such as engagement meetings, site tours and community information sessions etc. Duties include, but are not limited to, scheduling, confirming budgets, booking venues/catering, preparation of expense forms, purchase orders, agendas, briefings, briefing notes and leading meetings with RCCs, proponents, government officials, and MNO communities.
Travel to communities to participate in, and present at, meetings. This may require overnight stays in communities, long-distance driving, air travel and a varied work schedule include work during week-ends and evenings.
Visit sites of ecological/conservation interest to the MNO including areas that are poorly accessible. This could include walking on uneven ground, being exposed to inclement weather and using equipment such as a handheld GPS and water quality multi-meter.
Develop and maintain contacts with proponents, government departments, and other entities, on projects, relevant issues and initiatives affecting and impacting communities in the MNO.
Maintain a thorough record of all activities and consultations associated with projects, relevant issues and initiatives. Software such as MS SharePoint or other project management software may be implemented for project and other related coordination purposes.
Develop communications for MNO communities regarding relevant topics, issues and initiatives, as well as for specific projects. Communications tools may include, but are not limited to, letters, invitations, Métis Voyageur advertisements, brochures, research briefings and webpage postings etc.
Work collaboratively with other staff of the LRC Branch, including the MNO Community Relations Unit and the MNO Way of Life Unit and the MNO Education and Training Branch on assigned projects, initiatives and issues. Collaborative work to improve processes and standards within the LRC Branch is expected.
Support all tasks listed with strong research and writing skills.
Strong desire to act in the service of the Métis Citizens, to advance and uphold rights and culture
Completion of post-secondary education in fields of environmental studies, ecology, environmental sciences, earth sciences, environmental engineering, resource development, or a related area, or equivalent experience.
2-4 years’ experience in protected spaces, conservation land trusts or environmental sectors.
An understanding of regulatory processes, environmental issues and Indigenous issues or a demonstrated ability and willingness to learn about these and other processes and issues quickly.
Who We Are
In 1993, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) was established through the will of Métis people and Métis communities coming together throughout Ontario to create a Métis-specific governance structure and vision, encapsulated in the Statement of Prime Purpose. Today, the Métis Nation of Ontario represents over 25,000 Métis citizens.
The MNO delivers programs and services to its citizens through these branches: Healing and Wellness; Community Wellbeing; Education and Training; Housing; Lands, Resources and Consultation; Intergovernmental and Community Relations; Self-Government and Registry. Through these various branches, the MNO maintains 30+ offices and community spaces across the province, administers over $50 million annually, and employs about 350 staff across the province.
The Métis Nation of Ontario commits to providing accommodation as required by the Ontario Human Rights Act, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the principles of dignity, individualization, and inclusion. The Métis Nation of Ontario will work cooperatively and in the spirit of respect with all partners in the accommodation process. These accommodations will extend to all aspects of the employment relationship including recruitment and selection.
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Please note, all employees, regardless of role or location, are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless the employee has a valid medical exemption. This condition of employment is effective for all employees, full or part-time, permanent or contract, whether working remotely or not, as of November 1, 2021.
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