This position is to provide support on education and communication within Nawash and the outside communities on the Chippewas of Nawash fishery and the fishery assessment program. The Chippewas of Nawash Fisheries Assessment Program is a long-term data collection program that samples commercially harvested fish from Lake Huron/Georgian bay. The biological data collected by the Assessment Program is an integral factor in the management of Lake Huron fish stocks and aids Nawash Council in sound management decision-making regarding their fishery.The successful applicant will be part of a partnership project between the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in the successful implementation of the commercial fishing agreement between the Province of Ontario and Chippewas of Nawash. They possess a positive personality and an ability to relate to a diverse group of stakeholders, government agencies, non-profit organizations, municipalities etc. They have a demonstrated ability to identify opportunities to educate and promote a healthy respectful relationship between Indigenous communities and the public. Knowledge of the fishery management and Great Lakes ecosystems is an asset.
The Fishery Compliance and Education Officer possesses a professional attitude and a willingness to learn. They have well developed project implementation skills and pay attention to detail and accuracy.
Duties and responsibilities
- Liaise between fishers from the Chippewas of Nawash and enforcement agencies to address incident reports from fishers (theft, vandalism, etc.)
- Support public awareness of the fishery through various in person/and or online tools. This could include public education events, social media, press releases and meetings in collaboration with MNRF.
- Coordinate the preparation and distribution of electronic/hard copy materials for public education and engagement.
- Research, develop and maintain a database of outreach contacts and partners.
- Disseminate information and data about the fisheries to both Chippewas of Nawash community members and outside stakeholders.
- Work collaboratively with OMNRF Staff
- Promote stewardship of resources
Knowledge and skills
Strong knowledge of fishery management and Great Lakes ecosystems
Exceptional writing and verbal communication skills
Knowledge of First Nation fishery and rights
Computer skills with experience in MS Windows, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and web-based applications
Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people, build trust and solid relationships, be diplomatic and exhibit sensitivity
Demonstrated time management and organizational skills
Availability to travel to locally in the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula
Experience working with Indigenous communities is an asset;
Ability to plan and coordinate complex activities, organize multiple tasks and prioritize work
Valid Ontario driver’s license, sufficient insurance to use your vehicle for work travel, and access to reliable transportation.
Vulnerable sector check
Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.
Qualified interns are:
- Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
- Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
- Available to work for at least six months
- Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
- Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)
*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.