Senior Advisor, First Nation Relations
Scientific Technical Officer R27 – Resource

Job has Temporary Exemption to Work from Home due to COVID-19

Although this position has onsite office-based requirements, it can temporarily be performed virtually due to the current extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19. This will remain in place until physical distancing advisories are lifted.

 Virtual Recruitment Process

Due to present physical distancing requirements related to COVID-19, the recruitment process for this competition may take place virtually.

  • This is to establish and eligibility list for future temporary and/or permanent positions.
  • Currently available:  One (1) permanent position located in Nanaimo

Bring your leadership skills and expertise in First Nation Relations to this challenging role and progressive West Coast team.

The West Coast Regional First Nations Relations Team is a dynamic, innovative, and professional group that provides strong leadership and support for natural resource decision making and the advancement of the Province’s reconciliation commitments. The team is focused on advancing reconciliation with First Nations, through the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and the Declaration Act. A strong emphasis on relationship development with the 56 Nations whose territories overlap the West Coast Region, increasing inter-agency collaboration, and leading the development and delivery of various cultural and professional education/training programs are core to this team.

The Senior Advisor examines a wide range of proposals for the use of natural resources on Crown Land and advises supports and/or conducts First Nation  engagement/consultation. The position will require the Senior Advisor to provide direction and training to resource Officers (Lands, Water, Wildlife, etc) with regard to consultation processes and assist in consultation when required.  This position may also require coordination and interface with other Ministries in negotiating agreements and assist in the implementation of those agreements.  The Senior First Nations Advisor provides leadership and a critical perspective that endeavor to anticipate and resolve a broad range of concerns. This role may also include supervisory responsibilities.

Located on Vancouver Island’s south east coast, Nanaimo offers incredible access to the outdoors with phenomenal local parks, a vast networks of mountain bike trails, river and ocean fishing all the while being  ideally situated for further afield  camping, hiking, skiing and watersport adventures.

With over 200 different occupations available in 280 communities across the province, we offer exciting opportunities for your career. Come be a part of the BC Public Service, a Top 100 Employer that embraces diversity, health and career growth. For more information, please see What We Offer.

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For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

Education and Experience:

  • A Master’s Degree in Arts, Social Sciences, Law, Natural Resource/Environmental Management, or Public Administration, plus 3 years of related experience, OR
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, Social Sciences, Law, Natural Resource/Environmental Management, or Public Administration and 5 years’ related experience OR
  • A combination of relevant experience and education.

Related Experience must include all of the following the following:

  • Experience undertaking consultation with First Nations on natural resource related decisions
  • Experience working with First Nations communities and facilitating engagement and/or consultation with First Nations
  • Experience in mediation, meeting facilitation and/or negotiation

Preference may be given to applicants with the following:

  • Experience developing or contributing to natural resource management or social policy.
  • Experience leading complex project with multiple stakeholders and resolving challenging issues.
  • Experience conducting research and analysis related to land use, resource management, social or economic development issues.
  • Supervisory and leadership experience.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting. 

CRC – A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover Letter: NO – Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire (COMPREHENSIVE): YES – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.

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