Wildlife Management Biologist II

Second Posting

 Eeyou Marine Region Wildlife Board

Eastmain, QC

Intent: This full-time position will be renewed annually contingent upon available funding. It is intended that the position will become permanent upon the renewal of a new ten-year funding agreement with the federal government as early as 2025. This position is primarily administrative in nature, with some opportunity for fieldwork and original research.

Backgrounder on the Eeyou Marine Region: The Eeyou Marine Region Wildlife Board (EMRWB) is an Institution of Public Government (IPG) established under Chapter 13 of the Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement (EMRLCA). The EMRWB is the main instrument of wildlife management and research in the EMR. The five coastal EMR communities are Waskaganish, Eastmain, Wemindji, Chisasibi and Whapmagoostui. The main office of the EMRWB is located in Waskaganish, Quebec. **Please note that this position will be based out of Eastmain, QC**.

Some of the primary responsibilities of this position include:

  • Support the collection, management and analysis of wildlife data and traditional knowledge in the EMR through such activities as: support research design and fieldwork for projects proposed within the EMR; design, conduct and publish original research on behalf of the EMRWB; seek external funding to support research projects; perform data analysis and write technical reports and management plans as required; finalization of project reports; screen EMRWB funding applications and make recommendations to the Board; provide scientific advice on research projects as part of the EMR Project Screening Process;
  • Work with various co-management partners, levels of government, NGOs and local Cree entities on topics related to wildlife management through such activities as: represent the EMRWB on various technical committees (e.g. Southern Hudson Bay Polar Bear Technical Working Group) and at workshops; review and provide feedback on COSEWIC assessments and federal and provincial species listings and recovery plans; work closely with Nunavik and Nunavut on the management of shared wildlife populations such as polar bear and beluga;
  • Coordinate and participate in consultation and public hearing processes with the communities and entities of the EMR and co-management partners by: participating in planning meetings, summarizing information and submissions to make management recommendations to the Director;
  • Serve as the primary point of contact at the operational level with the Wildlife Liaison Officer of the Cree Trappers’ Association (EMR Department – Chapter 12 of the EMRLCA);
  • Promote effective communication of the EMRWB mandate and activities to the public;
  • Supervise the Wildlife Management Biologist I in such activities as: report writing, project budget management, annual project planning, data collection and management, designation of fieldwork and report writing;
  • Support the Director in presenting advice, updates, documentation and other types of information at EMRWB Board meetings and other meetings and workshops as required.

Desired qualifications, skills and assets:

Education:

  • A minimum of a Master of Science Degree in a related field (e.g. Biology, Marine Ecology).

Experience/Required Skills:

  • A minimum of 5 (five) years of experience in wildlife management, wildlife research, marine science, or natural resource management;
  • A minimum of 3 (three) years of research design, project and budget management and supervision of staff;
  • Writing of technical reports, briefing materials, management plans;
  • Comprehension of scientific literature and data analysis;
  • Living and conducting research in a remote environment;
  • Working with wildlife co-management partners and inter-jurisdictional entities;
  • Strong oral and written English;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision;
  • Valid driver’s licence
  • Possession of or eligibility to obtain a PAL (firearms licence).

Assets:

  • Knowledge of French and Cree languages;
  • Working with Indigenous groups and/or in a cross-cultural environment;
  • Experience making wildlife management recommendations;
  • Experience participating in public hearings;
  • Knowledge of northern coastal and marine ecosystems;
  • Conducting fieldwork by boat and aircraft;
  • GIS, mapping, and data management;
  • Wilderness First Aid;
  • Willingness to travel on occasion.

Knowledge:

  • Some knowledge of the Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement and of the James Bay & Northern Quebec Agreement;
  • Some knowledge of the Eeyou Marine Region and James Bay territory regional context;
  • Familiarity with fish, shorebird and other wildlife species found in the EMR and northern hemisphere;
  • Knowledge of research methodologies and scientific data analysis.

Benefits:

  • Subsidized staff housing is available in Eastmain, QC(for non-residents of Eastmain only);
  • Relocation allowance is provided;
  • Annual paid vacation (15 days), paid Statutory holidays and 10 paid days over Christmas;
  • Additional benefits may be paid including health & dental coverage, vacation allowance and RRSP.

Applicants are invited to visit the following websites for more information about the EMR and region:

www.emrwb.ca

www.eeyoumarineregion.ca

www.eastmain.ca/

www.escapelikeneverbefore.com/

Eeyou Marine Region (Facebook)

The EMR entities are equal opportunity employers. In accordance with the EMRLCA, conditions may vary to promote the employment of qualified local and/or Cree candidates. The starting salary for fully qualified individuals is $91,599.

Please submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail to Priscillia Wesley at: pwesley@eeyoumarineregion.ca.

Questions about the job position can be submitted to Angela Coxon at: acoxon@eeyoumarineregion.ca.

Closing date is July 12, 2024 at 5:00pm (EST). Only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted.

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