Natural Resources Development Coordinator
Wahnapitae First Nation
Capreol, ON


The Natural Resources Development Coordinator will report directly to the Executive Director. The Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating natural resource contracts and fieldwork within Wahnapitae First Nation (WFN) traditional Territory. This role will involve, but is not limited to; in depth knowledge in mining and mineral exploration activities, managing environmental monitoring programs including supervision of technicians, drafting project proposals, preparing invoices, communicating with management and leadership, business development, drafting reports, reporting data, maintaining safety records and organizing training. The Natural Resources Development Coordinator will play a key role in building relationships with industry, academia and government, as well as researching innovative funding possibilities for the WFN community.


  • Research and provide background information for natural resource initiatives and opportunities as well as related issues and concerns
  • Review and respond to applications for mineral exploration permits, closure plans, permits to take water, aggregate permits, forest management plans, environmental assessments, environmental compliance approvals, etc…
  • Review new and proposed legislations and interpret impacts to Wahnapitae First Nation territory, community, Aboriginal rights, and Anishinaabe culture
  • Write reports, minutes of meetings, briefing notes and newsletters to communicate all activities to the Executive Director
  • Analyze environmental data sets in relation to resource management targets
  • Identify sites or activities requiring Environmental Impact Assessment, rehabilitation or monitoring
  • Organize and facilitate information sessions with community to support efforts to increase community knowledge of the mining sequence, forestry management, aggregate activities and the possible range of economic benefits arising from natural resource development.
  • Research and provide background information for natural resource initiatives and opportunities as well as related issues and concerns;
  • Represent the community and participate in consultation hearings, conferences, seminars.
  • Make recommendations to leadership for natural resource management to support informed decision making
  • Participate in negotiations and industry relations committees
  • Draft agreements & review regularly, report on implementation results
  • Develop and implement industry-specific consultation policy(ies)
  • Organize and facilitate meeting with proponents, industry & government representatives, community and other first nations
  • Engage community members with industry proponents to promote job skills training or employment
  • Contribute to regional and federal technical sessions related to natural resources


  • Sc. Degree in Environmental Science (or related field), M.Sc. preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of mining and mineral exploration activities, forestry and silviculture practices, environmental science and field work, aggregates and quarries, sustainable energy, water resources, fisheries, consultation and human resource management
  • Strong knowledge of associated legislation (Mining Act, Water Protection Act, Aggregate Resources Act, etc…)
  • Genuine and professional experience in community engagement with first nations communities, non-profit organizations, elders and youth
  • 3-5 years of experience, in a natural resource related field (may include experience acquired during education)
  • Experience working in a First Nation community
  • Knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), scientific methods, sampling instruments, water quality and
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat and ArcGIS software as well as technical skills with computer hardware, software, AV equipment and auxiliary digital instruments
  • Proficiency operating Argo, UTV, boats and motors of various kinds, ice auger, water pumps, chainsaw, and ability to maintain all equipment
  • WHMIS, First Aid, and NORCAT training, an asset
  • Pleasure Craft Operators Card an asset
  • Valid Class G Driver’s License and personal vehicle


  • Primarily this position will be office-based with travel in the Sudbury region for meetings and occasional fieldwork
  • The incumbent may, at times, work in extreme weather conditions and perform field work in remote areas and may encounter wildlife & heavy machinery
  • Moderate to heavy lifting may be required

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

Please forward your cover letter, resume and three (3) work references by fax, email or regular mail to:

Leila Roque Administration

Wahnapitae First Nation, 259 Taighwenini Trail Road, Capreol ON P0M 1H0

Anishinabek and First Nation members are encouraged to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those being interviewed will be contacted.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • Secondary School (Preferred)


  • English (Preferred)