Resources and Infrastructure Associate

Resources and Infrastructure Associate

Updated by Kurt Kivell - January 17th at 1:44pm

Job Category


Environment Office | Saugeen Ojibway Nation
Wiarton ON N0H2T0


$38k - $57k/Year
Application Deadline

Member of Saugeen Ojibway Nation Preferred

Program:                    Environment Office Saugeen Ojibway Nation

Supervisor:                Resources and Infrastructure Manager

Accountable to:        Environment Office Manager, Joint Council of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation

Hours of Work:          37.5 hours/week (Monday to Friday - some weekends and evenings may be required)

The Resources and Infrastructure Associate (RIA) acts as the technical support and secondary contact for natural resource development, management and policy activities, as well as related infrastructure and land use (planning) activities across the Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territory. A core function of this position is to support the Resources and Infrastructure Manager (RIM) in carrying-out SON’s consultation process and ensure that the duty to consult is properly scoped and fulfilled and SON’s rights, interests, and Territory (lands, waters, wildlife, areas of cultural / ancestral significance) are protected. The types of natural resources and land use / infrastructure activities in SON Territory are diverse and large in scope, and include but are not limited to: aggregate operations (approvals, policy, environmental protection), shoreline developments/alterations (in-water works), municipal developments and zoning amendments, forestry management, wildlife management (e.g., black bear), and species at risk. Consultation on these issues includes but is not limited to engagement with: Parks Canada, conservation authorities, MNRF, MECP, MCTS, DFO, CWS, municipal governments (including Bruce County & Grey County), NCC, Ontario Nature. Any specific expertise or experience in these fields is considered an asset. Experience with GIS applications is considered an asset.

This role (under the supervision and direction of the RIM) may be assigned specific tasks or files based on skill-set and will support the RIM in corresponding with proponents of development/activities, government and non-government organizations, coordinating technical reviews, coordinating discussions and meetings between SON and proponents/government, and coordinating/conducting site visits. The RIA will coordinate and prepare for meetings and engagement with SON Joint Committees, SON Joint Council, and the SON Community at-large.


  • Act as the support to the Resources and Infrastructure Manager and be the secondary point of contact for natural resource and infrastructure development activities within the SON Territory.

  • Support in the review and organization of all incoming project notifications regarding new projects, existing projects, permits and approvals processes and applicable policy/law changes regarding the potential impact on SON Aboriginal and treaty rights, environment of the Territory, and areas of cultural/archaeological significance.

  • Ensure that all meetings and processes are documented.

  • Ensure SON’s Aboriginal and treaty rights, interests and concerns are addressed through duty to consult process

  • Utilize GIS applications to track and analyze potential ecological/cultural impacts of proposed projects / activities.

  • Work productively with Environment Office team members, SON Joint Council members and committees, proponents,

    government and non-government agencies, legal and other key individuals.

  • Provide technical expertise.

  • Provide technical expertise to other portfolios such as required.

  • Attend workshops, conferences and other professional development opportunities to build on ecological, technical and

    legislative knowledge.

  • Provide receptionist coverage as required.

  • Adhere to all SON policies & procedures, including Health & Safety guidelines.

  • Demonstrate good judgment.

  • Respect the confidentiality of SON, the community and employee information.

  • Deal professionally & courteously with all internal & external contacts.

  • Seek guidance / direction as necessary in the performance of duties.

  • Act as an ambassador for SON at all times.

  • General administrative duties.

  • Other duties as assigned.


• Diploma in Natural Resources Management / Environmental Science or related field

PLUS minimum 2 years’ experience working in related field


  • Equivalent 5 years’ minimum experience in related field.


  • Experience working with or within First Nations governments, or Municipal/Provincial/Federal governments.

  • Experience using GIS applications considered an asset*

  • In-depth understanding of SON Territory, rights, interests, and culture.

  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written, including excellent presentations skills

  • Strong planning, organizational and time management skills

  • Able to work efficiently with competing priorities

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of accounting & budgeting principles

  • Comprehensive computer skills including MS Office Suite and internet

  • Team player

  • Detail oriented

  • Driver’s license with access to a reliable vehicle


  • Analytical & critical thinking

  • Communication skills

  • Continuous learning

  • Detail oriented

  • Initiative

  • Leadership

  • Networking & relationship building

  • Organizational & environmental awareness

  • Partnering

  • Planning & organizing

  • Service orientation

  • Stewardship of resources


How to Apply

Closing date: Friday, February 4, 2022. Band members and persons of Aboriginal heritage are encouraged to apply. Forward cover letter and resume to: Attention: Saugeen Ojibway Nation Environment Office, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, 135 Lakeshore Blvd. Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario, N0H 2T0. Identify position applied for on outside of the envelope. Packages may also be emailed to: Further information or a copy of the position description is available by emailing the above address or by calling (519) 534-5507.

All applications are appreciated however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.