Indigenous Engagement and Human Environment Practice Lead
Falkirk Environmental Consultants Ltd. (Falkirk) is a leading Canadian consulting firm focused on the areas of regulatory affairs and permitting, Indigenous engagement and relationship building, water stewardship, closure and reclamation planning, compliance and environmental management, and project management (www.falkirk.ca). Falkirk is at the intersection between industry, communities, and government helping to define successful pathways for projects to advance. We often act as an “owner’s’ representative” and are known for tackling strategic, complex problems by bringing forward creative, cost-effective solutions.
Falkirk is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia in the traditional territory of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, xwməθkwəyə̓ m, and səlilwətaɬ. We currently have nearly 30 full time employees made up of senior project management professionals, Indigenous engagement experts, Professional Engineers, environmental and data scientists, and social science and project permitting specialists from across Canada. As a firm we also partner with independent technical specialists in specific areas to meet client or project requirements.
Falkirk is seeking a motivated and multitask-oriented individual who is flexible and works well in a small team environment to fill the full-time position of Indigenous Engagement and Human Environment Practice Lead, reporting directly to Falkirk’s VP of Indigenous and Stakeholder Engagement.
As a practice lead, your role will include:
- Building and leading the Indigenous Engagement and Human Environment teams, including
project management, staff management and oversight, mentoring, operations planning and
budgeting, and development of best practices and procedures for service delivery
- Providing leadership on all aspects of Falkirk’s Indigenous Engagement and Human Environment services, including but not limited to:
- Indigenousandstakeholderengagementandconsultationplanning, implementation, tracking and reporting
- Traditional Land Use and Indigenous Knowledge
environment, including Indigenous interests
enhancement and monitoring programs
- Keeping abreast of changes to Canadian federal and provincial impact assessment legislation and practices, and stakeholder consultation best practices;
- Providing senior oversight on the delivery of multiple projects within scope/budget/schedule expectations and apply high quality standards on project deliverables; and
- Leading the preparation of workplans and proposals, including development of scopes and cost estimates.
For this position, the ideal candidate will have 15+ years of direct experience in Indigenous and stakeholder engagement, environmental assessments, socio-cultural and/or socio-economic baseline studies and impact assessments and the following qualifications:
- Knowledge of Canadian or provincial/territorial environmental impact assessment legislation and regulations (i.e., Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012);
- Familiarity with and sound understanding of Canadian federal and provincial environmental policy and legislation relating to the natural resource sector;
- Experience working with natural resource extraction firms on large resource projects, such as mining, oil and gas, and/or renewable energies;
- Experience working with proponents, government/regulators, communities and/or Indigenous organizations;
- Knowledge of traditional land use and/or cultural impacts of resource development;
- Excellent leadership, project and time management skills;
- Strong awareness and keen interest of Indigenous cultures, UNDRIP, TRC Calls to Action,
decolonization practices, current legislation including the government’s duty to consult, the
history of Indigenous Nations in Canada, and the legacies that continue to be impacted;
- Proven ability to provide senior advice and project / technical oversight to more junior staff;
- Strong interpersonal, communication and critical thinking skills;
- Willingness to travel and work in the field on projects as needed; and
- A valid driver’s license.
Experience in the mining/resource sector will be considered a strong asset.
Your benefits at Falkirk will include:
- Can work from home
- Competitive benefits and remuneration package;
- Profit sharing options;
- Flexible work environment;
- Ability to work on innovative and collaborative multidisciplinary projects; and
- On the job training, mentoring and coaching.
Closing Date: Until Filled
Please Submit Resume to the attention of Christy Smith, VP of Indigenous and Stakeholder Engagement at email@example.com.
We appreciate the interest of all applicants; only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
Specialized Discipline of Experience:
Environmental Assessment, Permitting, Environmental Management, Human Environment