Senior Advisor Indigenous Services

Grounded in safety, quality, and ethics, our experts lead their fields and guide our work with rigor, a creative spirit, and vision for growth. We draw from more than 20 technical specialties around the globe and are committed to fostering an inclusive community of diverse talents, backgrounds, and expertise. We are a place to apply your passion and collaborate with top environmental talents on work that's critical to our clients and the communities we support. Join a team that has the environment down to a science.

Your Opportunity

Stantec has an opportunity for a full-time Senior Advisor to help lead our Indigenous services programs. Ideally, the position will be in our Sidney or Burnaby, British Columbia offices. However, there is flexibility for our other offices in British Columbia.

Our Indigenous Services group specializes in the integration of traditional knowledge into environmental assessments, Indigenous knowledge and land use studies, and Indigenous engagement support across Canada. We have provided planning, management, assessment, and mitigation services to private sector resource developers, all levels of government, non-governmental groups, and Indigenous groups. We practice respectful collection and interpretation of information in collaboration with Indigenous groups.

The Senior Advisor will be responsible for delivering Indigenous Services, which include supporting environmental assessment and permitting processes, Indigenous knowledge studies, report writing, and assisting with Indigenous consultation and engagement activities.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Providing senior technical leadership for the Indigenous Services team and staff in British Columbia and across Canada who assists with Indigenous Services work
  • Providing regulatory expertise related to Indigenous aspects of environmental assessment at provincial, territorial and federal levels
  • Building internal Indigenous Services capacity within Stantec, including providing guidance, support and mentoring to junior staff
  • Designing study programs and assessment methods that meet client needs, emerging regulatory requirements and Indigenous group expectations
  • Liaising with project managers and other disciplines to provide direction on the consideration and integration of Indigenous knowledge in environmental assessments
  • Assisting clients with work that includes engagement with Indigenous groups or Indigenous participation programs
  • Conducting Indigenous knowledge and land use studies, including interviews and field studies
  • Reporting, documentation and quality review
  • Contributing to and defending assessments for regulatory applications
  • Completion of projects efficiently within allocated budgets and timelines
  • Writing and contributing to proposals
  • Business development for Indigenous Services and in support of sector-related pursuits

Your Capabilities and Credentials
  • Strong Indigenous-focused regulatory and environmental assessment skills
  • Knowledge of Indigenous cultural, historical, and political context in Canada
  • Experience in presenting to a variety of audiences including Indigenous and industry clients, regulatory authorities and technical teams
  • Outstanding interpersonal ability with diverse cultural groups
  • Excellent oral and demonstrated written communication skills
  • Must have a valid driver's license as travel may be required in this position as project needs dictate
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Applications

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree or higher (Indigenous studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, archaeology and/or environmental sciences)
10 years' experience in environmental services, 5 years' experience with Indigenous Services
Completion of industry-specific safety training certificates is an asset

Relevant consulting experience is an asset, particularly in community-based research.

Combination of time spent in field and office environment with prolonged sitting and computer work.

Typical office environment working with computers and remaining sedentary for long periods. Fieldwork may include exposure to the elements including inclement weather. Ability to lift and move items and equipment up to 50 lbs.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities, and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other's talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.

Job: Social Scientist

Primary Location: Canada-British Columbia-Burnaby

Other Locations: Canada-British Columbia-Sidney

Employee Status: Regular

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Schedule: Full-time

Req ID: 190003MV


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