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Forestry Workforce Advisor





POSITION: Forestry Workforce Advisor


NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 2 Full Time Positions



  • 1 Position at North Vancouver Office
  • 1 Position at Nanaimo Office




In spring 2006, the First Nations Forestry Society incorporated as a not-for-profit society in British Columbia to conduct its business in support of First Nations in BC participating and engaging in forestry-related issues. 


The First Nations Forestry Council (FNFC) is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives of the First Nations Summit, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the BC Assembly of First Nations. FNFC is politically accountable to the First Nations Leadership Council and the First Nations of BC.


One of FNFC’s strategic priorities is the implementation of its recently developed BC First Nations Forestry Workforce Strategy to support the increased participation and success in the forest sector by First Nations members through education, training and employment initiatives.



The First Nations Forestry Council is seeking two Forestry Workforce Advisors with successful track records to assist and support the Program Manager of Workforce & Industry Relations. The Forestry Workforce Advisor participates as an integral member of the FNFC Workforce team to successfully implement the BC First Nations Forestry Workforce Strategy (the “Strategy”) and related education, training and employment initiatives for First Nations communities and members throughout BC.


Reporting to the Program Manager, the successful candidate will fulfill a variety of duties in aid to and support of the Program Manager regarding First Nation Forestry Workforce Development. A central part of the Forestry Workforce Advisor role will be proactive and effective outreach to First Nations communities and members, industry representatives and service providers in his/her regions of responsibility. This represents an important expansion of FNFC’s role in supporting First Nations forestry employment and self-employment in BC.


Each Forestry Workforce Advisor will have a regional mandate:

  • Forestry Workforce Advisor (Northern BC and South Westcoast BC)
  • Forestry Workforce Advisor (Central BC and South East BC)


One Forestry Workforce Advisor will work out of the FNFC Nanaimo office and one will work out of the FNFC North Vancouver office. Location of each Forestry Workforce Advisor will be determined during the candidate selection process.



  • Conduct regular and effective outreach activities with First Nations, other Indigenous organizations, service providers, industry representatives and forest sector employers in the Workforce Advisor’s regions and coordinate these with the other Forestry Workforce Advisor and other FNFC staff
  • Keep up-to-date on funding and program opportunities for the FNFC and prepare funding/program/ project applications, proposals and budgets
  • Advise on and participate in the implementation of the FNFC Forestry Workforce Strategy in conjunction with FNFC colleagues and industry and First Nations partners
  • Support Program Manager in maintaining communications with industry partners, government program contacts, and First Nations, ASETS and other Indigenous organizations
  • Represent the FNFC in ongoing workforce-related collaborative projects, programs and initiatives
  • Perform project and program monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Ensure program transparency and accountability consistent with funders’ and FNFC policies and client requirements as it relates to the delivery of the Strategy and other workforce and industry programs
  • Provide a broad range of engagement and communications support for the Program Manager, including writing and editing and education/promotional materials, and preparing materials for the FNFC website
  • Ensure the organization and coordination of logistics of workforce meetings, conferences and other sessions




  • An appropriate combination of related post-secondary education and training (e.g. forestry, administration, social service work, business administration, project management or public policy) and a minimum of 3 years of related work experience in education/training and/or employment programming for First Nations communities and Indigenous people



  • Demonstrated experience and ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with First Nations, industry representatives and government officials
  • Experience in project management and program management, and program development, monitoring, evaluation and reporting, particularly for workforce projects, programs and initiatives


Abilities and Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals in the FNFC, First Nations communities and forest sector employers
  • Strong organizational and coordination skills
  • Superior level of computer literacy (particularly MS Office and MS Windows), especially word processing, spread sheets and presentation software, search engines and tools
  • Ability to effectively prepare presentations and present information to individuals or groups
  • Ability to work independently and expeditiously and make decisions, exert judgment and work with confidential/sensitive information under tight timeframes and competing priorities with tact and flexibility



  • Basic knowledge of other FNFC program areas (i.e. governance, policy, stewardship)
  • Knowledge and understanding of First Nations peoples political, governance, socio-economic and community issues
  • Knowledge of funding and forestry-related government programs, including an understanding of the program development and financial/budgeting reporting expectations of federal and provincial governments


Locations:          North Vancouver Office – Suite 2161-1959 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, BC

Nanaimo Office – 38 Victoria Crescent, Nanaimo, BC


A competitive compensation package is offered for this exciting and challenging position.  If you are qualified and attracted to working in a dynamic and progressive First Nations non-profit organization, please provide your resume in confidence as soon as possible.  This posting will remain open until the position is filled.


FNFC is committed to diversity and an inclusive workplace. We will recruit the best-qualified candidates based on skills, experience as qualifications required for the position. If two or more candidates are deemed to be equal in terms of these requirements, preference will be given to the candidate of Indigenous ancestry. As a result, Indigenous applicants can choose to self-identify.


The nature of the Forestry Workforce Advisor role is to be actively working with industry and First Nations communities on an outreach basis in his/her mandated regions; therefore, travel will be required and must be approved in advance by the Program Manager.


Please clearly specify which Forestry Workforce Advisor position(s) you are applying for, and please submit a cover letter and resume via email only to:


First Nations Forestry Council

c/o Kerry Jothen, Human Capital Strategies