Following Canada’s commitment to the 2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets (2010) adopted under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the development of the National Framework for Canada’s Network of MPAs (2011), the Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia jointly produced the Canada-BC Marine Protected Area Network Strategy (2014). Concurrently, the Province of British Columbia and multiple coastal First Nations jointly developed marine plans for the North Pacific Coast under the Marine Plan Partnership (MaPP) for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP, 2012). In 2015, the Marine Protected Area Technical Team (MPATT) was formed to align efforts between Federal, Provincial, and First Nations governments to develop a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Pacific Northern Shelf Bioregion (NSB) by 2019.
In 2016 and 2017, MPATT began planning, conducting analyses, and engaging with stakeholders to identify candidate areas for MPAs in the NSB. MPATT will endeavour to compile the best available scientific data and traditional and local knowledge, take guidance from overarching principles, and take into account design considerations for the development of a MPA network. Design scenarios will be then be produced that aim to meet network objectives while minimizing costs to stakeholders. This will involve a significant amount of coordination and the production of scientific and technical products. This work is being conducted, in part, to support implementation of the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) plan, which was finalized and released in early 2017.
Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative (CFN-GBI), a partner in the development of the MPA network for the NSB, supports four First Nation organizations on the North Coast of B.C. in a variety of marine planning initiatives (MPA planning, MaPP and the PNCIMA).
This position will provide both scientific coordination and support to MPA Network development and add capacity to the CFN-GBI marine planning program.
The first component requires a time commitment of 3 days/week and focuses on providing scientific coordination and support for the MPA Network planning process. The successful candidate will work closely with members of the MPATT to provide broad process support and coordination of scientific and technical requirements of the MPA network planning process. It will also provide coordination and support to the Science Advisory Committee (SAC), a body of scientific and technical experts (soon to be established) that will provide advice upon request to MPATT. In addition, it will represent MPATT and help communicate the scientific and technical aspects of MPATT’s work at key stakeholder and public engagement meetings. The successful candidate will report to the MPATT co-chairs.
The second component requires a time commitment of 2 days/week and will focus on providing project coordination and scientific capacity support to the CFN-GBI marine planning program. Duties will include, but are not limited to: project management, coordination, administration and engagement The successful candidate will work closely with and report to the Marine Planning Coordinator to support First Nation Communities and First Nation organizations in MPA planning as well as other marine planning initiatives (PNCIMA, MaPP, etc.).
Candidates can express interest in one or both components. However, preference may be given to a candidate that expresses interest in both.
Status: The Coordinator will be an independent contractor to Great Bear Initiative Society submitting progress reports to the MPATT Co-Chairs for MPA Network activities. The successful contractor is expected to work from their own office and to provide the equipment necessary to conduct this work, including a computer and software, wireless access, and cell phone. MPATT requires flexibility in the contractor’s work schedule, so that working days align with critical meetings, travel requirements and timelines for product development. In some cases, this may translate working long hours one week (e.g. to prepare for a meeting) and shorter hours another week.
Contract period: November 2017 to November 2018 with possibility of extension to September 2019.
Contract Amount: commensurate with qualifications and experience
Location: contractor to be located in British Columbia
Travel: this position requires travel to many parts of the BC coast. Travel costs are reimbursable.
The Coordinator will report to the MPATT Co-chairs for the MPA Network component and to the CFN-GBI Marine Planning Coordinator for the other component.
The Project Authority is Great Bear Initiative Society.
For more information or to apply for the position, please contact and/or send résumé to: Steve Diggon, Marine Planning Coordinator, Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org