Job opportunity: W̱SÁNEĆ Restoration Program Liaison

Application deadline is September 20th
Hourly wage: $20/hour

Position overview 

Raincoast Conservation Foundation (Raincoast) is seeking a member of the W̱SÁNEĆ Community of Vancouver Island {W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱,(Tsawout) W̱SIKEM (Tseycum)} out on the Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands of British Columbia to join the team as a Project Community Liaison for a planned restoration partnership program taking place in the fall of 2021. 

This is a part time (15-20 hours per week) 8-9 week position starting in early September 2021. The successful applicant will be under the direct supervision of the Education Coordinator. The wage for this position is $20/hour.

The successful incumbent will act as a liaison between the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council (WLC), Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) and Raincoast. They will work closely with W̱SÁNEĆ Community Members to recruit and conduct a dune restoration project on the covenant areas of James Island ( ȽEL¸TOS). 

The project will include a survey of the current conditions of the sandy dune areas of the island, and the removal of invasive beach plants. The incumbent will also be partially responsible for coordinating the next series of fall sail expeditions within W̱SÁNEĆ territory as a part of Raincoast’s Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program.

About Raincoast Conservation Foundation 

Raincoast is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by our research to protect the lands, waters, and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. We use peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further our conservation objectives. We achieve our goals through our mandate to investigate, inform, and inspire.

Duties and responsibilities

In this role, the duties required include:

  • Acting as a conduit for information and scheduling protocol  between Raincoast, NCC and WLC.
  • Assisting with the organization and hiring of a restoration team.
  • Managing and coordinating restoration events on James Island.
  • Assisting and mentoring other W̱SÁNEĆ youth who are taking part in the Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program.
  • Arranging elders to guide the restoration practices, speak at events and lead storytelling and knowledge building.
  • Contributing towards a long-term management plan for the ecologically sensitive areas within the covenant areas.  

Desired skills & qualifications

  • Strong understanding of Ethnobotany, ecological restoration, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
  • Experience collaborating with First Nation communities.
  • Knowledge of SENĆOŦEN Language and W̱SÁNEĆ culture is a highly desired asset.
  • Organizational and communication skills.
  • Capable of managing scheduling for a diverse group of individuals.
  • Knowledge of British Columbia’s wildlife, habitats, and conservation issues are an asset.
  • Class 4 driver’s licence


Funding for this position is provided partially through Nature Canada’s Work to Grow wage subsidy program.One of the goals of Work to Grow is to diversify and strengthen the nature sector. As such, this opportunity is only available to individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour.”

 To be eligible, you must meet the following funding criteria:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment**; and,
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

How to apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to .

Email applications with “W̱SÁNEĆ Restoration Program Liaison” in the subject line. Attach a single PDF file for your cover letter and resume – name it your first and last name (e.g. Mark Smith.doc).

We thank all applicants but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation (Raincoast) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind.

Raincoast is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Raincoast will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of the characteristics outlined within The Employment Equity Act.

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