Marine Planner (Full Time)


Metlakatla Stewardship Society


The Metlakatla Stewardship Society (MSS) is seeking a Marine Planner to lead implementation of Metlakatla’s Marine Use Plan and advance Metlakatla’s role in marine planning exercises with all levels of government. The successful candidate will be Metlakatla’s technical representative in all forums relating to the development and implementation of the Oceans Protection Plan (OPP) and the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) while also working with Metlakatla leadership and community to advance the Nations’ own marine management and research goals. As a manager, the candidate will oversee budgets, contractors, and resources and will collaborate with other MSS departments and staff to execute field-based exercises. The successful candidate will have strong leadership and communication skills, be capable of understanding and navigating complex inter-jurisdictional scenarios, and will have a proven record of working successfully with First Nations.

The MSS is an agency of the Metlakatla First Nation, responsible for the protection and proactive management of Metlakatla territory to ensure Metlakatla members’ continued access to healthy marine and terrestrial resources. Metlakatla Village is located a 15minutes boat ride from the City of Prince Rupert on the beautiful North Coast of British Columbia.


  • Lead implementation of Metlakatla’s Marine Use Plan in coordination with other Metlakatla Stewardship Society departments
  • Lead the technical development of specific plans and products associated with Metlakatla’s involvement in Oceans Protection Plan initiatives including: Community and regional geographic response planning; Marine Protected Area planning and implementation; Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping Management; and other marine stewardship related initiatives
  • Represent Metlakatla’s marine interests in regional technical forums for the Oceans Protection Plan and related programs
  • Represent Metlakatla interests while working with other First Nations and the provincial government through the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) and Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network planning
  • Liaise with all levels of government, other First Nations and the Port of Prince Rupert to advance Metlakatla’s marine planning interests
  • Work with MSS, the Metlakatla Treaty office, Development Corporation and Governing Council colleagues to coordinate and synchronize Marine Planning initiatives with other ongoing Metlakatla programs and initiatives
  • Manage existing funding agreements and budgets and seek additional funding to support Metlakatla’s marine planning initiatives
  • Provide regular progress reports to the MSS Board of Directors

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community members, colleagues, and government officials
  • Knowledge of the history and current context of marine planning on the North Coast of British Columbia
  • Demonstrated interest in marine management laws, policies and systems including those governing shipping, recreation, Food Social and Ceremonial (FSC) practices, ecosystem conservation, and other aspects of a dynamic marine ecosystem
  • Knowledge of Metlakatla territory, rights and title interests, culture and practices, and a demonstrated ability to work successfully with First Nation communities
  • Ability to synthesize, translate, and present complex information to various audiences
  • Hard working with the ability to prioritize and deliver multiple projects within tight time constraints
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and as a part of dynamic teams
  • Familiarity working with and managing traditional use and culturally sensitive data


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Marine Planning or related field with preference for a graduate degree
  • At least five years of work experience in a related field
  • Experience working for or with an Indigenous community or organization
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Confident in using various software programs, including Microsoft Office applications

The position will be based in Metlakatla Village, a 15 minute commute by boat from Prince Rupert, BC. Regular overnight travel will be required to attend meetings.

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