Environment and Regulatory Affairs Manager

Jul 03, 2024

Job Title: Guardian                                                                           Department: Government & Industry Relations

Reports to: Environment and Regulatory Affairs Manager    Location: Fort Chipewyan, AB


Mikisew Cree First Nation – Guardians Program Overview:

Guided by the wisdom of our Elders and land-users, the MCFN – GIR’S Guardians program combines Indigenous Knowledge and western science to address community concerns about wildlife in our homelands.  The Guardians program seeks to gather information about the health status of wildlife, changing population numbers and range, habitat health and abundance, and the viability of hunting species of cultural importance.

The Guardians program also seeks to provide educational opportunities for youth and Elders to come together. Information gathered through the Guardians program assists the MCFN-GIR in negotiations and environmental assessments for proposed resource development projects and co-management decisions.  Finally, Guardians engage in public outreach and education to promote ways of life consistent with Mikisew stewardship values.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Reports to Guardians Field Coordinator and Project manager.


In Field Activities and Data Collection:

  • Collect wildlife, habitat and recreational land-use data while on field missions,
  • Collect data on reclamation projects,
  • Conduct joint patrols with relevant enforcement agencies where appropriate,
  • Track buffalo and caribou movement and location,
  • Collect data related to predation, species, and health of species,
  • Note changes in habitat (drying trends, species composition, invasive species, etc.),
  • Monitor access routes and document land-use from public,
  • Document reclamation progress,
  • Identify new areas that may benefit from restoration for restoration,
  • Install and retrieve data from wildlife cameras,
  • Ensure weekly data is uploaded into GeoKeeper and GIR internal database,
  • Install signage in strategic locations.

Search and Rescue:

  • Coming to the aid of those needing assistance while conducting field missions.

Public Outreach:

  • Educating non-Indigenous land-users on stewardship practices to respect,
  • Develops and provides program updates at MCFN community events, open-houses and workshops,
  • Represent MCFN at external meetings, forums and workshops as assigned, or required in the performance of a Guardian,
  • Engage with students and participate in educational events as needed,
  • Prepare and deliver responses to program inquiries,
  • With the support of the Field Coordinator, help organize community events to promote the Guardians program and encourage community participation,
  • Liaise with community organizations to facilitate engagement,
  • Provides support and participates in field camps, as needed.



  • Develops and provides Senior Manager with monthly reports,
  • Supports consultation and reporting required with external agencies as required.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Maintain building and oversee facility maintenance, as needed,
  • Maintain equipment and repairs, as needed,
  • Maintain inventory and procure goods and services, as needed,
  • Perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with policies, standards, protocols and procedures of the MCFN as directed by the Director,
  • Contribute effectively as a team member to the overall plans and objectives of MCFN,
  • Contribute to the GIR team to include responsibility for:
    • Working cooperatively and effectively with MCFN staff members,
    • Contributing to MCFN communication strategies and activities such as news bulletins, newsletters and the MCFN website.

 Job Knowledge and Skills:

  • Has experience working in Indigenous communities and a demonstrated in-depth knowledge of Indigenous worldviews, cultural practices and protocols,
  • Has an understanding of Mikisew Cree First Nation culture,
  • Understands Mikisew protocols related to environmental stewardship,
  • Understands wildlife movement and species identification,
  • Knowledge of environmental monitoring or scientific research is considered an asset,
  • Strong planning, organizational and coordination skills,
  • Proficient computer skills, including experience using Microsoft Outlook, Work, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat,
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment,
  • Strong oral and written communication skills,
  • Ability to speak in large groups and in public,
  • Ability to work flexible hours – weekends and holidays if necessary and
  • Wilderness First Aid certification,
  • Strong navigational skills,
  • Has good knowledge and understanding of mechanics and machinery maintenance,
  • Has experience being out on the land for prolonged periods of time,
  • Valid Drivers and boating License.

Job Profile Summary

  • Work is performed in an office environment and on the land for regularly scheduled multi-day trips,
  • Some evenings and weekends may be required,
  • Willingness and ability to travel, including travel to remote areas,
  • Successful Criminal Record Check,
  • Ability to speak/and or understand the Cree language is considered an asset.

Working Conditions:

  • This position requires working extensively under isolated conditions on the territory, including in river and lake environments. The working conditions are rugged terrain, boat work on rough waters, and under sometimes extreme weather conditions that can change rapidly. You must demonstrate that you are comfortable in the outdoors and have the necessary first aid and safety training to be safe on the job. In lieu of having the necessary first aid and safety training the successful Guardian will be provided with appropriate training prior to entering the field.

Physical Requirements

  • The Indigenous Guardian position is physically demanding and will include travel in rough weather on a boat, hiking long distances on the territory, and moving and/or packing heavy field equipment to remote sites. Applicants must be in good physical health to carry out the job effectively without injury.

Job Type: Fixed term, ending March 31, 2026 (with possible extension)

Experience: 1-3 years’ experience guiding, environmental monitoring or conducting search and rescue. Experience on the land is an asset.

Education: Certification in Wilderness First Aid, Swiftwater Rescue, Firearms Safety, High School considered an asset but not a requirement.  Successful candidates will be provided appropriate training prior to entering the field.

Location: Fort Chipewyan, AB (required)

Salary: Negotiable based on education, experience and skills