Guardian Field Coordinator

Jul 03, 2024

Job Title: Guardian Field Coordinator                                          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.

Guardian Field Coordinator 

The Guardians Field Coordinator is responsible for coordinating monitoring activities, ensuring supplies, material and equipment to support activities are available and in good working order, acting as an emergency contact for in field staff, overseeing the activities of field staff (including scheduling and route planning), engaging with community members, as well as general administrative support. The position will be based in Fort Chipewyan and the successful candidate will report to MCFN GIR’s Environment and Regulatory Affairs Manager.


Primary Accountabilities:

  • Maintain equipment to ensure it is in good working order, or arrange for repair and/or scheduled maintenance,
  • Ensure all safety policies are followed, and ensure all equipment is in safe operating condition,
  • Coordinate and plan monthly and weekly Guardians schedule,
  • Ensure all protocols are followed and that all data collected is stored safely and secured,
  • Ensure data entered into the Geokeeper App is properly saved and filed on GIR internal database,
  • Prepare maps based on data collected,
  • Develop reports based on data collected,
  • Ensure site access and flagging/channel marking is appropriate,
  • Brief and debrief Guardians before and after field missions,
  • Report back to Senior Manager on issues of concern and/or emerging situations,
  • Preparing monthly reports to Senior Manager,
  • Supervise staff,
  • Identify with the Senior Manager opportunities for staff training and development,
  • Accompany guardian on field missions from time to time, as required,
  • Inform community members on findings and speak to issues of concern.

 Additional Responsibilities:

  • Engage with students and participate in educational events as needed,
  • Represent MCFN at external meetings, forums and workshops as assigned, or required in the performance of a Guardian,
  • Perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with policies, standards, protocols and procedures of the MCFN as directed by the Director,
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as necessary in the performance of the position, and as assigned 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,
    • Participating in all applicable initiatives, workshops, conferences and meetings,
    • 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,
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers,
  • Demonstrated project coordination/project management experience,
  • Strong planning, organizational and coordination skills,
  • Proficient computer skills, including experience using Microsoft Outlook, Work, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Arc GIS
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • Certification in Project Management is considered an asset.


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

Experience: [1-3 years]

Education: [University Degree, College Diploma or Certificate in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences or Indigenous Studies preferred.]

Location: Fort Chipewyan, AB (required)

Salary: Negotiable based on education, experience and skills.