Forestry Advisor

Internal/External Job
Location:  Kenora, Atikokan, Dryden or Fort Frances
Permanent, Full-time position
Closes: August 14, 2020 4:30 PM 
Posting: 081420-FA-VAR

Salary: $48,570-$55,870 annual (commensurate upon experience) 


The Forestry Advisor in the Lands, Resources and Consultations (LRC) Branch of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) provides support on all forestry-related issues and initiatives.  Under the direction of the Managers in the LRC Branch, the Forestry Advisor will review Forest Management Plans (FMPs) and forestry-related policies, and help prepare MNO’s comments on these plans as they relate to the concerns of the Métis community and potential impact of forestry operations on Métis rights. The Forestry Advisor will facilitate Métis engagement on forestry issues and initiatives within the MNO traditional territories and liaise with Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) staff to ensure that the Duty to Consult and Accommodate owed to the regional rights-bearing Métis communities in Ontario is being fulfilled.


  • Liaise with proponents, government, and other forestry sector entities on forestry related activities.
  • Provide technical advice and support to MNO staff and the Regional Consultation Committees on forestry issues and potential impacts of forestry activities on Métis rights and interests where the Duty to Consult is engaged.
  • Collect, securely store/archive, review, access and report on information associated with forestry projects. Maintain a thorough record of all activities and consultations, and track projects through a project tracking system.
  • Develop communications for MNO communities regarding forestry related activities as well as for specific projects.
  • Work collaboratively with other staff of the LRC Branch, including the MNO Community Relations unit and the MNO Way of Life unit to implement various programs and initiatives.
  • Coordinate work associated with the facilitation of meetings, community gatherings, teleconferences, etc. including but not limited to preparation of agendas and briefings for effective engagements with proponents, governments, regional consultation committees and MNO communities.
  • Establish and maintain positive and productive working relationships with other MNO units and branches, Regional Consultation Committees and proponents as directed.
  • Develop written materials (briefings, reports, summaries, slide presentations, email).
  • Deliver presentations on forestry issues and initiatives.
  • Coordinate forestry meetings with staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and work together with MNO’s Consultation Assessment Coordinators.
  • Travel to communities for meetings with industry proponents and/or community members, to give presentations or attend meetings.  This may require overnight stays in the community and a varied work schedule.

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Completion of post-secondary education in forestry, environmental sciences or resource development, or equivalent experience; a Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.
  • 2-5 years’ experience in government policy, natural resource sector or environmental sector is required.
  • An understanding of regulatory processes related to forest management plans, forest audits, environmental assessment, and stakeholder participation in those regulatory processes; or a demonstrated ability to learn regulatory processes quickly is required.

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:


  • Strong desire to act in the service of the Métis Citizens, to advance and uphold rights and culture
  • Completion of post-secondary education in a related field, or equivalent experience
  • A high degree of technology literacy and proficiency in standard office equipment
  • Advanced communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Superior organization skills and time/priority-management
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Ability to problem-solve independently
  • Ability to work alone/indecently with minimal supervision
  • Strong project coordination, including the design and implementation of project work-plans


  • Completion of an advanced training or certification in a relevant area
  • Knowledge of Métis-specific and broader Aboriginal key challenges, and programs


  • Bilingualism




  • Demonstrated experience in a related field


  • Previous 2 years or more experience in a similar/comparable role
  • Previous experience dealing with confidential information
  • Demonstrated ability in managing relationships with a variety of internal / external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to write high quality reports, briefing notes and presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly acquire and expand knowledge and to be flexible when advising others in a demanding and dynamic environment


  • Demonstrated ability to effectively maintain financial records, and manage project budgets


All positions at the MNO may require the following:

  1. 1.    Current CPR/First Aid certification or ability to obtain
  2. 2.    Completion and maintenance of Vulnerable Sector Verification
  3. 3.    A reliable vehicle (or ability to rent), driver’s licence, $1,000,000 liability insurance, and a clean driving record
  4. 4.    Flexibility to work extended hours as necessary
  5. 5.    Ability to occasionally travel and stay at remote locations for limited periods of time