Fisheries Referrals Coordinator

Tsawout First Nation - Fisheries
Saanichton, British Columbia




 POSITION SUMMARY: Under the general direction of the Fisheries Manager, the Referrals Coordinator is responsible for matters related to Tsawout Nation water and land referrals, natural resources, and environment within all of the Nation’s reserve lands in accordance with the Nation’s Marine Use Law, Land Code, custom policies, and procedures. The Referrals Coordinator is responsible for matters related to Tsawout First Nation water and land referrals requests. This includes reviewing, assessing, prioritizing, responding to all referrals. This also includes coordinating Cultural Monitors involvement for on-site monitoring. The Referrals Coordinator will also be responsible for maintaining a fisheries Department database system. Direction is provided by the Fisheries Manager in collaboration with the Band Manager. Coordination with adjacent local and regional government personnel may be required.


  1. Ensure the timely assessment and processing of all water and land referral requests.
  2. Coordinate with other departments to ensure the accurate and timely preparation, facilitation and response of consultations and engagement letters to all referral applications received.
  3. Enhancing and Development client relations across all areas of TFN traditional territory.
  4. Conducting research regarding referral and permit requests, coordinating with appropriate internal departments/staff and advisors.
  5. Ongoing communication and attending technical meetings with proponents on behalf of TFN.
  6. Maintain the structure and organization of the Fisheries Department’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and associated databases.
  7. Provide guidance, advice and support on land management legislation regulations, leasing matters, policies, and practices to Band Manager, Tsawout Chief & Council, staff, community members and others involved in water/land transactions within the Nation’s territories to ensure both policy and legislative compliance.
  8. Maintain confidentiality on Fisheries management issues.
  9. Liaise and consult with staff in other departments, community members, and government and professional agencies (including Archaeology companies, professional biologists, surveyors, lawyers, etc.); and,
  10. Assist the team and leadership with other deliverables as required.


  • Certificate, diploma or degree in one or more of the following areas: Environmental Studies, Geography, Land Management, First Nations Studies and/or Aboriginal Law.
  • ARC GIS 1: Introduction certification (minimum).
  • Experience with Referral Management Software (such as LOUIS Toolkit) is an asset.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with familiarity of the Heritage Conservation Act and demonstrated skills and experience in professional cultural resources management report writing and mapping.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Tsawout Nation’s culture, history, reserve lands, traditional territory, and Douglas Treaty rights are an asset.


  • Strong interpersonal skills – must have the ability to work effectively with administration, staff, leadership, developers and community members.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including a strong ability in report and proposal writing.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of and experience using Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Access & Excel) and proficient data management skills.
  • Must be capable of working flexible hours inclusive of evenings when required.
  • A valid BC Driver’s License is an asset.
  • Previous experience working for First Nation’s an asset.
  • Clean criminal record check required.

  Personal Attributes

The Fisheries Referrals Coordinator maintains strict confidentiality in performing their duties and demonstrates the following personal attributes: Respect, Empathy, Strength, Pride and Equality

 Our Benefits package includes:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance

Preference may be given to qualified individuals of First Nation Ancestry.

 Apply now and join our team!

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