National Aboriginal Council on Species at Risk (NACOSAR)

Position

Part-time Committee member starting fall 2017.

Description

The Species at Risk Act (SARA) recognizes the essential role of Indigenous Peoples of Canada in the conservation of wildlife. Section 8.1 of SARA calls for the creation of an advisory council to advise the federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on implementation of the Act and to provide advice and recommendations to the Canadian Endangered Species Conservation Council (CESCC), a federal, provincial, territorial Ministerial body. This six-member committee is known as the National Aboriginal Council on Species at Risk (NACOSAR).

Expressions of interest are invited from individuals from local, regional, and national Indigenous organizations (including Communities and Bands) who would like to serve as a NACOSAR member.

Six NACOSAR members will be appointed by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change for renewable terms of no more than three years. Members do not become a part of the Public Service of Canada as a result of this Ministerial appointment. Three members are being sought through this Notice.

Through work as a NACOSAR member, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with and provide advice to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on the administration of SARA, and develop an annual work plan to support your work. NACOSAR operates on a consensus basis and decisions are made during meetings and teleconferences when quorum is reached, which is constituted by a minimum of four members’ participation.

NACOSAR members contribute their experience and expertise to the work of the Council. NACOSAR members perform their duties independently and do not represent the position of any organization or special interest group. NACOSAR members must have knowledge of, and experience with, implementation of the Species at Risk Act and the Fisheries Act. In addition, members should have a strong understanding of community engagement in SARA, Indigenous Traditional Knowledge related to wildlife and species at risk, development and implementation of species recovery plans, management plans and listings, the SARA process, biology, conservation, stewardship and/or preservation of wildlife and aquatic species. Members should have a demonstrated ability to work effectively on a council, committee or board.

NACOSAR is supported by a Secretariat at Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Key activities

NACOSAR members commit to the following:

  • Attendance at 1 – 2 face to face meetings per year (minimum one per year in Ottawa, Ontario; usually 2-3 days in length);
  • Attendance at 2 – 4 teleconference calls per year (usually 2-3 hours in length);
  • Preparation in advance of each face to face meeting and in advance of each teleconference;
  • Review commissioned and/or other relevant reports on SARA;
  • Conduct research and analysis, and prepare information on key aspects of SARA via reports or summary notes for NACOSAR’s use in the provision of advice to the Minister;
  • Write letters and/or reports to provide advice to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change; and
  • Liaise with Indigenous communities affected by SARAand communicate the results to NACOSAR in a timely basis.

Remuneration: In accordance with Government of Canada Treasury Board guidelines, members receive honoraria for preparation and participation in meetings, teleconferences, travel time, special activities, as well as reimbursement of travel expenses in relation to the work plan.

How to apply

Any interested, eligible candidates must submit an application to ec.nominations-appointments.ec@canada.ca by Saturday, June 3, 2017.

  • Any interested, eligible candidates must submit the following:
    • Letter of support from an Indigenous organization
    • Expression of Interest, using template provided below, outlining your suitability with reference to the criteria listed
    • Curriculum vitae (CV) with contact information, skills, and experience
    • Names and contact information for 2 references. (References will be used to check personal suitability (criteria 9-12).
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada will review the applications and provide information to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Once the Minister makes a decision, a letter of appointment will be sent to the successful applicants at the address provided.
  • All documents must be received by Saturday, June 3, 2017. Late expressions of interest will not be accepted.

To become a member of NACOSAR, candidates must demonstrate how they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • A good understanding of SARA and the Fisheries Act;
  • A good knowledge of conservation and preservation of wildlife and species at risk;
  • A broad knowledge of species at risk in Canada (locally and nationally);
  • Awareness of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge pertaining to wildlife and species at risk;
  • Experience in Indigenous community engagement on SARA;
  • Experience working with government;
  • Ability to work constructively within a consensus-based decision making process; and
  • Ability to contribute to discussions regarding species at risk, summarize results, and formulate objective recommendations based on those discussions.

Candidates’ references may be contacted to verify how they have met experience criteria and the following personal attributes:

  • Working effectively with others;
  • Demonstrating initiative and being action-oriented;
  • Demonstrating reliability; and
  • Demonstrating good judgement.

If you not have access to email, you can fax your expression of interest to “NACOSAR Secretariat” at (819) 938-4147, or send by mail or courier to NACOSAR Secretariat, 351 St. Joseph Blvd, Gatineau, Quebec, K1A OH3.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the NACOSAR Secretariat at ec.canep-nacosar.ec@canada.ca or by telephone at the telephone number provided above.

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

Members must comply with the ethical, political activity and conflict of interest guidelines applicable to federal Ministerial appointments, and are subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s website.

Reliability security clearance may be required.

A roster of qualified candidates may be established and used for similar opportunities.

Expression of Interest

Candidates should provide a CV accompanied by the completed template below. If you feel your CV already addresses a criterion, provide a brief summary in the template and cite the relevant page(s) of your CV. If additional information is required, please contact the NACOSAR Secretariat.

Name:
Address:
Organization:
Examples demonstrating (insert information for criteria you feel you demonstrate):

  • A good understanding of SARA and the Fisheries Act;
  • A good knowledge of conservation and preservation of wildlife and species at risk;
  • A broad knowledge of species at risk in Canada (locally and nationally)
  • Awareness of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge pertaining to wildlife and species at risk;
  • Experience in Indigenous community engagement on SARA;
  • Experience working with government;
  • Ability to work constructively within a consensus-based decision making process; and
  • Ability to contribute to discussions regarding species at risk, summarize results, and formulate objective recommendations based on those discussions.

Provide the names and contact information for two references:

  1. Name:
    Email address:
    Telephone number:
  2. Name:
    Email address:
    Telephone number:

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