Indigenous Relations Specialist

Source:             BC Hydro
Job Title:           Indigenous Relations Specialist

Job Location:    Dunsmuir, British Columbia, Canada

Annual Salary:   $ 107,000.00 – 135,300.00



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* As a professional member of the Indigenous Relations Team, provides specialized expertise in building and maintaining ongoing First Nations (FN)relationships, facilitating the resolution of conflict and ensuring duty to consult, and related documentation and regulatory processes are executed

* Leads BC Hydro’s consultation with First Nations on regulatory and provincial authorizations including responding to information requests, and ensuring adequacy of consultation has been met

* Supports compliance through meeting First Nation conditions and commitments under provincial and federal


* Leads the First Nations component on capital projects where relationship, legal, environmental, reputation and other key risks are moderate to high;

* Develops consultation plans during project scoping including identifying and consulting with Project Managers to execute the First Nation component;

* Demonstrates advanced knowledge of relationship management, applying persuasive influence and negotiation, and building and maintaining trust within highly diverse communities in the Province;

* Conducts current and future needs assessment for Indigenous Relations and prioritizes needs

* Evaluates source and scope of complex situations that may occur during consultation stages, and identifies options and alternatives for finding resolution while balancing cultural, territorial and other considerations;

* Provides technical leadership to Project Coordinators and other junior roles in all aspects of project planning, execution, documentation, records management and relationship management with First Nations;

* As a technical specialist and leader in First Nation engagement, this position is viewed and accessed by a wide range of operational areas within BC Hydro to support, intervene in and resolve actual or potential conflicts between BC Hydro interests and First Nation communities.




* University Undergraduate degree in Public Administration, economic development, law, anthropology or related discipline or equivalent. Or a Technical diploma, Certificate or Trade Certification and a minimum of 10 years of progressively more complex responsible and complicated responsibilities

* A minimum of 7 years of experience in a business environment (public or private sector preferably resource-based organization) including experience in managing multiple projects


Preferences will be given to candidates with:

* Proven experience working with Indigenous Peoples to advance projects and initiatives.

Assets include:

* Experience with building and maintaining a high impact, high complexity relationship with an external party

* Experience working with Indigenous Peoples to advance projects

and initiatives

* Experience preparing provincial and federal regulatory applications and First Nation consultation requirements for capital projects

* Experience with environmental assessment, environmental risk management, and environmental compliance

* This role will involve occasional travel to across BC including remote and rural communities

* Candidates who do not meet the educational requirement, but have an equivalent amount of education and experience may be considered





– A comprehensive benefits package

– A minimum of 15 paid vacation days

– A lifetime pension

– Flexible work model, depending on your role type

– Training and development courses

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What else you should know

* Please note this posting is for three roles with focuses on different regions across the province.

– Southwest Region (1)

– Non-Integrated Area (1)

– North Coast Region (1)

* Note: While the positions listed are based at our Dunsmuir office in Vancouver, we may consider having the positions based out of regional offices, subject to space availability and business requirements.

* Please note a condition of employment for this role is to maintain your Class 5 Driver's License in good standing.


How to Apply


Interested candidates should submit their applications online at  by April 25, 2024.


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We include everyone. We welcome applications from anyone, including members of visible minorities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.


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Flexible work model role definitions


Our four role types identify the degree of flexibility an employee could have to work from home based on the type of work they do. The flexibility for an individual job is up to the manager for each position and the operational requirements. Employees also have the right to work full-time from the office if they prefer. All of our roles require at least some in-person time.


IBEW/Field – No option to work from home

Resident – Works primarily (4+ days per week) in the office.

Hybrid – May be able to work from home up to 3 days per week.

Remote – Works from home 4+ days per week