Transboundary Specialist

Gwichin Tribal Council in Inuvik

The Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) is seeking a highly-motivated individual to fill the position of Transboundary Specialist in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Reporting to the Director of Lands and Resources, the Transboundary Specialist promotes the interests and rights of the Gwich’in concerning the use, management, and conservation of land, water, and resources on Gwich’in private lands in other settlement areas (Western Arctic, Sahtu, Yukon).



  • The Specialist is responsible for being the organizational expert on the GCLCA Transboundary Agreement (Appendix C), conducting research related to transboundary matters, and providing analysis, recommendations, and project leadership related to land claim implementation and transboundary issues., including:
  • Managing the preparation, negotiation, interpretation, and implementation of agreements and contracts as they relate to the GCLCA, Government, and other First Nations and Trans-boundary agreements
  • Liaising between the Executive, Government, Industry, Designated Gwich’in Organizations and Participants on land and resource-related matters
  • Planning, measuring, reviewing, implementing, and managing all Land, Resources and Environmental activities
  • Negotiating and preparing land management agreements, environmental assessments, resource agreements, and compliance-related activities
  • Facilitating the permitting process while leading consultations & overseeing all issues as they relate to Land, Resources and Environment
  • Collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to improve communication and working relationships to advance and achieve GTC’s strategic goals and objectives


  • Degree in Resources management, land use planning, public policy, or environmental science or studies;
  • 5 years of directly related experience, ideally in Northern or cross-cultural setting;
  • Equivalencies (combinations of education and experience) may be considered;
  • A valid class 5 driver’s license and a satisfactory criminal records check is required


  • Knowledge of the GCLCA; 
  • Knowledge of land use planning and resource management principles and practices; 
  • Ability to understand and apply Final Agreements and related legislation, policies, and procedures;
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal, Territorial, and Federal Government structures and processes;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders;
  • Ability to collaborate and incorporate input from diverse stakeholder groups to effectively gain support for new initiatives;
  • Self-starter, including the ability to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Interpersonal abilities, including the ability to mediate conflict;  
  • Strong attention to detail; 
  • Research skills, including the ability to collect data, apply research methods, and report on findings; 
  • Excellent analytical skills, including the ability to understand and balance competing priorities; 
  • Problem-solving skills, including the ability to identify and evaluate alternatives, to think creatively, and to recommend innovative solutions;
  • Ability to manage complex and long-term tasks;
  • Ability to set priorities that anticipate future consequences and probabilities;
  • Project leadership skills, including the ability to develop and implement goals, manage budgets, and track progress and results;  
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise formal reports; 
  • Ability to present complex information simply and clearly to non-technical audiences;
  • Experience with  database programs, such as Microsoft Access;
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment; 
  • Frequent travel within and outside the GSA is required (approx. 10 times per year), including transport by small aircraft, rural highways, and ice roads; and 
  • Fieldwork may be required in variable and extreme weather conditions. 


Closing Date: Open until filled.

To Apply to this job please click on this link: Transboundary Specialist

Priority Consideration will be given to qualified Participants of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement. We thank all who apply but only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Application Deadline:
November 22, 2019
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