Employment Type: Permanent Full-time, combination of office and field work (80:20 split, varying by project and with season)
Experience: Minimum 15 years of diverse environmental industry experience
Location: Edmonton, Red Deer or Calgary, Alberta
Posting Date: March 1, 2023
Closing Date: Until suitable candidate is found
Starting Date: Immediate
Solstice provides customized environmental management services to a variety of First Nations partners, commercial, oil/gas and municipal development clients. Our goal is to leave behind a positive legacy that goes beyond the immediate projects we complete to empower our clients with sustainable solutions.
The Solstice team includes experts in soils, forestry, wildlife, hydrology, wetland and vegetation ecology, Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis, remote-sensing, Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), risk management and monitoring, remediation, reclamation, hydrogeology and environmental regulatory and policy experts. You will be joining a company of innovators and change-makers to help deliver services and products, prioritizing efficiency, quality, and safety.
We offer flexible work options, a great team culture, health and wellness benefit options and an opportunity to be an important part of supporting the continued growth and success of our project partners.
Reporting to the General Manager, Solstice is seeking a Manager for our Strategic Solutions team. The candidate will be expected to manage an internal team that completes varying projects supporting our Indigenous partners and clients with a focus on braiding Indigenous ways of knowing with western science.
The focus of the Strategic Solutions team is to:
Support, facilitate and participate in engagement opportunities with and for our Indigenous partners
Maintain, build and deepen respectful long-term relationships as allies with Indigenous communities
Provide technical scientific and socio-economic expertise, opinion and review on a project by project basis
Work with our internal teams and our project partners and clients to co-create new solutions to unique challenges that appear for our clients
Seeking out opportunities to incorporate training and overall capacity-building initiatives into all projects by growing community-based and local project teams
Minimum 15 years of career experience combining management, project management, communications and scientific skills
The successful candidate may possess a varied educational background including but not limited to: B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Social Sciences, Socio-Economics, Communications, Archeology, Anthropology, Environmental Sciences, Hydrogeology, Biology, Ecology, or Forestry
A Professional designation is preferred (example: Agrologist, Forester, Biologist, Hydrogeologist) with sign-off in Alberta; although proven practical experience is also highly-valued.
The suitable candidate for this position will require a diverse skill set and background based in both the physical and social sciences including a strong understanding of the consulting industry.
More specific position requirements include:
Team and Project Management:
A working manager who oversees the day-to-day requirements of the team while focused on the strategic goals and outcomes of each project or program
A solutions-focused leader, fosters a culture of creativity, innovation, proactivity and discernment
Has a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with team members to drive career growth opportunities for them
Excels in project management, with strong organizational skills establishing priorities, timeframes, and meeting deadlines. Must be able to make independent decisions and ensure standards and quality of work are maintained
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills are required to manage multi-disciplinary project teams. A strong communicator “who listens to understand” not just to respond and can discuss, explain, and negotiate complex technical matters with clients
Ability to “simplify the science” for non-experts to help them understand complex environmental risks and opportunities in an uncomplicated way
Broad awareness of emerging and best practices related to Indigenous community engagement within the cultural sphere across Canada
Coordinate and host internal and external meetings, open houses, workshops, and events
Excellent facilitation and presentation skills are required
Possess creative problem-solving skills with a strong ability to assess and resolve problems or challenges as they arise and implement timely solutions
Identify potential business development opportunities in alignment with the needs and capabilities of Indigenous businesses and communities and drive solutions to remove obstacles and barriers
Learn and discover the local connections to the land and understand and respect the role of Elders and Knowledge Keepers as Indigenous knowledge subject matter experts
Self-starter who has strong ability to set goals and achieve those goals; work independently and possesses a willingness to learn
Possess a growing knowledge of Indigenous history, culture and governance
Understand and respect Indigenous data sovereignty in relation to the work we do
Field work and travel are important components of the work
Attend and participate in community celebrations and events as required
Knowledge of the oil and gas industry is an asset
Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite of services
A valid driver license and access to transportation
Fluency in Cree, Dene, Blackfoot or Sioux would be an asset
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.