Fisheries Program Manager

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) is seeking an experienced leader to take on the exciting, full-time opportunity of Fisheries Program Manager. The position oversees all aspects of the NTC Fisheries Program (Uu-a-thluk), advancing Nuu-chah-nulth interests in fisheries access, management, and employment. Based out of Port Alberni, the position requires frequent travel to all Nuu-chah-nulth territories and other locations in BC.

 Job Overview

Leading an efficient and effective team within a well-established fisheries program, the Fisheries Program Manager works for the 14 Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations to achieve a wide variety of fisheries related goals and objectives. The Fisheries Program Manager coordinates Nuu-chah-nulth fisheries policy and technical support and reports to the NTC Executive, Directors, Ha’wiih, Nations and their members.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Biology, Fisheries or Aquatic Science.
  • Minimum five years experience in fisheries management leadership roles.
  • Practical experience in fish population and aquatic ecology assessments, stock assessment, and restoration planning and implementation.
  • Understanding of fisheries issues, policies and legislation affecting BC First Nations, with ability to interpret and provide strategic direction with respect to federal and provincial government initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop funding proposals, manage agreements and budgets, and report effectively to funders.
  • Knowledge of marine and coastal governance structures and approaches as these impact fisheries.
  • Solid track record of building and maintaining relationships across a wide spectrum of participants in management and governance processes.
  • Experience working with First Nations and ability to function in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possess a valid BC Driver’s License and reliable vehicle for business travel.
  • Provide references and an acceptable criminal record check.
  • Able to demonstrate compliance with NTC’s “double vaccination” COVID-19 policy.

Competitive Benefits and Salary Range: $90,000 – $127,000 commensurate with education and experience.

Apply by 1:00 pm, October 7, 2022 by sending your cover letter, resume, and three references (available to call) to:

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
P.O. Box 1383
Port Alberni, BC  V9Y 7M2
Fax: 250-723-0463

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Uu-a-thluk is looking for members to sign up for waiting lists for the following courses that are critical for Nuu-chah-nulth-aht who are or will be working on the water:

  • Marine Basic First Aid
  • Marine Emergency Duties A3
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Certificate
  • Restricted Radio Operator Certificate  
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician
  • Flatwater First Responder 

If sufficient interest is demonstrated, Uu-a-thluk will fundraise to organize these courses. Uu-a-thluk staff welcome any suggestions that you might have for training that you require, or suggestions for training courses that would best serve your needs and the needs of your community.

Please contact Alison Wale, Uu-a-thluk Capacity Building Coordinator, at 250-724-5757 or with any comments or suggestions.