Marine Use Planning Implementation Coordinator


Employer: Kitasoo Band Council – Kitasoo Xai’xais Stewardship Authority


Summary of duties:

The increasing number of activities occurring in our oceans is leading to greater management complexity. In order to ensure the sustainability of our ocean resources a proactive strategic planning process is required. As such DFO has started marine use planning off the west coast of BC in an area referred to as The Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA). More imminently, DFO must create a host of annual management plans and update policies to reflect new ocean management complexities.


To ensure successful outcomes from DFO planning, policy and management decisions in First Nations territories it is essential that DFO receive legitimate feedback from First Nations communities. The Community Coordinator and marine use planning committees are instrumental in providing this legitimacy.


Community Coordinators coordinate the planning process in each of the First Nations communities involved in Marine Use Planning process. For planning to be truly integrated it must consider the social, economic, and environmental impacts of all marine industries at various temporal and spatial scales. As PNCIMA is an integrated planning process, the Community Coordinators role includes facilitating all facets of marine use planning in the community from the creation of spatial planning units to objectives and strategies for specific marine issues and industries. The resulting products will help inform the community planning process which will in turn assist the community when participating in the PNCIMA process and other specific DFO management processes.


Community Coordinators also facilitate information exchange between DFO, other stakeholders and their community. This includes interpreting DFO documents and communicating them to their First Nations community, facilitating marine use planning committee processes to respond to DFO management and consultation processes, and facilitating the presentation and discussion of external planning documents pertinent to PNCIMA.




The objectives and responsibilities of the Marine Use Planning Implementation Coordinator also referred to as Community Coordinator position include:



  1. Facilitating the marine use planning committee planning process. The final output will be a First Nations marine use plan that considers the integrated management of a broad number of marine industries across space and time within their territory and PNCIMA;
  2. Coordinating community responses to DFO management and consultation processes;
  3. Facilitating information exchange between DFO, other stakeholders and their community;
  4. Implement key elements of Kitasoo/Xai’Xais marine use plan;

Scope of Work

The community coordinator will fulfill these objectives through the following activities and deliverables:

  1. Coordinate community identification of various special marine use management areas. Integrated management requires mitigating the negative impacts of different marine resource uses on other marine uses and values in order to allow them to occur together. However, in some cases this mitigation is only possible through the spatial or temporal separation of certain activities. Where this is the case First Nations will identify special management areas, which will exclude certain activities from occurring. While the types of management areas that the communities will identify have not been chosen potential types of management areas include: Food, Social and Ceremonial exclusive use area, commercial aquaculture development areas, transportation corridors etc. The Community Coordinator is responsible for facilitating the identification of these special marine use management areas by the community.
  2. Facilitate a community approval of marine planning outcomes for priority issues. Each Marine Use Planning committee has identified a series of marine issues that are a priority to the community. For each marine use issue the community is writing goals, objectives and strategies for the areas of management authority, sustainable resource management, capacity building and economic development. These documents will contain important non-spatial planning information and be incorporated into each community’s marine use plan. The Community Coordinator is responsible for facilitating the objectives and strategies papers workshops, document write-up, and community ratification.
  3. Coordinate community marine planning committee meetings and community workshops. In order to ensure that the community marine use planning processes is representative of the community’s values and beliefs each community creates a planning committee to initiate the marine use plan. However, all planning proposals created by the marine use planning committee are brought to the broader community for ratification. The Community Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that planning products are ratified by the community at large and reflect the community’s beliefs and values.
  4. Provide a record of community planning team meetings and community workshops including general discussion topics and outputs. Strong planning not only requires an inclusive and integrated approach but also a coordinated and organized effort. The Community Coordinators are responsible for all aspects of record keeping including: recording, organizing and backing up all planning outputs; creating meeting agendas and recording and distributing meeting minutes and action items; developing and distributing community newsletters updating the community on the marine use planning process; and, coordinating community workshops, recording community input, providing a response to the community, and incorporating their feedback into planning documents.
  5. Implement key elements of community marine use plan.  As the focus shifts from development of the plan to implementation of the plan the community coordinator will be responsible, based on direction from the planning committee, for implementing priority elements of the marine plan.
  6. Represent Kitasoo/Xaixais marine planning interests when negotiating with other First Nations and Stakeholders.  Successes of the communities planning process will be dependent on the ability of the Nation to negotiate community interests with other First Nations and key stakeholder groups.  The community coordinator, with support from the political file manager, will be responsible understanding and bringing the information provided in the plan to these negotiating tables.

Provide administrative support. This includes procuring office space, telephone and internet connections, photocopier and fax machines etc.



  • Experience in the area of Marine Use Planning;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Possess strong work ethics and is dependable.


Duration: This position is Full-Time


Application: Please apply by Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:00pm with typed 1) Cover Letter and 2) Resume to Melody Robinson, Kitasoo Band Council Human Resource Officer, at the Kitasoo Band Office or by email to:  Applicants will be contacted for interview.