Biigtigong Guardian – Pukaskwa National Park

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Employment status: CONTRACT TO MARCH 31, 2026 (with possibility of extension)
Posting Date: JULY 3, 2024
Closing Date: JULY 15, 2024 @ 12:00pm

Job Summary:
The Guardian program will provide connections between the social and cultural wellbeing of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg members in Pukaskwa National Park by protecting Biigtigong’s cultural heritage through documenting and sharing of the community’s history and knowledge within the park lands; increasing members’ use of Biigtigong’s territory by supporting safety, accessibility and personal connections to Pukaskwa National Park; and contributing Biigtigong’s Anishinaabe knowledge, perspectives and values to the park’s programs, activities and experiences. The Biigtigong Guardian will be a motivated and collaborative individual who is dedicated to advancing Biigtigong Nishnaabeg stewardship of the land, water, and cultural resources within Pukaskwa National Park. This position will require the successful candidate be remotely located at Pukaskwa National Park administration office and will report to the Sustainable Development Director.

The ideal candidate will meet or exceed the following qualifications. The list of qualifications will be used to develop a screening tool. It is the responsibility of the candidate to communicate their expertise and experience in identified areas.

  • Must have experience working and engaging with First Nation people and organizations;
  • Minimum grade 12 diploma. Post-secondary diploma/certificate in environmental sciences, public relations or indigenous relations is considered an asset;
  • Experience in community engagement and outreach;
  • Strong knowledge and commitment for the protection of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg territory, culture and history;
  • Ability to work independently and remotely in external office space;
  • Must be dependable and have demonstrated a strong work ethic;
  • Must be organized, motivated and show initiative;
  • Computer skills – Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint;
  • Must be physically fit, in good health and confident in outdoor environments;
  • Flexible to work evenings or weekends, when required for programming and outreach;
  • Valid Class G driver’s license and access to reliable own personal vehicle;
  • Obtain and maintain Reliability Security Status.

Summary of Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Liaison and maintain relationships between Biigtigong Nishnaabeg members and Pukaskwa management and staff;
  • Work remotely and set up/maintain office space at Pukaskwa administration building;
  • Development and implementation of a yearly work plan for the guardian’s program, as per funding requirement;
  • Develop short- and long-term strategies for engaging Biigtigong community members;
  • Facilitate community outreach activities to Biigtigong Nishnaabeg members to promote safety, accessibility and personal connections within the park;
  • Contribute Biigtigong’s Anishinaabe knowledge, perspectives and values to the park’s programs, activities and experiences;
  • Opportunities to participate in programs and activities with park staff in different sections of Pukaskwa including resources conservation and culture and heritage;
  • Attend monthly Sustainable Development Staff meetings to provide updates of work/activities;
  • Participate and provide updates in BN/Pukaskwa operational working group meetings;
  • Establish an advisory committee of Biigtigong Elders and community representatives;
  • Complete any relevant training for the Guardian role (ex. safety, interpretation, monitoring, etc.) when available through Biigtigong or Pukaskwa;
  • Conduct research around gaps in traditional knowledge through interviews with Elders and knowledge holders and a review of existing records;
  • Work with BN to establish a trapline management system within Pukaskwa;
  • Develop programs, resources and materials for community knowledge transfer about Biigtigong’s history in the park.

How to apply:
Please forward a cover letter, resume and three professional references by email to:


Angela Boudreau – Director of Finance & Administration
Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, P.O. Box 193, Heron Bay, Ontario POT 1RO

Incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered & WILL automatically be screened out. It is the responsibility of each candidate to show how they meet qualifications; incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered & WILL automatically be screened out