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Indigenous Leadership Specialist 2021 / Apply by June 15

Join our team

Carolinian Canada is pleased to offer a green job opportunity for

Indigenous Leadership Specialist(s)

Apply by June 15, 2021

Join an energetic team growing a green future with a network of leaders in the Carolinian Zone of southern Ontario.

You will work as part of a team to collaborate for healthy ecosystems by aiming to:

  • Support Indigenous leadership for healthy landscapes
  • Strengthen collaboration to reconcile peoples and ecosystems

Carolinian Canada brings together conservation, culture and a green economy to grow healthy landscapes with native plants for thriving resilient communities in the spirit and practice of reconciliation. Our cross‐sector platforms connect 300 groups, 5,000 volunteers and 37,000 hectares to save local wildlife, water and our way of life; and support 14 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

With current habitat levels at 15% across the Zone, it's time to scale up our planting efforts to meet the 30‐50% native plants needed for healthy landscapes. This means growing the right native plants at home, from urban to rural, in gardens, parks, hedgerows, trails, roadsides, high‐quality cultural habitat, green infrastructure and more.

We live on traditional territories.

Carolinian Canada Coalition acknowledges that we live on the traditional territories of many nations including the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Lunaapeew, the Wendat and the Mississauga. We acknowledge all Indigenous Nations that still call this land home and the many, diverse First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples who have moved here since.

Carolinian Canada acknowledges the inherent and treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. We acknowledge the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which serves as the basis for the treaty‐making process and is the first legal recognition of aboriginal rights and titles. Carolinian Canada acknowledges all the treaties that have been signed related to this land.

We acknowledge the Two Row Wampum and the One Dish One Spoon Wampum. We commit to the teachings they hold and our duty to learning more.

Carolinian Canada acknowledges the role we must play in Indigenous reconciliation. We are committed to building relationships and working with Indigenous Nations. We will continue to create safe spaces for Indigenous and non‐indigenous perspectives to meet and discuss the issues that matter to everyone.


You will work with multi‐disciplinary teams of staff and partners to expand the network of leaders growing healthy landscapes with native plants.  Your work will support our three strategic directions, strengthen connections for our programs and lay the groundwork for future directions.

  • Enable leaders for thriving green communities
    • Create safe spaces for Indigenous and non‐indigenous perspectives to meet and discuss the issues that matter to everyone 
    • Assist in outreach, events and communications 
  • Grow connections to scale up healthy habitat action
    • Connect with First Nations and diverse communities to build collaboration for shared goals
    • Advance projects to build reciprocity and momentum for healthy landscapes 
  • Track impact for a healthy zone, together
    • Assist in developing evaluation frameworks for healthy landscapes including ecology, economy and culture
    • Engage with partners to celebrate, measure and share our collective progress for healthy landscapes 


Preferred skills, knowledge and resources

  • Local Indigenous histories and perspectives
  • Settler-Indigenous relations
  • Fostering community leadership
  • Local conservation programs
  • Program management
  • Strong communications and computer skills
  • Able to work productively in a virtual office, with teams and self-directed
  • Valid driver’s license and access to reliable vehicle
  • Equipped office in the Carolinian Zone
  • Additional skills will be considered such as: First Nations governance, native plants, seed sovereignty, Indigenous environmental programs, fundraising, outreach, investment and finance, social enterprise, IT, data evaluation

We are a virtual, flexible workplace and an equal opportunity employer.   

  • 12 month contract with potential for extension. 
  • Hours are flexible ‐ full or part time.
  • We encourage all qualified applicants, including Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, women, persons with disabilities and members of sexual minority groups to apply.
  • A variety of skill levels are invited to apply.
  • Compensation is competitive and will depend on experience and skills

Application Instructions

Apply by June 15, 2021

Apply using the form below to upload your cover letter and resume. 

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All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

We thank all who apply, however, only those selected to proceed in the recruitment process will be contacted. For more information about Carolinian Canada, please refer to our website:


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