Project Manager - Lands Department

Lands Department - PM · Guelph, Ontario
Department Lands Department - PM
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Project Manager - Lands Department - Full-time / Permanent - We offer flexible and remote working opportunities, and meaningful work.


We are a growing consulting firm based in Guelph, Ontario that offers its employees flexibility, excellent learning opportunities, and the ability to work virtually from anywhere in Canada with amazing people on a daily basis.


SVS staff have the autonomy and support to grow their careers in the direction they choose to help meet our collective mission of a land where all peoples can reach their full potential, share prosperity and uphold their rights. We are aligned in our commitment to doing good work in both our local and client communities, and we are known for our fun company culture and our commitment to providing excellent client service.


A few more key points about SVS:


  • Our company is filled with individuals who like taking initiative and thinking outside of the box.
  • We believe in creating shared value in every project we work on and we assist Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and private sector companies in coming together to create shared value for all parties involved.
  • We are a Certified B Corp – we believe business should be about making a difference and doing good for both people and places.


The Position: We’re looking for an Intermediate Lands Manager to fill a full-time permanent position.

We offer:


  • Base Pay
  • Variable Pay/Bonuses
  • Cell Phone Allowance
  • Group Health Benefits and Employee Assistance Program (health, dental, vision, and life insurance)
  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • Professional designation reimbursement
  • Professional Development (formal and informal)
  • Paid Time off (Freedom Time, Sick Time, Cultural Days, Bereavement, Family Care)
  • Work Travel Meal Allowance
  • Winter Tire Rebate
  • SVS Fun Events
  • Flexible working options




  • A degree in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology or similar equivalent
  • At least 3+ years of professional work experience as Project Manager on lands and resources, environmental, economic development, and/or regulatory projects and/or in a role such as Lands Manager, Lands Clerk, or Lands Coordinator working with Indigenous communities
  • Experience managing planning processes including community engagement
  • Working knowledge of land management issues and legislation affecting First Nations both locally and federally (Indian Act and Regulations as they pertain to the administration and management of Indian Reserve Land, Land Registry, and Land Titles Act, Impact Assessment Act, Duty to Consult, precedents and court judgments affecting Indian Reserve Lands etc.)
  • Understanding of the regulatory process and environmental best practices and potential impacts of various types of development both on-reserve and within Traditional Territories
  • Experience and proficiency in writing community plans including culturally relevant policy development
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of land planning and environmental management
  • Excellent technical writing and analytical skills, including experience with data management and analysis, preparing technical reports, and communicating complex issues in plain language (written, verbal, presentations) for a variety of audiences
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Financial, funding application and project management skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact in working with a variety of clients, proponents and government
  • Skills and experience working in cross-cultural settings, preferably with First Nation, Métis, and/or Inuit communities


  • Building and maintaining client relationships through a comprehensive understanding of client needs, priorities, and objectives while providing excellent client service.
  • Providing Duty to Consult and strategic negotiation advice to First Nation, Metis and Inuit community clients as needed
  • Providing strategic planning and support to clients on lands and economic development
  • Lead on industry-specific referrals and initiatives
  • Supporting the Lands Director on Lands Office recommendations and engagement with Council
  • Liaison for Federal, Provincial and Municipal-level organizations engaging and/or working with the Lands Office
  • Doing Business Development and Sales work associated with SVS service offerings
  • Providing strategic and policy advice and input on lands-related matters and rights and interests to Chief and Council and the Band administration, as needed.
  • Working with the Band Manager and other Lands Office staff, oversee the administration of Lands-related government or proponent funding
  • Working closely with the Lands Office team to ensure client needs are met
  • Ensuring timely documentation of any Lands-related community or Council engagement
  • Oversees and manages the referral response process, working closely with and directing the Lands Coordinator on this function
  • Represents clients at government staff-level consultation tables, committees, working groups
  • Oversees development and maintenance of the client database of key information (geographic data, templates, processes/procedures/protocols, etc.)
  • If applicable, liaises with and oversees client-located Lands staff (note- would not include HR/employment related oversight/management)
  • Working with or delegating to the Lands Coordinator (as applicable), drafting and/or peer reviewing referral responses
  • Supports the Lands Director in strategic communications with client leadership, senior staff, or external parties
  • Manages funding applications, and delivery on outcomes for funding received- working with others in the client administration (e.g. finance) as required
  • Manages reporting to other departments/leadership within the client administration (e.g. monthly reports about Lands Office activities/directions)
  • Working with the Lands Director and Lands Coordinator as applicable, suggests, develops, and/or updates processes and procedures applicable to operations of the Lands/Consultation office.
  • As directed by the Lands Director, engaging with other client advisors (legal counsel, negotiators, ec. dev.) as needed.



Asset Qualifications: Experience with planning and implementing communication and consultation programs and activities, Traditional Knowledge, land use and occupancy, GIS, community economic development, conflict resolution, capacity building / training, multimedia story-telling.


Let us know if you speak: French, Michif, Cree, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Innu, or other languages that might be useful for this position.


We are on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron People. We honour the original ancestors of this land and also offer respect to our Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Mississauga and Métis neighbours. We strive to be accountable by acknowledging this history and cultivating respect in our relationships with our Indigenous neighbours and the land.

We are located downtown Guelph and we are lucky to be close to public transit, restaurants, and parks.


Summing it Up - Why should you apply?


  • Fun company culture
  • Learning and career growth opportunities
  • Flexible working hours and location
  • Meaningful work
  • Travel Opportunities


In the spirit of reconciliation and diversity, we are committed to increasing our number of Indigenous employees. Please let us know in your application if you are First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

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  • Location
    Guelph, Ontario
  • Department
    Lands Department - PM
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience