IWCREI Student - Hesquiaht Session

Position: Student
Hesquiaht First Nation Traditional Territories
July 28th - August 13th, 2024
$35/hr, for 120 hours

Company Overview
Coastal Restoration Society (CRS) is committed to supporting First Nations, Provincial and Federal Government in the fight against climate change. CRS projects develop and implement solutions which mitigate the effects of climate change and protect the long-term health and productivity of marine and aquatic habitats. CRS projects specialize in removing anthropogenic pollution from marine ecosystems, support the enhancement of marine habitat carbon sequestration, mitigate the effects of aquatic invasive species and reverse habitat degradation in shared environments with a focus on traditional First Nations territorial lands and waters.  Everyone at our organisation recognizes the importance of a healthy environment. Whatever your job with us, you’ll strive and innovate to achieve a better future. Our role is complex and our work can be challenging - important work usually is. But your contribution will count, and so will you.

Project Overview
The Indigenous Water Conservation and Restoration Education Initiative (IWCREI) is a project that emerged from conversations between Indigenous communities and Coastal Restoration Society. This project aims to meet the needs of coastal Indigenous communities for a marine and aquatic focused conservation and restoration training program that centers Indigenous science and knowledge. The benefits of this project extend beyond the Nations and students directly involved and aims to improve marine conservation efforts across the sector while improving co-management of marine and aquatic spaces.
The aim of the IWCREI is to create a course that meets the needs of the Nations who have requested this support. This is not a university course but rather a bridge that connects Indigenous science and knowledge with technical skills and provides hands-on experience. Course delivery will be land-based.The course will be delivered to up to 12 Hesquiaht students. The following supports will be provided to reduce barriers to this course:
Paid training wage of $35/hour (120 hours)Daily meals providedAccommodation provided - Students will be camping for the duration of the course; all equipment is providedEquipment, Gear, and Personal Protective Equipment providedTransportation available upon request

Position Overview
Over the past year, six Indigenous Knowledge Holders worked with 5 Industry Advisors to develop IWCREI course topics, themes, modules, and outcomes, which have been assembled to create this course.
CRS is looking for up to 12 Hesquiaht Students to take the course in Hesquiaht First Nation Traditional Territories from July 28th - August 16th, 2024. Students will be expected to report to the Instructor, and will be required to fulfill a contract of 120 over 3 weeks (8 hours a day including weekends).
Students will be provided with the necessary supplies, tools, equipment, materials, resources, and safety equipment necessary to complete the course. Students will be required to attend CRS’ Health and Safety Orientation at the beginning of the course. Swiftwater Safety training is also required and will be provided as part of the course. Students will cover a variety of topics related to coastal restoration and conservation, including:

Nuu-Chah-Nulth Worldview
Nuu-Chah-Nulth Values
Food Sovereignty
Landmarks and Place Names
Oceans and Navigation
River Keepers
Invasive Species
Human interactions and
Pathways for Change

Students will obtain  hands-on, field-based, and classroom-based knowledge and experience related to local environmental restoration and protection. Students will receive an overview of relevant equipment, tools, and data used, as well as laws, worldviews, and methodology related to environmental protection from both Indigenous and western perspectives.

Responsibility and Duties

Attendance and participation
Students are expected to attend all sessions of the course and actively participate in discussions, activities, and events
Completion of hours
Students are required to fulfill a contract of 120 hours over the course of 3 weeks (8 hours per day, including weekends)
Compliance with Health and Safety Protocols
Students must attend and adhere to CRS’ Health and Safety Orientation at the beginning of the course and follow all safety protocols throughout the duration of the program
Students must partake in Swiftwater Rescue Training, or already be certified as a Swiftwater Rescue Technician
Collaboration and teamwork
Students may be required to work collaboratively with peers and instructors
Respect for Indigenous Knowledge and Worldviews:
Given the emphasis on Indigenous Knowledge, students are expected to approach the material with respect and understanding, recognizing the importance of Indigenous perspectives in environmental stewardship
Students should be prepared for diverse learning environments, including in-person classes, pre-recorded video content, outdoor activities, or other formats

Ideal Candidate
Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
Interest and awareness of Indigenous land stewardship and/or environmental conservation/restoration
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Punctual, reliable and well organized
Ability to be flexible and adaptive in response to challenge and/or adjusting needs
Demonstrates integrity, honesty, and a strong ethical foundation in all aspects of work
Ability to adapt to different learning environments
18+ years old

How to Apply
In your application please include:
Cover Letter
Please include whether you will required transportation to and from the course location at Hesquiaht First Nation.
We encourage people who feel unsure if their qualifications meet our requirements to apply.

Coastal Restoration Society's Indigenous First mandate means we offer job and contract opportunities to members of the Indigenous peoples who territories our projects operate within. Applicants are encouraged to self identify their community and connections.

If you have any questions regarding this position, do not hesitate to contact

Please send your resumes to, with “IWCREI - Student Application- Hesquiaht” in the subject line.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, July 1st, 2024
Anticipated start date July 28th, 2024.