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Indigenous Representative and Technical Specialist

Join us and stand up for sustainability

JOB ID: IG20230101:

Positions: Indigenous Representative and Technical Specialist

Breakwater Vantage is seeking an experienced Indigenous Representative and Technical Specialist with expertise in oil sands tailings ponds and Indigenous communities to join our growing team. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace that values the unique perspectives and contributions of Indigenous Peoples.

As an Indigenous Representative and Technical Specialist, you will play a critical role in liaising between Indigenous communities and mining companies, advocating for environmentally responsible and culturally sensitive tailings pond management in Alberta's oil sands. You will use your technical expertise and understanding of Indigenous cultures to ensure that projects benefit the communities in which we operate.


  • Serve as the primary liaison and technical resource for tailings pond projects involving Indigenous communities and mining companies in the oil sands

  • Advocate for Indigenous communities, addressing concerns and incorporating traditional knowledge into tailings pond management and decision-making processes

  • Develop and maintain relationships with Indigenous stakeholders, including community leaders, elders, and representatives from Indigenous organizations

  • Collaborate with mining companies and project teams, ensuring that tailings pond projects are executed in a manner that respects Indigenous cultures and values

  • Participate in environmental assessments, regulatory permitting processes, and compliance monitoring activities related to tailings pond projects

  • Prepare technical reports, presentations, and other project documentation for internal and external stakeholders

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of company policies and practices that promote diversity, inclusion, and meaningful Indigenous engagement


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Environmental Science, Engineering, or a related field

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in tailings pond management in the oil sands, with a focus on Indigenous engagement and community relations

  • Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous cultures, histories, and contemporary issues affecting Indigenous communities in Canada

  • Familiarity with environmental regulations, guidelines, and best practices related to tailings pond management in the oil sands

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders

  • Ability to travel to remote locations and Indigenous communities (if needed not a requirement)

  • Self-motivated, with a strong commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility


  • Membership in a relevant professional organization (e.g., P.Eng., P.Geo., R.P.Bio.)

  • Proficiency in an Indigenous language

  • Experience working with GIS software and other environmental data analysis tools

Breakwater Vantage is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations through our online application portal or email to We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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