Aquatic & Fisheries Biologist

Organization Background


The Mountain Métis Nation Association (MMNA) is a non-profit organization located in Grande Cache, Alberta. Incorporated in 1994, the MMNA has been successful in working to improve the quality of life for the Indigenous population of Grande Cache through youth programs, access to historical and cultural resources, and hosting local cultural events.

MMNA offers a variety of programs and services to its Mountain Métis members, Métis Nation of Alberta card holders living in the Grande Cache area, and other Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the community. Specific programs include Traditional Land Use and Historical Research, Youth Connections, and an Aquatic Habitat program.

Project Overview

The Mountain Metis Nation Association established an Aquatic Habitat program in 2021 with the purpose to build local knowledge and awareness regarding aquatic habitat protection, watershed issues, and conservation efforts. MMNA would like to extend and expand this program over the next 2 years, through program planning, training, and outreach with the future goal of sustaining a locally run aquatic habitat stewardship program. This program would utilize both western science perspectives and traditional Indigenous knowledge to build community capacity and knowledge of species at risk and conservation efforts within MMNA’s traditional territory.

The MMNA is developing a work plan to expand their Aquatic Habitat Stewardship Program, and in doing so they are looking to hire a Consulting Biologist to mentor and work with the organization and the Aquatic Coordinator for a two-year period to develop a plan to help protect aquatic species and habitat and to mitigate future threats within the Mountain Metis Traditional Territory.

Project Goal

The goal of this project is to develop a long-term Aquatic Habitat Restoration Plan to help protect aquatic species and habitat and to mitigate future threats within the MMNA Traditional Territory. This plan would lead to the implementation of local water loggers that could be checked frequently to determine whether there are any changes to the aquatic habitat. Local shade zones would also be determined in rivers and creek beds to help fish cool off during seasonal temperature changes.

In order to do so, MMNA would like to hire a Consulting Biologist to develop the Aquatic Habitat Restoration Plan and mentor and work with the Aquatic Habitat Coordinator over the next two years.

Scope of Work

Biologist will provide mentorship to the Aquatic Coordinator, lead fieldwork, write reports and develop plans, enhancing MMNA’s Aquatic Habitat Stewardship Program, which will contribute to the long term sustainability of the organization’s habitat restoration projects

Biologist will assist MMNA with developing an Aquatic Habitat Restoration Plan to help support identification of aquatics species in local waterways. Data would be collected to create a monitoring system that would help document local aquatic species and develop plans to protect local aquatic habitat. Information gathered would also help build awareness within the community of local aquatic circumstances. This would also support the long term sustainability of aquatic habitats through monitoring and maintenance of MMNA’s habitat restoration projects.

Biologist will assist MMNA to determine the equipment and supplies necessary to properly conduct field work in order to monitor and maintain habitat restoration projects

Biologist will help determine any permits that may be required for the project

Biologist will complete the development of an Aquatic Habitat Restoration Plan for the Mountain Métis Nation Association

Target Deliverable Schedule

Deliverable Date Select Consulting Biologist: August 15, 2022

Begin Project: August 22, 2022

Evaluation Criteria

The Mountain Métis Nation Association will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:

Project understanding

Previous experience/past performance history

Projected costs

Experience and technical expertise

Experience working with Indigenous organizations

Submission Requirements

Must include a Project Understanding with your proposal

Include samples and references with your proposal.

A proposed schedule and work plan must also be included and clearly expressed.

Detailed Budget

Contact Information

For questions or concerns connected to this RFP, please contact Kristina Hallock, Executive Director at kristinamna@telus.net or 780-827-2002.