Senior Lands Officer

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Closing date: Mar 22, 2018

Location: Yellowknife

Department: LND Commissioner's Land Admin

Job Code: 15241

Salary: $87,263 - $104,208

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

At the Department of Lands, we strive to be leaders and innovators in Northern land and resource management. We provide land management decisions and recommendations on the acquisition, lease, sale, or other dispositions of public lands while respecting the principles of land use sustainability, and ecological, social, cultural, and economic values.

The Department of Lands advances the territorial vision of land and resource management in the NWT through the legislative, regulatory and policy system and through the delivery of a robust and effective enforcement and compliance program. The Department’s reach is broad because the use of land impacts the operations and mandates of other departments, and private sector development. It engages in large-scale planning, and conducts broad legislative and policy reviews to inform government-wide strategic advice about land and resource management. Together these functions enhance the planning, management, and administration of land in a sustainable way.

The Department works closely with NWT resource management boards because it coordinates inter- and intra- department and government processes including environmental assessments (EAs), reclamation securities, GNWT input on federal legislative amendments and regulatory activities affecting land and water management, environmental assessment policy reviews and land use planning.

The Department’s Informatics division also leads the planning, development and implementation of information and technology related services, including geomatics services, to three departments: Lands, Industry, Tourism and Investment, and Environment and Natural Resources.


Job Information

The Senior Lands Officer position is responsible for providing land management and administration services for Commissioner’s Land under the Commissioner’s Land Act and Regulations.  This includes acquiring, disposing and monitoring the use of the Commissioner’s Land; creating, reviewing, approving and administering Land Contracts; and enforcing related acts and regulations.  A key aspect of this position is providing advice, support and assistance to Regional Operations lands staff in the management and administration of Commissioner’s Land in the 5 NWT regions. The position also provides support and advice in matters related to land management and administration to NWT community governments.

The Senior Lands Officer position is located in Yellowknife and reports to the Manager of Commissioner’s Land Administration.  The incumbent works within a legislative framework which includes the Commissioner’s Land Act and Regulations; Territorial Lands Act and Regulations; Planning Act and Regulation; the Area Development Act and Regulations; the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and the Mackenzie Valley Land Use Regulations; Canada Mining Regulations as well as the settled Lands, Resources and Self-Government Agreements within the NWT; Interim Measures Agreement and the Devolution Final Agreement.  The position also works within a Cabinet approved policy framework including the Land Pricing Policy; the Land Lease Only Policy; the Land Use and Sustainability Framework; Northern Lands-Northern Leadership; Sustainable Development Policy and the Recreational Leasing Policy.

The incumbent recommends revisions of Acts, Regulations, Policies and procedures pertaining to Commissioner’s Lands to the Manager of Commissioner’s Lands Administration based on feedback from the public, other departments and own professional evaluation of current implementation and situations.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

The above knowledge, skills and abilities are typically acquired by a recognized designation in land management (ie. Senior Right-of-Way Agent, through the International Right-of-Way Association) or in a related discipline (ie. certified Property Manager, Certification from a recognized professional institute in Property Appraisal and five (5) years of related experience.


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Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check.  Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


Salary Information

The salary range for this position is $44.75 to $53.44 per hour (approximately $87,263 to $104,208. per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 15241        

Closing Date: March 22, 2018 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

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Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445