Early Childhood Educator

Fort Nelson First Nation
September 27, 2023
Fort Nelson First Nation
Job Type
Some experience required
Salary Type
Hourly Rate
Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30pm. Excluding holidays
Fort Nelson, Fort Nelson First Nation, ECE, Early Childhood Educator, FNFN
British Columbia


FNFN is an inclusive employer and we invite all qualified persons to apply. For more details about this job posting please view the careers page of our website.

Our employees help us uphold our community driven vision for a "Strong Healthy Proud Self-Reliant Nation."

Our story: We are "the People of the Land" and have occupied our traditional territory for tens of thousands of years. We are professionals and business people, and we continue to be hunters and gatherers who move around our territory with the seasons, and with the animals that sustain our way of life and livelihood. We have a commitment and obligation to care for and protect our people, our rights, and our ecosystem, for past, current, and future generations. We are one of 6 First Nation's belonging to Treaty 8. To learn more visit www.fortnelsonfirstnation.org

What’s in it for you: Frequently referred to as the Serengeti of the North, we are located in the majestic Northern Rockies of British Columbia - our traditional territory is like no other. When you choose us for employment, you are choosing a unique work opportunity and life experience in one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you love wildlife and the outdoors, you will love our northern plains that meet the magnificent Northern Rockies Mountains, and all the supernatural experiences they contain. Our territory is blessed with an abundance of wildlife and natural landscapes that are the dreams of every wildlife photographer and outdoor enthusiast. The eco tours, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, boating and motorized recreation in our territory are some of the best outdoor adventures in the world, drawing large numbers of international tourists annually. Our community and surrounding area are small, and even those who stay for a short time build friendships that last a lifetime.

As an employer we embrace opportunities to work with you, to help you cultivate the next best steps in your career, and to support your work life balance so that you can enjoy all that our territory has to offer. We recognize all federal and provincial general holidays, our offices shut down for 2 weeks in December each year, continuing full-time entry level jobs are awarded 3 weeks’ pro-rated vacation leave, group benefits are available to employees working continuously (and most work terms greater than 12 months), pension benefits are available for employees in permanent jobs, we score and grade jobs for pay equity placement on our point band salary scale. Our Human Resources staff works with our employees and management to continuously seek improvements that foster exemplary employer-employee relations.

You are a good fit if: you value working for a municipal-type operation that is dedicated to improving quality of place for our community members, you meet the minimum qualifications identified in the job posting, you enjoy working in a team based and highly collaborative work environment, you understand that onboarding in a continuous process that requires us working with you and you working with us to optimize the employment experience.

If we seem like the right fit for your personal goals, we welcome an opportunity to learn more about you and your resume.

The Job: The primary responsibilities of an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) is to oversee the planning, organizing and implementation of development programs for children between the ages of infant to 5 years, and lead and supervise Early Childhood Education Assistants. The ECE supports infants and children and their families, and provides mentoring and supervision to ECE and Child Care Assistants in the areas of guiding quality care in early childhood development. The ECE leads children in activities designed to stimulate and develop their intellectual, physical and emotional growth and ensure their security and well-being. Duties include planning, developing and implementing quality care that is designed to promote healthy development, support good choices, teach developmentally appropriate skills and physical activities, and provide cultural enrichment activities designed to promote holistic health and spiritual wellbeing, and aim to strengthen children and family relationships. The ECE demonstrates behaviour that is professional, ethical, and responsible, and develops positive relationships with children and parents, and co-workers. An ECE is an ambassador for healthy living
and motivating others.

Candidate Profile:The Early Childhood Educator has a good level of energy and physical fitness to perform the work, and has good interpersonal skills including good listening skills to gather information and to ask questions in order to carry out assigned tasks and to provide routine information to other employees. The ECE has good written and verbal communication skills and communicates with the supervisor/ program leader and other employees to obtain information, supplies, tools, equipment and/or advice or help to solve problems or issues, and has periodic contact with external agencies and service providers and the general public.



  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education and a British Columbia License to Practice. May consider out of province certifications if the credentials can be transferred.
  • Practicum Experiences completed.
  • First Aid, CPR Level C – if expired must be willing to obtain employer paid training.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to interact well with others.
  • Good organizational skills and able to handle competing priorities and meet deadlines; will benefit from a high degree of resourcefulness, flexibility, and adaptability.
  • Good communication skills(written and oral).
  • Proficient computer skills and able to use basic applications and email.
  • No barriers to working with any member of the community.
  • Physical fitness to perform the work.
  • Physician note stating fitness to work in a daycare setting will be required before an offer is made
  • Wage rate offered does not include wage enhancements which are additional. Successful incumbent must be willing to provide authorization to Fort Nelson First Nation to release payroll and credential information as required to Funders for our funding agreements and wage enhancement reporting.
  • Must be able to work in non-barrier-free-workplace (building includes a second story, no elevator)
  • Compliance with BC Immunization program, TB screening, and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Ability to provide own transportation to and from work.
  • Satisfactory completion of a Police Record Check – vulnerable sector (renew every 5 years).
  • Valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License and drivers abstract is required.


The following training/certificates and additional assets are preferred, but the Employer may provide training to successful candidate.
• Previous First Nation experience and an understanding of First Nations education and childcare issues
• Sign Language
• Class 4 driver’s license
• Google™ drive, calendar, forms and other Google™ products.
• Ability to speak Dene and/or Cree.
• Other certificates: Food Safe, WHMIS, First Aid.


This work takes place Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. The majority of work occurs at various public/employer buildings on reserve. Lifting or moving objects and children up to 40 lbs. are performed occasionally. Will occasionally work in awkward or cramped positions. Manual dexterity is required to use desktop computer and peripherals. Occasional use of household appliances is required. May be exposed to unpleasant dealings in emotionally charged situations.

How to Apply


Closes When filled. Remuneration Rate offered to the successful incumbent is pending certification(s), skills, experiences, knowledge.

*Preference may be given to qualified First Nation’s applicants. Kindly forward your cover letter and resume to: recruitment@fnnation.ca

We thank all individuals for applying, but only those applicants whose applications clearly demonstrate meeting all of the requested minimum requirements will receive a reply.

* Constitution Act, 1982 [Section 35]; Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [Section 15(1)]; Canadian Human Rights Act [Section 16(1)]; Employment Equity Act [Section 5(a), 10(b)]; Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [Article 22]; ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries

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