Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC (FMCBC) – Right to Roam
Organisation: Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC (FMCBC)
Location: British Columbia
Closing Date: August 29, 2019
Through leadership, advocacy and education, the FMCBC works to protect and maintain access to backcountry areas for quality, non-motorized recreation in BC. Our membership is comprised of a diverse group of non-motorized backcountry recreationists including hikers, rock climbers, mountaineers, trail runners, kayakers, mountain bikers, backcountry skiers and snowshoers. As an organization, we believe the enjoyment of these pursuits in an unspoiled environment is a vital component to the quality of life for British Columbians
The FMCBC has had long-standing concerns about the public’s ability to access land for backcountry recreation. In February 2017, Andrew Weaver, leader of the Green Party of BC, introduced a bill in the BC Legislature: Bill M 223 – 2017 – Right to Roam Act. This bill sought to ensure the right of citizens “to access public lands, rivers streams and lakes and to use these spaces to hunt, fish and enjoy outdoor recreation in accordance with the law.” The May 2017 provincial election extinguished this proposal.
However, the proposed legislation fit with the long-held concerns of the Federation. Public access to public lands has steadily eroded, as recent news events will attest; Kamloops News July 2019. Establishing the legal right to access Crown lands by accessing and crossing private lands or by traveling on publicly funded resource roads is what is sought. FMCBC has undertaken a review of the earlier 2017 Right to Roam documentation, with intention to enhance and see it passed into BC law.
Produce a draft of a Right to Roam legislative bill that could be brought forward to BC Legislature for passage into law.
- 5+ years of project management experience
- Excellent group facilitation skills and experiences
- Strong communication and organisation skills
- Exceptional planning and leadership skills with ability to prioritize work, manage team members
- Knowledge of BC backcountry issues would be preferred
- Knowledge of BC government legislation operations would be an asset
- Experience with not-for-profits would be preferred
- Experience in maintaining discretion on sensitive subjects (signing a confidentiality agreement will be required)
Estimated Time Commitment 4-5 hours/week
Start Date: Sept 9, 2019 End Date: March 31, 2020
Scope of Work
Enable committee members to work together to complete a draft of new Right to Roam legislation, develop communications strategy and monitor execution of plans through to acceptance by appropriate identified BC political party or parties.
- Final Terms of Reference for Right to Roam Committee
- Draft document of new Right to Roam legislation
- Propose a strategy for appropriate communications to the wide and varied stakeholders: including political parties, First Nations, private companies, landowners, media, FMCBC club members, allied and non-allied organisations, etc.
- Propose a detailed plan for execution of strategy
The PM volunteer will have end-end accountability on project deliverables, reporting initially to Barry Janyk, Executive Director, Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC. Once the Right to Roam Committee is operational, reporting will move to the Committee Chairperson.
Barry Janyk will provide a letter of recommendation to the PM volunteer at the successful conclusion of the project and serve as a reference as appropriate.
How to Apply
Please apply with a detailed resume and a cover letter indicating why you are interested in supporting the Federation on this project and why you feel your skill set and experience would make you a good match for this project. Send to:
Contact: Barry Janyk, Executive Director, Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC
Please send copy of your application package to Project Management Volunteers c/o:
Contact: Peter Mulholland, PM-Volunteers Client Relationship Manager
Organization may proceed with interviewing and engaging applicants before the application deadline.
NOTE [include only if applicable and remove this instruction]: We may consider a team approach of a senior/junior project manager. We encourage junior project managers who are interested in acquiring experience to apply. Any such arrangement will be contingent on agreement by the client and the applicants.