Consultation coordinators advocate for Indigenous communities. They are a community’s main point of contact for outside groups. They review reports and help to negotiate agreements, such as when working with forestry companies to develop forest management plans and business opportunities. Consultation coordinators ensure Indigenous rights are respected. They also help to ensure that Traditional Indigenous Knowledge is properly collected and used. Consultation coordinators also organize opportunities for others to engage with the community.
Is it right for me?
Consultation coordinators are sensitive when dealing with people. They’re comfortable in both corporate and Indigenous environments. Their people skills are useful in setting up and managing meetings.
Salaries vary based on location and years of experience. A typical starting salary is around $35,000. With many years of experience and high-level education (such as a PhD), consultation coordinators can make up to $85,000.
Consultation coordinators have a variety of backgrounds. For example, many have forestry, environmental science, law, or community development experience. Knowledge of Indigenous cultures and community dynamics is useful. This can be learned through formal education or lived experience. Extra courses in conflict resolution, negotiation, communication and leadership are all helpful. In high school, study a wide range of subjects and focus on developing communication skills.
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