FULL TIME/PERMANENT STAFF
Executive Director – Vacant
The GRRB is in the process of recruiting a new Executive Director. We hope to have the role filled soon. In the meantime, please contact our Chairperson, Robert Charlie-Tetlichi (email@example.com) if you need assistance.
Wildlife Biologist – Steve Andersen, B.Sc.
Responsibilities: I coordinate and conduct research and management of birds and mammals in the GSA.
Personal biography: I grew up on the family farm near Grande Prairie, AB. From a young age my parents took me hiking and camping, so I learned an appreciation for the land early on. When I went to university, I studied environmental sciences, earning a BSc in conservation biology. I went on to work on wildlife monitoring projects in areas as diverse as the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, the forests of New Brunswick and the Ts’udé Nil?né Tuyeta protected area near Fort Good Hope.
While at university, I began volunteering at the campus radio station as a reporter and producer for their environmental news program. Our show gained popularity and was picked up by stations from coast to coast, including throughout the NWT on CKLB Radio. I have also done media relations work for a number of non-profit organizations.
I began working for the GRRB in April 2020 and look forward to getting to know the people of the GSA.
Species at Risk Biologist – Kaytlin Cooper B.Sc. (Hon), M.Sc., G.Cert.
Responsibilities: I work with local communities, Renewable Resource Councils and the government (Federal and Territorial), assisting with the development of management plans and recovery strategies and administering species at risk programs and research projects in the GSA.
Personal biography: Growing up in the UK, I spent summers camping, enjoying the outdoors and travelling Europe with my family. This fostered my love for nature and visiting new places.
I studied Applied Ecology (B.Sc. Hons) and Habitat Creation and Management (M.Sc.) at Staffordshire University, researching the vegetation diversity of reclaimed urban areas and management techniques for limestone heathland. After my second year, I spent the summer in Canada volunteering with EarthWatch studying coastal ecology, explored Vancouver and Vancouver Island and knew that I wanted to make Canada my home. Upon completion of university, I moved to the south of England, where I worked as a park warden for the local government before moving to Vancouver, where I studied Environmental Impact Assessment while volunteering at Stanley Park Ecology Society as an eco-ranger and wildlife surveyor and at Western Canada Wilderness Committee writing reports on their campaigns. I returned to the UK for a few years and worked as a field ecologist for an environmental consultancy focusing on species at risk (amphibians, reptiles and bats), before moving permanently to Canada, first living in Vancouver and then in Northern Ontario where I completed a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Practice: Natural Resources Management from Royal Roads University.
I have lived in Inuvik since December 2014, spending four and a half years volunteering for various local organizations, including running the Inuvik Vet Clinic and as a Director on the Board for Inuvik Community Greenhouse and Arctic Paws.
Finance and Administrative Manager – Cheryl Greenland
Responsibilities: I provide financial and administrative support for the GRRB.
Personal biography: I was born and raised here in Inuvik. My parents are Alec and Elizabeth Greenland. I attended both the elementary and high school here and graduated from the Native Women’s Training centre in 1992. I also attended Mount Royal College in Calgary for a year.
Over the years, I have worked with many of the Gwich’in organizations, as well as the GNWT, gaining a wide array of office experience. I have always been interested in the environmental issues that are happening in the NWT and have been trying to educate myself in this area over the past few years.
As the Environmental Coordinator for the GTC’s First Nations Forestry program, I trained Gwich’in participants in Environmental Monitoring. I helped create the Environmental Monitors Manual, now the standard for this type of work. As Environmental Coordinator/Finance Clerk with IMG Golder in Inuvik, I worked on projects such as Bathymetry, Aquatics, Vegetation, Wildlife, Pellets, Traditional History and Archeology. I trained outside of Calgary in Terrestrial Biosciences and Aquatics techniques.
I have held a few other positions in the finance world, but I have been here at the GRRB since February of 2009. I enjoy being out on the land as much as possible, when time permits. I am an avid curler and have enjoyed this sport for many years.
Environmental Coordinator – Vacant
Responsibilities: To bridge science and community knowledge by managing the review of regulatory applications, research licenses and other requests for GRRB advice or data. In addition, this position is responsible for managing the ongoing collection of harvest data, research interests and other community observations to contribute to management planning processes.
Recruitment is underway for this position.
Office Assistant – Rayna Vittrekwa
Responsibilities: I assist the Finance and Administrative Manager in daily tasks (reception, file management) and assist other staff with research and field projects.
Personal biography: I grew up between my hometown of Teetli’t Zheh/Fort McPherson and throughout my life, a few years here and there, in Inuvik. I identify as Teetli’t Gwich’in. My father is Peter James Vittrekwa (Vittrekwa/Itsi) and my mother is Elizabeth Vittrekwa (Snowshoe/Pascal).
I graduated with my Secondary School Diploma in 2017 and have since been in and out of university, working whenever I can. I attended the University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC starting in September of 2019, studying through the Aboriginal Access Studies program taking courses in Health and Wellness, Indigenous Studies and Human Geography. I have yet to pick a major and if all goes to plan, I plan to return to Kelowna in January of 2023. Currently, I am taking an online certificate course with Royal Roads University, studying in their Environmental Leadership Pathways Program.
I have volunteered for several organizations that are focused on gender equality, ocean and freshwater conservation, youth leadership, public engagement and in 2017 to raise awareness in protecting the Peel River Watershed. I genuinely enjoy volunteering and try to do it when I can, wherever I move in the world.
This past summer was my first season working as a full-time casual Summer Student here at the Inuvik GRRB office. Previously, I have been attached to different GRRB-affiliated projects, the longest being the Whitefish Project for one year in 2018 and other fieldwork as a part-time Summer Student out of Teetl’it Zheh. I love being able to travel in my home region, especially along the rivers and highways. I appreciate and enjoy working in the welcoming working environment of the GRRB office, where I will be employed until December of 2022.
Webmaster – Chelsea Hermus
Responsibilities: I have been working with the GRRB on a casual contract basis since 2009. I coordinate and update the GRRB website and assist the Executive Director with communications materials on an as-needed basis. I have also worked for the GRRB on a contract basis as a Fisheries Biologist and Communications Manager.
Personal biography: A paleontologist and Web designer born and raised in Alberta, I have a wide variety of interests and skills. My career path has taken me many places, including research, teaching, editing, writing, laboratory coordination and several incredible opportunities to work from remote Northern field camps. I enjoy any chance I get to work with fish, both career-wise and as a hobby. I am currently living and working in Victoria, B.C.