Job: Archaeological Field Director/Supervisor


Sugar Cane Archaeology
Archaeological Field Director/Supervisor

Salary $30-$40/hr
Location Williams Lake, BC


Job Summary:

Sugar Cane Archaeology, an Indigenous company wholly owned by Williams Lake First Nation (WLFN), is seeking an Archaeological Field Director/Supervisor to be based out of our corporate office in downtown Williams Lake.

Sugar Cane Archaeology (SCA) is a rapidly growing professional cultural resource management (CRM) services provider that is currently staffed by a several archaeologists, project managers, health and safety professionals and a seasonal field crew of 15-20 staff members.

The Archaeological Field Director/Supervisor will have experience supervising and directing field crews in conducting archaeology or heritage resource management work including pedestrian survey, shovel testing and archaeological excavation, under a Heritage Conservation Act Permit, or otherwise, within the Interior Plateau culture region in British Columbia.

This is a full-time, permanent position.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Identify and record areas of archeological potential, archaeological sites, and traditional use sites.
  • Collect data and complete data management.
  • Lead preliminary field reconnaissance surveys, post-impact assessments, and archaeological impact assessments.
  • Carry out archaeological monitoring.
  • Write permit applications, interim reports, final reports, and proposals, and authoring other technical documents as required.
  • Engage with First Nations, clients and assist with business development.
  • Training and mentoring of junior staff.
  • Maintain knowledge of First Nation, provincial, and municipal legislation & policy that is related to cultural heritage and First Nations.
  • Performing all duties in accordance with WLFN community policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Maintaining confidentially in all matters related to professional duties, responsibilities, and WLFN community standards.
  • Other duties as required, including equipment maintenance, health and safety, travel and transportation, project planning, and logistics.

Your Capabilities and Credentials:

  • Field Director status in the Interior Plateau preferred, and/or Field Director Status in the Sub-Arctic/ Boreal or Northwest Coast, or Field Supervisory experience in the Interior Plateau.
  • Experience with First Nations cultural heritage management teams.
  • Minimum BSc in Archaeology or BA in Anthropology, or a related field (including Biology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Forestry, Indigenous Studies etc.)
  • Minimum 2+ years experience in Cultural Resource Management in BC.
  • Minimum 2+ years experience identifying traditional use sites & features, CMTs, and lithic artifacts.
  • Commitment to Indigenous archaeology and Reconciliation with a desire to work closely with First Nations and other cultural heritage and environmental professionals in this role.
  • Experience with lithic artifact analysis and cataloguing, identification of traditional use sites & features, mapping, pedestrian surveys, subsurface testing, excavation, data collection (field notes, photographs, digital information)
  • Physically fit and able to work in challenging conditions, as workdays are often strenuous and involve difficult terrain and outdoors hazards.
  • A valid Class 5 driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract is required.
  • Preferred tickets and qualifications include: OFA Level 1 & Transportation Endorsement, WHMIS, S100/S185, ATV/UTV/Trailer, H2S, Bear Aware, Confined Space, Ground Disturbance but will train successful applicants without these qualifications.
  • Strong communication and writing skills, including general knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • Dedicated to a strong workplace health, safety, and environment culture with a willingness to participate in the team safety process.
  • Self-guided and motivated, with the ability to work independently as required.

 Working Conditions:

  • Fieldwork often involves walking ~10 km a day in challenging environmental conditions, and is carried out in all weather conditions including the cold, heat, rain, sleet, and snow.
  • Camp shifts, with non-standard hours and days of work, will be required throughout the season. Workers may share accommodations during camp shifts.
  • Some weekend and holiday work may be required during the season.

Salary: $30-$40/hr

Closing Date: February 28th, 2024 – Applications are being accepted for consideration after the closing date.

Work Start Date: Training will begin following date of hire.


Forward Cover Letter and Resume to:

Brittany Cleminson
Sugar Cane Development Corporation
315 Yorston, Williams Lake, BC V2G 1Z6
Tel. (778) 417-0193


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