Job: Archaeologist

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Skeetchestn Natural Resources Corp (SNRC)
Archaeologist

Location Skeetchestn (Savona, Kamloops, Cache Creek), BC
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Information: Skeetchestn Natural Resources Corp is seeking a full time archaeologist for field and office work is based out of our office on the Skeetchestn Indian Reserve near Savona, BC. This is a junior position with opportunities for mentorship and advancement. You will work with a skilled and experienced team of professionals and technicians, under the supervision of RPFs and RPCAs.

SNRC is a full service community-based natural and cultural resources firm contributing to and directing all phases of land and resource planning and management in Skeetchestn traditional territory, protecting title and rights and respecting Secwepemc laws, culture, and traditions. We work in collaboration with the Skeetchestn Indian Band to steward the land, water and all its inhabitants with an ethic of sustainability, respect and reciprocity. Developing economic, professional, social and cultural capacity of community members to care for Secwepemculewc is a core goal.

Experience working with Secwepemc communities and an understanding of Secwepemc culture and the contemporary contexts and issues affecting these communities would be an asset, Secwepemc candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities are field- and office based work relating to all aspects of regulatory heritage management, with a focus on forestry (survey, AIA, monitoring, mitigation, reporting, mapping and site forms). The position includes an initial period of mentorship under our experienced archaeologists, followed by the addition of responsibilities related to managing small projects (e.g. supervising field crews of trained First Nations field technicians, liaising with clients and with neighbouring First Nations organizations, and training and mentoring field crew) and contributing research and support to ongoing initiatives.

Contributing to safe, supportive and educational work environment is an essential part of this position.

Mandatory skills and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology or Anthropology, with an archaeology field school
  • 3+ years of field experience in archaeology in the BC interior
  • Demonstrated knowledge of BC Heritage Conservation Act and regulatory requirements (permits, forms, reporting), including awareness of BC Archaeology Branch policies, procedures and standards
  • Demonstrated knowledge of site and artifact identification and classification
  • Demonstrated field abilities (effective note-taking, navigating, using field equipment)
  • Technical writing, communication and organizational skills
  • Proficiency with standard office computer applications and equipment
  • Demonstrated experience working in partnership with First Nations communities
  • Ability to adapt, undertake multiple tasks, and respond quickly to changing priorities
  • Ability to conduct field work under a variety of physically challenging field conditions
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Strong commitment to safety
  • Strong commitment to reconciliation and awareness of the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action

Preference to candidates with:

  • Status as qualified field director and/or permit holder in the Interior plateau region
  • Membership in the BCAPA (any level)
  • Experience in and knowledge of the archaeology of Secwepemculewc/southern interior
  • An understanding of the breadth and application of various management options for the responsible care of archaeological and other cultural heritage values and resources
  • Functional knowledge of GIS applications (ArcView, QGIS)
  • Valid First Aid (OFA 1 or above), Bear Aware, ATV training, S100 fire suppression, WHMIS or other workplace safety training

Compensation: Wage commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits package available to qualifying individuals. SNRC offers opportunities for advancement and support for achievement of additional qualifications (permit-holding, BCAPA membership) and other professional development opportunities.

To apply: Send your application package to joanne@skeetchestn.ca, with ‘Archaeologist job application’ in the subject line. Please include:

  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references (one may be an academic supervisor)
  • an ‘experience summary spreadsheet’ (see Archaeology Branch Bulletin 17, here)
  • a brief cover letter including wage expectations

In accordance with the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s Aboriginal Employment Preferences Policy (here), preference will be given to Indigenous applicants.

Company Skeetchestn Natural Resources Corp (SNRC)
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