Job: Archaeologist



Location Various Locations, BC


Job Summary

Reporting to the Environmental Program Manager, this position is responsible for the provision of heritage and archaeological advice and technical support for projects/programs for the Gas/Electric division.

The Environment Department provides environmental management services to the organization around the following eight environmental risks areas: Aquatic Resource Management, Terrestrial Resource Management, Vegetation Management, Property Transactions, Waste Management, Materials Management, Emissions Management and Environmental Incidents.

This position is focused in the risk areas of Terrestrial Resource Management and Environmental Incidents and is specific to heritage and archaeological resource management.

Key Accountabilities: 

Provide heritage and archaeological management support for projects/programs associated with gas/electric operations including:

  • Manage archaeological data on electric and gas GIS systems;
  • Conduct preliminary desktop reviews for projects involving ground disturbance using RAAD (Remote Archaeological Assessment Data);
  • Undertake Archaeological Impact Assessments for ground disturbance in and around protected sites and within areas of moderate to high archaeological potential;
  • Review and prepare permit applications and reporting for Section 12 and 14 Heritage Conservation Act Permits;
  • Deliver archaeological awareness training to Operations;
  • Provide archaeological monitoring and inspection services where possible;
  • Liaise with Oil and Gas Commission and Archaeology Branch regarding heritage and archaeological management and Heritage Conservation Act regulatory requirements;
  • Coordinate Indigenous Communities involvement with archaeological project involvement;
  • Prepare archaeological reports; and,
  • Report and manage all archaeological chance finds.

Provide support in the heritage and archaeological oversight for projects/programs; ensure compliance with heritage and archaeological regulations, FortisBC Standards and other heritage and archaeological project documents.

Provide advice to the organization on the identification of heritage and archaeological risks, management practices, legal requirements, and implementation of heritage and archaeological protection measures.

Provide support in the oversight of the activities of external subject matter experts and consultants hired to provide resources necessary to manage and protect heritage and archaeological resources.

Establish and maintain effective relationship with stakeholders, customers, contractors, internal departments, and 3rd party contracts. Represent company interests and update project and business unit team members on areas of potential change.

Maintain project heritage and archaeological records that document due diligence to enable the company to meet legislated and corporate requirements.

Education and Experience: 

Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology plus a minimum of five (5) years of related experience in managing heritage and archaeological issues relating to gas/electric operations or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience preferably in the context of the energy industry.

Must be registered or ability to be registered as a Professional Archaeologist in BC. Must have ability to obtain/hold Heritage Conservation Act permits in BC.  Valid BC Driver’s License.

Role Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Technical Competencies:

  • In-depth working knowledge of Heritage Conservation Act and other legislation, regulations, bylaws (federal, provincial, municipal and First Nations) as related to the heritage and archaeological resource protection
  • Knowledge of heritage and archaeological management principles and practices
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise professional judgement in the handling of confidential information
  • Demonstrated ability to use personal influence to achieve positive working relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to meet performance metrics/standards within demanding work schedules
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and develop others
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and prepare accurate and complex reports
  • Demonstrated ability to run effective meetings
  • Demonstrated ability to apply superior judgment, strategic and innovative thinking in decision making
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems/conflict
  • Demonstrated intermediate level computer skills (MS Office Suite)



Company FortisBC
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