Job: Laboratory Manager


Millennia Research Limited
Laboratory Manager

Location Victoria, BC

Millennia Research Limited, Victoria, is looking for an experienced archaeologist to fill a full-time career position as Laboratory Manager. Millennia is a company that provides archaeological services to a wide variety of clients in British Columbia. With nearly 20 employees and offices next to the Galloping Goose Regional Park, we offer a pleasant work environment, bicycle-friendly commuting, and a chance to work in a company at the leading edge in the use of technology in archaeology.  The position is based in Victoria. Although there may be opportunities for occasional field work, the job is intended to be in-office. Preference is for candidates with field experience. The successful candidate must have a BA or BSc in archaeology or museum studies and substantive archaeological laboratory experience.

Duties will include (some may require supervision of junior staff doing the work):

  • Tracking time spent by project and task;
  • Attending staff meetings;
  • Coordinating with field staff, GIS staff, and managers to determine upcoming project laboratory needs;
  • Receiving samples (artifacts, faunal remains, sediment samples etc) as they come in from the field to the lab, and ensuring they all have appropriate bar codes (or field labels in lieu);
  • Conducting a preliminary review of electronic information for quality assessment;
  • Uploading field data to Millennia’s management database and communicating with GIS staff regarding data;
  • Printing from the management database preliminary ID labels to supplement bar codes and placing these into the correct bags;
  • Cataloguing artifacts, including receiving appropriate numbers from regulators or institutions, following institution, provincial, or Parks Canada standards and formats;
  • Preparing samples to be transferred for further analysis, including preparing shipping and customs declarations and any necessary ancillary information where necessary;
  • Coordinating with project directors and photographer to make artifacts or other materials available for photography and replacing them in storage when completed;
  • Tracking materials internally and externally including using the Chain-of-Custody part of Millennia’s project management database and other software tools;
  • Preparing catalogues and other specialized reports for inclusion in reports;
  • Caring for ancestral remains and associated funerary objects in an appropriate and secure manner, engaging with First Nations as needed, and preparing remains for reburial as directed by First Nations advice;
  • Preparing collections for transfer to repository, shipping or delivering as appropriate and updating project tracking form, closing project and informing administrative staff as required and informing regulators if required.
  • Keeping lab and field supplies in supply, reordering as necessary,
  • providing invoices or receipts to financial manager and obtaining permission for large or unusual purchases.

Other requirements of the job:

  • BA or BSc or higher in archaeology/anthropology or museum studies
  • Knowledge of artifact identification, classification, and culture-history for at least one of the three BC regions (Northwest Coast, Interior Plateau, and Boreal Forest);
  • Ability to distinguish between cultural and natural modification;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated cataloguing and other writing skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent computer skills
  • a valid BC driver’s licence
  • commitment to safety
  • Candidates must be able to work to deadlines with minimal supervision.

Wage will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Millennia offers a benefit package with full-time employment and professional development support. Please submit CV with covering letter outlining credentials, experience, availability, references and salary expectations to

Closing date – February 11, 2019

Company Millennia Research Limited
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