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JOB POSTING: Archaeologist Level 3

May 14, 2019

Service Area: Archaeology Department
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Employment Status: Full-Time (probationary)
Closing Date: February 28, 2019



Established by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Inlailawatash is an innovative and growing company that provides a range of natural and cultural resource services to diverse clients. The company has five service areas: Archaeology; Ecosystem Restoration; GIS; Mapping & Information Management; Renewable Resources; and Tree & Vegetation Management. By placing the respect of Aboriginal and environmental values as overarching priorities for our business, Inlailawatash is truly unique. Visit for more details.


Job Summary:

The Archaeologist (Level 3) will join a dynamic team of professionals within the Archaeology Department of Inlailawatash. The role reports to the Senior Archaeology Manager to ensure efficient fulfillment of Inlailawatash project and client demands. The position requires that the candidate have both field director and HCA S.12 and S.14 permit holder status for coastal British Columbia. Permit-holder status in the Interior Plateau and the Subarctic/Boreal Forest is an asset. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Applying for and receiving HCA S.12 and S.14 heritage permits.
  • Meeting Archaeology Branch submission deadlines for S.12 and S.14 permit reports.
  • Performing Field Director duties for Inlailawatash projects.
  • Identifying and securing projects relating to archaeology and heritage management.
  • Writing proposals, scope, and cost estimates for projects.
  • Invoicing clients or assisting with invoicing.
  • Liaising with proponents/clients, the Archaeology Branch, and First Nations.
  • Uploading files to the Archaeology Branch APTS system.
  • Verifying data (spatial and otherwise) relating to archaeological assessment.
  • Planning, coordinating, and participating in fieldwork logistics and activities.
  • Representing the Company and interacting with First Nations, clients, the general public, First Nations community members, officials, and contractors.
  • Providing leadership, mentoring, and supervision in the field.
  • Implementing safety plans and tail-gate safety meetings.
  • Undertaking and supervising fieldwork activities including survey, shovel-testing, excavation, data collection, field notes and recording.
  • Undertaking literature reviews for background research relating to permitting and reporting for proposed development areas, including RAAD and PARL searches.
  • Drafting and submitting Archaeology Branch S.12 and S.14 heritage permit applications.
  • Submitting applications for First Nations heritage permits.
  • Undertaking post-fieldwork analysis and interpretation of data and findings.
  • Preparing draft and final reports for clients, government, and First Nations.
  • Developing and writing site management recommendations.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with local First Nations representatives.
  • Performing other duties as required.


Working Conditions:

  • Ability to work independently with minimal oversight and in a team environment.
  • Coordination and scheduling of field crew in the field.
  • Fieldwork in variable conditions and weather.
  • Works near/with potentially dangerous machinery near open excavation units.
  • Occasional fieldwork outside normal office hours.
  • Ability to work remotely, outside of the Lower Mainland.
  • Physically demanding work environment involving tasks such as bending, raking, shoveling, lifting, screening, and troweling.
  • Work on small projects or portion of larger projects.
  • Fast-paced shared-office working conditions.


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Minimum of a master’s degree in Archaeology or Anthropology.
  • Completion of a post-secondary archaeology field school, with experience as a field school teaching assistantship preferred.
  • Meets the minimum requirements of field experience for Field Director certification and permit holder according to Archaeology Branch regulations.
  • Excellent organizational and verbal/written communication skills
  • High level of physical fitness.
  • Demonstrated ability to take adequate field notes, including photography, and to supervise field crew in these activities.
  • Superior understanding of lithic technology and artifact identification.
  • Ability to recognize human remains in the field.
  • Experienced operation of field equipment including GPS, chain and compass.
  • Experience with orienteering/navigation.
  • Demonstrated ability to create field maps.
  • Excellent computer skills for transferring basic digitized map data to reports.
  • Experience driving 4x4 trucks.
  • Class 5 Driver’s License and a clean driver’s abstract.
  • Ability and confidence to lead a team of First Nations field representatives.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • Ability to remain calm, professional, objective, and constructive.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work within a strong and positive safety culture.
  • Ability to pay keen attention to even the smallest of details.
  • Ability to seek assistance and/or review regarding areas outside of expertise.
  • Ability to take direction and feedback from senior personnel.
  • Excellent word-processing and report-formatting skills in Microsoft Office, and project management software such as Dovico.
  • Canadian resident (citizen or landed immigrant status).
  • Knowledge of First Nation culture or previous experience working with First Nation communities and organizations as asset.


Desired Skills, Certificates, Training, and Abilities:

  • Professional membership with the Register of Professional Consulting Archaeologists (RPA).
  • CRM certificate from post-secondary institution.
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1.
  • Willingness to enroll in various types of safety training at Inlailawatash expense.


Apply by emailing your cover letter and resume to by February 28, 2019. Applicants of Aboriginal ancestry are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position comes with full benefits and a pension plan.

We thank you for your interest in advance. Short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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