Archaeologist = Permit Holding

Environmental Project Manager
April 28, 2022

Website Nupqu

Nupqu Resource Limited Partnership (Nupqu) is a growing business, proudly owned by member communities of the Ktunaxa Nation since 2009. With offices in Cranbrook, Fernie and Castlegar, BC, Nupqu conducts a wide variety of work: providing forestry, environmental, cultural management, reclamation and remediation,  contract administration and health and safety consulting services to many clients throughout the Ktunaxa Traditional Territory. We are currently seeking highly motivated, organized and responsible individual to join our team in a dynamic and rewarding environment.

We are seeking applicants for a full-time BC Interior Plateau Permit- Holding Archaeologist position. Ability to hold Heritage Conservation Act (HCA) permits within the Interior Plateau is required for this position. Tipi Mountain believes in work-life balance, therefore we generally schedule field work Monday through Friday, though some projects could extend into weekends.

Job Title: Permit Holding Archaeologist

Job Type: full-time, Interior Plateau Permit Holding Archaeologist

Pay Rate: Based on individual qualifications and experience

Location: Cranbrook, Castlegar and Remote work may be available

In the role of Permit-Holding Archaeologist, you will be responsible for managing projects and coordinating many of the activities of our archaeology division including both in the field duties of a Field Director and project coordination/reporting duties.  Your role will include both the in-field technical tasks required of a permit-holding archaeologist & project lead, and project management and reporting task

Field Duties:

·         Organizing and scheduling field crews for your projects

·         Manage crews of various sizes – could be more than 10

·         Directing field crews, including mentoring supervisors, field directors and field technicians

·         Lead preliminary field reconnaissance surveys, archaeological impact assessments, and site alteration works

·         Work with the Nupqu Safety department to ensure any/all safety requirements (e.g. Safety Management Plans) are completed and approved by the proponent prior to field work

·         When working under permit, follow in-field methodology/requirements as stated in the permit application

o   In-field project documentation (i.e. notes, data & photography) per permit specifications

o   Design and implementation of inspection programs (surface and subsurface)

·         Ensure proper care of vehicles and Nupqu equipment while in your care, in line with OH & S manual.

·         Adhering to and promoting safe working conditions according to Nupqu OH & S manual.

·         Identify and record areas of archeological potential, archaeological sites, and traditional use sites

·         Assist in providing technical recommendations for cultural resources management.

·         Collect data and complete data management

Project Management Duties:

·         Write permit applications and administer permits, write interim reports, final reports, site forms, and proposals

·         Conduct data analysis, artifact analysis and cataloguing

·         Act as a mentor and support to the field directors, supervisors and field technicians

·         Provide feedback to Operations Manager for HR planning (field season staffing) and monitoring performance of field staff

·         Communicate with the Archaeology Branch sectors (e.g. Site Inventory, Permitting and Assessment)

·         Provide support to fellow project leads by reviewing scopes of work and cost estimates when needed

·         Coordinate data up-loads and data sharing

·         Delegate Letters of Notice to junior staff and review for submission (where necessary)

·         Assist in reviewing interim and permit reporting for fellow project leads, field directors and supervisors

·         Create project plans and manage resources to ensure project schedule, budget, quality, and specification goals are attained

·         Participate in the overall development of submissions for request for proposals (RFP) to secure additional and/or new business

·         Assign and monitor work of your permit project staff, provide leadership, technical support and direction when necessary

·         Work with employees, including field crew leaders to resolve disciplinary issues and escalate to Operations Manager and Human Resources as appropriate

·         Develop and deliver progress, quarterly, and annual project reporting to clients, as needed

·         Collaborate across management and project team to expand services and potential business opportunities.

·         Identify and assess project issues and develop solutions to meet productivity, quality, and regulation goals, and ensure customer satisfaction


·         Bachelor’s degree in archaeology or anthropology

·         Field Director status for the Interior Plateau with the BC Archaeology Branch

·         Minimum 2yrs permit holding status

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to make appropriate judgment calls in isolated field environments

·         Ability to take direction and comply with methods outlined in permits

·         Field-related safety certifications (e.g. Level 1 First Aid, Transportation Endorsement, WHMIS, etc.) in good standing, along with knowledge of British Columbia Archaeology Branch Standards will be considered an asset

·         Able to work well with others in a team environment

·         Proficient computer skills with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat

·         Proficiency with standard data collection equipment, including: tablet, camera, GPS, Avenza, and digital and paper maps

·         Physically capable of long field days in difficult conditions, carrying up to 35 lbs

·         Flexibility in work schedule and a willingness to work out of town for extended periods

·         Drivers’ license (BC Class 5 or equivalent) is required, experience with 4×4 vehicles and off-road conditions is considered a major asset


·         Highly Competitive wages that meet or exceed industry standards

·         RRSP Matching

·         Comprehensive Medical & Dental coverage

·         Cell Phone Allowance

·         LOA Allowance

·         Use of Company Vehicle

·         Personal Vehicle allowance

·         Above industry vacation allowance

·         And More

Qualified applicants are asked to send their CV to,  by Feb 23, 2022. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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