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Reporting to the Manager of First Nations Relations, the CRD Archaeologist will provide expert professional advice and direction in archaeological resource planning and management across CRD operations.  Responsibilities include building and maintaining respectful relationships with First Nations, overseeing and implementing the CRD’s Protection and Conservations of Heritage Sites policy, leading workshops and training, supporting CRD staff and overseeing archaeological assessment and permitting for ground disturbing activities.  This position will support implementation of the First Nations Relations division goals and initiatives, in line with the CRD Statement of Reconciliation.


The CRD conducts its business within the traditional territories of over 20 First Nations, including Songhees, Xwsepsum (Esquimalt), W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout), W̱SIKEM (Tseycum), MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat), Sc’ianew (Beecher Bay), T’Sou-ke, Pacheedaht and Pune’laxutth’ (Penelekut). All of whom have a long standing relationship with the land and waters from time immemorial that continues to this day. 


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Establishes and maintains respectful relations with First Nations in the region regarding protection and conservation of heritage sites.
  • Develops and implements strategies, agreements or other working arrangements with First Nations regarding protection and conservation of heritage sites.
  • Revises and develops operational policies, procedures, guidelines and technical standards as needed.
  • Develops and delivers trainings for CRD staff on policy, procedures, archaeological awareness, chance find protocols, use of RAAD, and other related themes.
  • Supports CRD project managers in identifying and managing archaeological risk.
  • Provides strategic direction and archaeological oversight of CRD land-altering projects, to ensure compliance with the HCA, CRD policy, and emerging provincial, Indigenous or other regulatory approaches to conservation of heritage sites.
  • Provides support to CRD project managers for the oversight of the activities of external consultants hired to assess archaeological resources, and coordination with First Nations’ field staff and cultural monitors.
  • Holds permit to conduct occasional archaeological assessments of small-scale works, including desktop reviews and impact assessment field work when appropriate.
  • Investigate any reported policy or permit contraventions on CRD projects, and work with the relevant authority and First Nations to resolve any issues.
  • In the event of human remains being found on a CRD project, provides guidance and support to policing authorities and the Coroners Service and consults with First Nations and/or other parties to determine disposition of remains.
  • Keeps accurate records of archaeological activities to track CRD performance in meeting corporate and legislated heritage requirements.
  • Responds to external enquiries/concerns relating to archaeological aspects of plans or project development.
  • Prepares and delivers public presentations on the CRD’s approach to heritage sites.
  • Conducts other duties/responsibilities as assigned.



  • Master’s degree in archaeology or anthropology with a specialty in archaeology, and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in archaeological resource management, including as senior archaeologist or project manager, or Bachelor’s degree with equivalent combination of post-graduate training and 8 years’ experience in archaeological resource management, including as senior archaeologist or project manager.
  • Professional Membership in the British Columbia Association of Professional Archaeologists in good standing, or application to the BCAPA within 6 months of employment.
  • Must be eligible to hold Heritage Conservation Act Inspection Permits in the Northwest Coast Culture Area.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve positive working relationships with First Nations on BC’s south coast, with a preference for experience working with First Nations in the CRD region.
  • Familiarity with Provincial Heritage Conservation Act, rules and regulations and a working knowledge of related municipal, provincial and federal laws, regulations and practices.
  • Prior experience liaising with, or working for, First Nations, provincial regulatory bodies, municipal staff and other levels of government.
  • Strong interpersonal, project management, communication and negotiation skills including excellent writing skills and public speaking experience.
  • Highly organized with an ability to maintain and manage accurate records.
  • Ability to exercise professional judgement, and apply strategic, innovative thinking.
  • Demonstrated ability to speak well in public and to coach others. Preference for experience delivering archaeological resource management training and/or communicating change initiatives in a way that builds broad-based support.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in conducting research and writing technical reports, guidelines and policies.
  • Competency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat. Basic competency in GIS and CAD applications.
  • Ability to work both independently with minimal guidance and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Must possess a valid BC Driver’s Licence.


We encourage people of Indigenous ancestry, people of colour, and members of other diverse communities to apply.


To keep our employees, customers and the communities we serve safe, the CRD has introduced an employee mandatory vaccination policy intended to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.  As such, the CRD requires proof of being fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.



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