City of Vancouver - Archaeologist Job Posting [1 Attachment]


The City of Vancouver is currently hiring an Archaeologist for our Board of Parks and Recreation team. 
The Park Board Archaeologist will participate on a team of planning, design, development, arts and culture professionals, providing expert professional advice and direction in archaeological resource planning and management to Park Board staff. 

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Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Planning and Operations Division

Competition #


Application Close

May 08, 2016

Employment Type

Temporary Full Time


CUPE Local 15 Bargaining Unit (VMECW)

Position Start Date

June 20, 2016

Position End Date

June 20, 2018

Main Purpose Function

The Park Board Archaeologist will participate on a team of planning, design, development, arts and culture professionals, providing expert professional advice and direction in archaeological resource planning and management to Park Board staff including operations teams, partner groups such as the Stanley Park Ecology Society, and (on occasion) other departments. Responsibilities include proposal writing, project management, field work, report writing, leading workshops, interacting with Park Board personnel, working with First Nations, and supervising/mentoring staff.

Specific Duties Responsibilities

Archaeological Oversight for Park Board Projects:
�⒠� Develops protocols, policies and administrative procedures.
�⒠� Reviews and comments on technical plans and studies from an archaeological perspective.
�⒠� Applies for required permits on behalf of the Park Board.
�⒠� Recommends changes to proposed Park Board projects to ensure consistency with current and evolving statutory and scientific environments.
�⒠� Recommends project specifications and required level of effort for assessment of impacts and protection and conservation of archaeological resources in Vancouver parks.
�⒠� Audits work, including conducting field inspections, assessing areas and excavations of sites, especially at the commencement of Park Board projects or in the event of chance finds.
�⒠� For any Park Board projects, if necessary, investigates any reported contraventions of the permit requirements, and provincial legislated and policy standards and other sensitive issues, and provides expert advice, testimony and recommendations to relevant authorities when needed. Determines the scope of mitigative or compensatory archaeological work.
�⒠� In the event of human remains being found on a Park Board 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.
�⒠� Where appropriate, evaluates independent contract archaeologists�⒠� performance on Park Board related projects.

Development of Archaeological Policies, Procedures and Protocols:
�⒠� Develops and implements new operational policies, procedures, guidelines and technical standards that support cultural resource management objectives.
�⒠� Develops and manages projects on unique cultural resource initiatives or priorities, including training and educational modules.

�⒠� Prepares and delivers reports and presentations for senior management, the elected Park Board and others.
�⒠� Consults with First Nations to determine the nature of aboriginal rights and potential infringements resulting from proposed archaeological studies or archaeological site alterations and negotiates accommodations for potential infringements.
�⒠� Consults and communicates with Park Board staff and other City offices and departments.
�⒠� Responds external enquiries/concerns relating to archaeological aspects of park plans or project development.
�⒠� Reviews any provincial or other regulatory initiatives to provide advice on their implications, if any.
�⒠� Represents the Park Board on land use planning initiatives, with professional organizations, at workshops and conferences.

Research and Data Management:
�⒠� Effectively manages and/or compiles resource data and inventory working with the staff GIS Technician.. �⒠� Conducts and manages archival and background research projects.
�⒠� Keeps abreast of emerging practices and policies.
�⒠� Conducts other duties/responsibilities as assigned.


Education and Experience:
Completion of a university degree with a specialization in landscape architecture or a related discipline, preferably at the post-graduate level and considerable related experience in local government or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

�⒠� Preferred Master�⒠�s degree with a specialization in archaeology or an equivalent combination of Bachelor�⒠�s degree in archaeology or anthropology with a specialization in archaeology and post-graduate training and experience.
�⒠� 5 years�⒠� experience in archaeological resource management.
�⒠� Requires familiarity with the rules and regulations governing archaeology in British Columbia and a working knowledge of related municipal, provincial and federal laws, regulations and practices.

�⒠� Prior experience liaising with First Nations, regulatory bodies, municipal staff and other levels of government. �⒠� Should be or eligible for Registered Permit Holder status in BC.

Eligibility to meet the minimum education and experience qualifications for Professional Membership in the British Columbia Association of Professional Archaeologists (BCAPA) or registration as a Professional Landscape Architect in the Province of British Columbia preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
�⒠� A genuine interest in First Nations material culture and history.
�⒠� Working knowledge of the City's development review and infrastructure development processes.
�⒠� Strong interpersonal, project management, communication and negotiation skills including excellent writing skills. �⒠� Ability to represent Park Board and First Nations interests.
�⒠� Ability to exercise discretion and tact in negotiations.
�⒠� Highly organized with an ability to maintain and manage accurate records.
�⒠� Ability to be impartial and exercise good judgement.
�⒠� Ability to speak well in public and to various organizations.
�⒠� Ability to work both collaboratively and independently with little supervision.
�⒠� Able to conduct field inspections.
�⒠� Demonstrated proficiency in compiling data and writing reports, guidelines and policies.
�⒠� Competency in Microsoft Office Professional suite; ArcView, AutoCAD and Adobe Acrobat)
�⒠� Ability to interpret maps.
�⒠� Ability to work independently with minimal guidance and in a team environment.
�⒠� Ability to work effectively with diverse Operations staff to effectively facilitate fieldwork and report compilation.


We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information on the City�⒠�s commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit the following link:

Lacey Schumann 
Recruitment Specialist
City of Vancouver 
Human Resources 
Organizational Development Strategic Initiatives 
Phone: 604-257-8414
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Recruitment Team General Line: 604-713-1878
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