Archaeological Field Director
City : Vancouver, BC
Category : Environment - Ecology & EIA
Industry : Engineering
Employer : WSP
VANCOUVER or VICTORIA
We are a global leader in the Earth and Environment sector. Globally headquartered in Montreal, where it all began, we proudly serve communities from coast to coast and beyond. We have over 14,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.
As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources, expertise, and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from marine biologists to geophysicists to geotechnical engineers and more.
WSP has a new and exciting opportunity for a Professional Archaeologist/Field Director to join our Heritage team in our Vancouver location. The successful candidate will assist in the growth of the archaeology business in the BC Region and will gain valuable and diverse work experience as part of our regional team. You will also have the ability to work on multidisciplinary projects that provide opportunities for learning and personal growth.
WSP has a large backlog of local project work which affords the successful candidate an opportunity to work locally for the majority of the year, should that be desired.
- We value and are committed to upholding a culture of Inclusion and Belonging
- Our Flexible Work Policy – we recognize the importance of balance in our lives and encourage you to prioritize the balance in yours. We will support you on and off the job so you can be fully present in both your work and home lives.
- Our Hybrid Work Policy - a combination of in-person and remote working, enables us to purposefully think of how we work, who we need to work with, and where the work should be done.
- A Canadian success story - we're proud to wear the red and white of this beautiful country and show the world what Canada has to offer.
- Enhance the world around you - from the environment to the highways, to the buildings and the terrain, WSP is the fabric of Canada.
- Outstanding career opportunities - we're growing and pushing ourselves every day to be greater than yesterday - we're open to your ideas and trying new things.
- A phenomenal collaborative culture and a workforce filled with genuinely good people who are doing humbly important work. Come find out for yourself what it's like to be a part of our journey.
We offer attractive pay, flexible work options, a great corporate culture, comprehensive and employee-focused benefits including virtual healthcare and a wellness platform as well as great savings programs, and a clear vision for the future.
A day in the life:
As a Field Director/Professional Archaeologist your responsibilities will include:
- Carrying out archaeological survey, test excavation or mitigative excavation in cultural resources setting and in compliance with Heritage Conservation Act permits;
- Leading archaeological field programs
- Preparing and contributing to proposals
- Working with Indigenous community members in a respectful and collaborative manner
- Assisting with managing project scope, schedule, and cost, including invoicing
- Participating in Indigenous community relationship-building
- Undertaking analysis and preparing technical reports
- Supervising junior staff and Indigenous workers where appropriate
- Participating in WSP’s Health & Safety program
- Demonstrating a “Safety First” focus and acting as a role model to other staff
What you'll bring to WSP ...
- A graduate degree in Archaeology or Anthropology or an undergraduate degree with equivalent experience;
- Field Director status in the Northwest Coast culture area;
- Experience identifying, recording and evaluating the full range of archaeological site types;
- Experience working with Indigenous communities. Preference will be given to candidates with positive relationships in the Lower Mainland area;
- An ability and willingness to perform field work in a variety of weather conditions and varying durations;
- Proficiency with standard data collection equipment including GPS and hand-held tablets;
- Proven oral and written communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills;
- An ability to contribute to a positive teamwork environment as well as to work independently;
- Solid MS Office skills;
- Valid driver’s licence (Class 5);
- First Aid Certification would be considered an asset.
Your benefits at WSP will include:
- Competitive benefits and remuneration packages;
- Innovative and collaborative multidisciplinary projects;
- On the job training, mentoring and coaching;
- National project opportunities;
- Opportunity to work with a diverse team of experienced archaeologists with a variety of specialities (e.g., faunal analysis, underwater archaeology, lithic analysis, and human osteology);
- Career development planning and mentoring programs tailored to help you reach your goals;
- Employer matched pension plan;
- Paid vacation days and ability to bank overtime;
- Extended medical, dental and group plan benefits that can be customized to your needs;
- A dedicated Indigenous relations team that actively promotes relationships with Indigenous groups and businesses;
- Hybrid work arrangement with the ability to work from home and from the office;
- Project support from a large in-house multidisciplinary team (e.g., geomorphologists, geotechnical engineers, traditional use specialists, and plant and animal biologists) and from dedicated support staff (e.g., GIS, accounting);
- We support professional development through professional membership reimbursement and participation in technical communities.