Climate Change Archaeologist
Education, Culture and Employment
$101,829 – $121,622
Mar 15, 2021
The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) provides the residents of the Northwest Territories with access to quality programs, services and support to assist them in making informed and productive choices for themselves and their families with regard to education, training, careers, employment and labour, child development, languages, culture and heritage.
The position is located in Inuvik, and reports to the Territorial Archaeologist. The Climate Change Archaeologist promotes the conservation of archaeological sites in the Beaufort Delta region. The key focus of this position is management planning, research, and mitigation work with respect to the erosion of archaeological sites along the Beaufort Sea Coast, as well as other climate change-related impacts to archaeological sites in the region.
The incumbent will work at Aurora College facilities in Inuvik to ensure a close connection to a growing research community focused on issues related to Northern climate change. Aurora College is the NWT’s only public post-secondary education institution with a campus in Fort Smith, Yellowknife and Inuvik. Aurora College is currently in the process of transforming into a polytechnic university and is investing in the growth of Northern research capacity.
The incumbent operates with a considerable degree of latitude in carrying out the duties of the position within the policies and goals of the Culture and Heritage Division, and relevant legislation.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
This position requires advanced knowledge of the archaeological record of the Canadian Arctic, and archaeological site management practices, policies, and legislation.
The incumbent must have sound knowledge of landscape disturbances related to climate change and their effects on archaeological sites, as well as analytical methods for investigating these impacts.
The incumbent must be a skilled practitioner of archaeological fieldwork in remote Arctic settings, and must have knowledge of personal protective equipment, communication and safety protocols, and wilderness first aid. They must have familiarity with specialized equipment used in archaeological fieldwork (i.e. GPS, total station, satellite phones, firearms, water craft, photography equipment, camping equipment, generators, etc.).
This position requires substantial skill with geographical information systems (GIS), including working with remote sensing products.
The incumbent must be skilled in oral history and traditional knowledge research, and have an understanding of research ethics related to this type of research.
Solid written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively in cross-cultural and public settings are critical to the position.
This position requires advanced research, data analysis, and technical writing skills.
The incumbent must be familiar with and sensitive to Northern cultures and languages, places, and environments.
The incumbent must be team-oriented and have the ability to lead a field crew in remote fieldwork settings.
The incumbent must be eligible to hold a Possession and Acquisition License for firearms, and have or be eligible to obtain a Class 5 NWT Driver’s License.
Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:
An individual holding a Master of Arts or Master of Science in archaeology or anthropology (with an archaeology thesis) and a minimum of 5 years of archaeological field research experience in the Canadian Arctic.