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Cultural Heritage Officer (PM-03) and Cultural Heritage Project Coordinator (PM-04)

Reference number: CAP23J-097595-000016
Selection process number: 2023-CAP-CBC-EA-249
Parks Canada - Coastal B.C. Field Unit, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
Sidney (British Columbia)
PM-03 - Cultural Heritage Officer, PM-04 - Cultural Heritage Project Coordinator
Full-time, year-round employment (37.5 hours/week) until Dec. 31, 2028
$65,747 to $77,608

For further information on the organization, please visit Parks Canada

Closing date: 14 September 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All persons who have legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.
*Other – Preference may be given to Indigenous persons.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.


You arrive at the office in Sidney, BC. On fieldwork days, your day begins with checking in with your team and Indigenous Partners to finalize the trip plan, review marine safety protocols and load equipment and supplies on the boat. As most of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is accessed by boat, you often travel to the various islands by vessel learning about the physical geography of the islands and region, while discovering the unique history and stories that describe peoples’ connection to the Southern Gulf Islands that go back thousands of years.

While conducting regular cultural resource monitoring, you act as the eyes and ears on the ground as a technician and a steward of the park reserve. On any given day you may visit an historic homestead site with a 100-year-old apple orchard or monitor archaeological sites for signs of erosion. During the monitoring of these places, you take photographs and collect information to document any changes or impacts to the cultural features. In the process, you work closely with Indigenous cultural experts, archaeologists, other park staff.

Office and computer-based work is important too and constitutes a large portion of the job. Back at the office you maintain a site record with any changes observed and update the database of cultural sites. You will take this information and prepare a report or presentation for your colleagues or partners and stakeholders.

You might conduct archival research in support of various Cultural Heritage projects and pull together information that will help to understand and share a piece of the history of the Gulf Islands. You will also assist with administrative duties, preparing funding applications, and help support the day-to-day functionality of the Cultural Heritage team. Largely, you work closely with your co-workers and as part of a multidisciplinary team, to better protect and present the cultural and natural history of the lands in the park reserve.

PM-04: Will involve additional duties specific to the development, coordination, administration, and delivery of a monitoring project involving ongoing coastal erosion of cultural sites. This position is project-specific and will work closely with the national office Terrestrial Archaeology team and GINPR First Nations program. It will involve developing and fostering partnerships and project management.

Work environment

Parks Canada is a federal government agency responsible for the protection and presentation of Canada’s outstanding natural and cultural resources through a system of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites in all regions of Canada.

Diversity and inclusion have always been at the core of our values. Diverse teams bring different perspectives and creative ideas that benefit our clients, the communities we serve and all of us as colleagues. We welcome applications from individuals with diverse abilities and from all backgrounds and identities.

Intent of the process

This process will be used to staff 2 positions and will be used to create a pool of qualified candidates to staff similar positions with various tenures, security levels or linguistic requirements in same or other parts of the country.

Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 3 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

• PM-03: A degree or diploma from a recognized university or college in a field relevant to the duties of this position such as History, Cultural Resource Management, Archaeology, Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, Environmental Science, or Geography, or an acceptable combination of education, training, experience and/or Indigenous Knowledge.
• PM-04: Graduate degree (preferred) or undergraduate degree from a university relevant to the duties of this position such as History, Cultural Resource Management, Archaeology, Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, Environmental Science, or Geography, or an acceptable combination of education, training, experience and/or Indigenous Knowledge.

Degree equivalency

• Experience working in a Cultural Heritage environment, in an area such as archaeology, conservation, restoration, oral history or interpretation.
• Experience working with Indigenous communities, such as one or more Coast Salish Nations.
• Experience conducting historical, archival and/or cultural research to support program delivery and/or sharing with the public (e.g., signage, content for web pages, reports, social media, brochures and learning activities).
• Experience working in an outdoor environment, such as conducting field work, site restoration, organizing and/or participating in field camps or archaeological surveys.
• Experience using the Microsoft Office suite of computer programs, including Excel, Word and Power Point to create reports, log data, and prepare presentations.

• Experience with project design, administration and delivery.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

• Knowledge of local Coast Salish and Newcomer* culture and history of the Southern Gulf Islands region.
• Knowledge of the cultural resources and heritage features related to the Southern Gulf Islands region.
• Knowledge and understanding of the principles, theories, best practices, tools and/or techniques associated with monitoring, protecting and recording cultural heritage sites.

* Newcomer is defined as a variety of cultural communities who have had historical ties to the park lands, dating back to the late 1700s.

• Ability to plan, organize and deliver cultural and historical programs.
• Ability to conduct site visits to assess, monitor and record the condition of cultural resources.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to diverse groups and individuals, such as Indigenous groups and the general public.
• Ability to work effectively and, where necessary, resolve conflicts with a variety of interests i.e., colleagues, networks, Indigenous partners, external partners, and stakeholders.

• Shares our vision.
• Exercises sound judgment.
• Attention to detail.
• Personally connects with people (interpersonal skills).

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

• Valid Basic First Aid/CPR-C Certificate

• Experience working with Saanich and/or southern Gulf Island community heritage organizations in a volunteer, education or work-related capacity.

• Experience working with WSÁNEĆ and/or Quw'utsun and/or other Coast Salish First Nation communities or organizations.
• Experience with coastal erosion monitoring and recording.
• Valid Basic First Aid/CPR-C Certificate.
• Experience safely operating vessels in a marine environment; (ideally in a commercial context and with valid certification: SDV-BS, SVOP, ROC-M, Marine Basic First Aid).
• Experience in geomatics including GIS hardware and software (e.g., collecting and archiving data, and creating maps).

• Willingness to work all weather conditions.
• Willingness to obtain commercial watercraft operator’s certifications.
• Willingness to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays, when required.
• Willingness to obtain standard first aid and CPR certificates.
• Willingness to travel (training, workshops), including overnight, off site and/or weekends.
• Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and personal protective equipment when required.
• Willingness and ability to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions and by various means of transportation.

Conditions of employment

• Obtain and maintain Reliability Status security clearance.
• Possess and maintain a valid Class 5 driver’s license.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

In recognition that Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR) lies within the in the territories of First Nations, including the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation (Tsartlip First Nation, Pauquachin First Nation, Tsawout First Nation, Tseycum First Nation, Malahat First Nation), the Quw'utsun Nation (Cowichan Tribes, Halalt First Nation, Lyackson First Nation, Penelakut Tribe, and Stz'uminus First Nation), and, Snuneymuxw First Nation, preference may be given to qualified Indigenous candidates who self-identify.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Molly Clarkson, Resource Conservation Manager
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