Archaeological Permit Holder or Crew Lead

Date Posted: 
June 23, 2021
Closing Date: 
July 23, 2021

Western Heritage is looking for an archaeological permit holder or experienced crew lead to join our team in St. Albert full-time! 

Western Heritage is a heritage management and geomatics company that has been operating in western Canada for over 30 years. We have built a solid reputation for our quality work, which addresses client and community needs and regulatory requirements while maintaining standards of excellence through our rigorous safety program and foundation in science and innovation.

We are looking for a candidate with previous experience (preferably in Alberta) in conducting permit-level fieldwork and reporting. The position is to start immediately, but we are willing to wait for the candidate that is a good fit.


  • M.A. in archaeology or equivalent (M.Sc., M.E.S.) in a comparable field of study 
  • Ability to hold an archaeological permit in Alberta, have a clear plan to achieve permit-holding status in the future, or have previous experience leading crews in the boreal forest
  • Demonstrated success in working with others as part of a team; able to take direction from others as well as to lead and supervise team members
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills and a strong drive for lifelong learning
  • Hold a valid Class 5 Driver’s License, be physically fit, and be able to travel and work out of town for up to 10 days at a time
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office or Apple iWorks; some GIS experience (QGIS or ArcGIS) is an asset


  • Conduct permit-level work (fieldwork, schedule projects, supervise staff, write reports, screen developments for heritage concerns), including leading crews in forestry
  • Maintain good communications with clients, staff, management, regulators, communities, and landowners
  • Complete projects successfully, on time and on budget, according to regulations
  • Ensure safety and quality procedures are maintained
  • Actively participate in business development initiatives

We offer:

  • Professional development opportunities, including internal and external training to address and align personal and corporate goals
  • A collaborative environment that focuses on integrating archaeology with geomatics, Indigenous consultation/community engagement, and science-based innovations to improve the quality of the industry as a whole
  • Extensive and ongoing mentorship and support for the development of solid expertise and superior skills in the field and office
  • Opportunities to purchase company shares in the future 

All applicants with relevant experience will be considered, but we particularly encourage those in the fields of archaeology, Indigenous studies, anthropology, or earth and environmental sciences to apply. Western Heritage is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. To apply, please attach a copy of your resume to an email cover letter and send to: with the subject line: “Permit Holder/Crew Lead.