Heritage Officer, Taku River Tlingit First Nation

Atlin, British Columbia

Job Title: Heritage Officer

Organization: Taku River Tlingit First Nation

Type of opportunity: The Land & Resources Department is a dynamic and progressive work environment that seeks to assert and protect TRTFN Rights and Title through a variety of means, including Heritage and Cultural resources. The TRTFN has not had an active Heritage Department for many years but is now seeking to re-establish one. A Heritage department is vital in recording and preservation of traditional beliefs, oral histories/legends, and cultural knowledge of TRTFN people for the benefit of future generations. The Heritage Officer Position is a unique and exciting opportunity to participate in many aspects of culture and heritage resources from field and office documentation such as archeological studies and interviews, to practical management applications such as mitigation measures for development and community cultural events.


  • Conduct gap analysis of heritage resources and report on status
  • Develop and implement multiphase/year plan for heritage resources  including a cultural heritage inventory and recovery strategy, repatriation and collection of additional information/resources, etc
  • Maintain organized heritage resources (written and audio information, artifacts, etc) through an inventory of existing information/artifacts
  • Digitize heritage data and input into TRTFN database
  • Ensure heritage resources are accessible to TRTFN members, government staff, and other appropriate groups
  • Develop cultural heritage policy/TEK policy that includes section on confidentiality and information sharing, intellectual property rights, protocols for researchers and developers, etc
  • Lead or assist in field archaeological and cultural heritage assessments
  • Organize and gather heritage data to support strength of claim
  • Take the lead in obtaining resources to support the reestablishment of heritage department and further heritage projects by developing and submitting proposals to appropriate funding agencies
  • Build Tlingit capacity for engagement in heritage resources through mentorship, training and other opportunities
  • Regularly communicate work progress to supervisor, Lands management team and TRTFN leadership
  • Engage in community outreach, consultation and information gathering including interviews, meetings, newsletters, etc
  • Maintain strong cooperative relationships with TRTFN, other government staff and community members
  • Provides information to relevant TRTFN staff/decision makers on wildlife for development applications
  • Develop workplans and budgets, and complete reporting
  • Other duties as directed by Supervisor

Desired qualifications: Successful completion of university/college degree/diploma in a relevant program such as Anthropology, Archaeology, natural resource management, First Nation studies, or completion of grade 12 equivalent supplemented with relevant courses and experience related to heritage resources. Working experience with First Nations; government; heritage is required.  Skill sets: verbal and written communication; report writing; research & analysis; risk assessment; interview protocols, policy writing, assessment and implementation; Computer skills: MS Office, Data-bases; organization and project management. Good knowledge of TRTFN social structure, traditions, and cultural values is an asset. Research and analysis skills.

Start and end dates: 1-year Term, subject to funding, and with the possibility of extension

Salary/pay: $27.42 to $32.91 Hourly

Link to more information: https://www.yuwin.ca/jobs/5828141-heritage-officer-at-taku-river-tlingit-first-nation

How to apply: To obtain a more detailed job description or to submit a resume contact: TRTFN reception at (250)651-7900 Email: senior.admin@gov.trtfn.com and hr@gov.trtfn.com or mail to TRTFN ٠ Box 132 ٠ Atlin BC ٠ V0W 1A0.

Application deadline: October 8, 2018