Information Bulletin Number 17 - Revised February 6, 2015
Field Director Qualifications
The Archaeology Branch’s
Heritage Permits Policy
describes the criteria the Branch requires a permittee (or Field Director if
different from the permittee) to meet when conducting work that is authorized
under a resource management permit, i.e., heritage inspection permits for
archaeological impact assessments or heritage investigation permits for
systematic data recovery, or when conducting work that is authorized under a
site alteration permit where an archaeologist is a co-permittee.
The purpose of this bulletin is to clarify the requirements for a Field Director
who is not the permittee.
In this context, a Field Director is defined as the person authorized in the
permit to direct the permitted work in the field so that appropriate expertise
is available to make key methodological decisions.
For an individual who is a Field Director but not the permit holder, the following requirements and conditions apply:
degree in archaeology, or anthropology with a specialty in archaeology, or BA
degree with an equivalent combination of post-graduate training and experience.
(upon request, and where extenuating circumstances are presented, the Branch may
consider exceptions to this requirement);
experience in archaeological resource management (minimum of 360 working days)
that includes a minimum of 40 days supervising archaeological impact assessments
under the authority of a Heritage Conservation Act permit in the
general culture area for which the permit is sought (i.e., Northwest Coast,
Interior Plateau, Sub-Arctic/Boreal Forest). This experience must present
a demonstrated ability to supervise archaeological impact assessment studies,
including the ability to identify, record, report, and provide management
recommendations for the range of archaeological site types found in the culture
area as indicated in the application. The applicant's experience should inlcude
AIAs in a number of locations and for a variety of development sectors.
conducting archaeological excavations (approx. 60 working days)
under the authority of a Heritage Conservation Act permit that includes
site alteration permits where an archaeologist is a co-permittee;
- When calculating the above noted 40 days' experience supervising AIAs, days
during which a supervisor is in the field in the presence of a permittee or
Field Director may be counted provided: 1) the supervisor is in charge of the
crew, 2) the permittee or Field Director is acting in a mentoring capacity only
(i.e. providing guidance, advice and correction as necessary), and 3) the number
of training days will be reported in interim reports.
fieldwork being conducted under a
Heritage Conservation Act
permit must be directed by the permittee and/or authorized Field Directors.
Permittees and/or Field Directors must be in the field and able to reach all of
the fieldwork locations they are directing on the day the work is being done.
The Archaeology Branch will consider exceptions to these requirements that would
allow a permittee or Field Director to direct work at more than one location
under more than one permit, if the permittee can demonstrate that adequate
direction will be provided (for example because the project locations are close
together and/or because key methodological decisions are not likely to be
required at some locations).
Please see the detailed
[37kb] for the above changes to Conditions.
All permit applications should include the ability to replace or add Field
Directors. Where there is no such provision in an application, a permit
amendment, involving referral to a First Nation(s), is required;
- Where a
permit application provides for the addition or replacement of Field Directors,
the permittee must submit a written request to the Project Officer responsible
for the permit file for a change in Field Director(s), and must include
information demonstrating how the new Field Director(s) meets the above noted
academic and experiential qualifications;
- Field Director applicants should complete the attached Experience Summary
Spreadsheet [13kb] and submit a current Curriculum Vitae with three
professional references. Parties may be contacted to verify or comment on
the documented experience in the application;
- Field Director applications must be accompanied by a written request from a
permittee or permit applicant to add a new Field Director and a completed
Certification for Field Director Applicants, located
at the bottom of the Experience Summary
- All reports cited in the Experience Summary
Spreadsheet [13kb]must be received by
the Archaeology Branch and the Oil and Gas Commission, where applicable.
Supervisory days listed in reports that have been rejected and where
satisfactory versions have yet to be submitted may be excluded from the total
number of supervisory days counted. A cursory review of some reports may
be conducted in order to verify the number of supervisory days claimed and
determine whether the work meets Provincial Standard and requirements (this
verification may not be taken as final acceptance of these reports for
archaeological site management purposes); and
- Permit reports (interim and final) must describe how the permittee or Field
Director(s) participated in the fieldwork on a day-by-day and project-by-project
The use of unapproved field directors is a breach of permit, and may affect the
permittee’s ability to hold future permits, as well as the Branch’s ability to provide impact management direction to the
Archaeology Branch will continually review an individual’s ability to maintain
his/her Field Director status and determine, on a case by case basis, whether or
not an individual is qualified to direct work as described within a HCA permit.
Director status may be revoked at the discretion of the Archaeology Branch.
Examples of reasons for revocation include, but are not limited to: dishonesty,
plagiarism, fabrication and/or misrepresentation of results, and a demonstrated
inability to conduct work in accordance with Provincial standards and
requirements. The permittee and Field Director will be notified, in writing, of
the Archaeology Branch’s intention to revoke status. The notice will provide the
parties with an opportunity to comment and, depending upon the severity of the
infraction(s), will detail the remedial action, if any available, that may be
taken to regain status.
application for Field Director that is found to contain falsified or fabricated
information will be rejected immediately and kept on file. The Branch may refuse
to consider any reapplications for status.
Process to Reassess Permit Holders' Ability
The process to reassess Permit Holders' ability to conduct work under
Heritage Conservation Act permits is explained in the above named document.
(Click title above to go to document)
A map presenting the culture areas of the Interior Plateau, Northwest Coast
and Subarctic/Boreal Forest "culture areas" in British Columbia has been
created. The map is solely for operational purposes to do with assessing the
relevancy of field experience for archaeologists seeking to be Field Directors
or Permit Holders. (Click title above to go to document)