Employment & Contract Opportunities

~~ Employment Opportunity~~


Part-time (21-25 hours per week) Early Childhood Educator
At ʔaq̓am we are dedicated to working toward our community Vision, collaborating to provide quality programs and services to ʔaq̓amnik̓ (the people). By infusing our Ktunaxa language and culture into the programming at our ʔaq̓amnik̓ Daycare Centre we are laying the foundation for the next generation of strong and healthy Ktunaxa citizens. Our employees enjoy exposure to Ktunaxa culture and language, a cohesive work environment, $16.40/hour in pay, excellent benefits and pension plan and a diverse, dedicated and enthusiastic team!
In collaboration with the Daycare Manager, the Early Childhood Educator will assist the Daycare Centre to do its part in preparing our infants, toddlers and pre-school children of today to become our next generation of Ktunaxa professionals, trades people, parents, chiefs, councillors, artisans and …..
Key responsibilities will include:

  •  Provide quality childcare as well as plan and carry out developmentally and age appropriate educational activities to engage children aged 1-5 years in learning;
  •  Help children complete daily tasks and routines to gain independence and provide constant feedback and communication to build self-esteem;
  •  Function as a member of our cohesive, positive, flexible and exuberant team, which includes staff, management, parents and community members.

Successful candidates will have:

  •  Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certification and licence to practice;
  •  Doctor’s medical clearance letter;
  •  Up to date immunization record;
  •  First Aid Certificate
  •  Vulnerable Sector Check and Criminal Record Check;

Preference will be given to candidates who also have:

  •  Previous experience in a similar capacity, supervising and working with children; experience developing learning activities would be an asset.
  •  Previous experience working in a First Nation community.
  •  Food Safe certification.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and copy of ECE certificate and licence to:
Jan Bailey,
Human Resource Manager
ʔaq̓am Fax: (250) 426-8935
7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5 Email:
Closing date: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 @ 4:30 pm MT
While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.



ʔaq̓am Trading Retail Associate
Casual Position

ʔaq̓am Trading is the retail store, (soon to be an expanded and gas station facility), for the Community of ʔaq̓am.  ʔaq̓am Trading is seeking a self-motivated, energetic and a friendly customer oriented individual to fill the position of Casual Retail Associate. The Retail Associate position will be key to assist in coverage of sick, vacation and other leaves when required.

The Retail Associate is responsible for the following, which includes but is not limited to;

• Overall retail store operations, including use of point-of-sale systems, maintaining merchandise displays, following cash management procedures and monitoring cash over/under and inventory shrinkage daily.
• Develop and maintain positive relationships with customers, and work colleagues so that we ensure customers always return.
• Complete daily paperwork and data entry in a timely manner.
• Have the physical ability to perform all duties of a retail associate.
• Identify and resolve customer needs in a timely and professional manner.
• Adhere to merchandising and vendor policies and procedures.
• Adhere to all permitting and license regulations.
• Follow all staff and store related safety and security procedures.
• Assist with social media marketing and promotional ideas to help increase store traffic and sales. 
• Assist in business development and growth efforts for ʔaq̓am Trading.
• Promoting ʔaq̓am Trading professionally and positively.


• Grade 12 or equivalent
• Experience in retail store operations
• Comfortable using computers and point of sale software
• Physically fit and have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
• Highly motivated, organized and able to prioritize work tasks
• High degree of professionalism when interacting with work colleagues and customers
• Ability to work independently and enjoys continued learning
• Valid First Aid Certificate preferred
• Valid Class 5 Driver’s License with reliable transportation
• Must be willing to undergo Criminal Records Check and must be “bondable”

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “confidential” to:
Christopher McCurry, ʔaq̓am Community Enterprises, Chief Executive Officer
7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook BC, V1C 7E5 Email:   Fax: 250-426-8935

Closing Date:  Friday, November 24th 2017 by 4:30 pm MST

Thank you to all applicants however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Term Part-time Education Assistant Opportunity
ʔaq̓amnik̓ Elementary School, provides an opportunity to work in a smaller, comfortable, and individually focused place for learning. We have a long-held reputation of providing Ktunaxa culture and language to our students. We aspire to provide an excellent educational and cultural experience for our children and employees while working towards the Community’s Vision: A vibrant, healthy community, speaking our language, governing effectively, and maximizing our lands and resources for the benefit of future generations and all living things, in a manner consistent with qanikitȼi (our values and principles).

The successful candidate will work a 6.5 hour day assisting the classroom teacher create and foster “child centered” environments where the needs of the individual child are recognized and nurtured. The candidate will work within a collaborative team environment, to help deliver lessons and activities that contribute to Individual Education Plans and the Response to Intervention model. Further, the candidate will support the classroom teacher to reach Ktunaxa Language & Culture and classroom goals for the period ending Thursday, June 28th, 2018. This term may be extended with the successful securing of funding.

 Assist teachers on a daily basis to deliver activities and supervise students.
 Lunch-hour supervision.
 Assist students as they get ready to go outside (helping them with their shoes, jackets, etc.) and ensure students get on the bus.

 Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with children and youth from diverse backgrounds; ability to quickly build rapport and trust;
 Ability to take and follow direction from Teacher, Vice-Principal or Principal;
 Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
 Willing and able to work as a cohesive team with other school staff;
 Patient, approachable, flexible and adaptable;
 Strong organizational and time management skills;
 Conflict resolution skills;
 Ability to keep calm under pressure and quick decision-making skills; and
 Demonstrated knowledge of Ktunaxa/Aboriginal people and Ktunaxa/Aboriginal culture is an asset.

 Education Assistant Certification and/or completion of Human Services education or training and/or completion of post-secondary in relevant field such as social services, recreation, etc. or an acceptable combination of relevant education and experience;
 Completion of and possession of valid CPR and First Aid Certificate;
 Vulnerable Sector Check and Criminal Record Check clearance required; and
 Valid Food Safe certificate would be an asset.

Closing Date: Friday, November 17th, 2017 12:00 noon MT
Applicants should submit cover letter, resume and copy of qualifications to:
Jan Bailey, Human Resource Manager
ʔaq̓am Fax: (250) 426-8935
7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5 Email:

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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