Employment & Contract Opportunities


Water/Facility Maintenance Worker

ʔaq̓'am is a member Community of the Ktunaxa Nation (pronounced ‘k-too-nah-ha’). ʔaq̓'am Organization exists for the Community.  Externally, we are here to serve the Community, and internally, we are our own Community, comprised of different departments unified by our Vision, Mission, and values.  As a team, through our own roles and departments, the ʔaq̓’am Organization works together to achieve our strategic plan – “Our Thinking”, and continue to progress and move our Community forward.    

Position Summary

The Water/Facility Maintenance Worker installs services and keeps water treatment and distribution facilities maintained in order to provide potable water to the ʔaq̓'am Community. The position performs various inside and outside maintenance duties, operates and maintains the District Heating System and ensures equipment is maintained and kept in good working condition.

Key Responsibilities

Water Operator

Oversees the operations of the Community’s Small Water Systems. Including operating and controlling the  water treatment equipment including the chlorinator to remove impurities and purify water.
Monitor and regulate flow of water by testing, operating, and controlling motors, pumps, and valves.  Monitor and adjust controls to regulate flow rates, loss of head pressure, and water elevation and distribution of water.
Repairs and maintains machines and equipment.
Collects samples for testing. Records data such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity and water pressure. Sends samples to external testing facility.
Services water distribution systems such as pipelines, valves and hydrants. Performs related repairs.
Keeps all required operations and maintenance service records.  
Operates and maintains the Point of Entry Water Treatment facilities and preforms regular maintenance, water sampling and reporting.

Facility Maintenance/Grounds

Completes all required operations and maintenance schedules for facilities and records and reports information
Monitors aqam septic holding tanks and systems and coordinated pumping as required.
Performs regular maintenance and repair services for ʔaq'am buildings and housing including plumbing, general handyman work and carpentry, shock chlorination of wells, etc.
Ensure all ʔaq'am buildings are free from potential hazards.
Leads with the planning and undertaking of the grounds and maintenance work including planting, watering, fertilizing, cutting, trimming, pruning and weeding for various Community areas. 
Ensures all grounds and maintenance equipment and hand tools, including cutting machines, are maintained and in good working order. 
Clears snow and prevents ice build-up around public areas and road ways.
Leads in the operation and maintenance of the community District Heating System in accordance with provided training.
Participate in Emergency Preparedness training and planning, including all required assigned duties in emergency situations.
Completes all required fire prevention activities in all buildings.
Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the Operation Department and/or Band facilities and housing.
Oversees youth summer students ensuring that each student is supervised, training on equipment and tools required for their work and ensures that required safety protocols are followed and safety records maintained.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

General maintenance skills including basic plumbing, painting, carpentry, electrical as well as basic grounds and landscaping skills.
Ability to operate and use a variety of tools and equipment; aptitude to learn and use new equipment and tools as needed.
Strong focus on safety and ability to follow safe work procedures is required.
Strong problem solving skills. 
Good communication skills (reading and writing).
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with Community members and staff.
Ability to perform physical work including lifting up to 50 lbs., bending, standing, and stooping.  Able to work in variable environments including dust, hot and cold temperatures. 
Some flexibility in working hours to accommodate maintenance emergencies. 
Demonstrated knowledge of Ktunaxa/Aboriginal people and Ktunaxa/Aboriginal culture.

Training, Education, and Experience

A minimum of 3 years’ experience working with a small water system and a minimum of 1 year general maintenance experience.
Small water systems certification.
Water testing certification.
Fire hydrant certification. 
Safety training including: First Aid Level 1, WHMIS, hazardous chemicals. 
Valid Class 5 BC driver’s license.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “confidential” to:

Amanda Gnucci, HR Generalist

ʔaq̓am Administration

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5             e-mail:          Fax: 250-426-8935

Closing Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 @ 4:30 p.m. MT - Any applications received after this time will not be considered. Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry, please self-identify in your application. If you are a Ktunaxa citizen who is interested in this opportunity but do not feel you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector.


Full-Time Term Early Childhood Educator

 ʔaq̓amnik̓ Daycare Centre

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; we offer excellent benefits 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 more.

Key responsibilities will include:

Provide quality childcare as well as plan and carry out developmentally and age appropriate educational activities to engage children aged 1-3 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 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:

Amanda Gnucci,                                                                                                                                                                 

Human Resource Generalist             

ʔaq̓am                                                                                                   Fax:  (250) 426-8935                                                        

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5                             Email: 

Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

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

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry. If you are a Ktunaxa citizen who is interested in this opportunity but do not feel you have the necessary qualifications, please contact the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector.


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