Employment & Contract Opportunities

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

ʔaq̓am is located in the beautiful, sunny centre of ktunaxa Traditional Territory in the southeast corner of British Columbia. If you love the outdoors, the mountains, fresh air and the sun, this is the place for you.  We are here to work towards achieving ʔaq̓am’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).”

Be a part of an excellent team, perform meaningful work that will realize long term benefits, share in worthwhile accomplishments, celebrate successes, join in the camaraderie, build strong relationships and enjoy life long learning!

PRIMARY TEACHER

The Primary Teacher position at ʔaq̓am is responsible for planning and delivering instruction based on the current BC Curriculum and the objectives outlined in ʔaq̓am’s Strategic Plan, using various learning methods to ensure individual student learning, and provides individual counsel and adjustments to the lessons when required.  Teachers are responsible for all assessment and reporting of students and communicating and meeting with parents to discuss each student’s progress. This position supervises the students assigned to them on a daily basis, ensuring their safety at all times.  Teachers participate in extra-curricular activities including Community-based events, as well as Professional Development opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for instruction of Grade 2/3 for the 2022/2023 school year and beyond.  
  • Deliver planned curriculum, using various methods including whole class, small group, 1-1 instruction, field trips, and online/remote learning (if required) while remaining mindful of diverse learning needs of students.
  • Evaluate student progress using formative assessment methods to monitor student learning and identify areas of strength and where improvement is needed, along with summative assessment methods as appropriate.  Provide students with feedback on a regular basis.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with students and parents from diverse backgrounds; ability to quickly build rapport and trust. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, comfortable speaking to and delivering lessons to a group of people.
  • Knowledge of B.C. Curriculum and the ability to use various technologies for teaching
  • Ability to travel for daytrips, off-site activities, and overnight when required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Ktunaxa/Aboriginal people and Ktunaxa/Aboriginal culture is an asset.
  • Experience planning and implementing an online/remote learning program

Training, Education, and Experience

  • Minimum Bachelor of Education Degree or equivalent.
  • Valid B.C. Teaching Certificate with previous teaching experience is a definite asset.
  • Completion of and possession of valid CPR and First Aid Certificate. Additional Wilderness First Aid Certification would be considered an asset.

For further information about this position, please visit www.aqamnikschool.com.  See the full job description for more information.  Please submit your cover letter and resume with “Primary Teacher” in the subject line to:  Recruiting at ʔaq̓am, Human Resources - e-mail:

Position open until filled. 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 and ʔaq̓am encourages applicants to self-identify within your application.  Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

EDUCATION ASSISTANT 1:1 - 10 MONTH TERM, FULL-TIME

As the Education Assistant, this position is responsible for supporting student learning at ʔaq̓amnik̓ School by assisting with the facilitation of learning activities and ensuring a safe environment for the students. Relationship-building with students, colleagues, and Community is prioritized.  This position works primarily one-to-one to provide support to a child within the school. This position works closely with the Student Services Teacher to create and review individual learning plans that include successful and inclusive support strategies.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 1:1 support of student with health and learning needs
  • Collaborate effectively with the school team and partnering agencies to meet annual workplan objectives and contribute to a positive school culture.
  • Collaborate with family members, teaching staff, and outside agencies to help students reach learning goals.
  • Assist students as they transition at the beginning/end of the day, between classes, and during breaks (helping them with their shoes, jackets, etc) and ensure students get on the bus.
  • Planning and shared implementation of the after school and summer program.

The successful candidate holds 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.  Previous experience supporting a student in a 1 to 1 capacity wiht identified special needs is considered an asset.  Completion of and possession of valid CPR and First Aid Certification is required.  Wilderness First Aid Certification would be considered an asset.  Previous experience supporting an Indigenous Community would be an asset. Valid BC driver’s license is required as well as a clear Vulnerable Sector Check and Criminal Record Check.

To see the full job description of this position please click here

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “Education Assistant 1:1” to:

Recruiting at ʔaq̓am, 7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5;

email: 

Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is hired and will be reviewed as received.

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry and ʔaq̓am encourages applicants to self-identify within your application.  Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CUSTODIAN

The Custodian is responsible for the cleaning of all Band owned facilities. The Custodian will also be responsible to inspect and undertake routine maintenance of the facilities for the purposes of ensuring that the site is suitable for safe operations and maintained in an attractive and clean condition.

Training, Education, and Experience

  • High School Diploma
  • Physically fit and have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Able to perform routine maintenance
  • Highly motivated and able to prioritize work tasks
  • Willing to work a flexible schedule
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a diverse team environment
  • Able to operate equipment used in industrial maintenance including electrical cleaning equipment, common tools, etc; and adhere to safety and chemical usage practices
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license and safe driving abstract
  • Valid First Aid Certificate
  • WHMIS certified
  • Must undergo Criminal Records Check, including the vulnerable sector check (VSC)

Previous experience working with a First Nation’s organization, and knowledge and appreciation of the culture, values and political objectives of the ʔaq̓am Community would be a definite asset.

This position includes participation in our group benefits plan and pension plan!

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

Recruiting @ ʔaq̓am

ʔaq̓am Administration

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5   e-mail:  

Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is hired and will be reviewed as received.   

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry, ʔaq̓am encourages applicants to self-identify within 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 at Training & Job Search : Ktunaxa Nation

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

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE MANAGER

The Language and Culture Manager is responsible for the administration of the community language and culture planning and programming for the community. Ensuring that The Language and Culture Coordinator is both an ambassador and a support to the ʔaq̓amnik̓’s Vision and activities related to ʔa•kⱡuqakwum ȼ akikiⱡ haqwum.  Planning, coordinating, and facilitating the Language and Culture Curriculum and Programs are key components to this position.  The position will also be responsible for the Cultural Centre, its programming, coordination, and ongoing funding activities. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and oversee a high-level strategic vision and strategy for the preservation of Ktunaxa Language and Culture.
  • Manage community Language and Culture Programming and Resources in conjunction with annual workplan and strategic objectives.
  • Supervise and manage the Language and Culture Staff, their work plans and work output.
  • Consults with elders on an ongoing basis, obtaining their input and feedback to identify what information is relevant and appropriate to include in cultural lessons.

The successful candidate holds a Business Administration or Management Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree with 3 – 5 years’ experience in a management and supervisory role.  Previous experience working with a First Nation’s organization, and knowledge and appreciation of the culture, values and political objectives of the ʔaq̓am Community is required. Valid BC driver’s license is required as well as a clear Vulnerable Sector Check and Criminal Record Check.

To see the full job description of this position please click here

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “Language and Culture Manager” to:

Recruiting at ʔaq̓am

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5;

email: 

Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is hired and will be reviewed as received.                     

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry and ʔaq̓am encourages applicants to self-identify within your application.  Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

SCHOOL BUS DRIVER

ON-CALL/CASUAL

The School Bus Driver is responsible for the transporting student to and from the ʔaq̓amnik̓ School, ensuring a safe environment for students at all times.  Ensure proper maintenance of the school bus and take any required actions to ensure it is in good working order.  Supervise students during bus trips.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Operate school bus, transporting children to and from school and on field trips.
  • Perform basic mechanical inspections; determine required maintenance, and complete repairs/arrange for repairs with mechanical facility.
  • Perform safety check of vehicle prior to each trip.
  • Complete required tasks to ensure safe and continuous bus operation, including cleaning and interior and exterior and refueling.
  • Inform students of safety rules and enforce these rules during trips.
  • Supervise students during trips.

The Successful Candidate holds completion of specialized bus driver training. Valid Class 2 driver’s license with air brake endorsement as well as possession of a clean drivers abstract. Completion of and possession of valid CPR and First aide certificate.  Experience in the transportation industry is an asset.  Vulnerable Sector Check and Criminal Record Check clearance required.

Please see full job description here for more information

Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications and includes a favorable benefits package and pension plan.  Shifts are typically 7:00 – 9:00 am and 2:30 – 4:30 pm on school days for an average of 4 hours per day/20 hours per week.  There is opportunity for additional hours for field trip coverage as well.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “School Bus Driver” to:

Recruiting at ʔaq̓am 

7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5.

email: 

Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is hired and will be reviewed as received.                  

Preference will be given to candidates of Ktunaxa or other First Nations ancestry and ʔaq̓am encourages applicants to self-identify within your application.  Thank you to all those that apply, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

INTERNAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!

Language & Culture Researcher

1 YEAR TERM FULL-TIME POSITION

ʔaq̓am is seeking a self motivated and highly organized individual to fill the position of Language & Culture Researcher to perform key work with the St. Eugene Cemetery.

Position Summary:

The Language & Culture Researcher is responsible for:

Working with and seek direction from Language Speakers and Knowledge Holders
Contact archival bodies such as the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Royal BC Museum, Ktunaxa National Council archives, etc. for the purposes of obtaining records relevant to the operation of the St. Eugene Residential School
Administer and manage contracts for works on the St. Eugene Cemetery, cemetery, church and hospital
Liaise with the Ktunaxa Nation Council Traditional Knowledge and Language sector, as needed
Review archives and identify relevant information to the identification of unnamed burials within the St. Eugene cemetery
Develop communications and updates for ʔaq̓amnik̓ and Ktunaxa citizens
Draft content and design for signage and monuments within the cemetery
Oversee cultural protocols with respect to contractors working on site etc.
Seek funding, prepare proposals and submit final funding reports to support project work
Draft contracts and manage projects as they relate to the position duties
Submit cemetery maintenance requests to Operations as needed

Training, Education, and Experience

Previous experience in a similar research role and relevant education will be considered
Excellent listening and communication skills
Excellent document management skills
Problem solving skills
Highly motivated and able to prioritize work tasks
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a diverse team environment
Previous experience working with a First Nation’s organization, and knowledge and appreciation of the culture, values and political objectives of the ʔaq̓am Community is a must.

For further information about this position, please visit our website aqam.net under Employment and Contract Opportunities

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

Recruiting at ʔaq̓am
email: 

Applications will be accepted until the role is filled - Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Internal applications are only open to current ʔaq̓am employees, ʔaq̓am members or Ktunaxa Citizens. We encourage you to 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.

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PERMANENT FULL-TIME AND CASUAL ON-CALL POSITIONS AVAILABLE

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR (ECE) AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR - INFANT/TODDLER (ECE - IT)

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, and a dedicated and enthusiastic team!

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Assist with or 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, or assist ECEs to 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 Educators:

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certification and licence to practice;
  • For Infant/Toddler position ECE Certification and Infant Toddler 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.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:

ʔaq̓am                                                                                      Fax:  (250) 426-8935                                                            

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

PositionS will remain open until filled

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.

CASUAL/ON-CALL ECE ASSISTANTS AND RESPONSIBLE ADULTS

ECE Assistants:

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

Responsible Adults:

At least 19 years of age;
Able to provide care and mature guidance to children;
Have completed a course, or a combination of courses, of at least 20 hours duration in child development, guidance, health and safety, or nutrition, or willing to take this training; 
Have relevant work experience;
Vulnerable Sector Check Criminal Record Check.

Preference will be given to candidates who also have:

Previous experience working in a First Nation community.

Food Safe certification.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:

ʔaq̓am                                                                                      Fax:  (250) 426-8935                                                            

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

Position will remain open until a suitable list of on-call candidates is established.

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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!

Traffic Control Flagger

D&B Flagging & Traffic Control is a rapidly-growing business, proudly owned by member bands of the Ktunaxa Nation since 2018. Our Office is located at the ʔaq̓am Community just outside of Cranbrook, BC. We are currently looking for multiple highly motivated, organized and responsible individuals to join our team in a dynamic and rewarding environment.

The successful candidates should look to have relevant experience and qualifications which align with the roles and responsibilities outlined below. This position is required immediately and can be based out of Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston, Radium, Invermere or Elkford!

Roles and Responsibilities

• Driving fully equipped pickup to sites;

• Setting up standard signs for work zones;

• Guiding vehicles safely through or around work zones and accident scenes;

• Communicating direction clearly to contractors, the public and other flaggers on site;

• Self-motivated and safety oriented team player.

Qualifications

• Traffic Control Certification;

• Must be professional, patient, alert, respectful and direct, even in situations of confrontation;

• Must be able to stand for a long period of time in all weather conditions;

• Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Remuneration: Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications. D&B Flagging offers competitive wages.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “Traffic Control Flagger - Confidential” to:

Closing Date: Open until all positions are filled. Thank you to all those applicants 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. 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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EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES:

To view other opportunities please visit:

http://www.ktunaxa.org/careers/current-postings/

Columbia Basin Trust Opportunities

http://ourtrust.org/about/careers/