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!

 

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.

 

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (CAO) - PERMANENT FULL-TIME

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is responsible for leading ʔaq̓am’s overall strategic direction and operations and is responsible for overseeing and directing all programs and services offered by the Organization, as well as administering the Organization’s annual operating budget.  This position is the primary liaison between Chief and Council and the Organization, implementing any directives or decisions. The CAO is also responsible for leading employees to achieve ʔaq̓am’s Vision, Mission, and Values, and monitoring organizational performance.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in the updating of ʔaq̓am’s strategic plan, overseeing its implementation and achievement, and ensuring alignment of individual department work plans and goals. 
  • Strong mentorship focus, passing on knowledge and growing current staff and community members to develop their skills.
  • Maintain regular communication with Chief and Council on the Organization’s activities and operations, including priorities, successes, opportunities for improvements, and discuss recommendations. 
  • Manage and provide leadership to all Directors/Senior Leadership Team, keeping apprised of day-to-day activities and oversee department work plans; ensure individual and departmental short and long-term objectives are achieved.

The successful candidate will possess exceptional leadership skills, hold extensive knowledge of intergenerational trauma, the effects of colonization and residential schools and a trauma informed workplace.  Completion of post-secondary education in Public Administration or Business Administration or other relevant education combined with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role within a senior level position leading all operations for an organization in a First Nations/Aboriginal environment.  Previous experience working directly with Chief and Council is required as well as extensive public speaking, human resources and accounting and/or finance experience.

For further information or to apply, please visit Leaders International

Salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications from within a range of $102,000 - $150,000 annually and includes a favourable benefits package and pension plan.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired and is also advertised with Leaders International

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.

ʔaq̓am Trading Retail Associate - Part Time

ʔaq̓am Trading is the retail store and fuel station, for the community of ʔaq̓am. ʔaq̓am Trading is seeking a self-motivated, energetic and a friendly customer oriented individual to fill the position of Part-Time, Retail Associate. The Retail Associate position will be key to assist in covering shifts when required and will be required to work weekends, holidays, mornings and evenings as 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
• General cleaning duties, maintaining a fresh and clean atmosphere inside and outside of the store
• 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 safety and security procedures pertaining to the store
• 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
• Always promoting ʔaq̓am Trading professionally and positively

QUALIFICATIONS & ATTRIBUTES:
• Satisfactory completion of grade 12 preferred
• 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 would like to continually learn
• Valid First Aid Certificate preferred
• Valid Class 5 Driver’s License
• Must be willing to undergo Criminal Records Check and must be “bondable”

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “ATLP Retail Associate” to:
Recruiting at ʔaq̓am
7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook BC, V1C 7E5
Email:
Closing Date: Will remain open until suitable candidates have been found

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.
Thank you to all applicants however, 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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Casual On-Call Positions Available!

ECEs, ECE Assistants or Responsible Adults!

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;
Doctor’s medical clearance letter;
Up to date immunization record;
First Aid Certificate;
Vulnerable Sector Check Criminal Record Check.

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/