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Archaeological Research Assistant


The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq (the CMM) is currently seeking a motivated, mature, and

dedicated candidate to work as an archaeological research assistant for two weeks of fieldwork at

Newville Lake near Parrsboro between July 1 and 12. No previous experience is necessary. On-the-job

training will be provided.

The research project uses a Two-Eyed Seeing approach to identify and document places of long-term

Mi'kmaw settlement around Newville Lake in a manner that respects the land on which we will be

workng. The project has the support of CMM, Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusuaqn (KMKNO), and Mi'kmaw

Ethics Watch.

Position Responsibilities:

As a research assistant, you will report to work promptly and work an average of 7 hours per day

doing heavy labour outdoors. The work may include any or all of the following, among other

activities: walking moderate distances, carrying equipment, digging by hand, sifting soil,

handwriting observations in a notebook, using a siting compass, and speaking with local community


For the two weeks of the research project, successful candidates will live Parrsboro with other

members of the research team. These accommodations, travel to the work site, field tools, and

equipment will be provided. Research assistants are responsible for arranging their own travel to and

from Parrsboro. The cost for this travel will be reimbursed. Research assistants will receive a stipend

to offset part of the cost of purchasing food and personal supplies. Research assistants will be

responsible for purchasing these supplies and for helping with the preparation of some meals.

Required duties:

• Work as a member of a team and independently

• Work outdoors in variable weather conditions for an average of 7 hours per day

• Take direction

• Lift 25 lbs

• Organize effectively

Required skills:

• Excellent oral and written communication

• Excellent listening

• Excellent observation

• Excellent attention to detail

Required qualities:

• Highly motivated

• Dependable

• Punctual

• Personable

• Curious

A stipend will be provided to subsidize the purchase of these items:

• Rain gear

• Sturdy boots (waterproof, ideally)

• Sunscreen

• Sunhat

• Bug spray

• Bag to carry all of the above

Salary/Employment Term:

Hourly Wage - $15 or $15.50 or $16/hour. This is a contract for 10 days of employment: July 1-5

and July 7-12.

The research assistant will be supervised in the field by Michelle A. Lelièvre, Associate Professor,

Anthropology and American Studies, William and Mary. Interested candidates may email Michelle

with questions:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, June 14 by 4:00 pm

Submit résumé and one-page cover letter describing your qualifications to:

Tim Bernard - Senior Director, History and Culture

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq

P.O. Box 1590, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N 5V3