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Archaeological Research Associates Ltd. is currently seeking an experienced Marine Archaeologist. This is an exciting opportunity for someone capable of leading their own projects to not only take on an upcoming diverse catalogue, but with potential to lead their own department within ARA.

This position is a permanent full-time position. Workdays and hours may vary based on archaeological project, location and weather conditions during the season. Flex hours and work from home hours during the off season.

About Archaeological Research Associates Ltd.

Established in 1972, Archaeological Research Associates Ltd. (ARA) is Ontario’s oldest archaeological and heritage consulting firm. Our longevity flows from the experience of our staff and our ongoing commitment to excellence and customer service. Over the past 50 years, ARA has completed hundreds of contracts for clients in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. ARA has consistently been staffed with the best and brightest archaeologists and heritage specialists in Ontario. Our industry leading commitment to being energy conscious and prioritizing ethical practices particularly with respect to decolonizing our profession stems from our core values.

Our core values are:

1. We will always be mindful that it is a tremendous privilege to work with the heritage of any community.

2. We acknowledge Indigenous stewardship over their own cultural properties, the ongoing trauma of colonialism and the burden it imposes on us to de-colonize all aspects of our practice.

3. We hold ourselves to the highest professional, ethical, and environmental standards in everything we do.

4. We seek collaborative relationships with our colleagues, clients, and partners, based on integrity and respect.

The Job:

Under the Ontario Heritage Act, a “marine archaeological site” is an archaeological site that is fully or partially submerged or that lies below or partially below the high-water mark of any body of water. (O. Reg. 170/04, s. 1.)

Based out of the Kitchener and Hamilton offices the successful candidate will lead a crew of Field Technicians to conduct both marine and land archaeological assessments and excavations throughout Ontario. Working under the leadership of the Project Archaeologists, this candidate will be responsible for ensuring the integrity and thorough documentation of any archaeological sites encountered as well as providing initial analysis and recommendations based on the results of the assessments. The chosen candidate will also have a chance to be mentored by senior ARA staff on proposals, ministry applications in hopes of running their own Marine Archaeology Division.

  • Complete Stage 1 – 4 field work using appropriate techniques and methods according to site type and conditions
  • Ensure that all fieldwork meets the requirements of the Standards and Guidelines for Consultant Archaeologists and associated Technical Bulletins, as issued by the Ministry of Culture and Multiculturalism
  • Manage, mentor, train Field Technicians
  • Professional and consistent engagement with First Nations communities
  • Complete accurate, detailed and comprehensive field documentation
  • Provide initial analysis of fieldwork completed and recommendations on further work
  • Professional development and additional tasks as assigned in the off-season


  • Ability to identify marine cultural features
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety policies and procedures
  • Physically able, with or without an accommodation, to extensively perform bending, kneeling, standing, lifting, and carrying objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Possess a tolerance for working in outdoor environments, prolonged walking and standing on various terrain in a wide range of weather conditions
  • Excellent work ethic and team-player attitude
  • Strong attention to detail, with proven ability to follow specific instructions
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of the use of modern devices and software (touch screen tablets, GPS devices, communications software, etc.)
  • Strong leadership skills


  • Experience in Marine Archaeology
  • Valid Professional or Research Licence with the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Multiculturalism
  • Comfort in water including snorkeling, use of wet/dry suits, underwater cameras, taking underwater measurements, basic shipwreck identification.
  • Previous experience in a field/marine archaeology supervisory role
  • A valid driver’s license (minimum Class “G” or equivalent)
  • Ontario Pleasure Craft Operators License considered an asset
  • First Aid/CPR certification considered an asset
  • Required to drive company vehicles
  • Willingness to travel within Ontario, with the potential for out-of-town/overnight work


· Paid professional development events (e.g., conferences, webinars, workshops)

· Professional Designation, Association, and Membership reimbursements

· Insured under WSIB

· Work Boot Allowance program

· Health benefits

· Paid Sick Days

· Paid Personal Days

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: From $55,000.00 per year


  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • French not required


  • 10 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:

  • Overtime pay


  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferred)

Work Location: On the road

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