Industry and User Information

Fossil Occurrence Database

The Fossil Occurrence Database provides spatial information on the distribution of fossil sites in British Columbia. A fossil site is a location where there are preserved remains, traces or imprints of organisms from the geological past.

Maintained by the BC Fossil Management Office, the database displays information such as site description, taxonomic data, site geology, fossil information, and reports. This information is provided to allow industry, professional paleontologists and geologists, First Nations, and government users to make informed decisions regarding land use planning and protection of fossil resources (see Fossil Protection).

Users may obtain access to the Fossil Occurrence Database by submitting a completed Fossil Information Sharing Agreement.

Authorized users may access the fossil occurrence information through the Fossil Resources Web Map

Qualified Lead Paleontologists List for Fossil Impact Assessments

The BC Fossil Management Office (FMO) has compiled a list of paleontologists who hold the necessary qualifications to lead fossil impact assessments as the Lead Paleontologist. 

This list is intended as a convenience for proponents who require the services of a Lead Paleontologist and is not a prerequisite to work as a Lead Paleontologist in B.C.  Unlisted paleontologists may also be qualified, and if so, may conduct FIAs.

As outlined in B.C.’s Fossil Impact Assessment Guidelines (Guidelines), fossil impact assessments (FIAs) must be conducted by or under the supervision of a qualified paleontologist, referred to in the guidelines as the Lead Paleontologist. The Guidelines indicate the qualifications that a Lead Paleontologist must have.

Complete and submit application to

Your personal information is being collected by Heritage Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development pursuant to section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of creating a list of Qualified Lead Paleontologists able to conduct fossil impact assessments.

The submission of your application indicates your consent for your business contact information and additional information (experience and expertise information as indicated in your application) to be posted online. This information may be accessed from outside of Canada. Your consent is applicable from the date of your submission.

Questions about the collection or use of your information may be sent to:
Fossil Management Office, Heritage Branch


  • a Ph. D. from an accredited university in a paleontological discipline is preferred. The Ph.D. paleontologist should have written a thesis in which there has been field research and laboratory components or have subsequent field and/or laboratory experience. 
  • OR a M.Sc. degree from an accredited university with a thesis in a paleontological discipline and a minimum of 3 years post-M.Sc. experience as a paleontologist could also serve as the project leader. The M.Sc. paleontologist should have a written thesis in which there has been field research and laboratory components, or subsequent supervised field and/or laboratory experience demonstrating the capacity to act as the project leader for an equivalent project size.
  • OR a combination of education and experience that offers a similar skillset to those outlined above.


  • Fieldwork under supervision (24 weeks)
  • Laboratory and/or curation training under supervision (24 weeks)
  • Project leadership and/or supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct paleontological research
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate through written work
  • A record of peer-reviewed reports and/or other publications


  • Professional affiliations



Other FIA roles

The FIA Guidelines identify the qualifications required to perform other roles in the undertaking of FIAs. FMO expects that the Lead Paleontologist will ensure that other staff possess the necessary qualifications.

Use of applicant’s information

The information provided will be reviewed to determine if the applicant possesses the qualifications necessary for a Lead Paleontologist. If so, the applicant’s contact information will be placed on a list of Qualified Lead Paleontologists (QLP), which will be posted on the Fossil Management website. Education and experience information may be posted as well.

Tools and Guidelines

The BC Fossil Management Office maintains several documents which provide advice and assistance on policies and best practices to follow when planning around fossil resources.