The Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), located administratively within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, is responsible for coordinating interdisciplinary ocean exploration expeditions and projects to search, investigate, and document unknown and poorly known areas of the ocean in order to advance and disseminate knowledge of the ocean environment and its physical, chemical, biological, and historical resources.
This position is to serve as a Maritime Archaeologist in support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) as a marine archaeological Subject Matter Expert and, as such, will help provide the Office with scientific and technical support related to marine archaeology. As a marine archaeologist, the Associate Scientist will work closely with the Chief of the OER Science and Technology Division to help coordinate and oversee OER’s maritime and underwater cultural heritage (UCH) exploration activities. This position will be familiar with the principles and practices of marine archaeology including professional standards and practices and associated regulations, programs, and policies.
This position will provide guidance concerning UCH-related priorities and themes that OER supports through its Federal Funding Opportunity, the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, the Small Business Innovation Research Program, the OER Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute, and through other program activities. The Associate Scientist will be required to be cognizant of, and assess, evolving UCH exploration technologies and provide recommendations aimed at improving the pace and scope of OER’s UCH efforts. This position will be responsible for maintaining awareness of current and evolving protocols and means for access, utilization, and curation of UCH information and data by and for OER’s partners, academic institutions, relevant industry, state and federal agencies and programs, and the general public.
This position will serve as OER’s principal lead for both required Section 106 actions of the National Historic Preservation Act as well as serving as the OER lead with providing information to Native American tribes that may be impacted by, or concerned with, UCH projects planned and/or supported by OER. In doing so, this position will be familiar with the requirements of Federal regulations and guidelines for historical properties and archaeological resources including the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.
To all students with an interest in applying to the University of West Florida’s graduate program in anthropology to pursue a study of submerged terrestrial archaeology.
The University of West Florida Department of Anthropology has a one-year assistantship (tuition waiver and stipend) available to one UWF Anthropology graduate student for the 2022-2023 academic year. The successful applicant will meet the requirements of the Department and the UWF Graduate School, and will commit to undertaking a Masters thesis project on some aspect of submerged terrestrial archaeology, broadly conceived. Message or email me with any questions about this scholarship.
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This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), with four vacancies in Silver Spring, MD and Durham, NH.
A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in history of ideas/history of knowledge is available at the Department of philosophy, classics, history of art and ideas, University of Oslo. The fellowship is part of the research project Maritime Modernities: Formats of Oceanic Knowledge, funded by the Research Council of Norway.
The project investigates the history of knowledge and environmental awareness in, around and beyond the Atlantic Ocean, from the expansion of human activities at sea in the seventeenth century to contemporary initiatives to aggregate knowledge about the oceans’ resources, ecology and impact on climate. In particular, the project explores how records, maps and models have inscribed, arranged and transported knowledge and awareness of the seas, and how these “formats of ocean knowledge” have shaped how the oceans have been used, perceived, appropriated and regulated.
The PhD fellow will join an international and interdisciplinary group of established scholars from different fields (history of science and technology, media theory, the history of knowledge and cartography, maritime and environmental history and environmental humanities) led by Ellen Krefting, professor of history of ideas. The project collaborates with partnering institutions such as The Map Centre at the National Library of Norway, which also holds material that is important for the project’s research design.
Applications are invited for the position of Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow to take part in one of the five ‘Discovery Projects’ funded by the AHRC as part of the Towards a National Collection Programme for three years from December 2021. ‘Unpath’d Waters’ aims to make maritime heritage data (collections of charts, documents, images, film, oral histories, sonar surveys, seismic data, archaeological investigations and artefacts) more easily accessible to the public. The team at Southampton is led by Professor Fraser Sturt (Archaeology) and Professor Age Chapman (Electronics and Computer Science) and will work on leveraging advances in artificial intelligence to widen search and discovery capabilities across and between collections. This will involve working closely with co-investigators and project partners from the breadth of the heritage sector.
The successful candidate will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Computer Science or Archaeological Computing. Part of the ethos of the project centres on community and skills development; as such we recognise that candidates may come from a variety of backgrounds (e.g., computer scientist not familiar with archaeological data, or archaeologist not as familiar with AI-based search techniques). As such, training will be provided to enable candidates to gain critical skills. The level of appointment (Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow) will be dependent on experience, fit and track record. The post will be available for two years in the first instance.
Depending on experience the position will be appointed at either a Senior Research Fellow (Grade, 5:£39,739 – £48,835) or Research Fellow (Grade 4: £31,406 – £38,587).
The School of Humanities and Educational Studies seeks to appoint a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer to contribute to the delivery and the development of our BA (Hons) Archaeology. The ideal candidate would have research and/or teaching experience in Early Medieval Archaeology, preferably with a complementary specialism in any of the following areas: heritage, community archaeology, maritime archaeology (to dovetail with existing areas of strength in the Humanities), digital archaeology (to support the School’s strategic commitment to enhancing student digital literacy) or bioarchaeology (to strengthen the potential for cross-Faculty collaborations). The School would also welcome applications from exceptional candidates with other areas of expertise, who nonetheless have the ability to draw on the landscape and archaeology of our unique location in a World Heritage Site, and of our surrounding region, in order to deliver an excellent student experience.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach at all levels in their area of expertise, as well as to contribute to the delivery of research methods. The postholder will report to the Archaeology Subject Lead, and work closely with other members of the Archaeology team, as well as with colleagues in the cognate discipline of History.
The School is committed to an inclusive curriculum which aims to improve the experience, skills and attainment of all students. Your responsibilities will include playing a commensurate role in the collaborative development of an inclusive curriculum, and in the enhancement of the student experience; to that end, you will be required to provide pastoral, as well as academic, support to students, and contribute to the management of the Archaeology course. You must be able to demonstrate a sense of initiative, creativity and judgment in applying appropriate approaches to teaching and learning support, and other scholarly activities.
A Ph.D. in Archaeology, a broad understanding of current developments in the field, and previous experience of HE teaching are essential requirements. An HE teaching qualification or fellowship of Advance HE, and membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology would also be advantageous
The GPR (Grand Programme de Recherche) ‘Human Past’ is an interdisciplinary research project supported by the University of Bordeaux’s Initiative d’Excellence. ‘Human Past’ gathers ~110 researchers from 3 laboratories (PACEA, AUSONIUS, and Archéosciences Bordeaux) affiliated with the University of Bordeaux (UB) and the University of Bordeaux Montaigne (UBM). Our expertise combines Biological Anthropology, Classical and Medieval Archaeology, Prehistory, Protohistory, History, Epigraphy, Archaeometry, Geochronology and Computer Science Applications to Cultural Heritage.
’Human Past’ aims to document, characterize and understand the tipping points that have induced major biological and cultural changes within past human populations. Spanning a large chronological period (from Prehistory to historical times), our research aims to identify the steps that enabled a primate originally adapted to African ecosystems to evolve into a species that occupies and impacts every ecosystem on the planet. Biological and social systems will be scrutinized at different scales from a multitude of perspectives with particular attention paid to phenotypic and genetic variability, cognition, technology, social organization, belief systems, and genetic and cultural adaptive strategies that drive human societies.
This position advertisement belongs to the first part of the funding scheme, planned for 4 years.
The 18-month research engineer position will be devoted to establish and date potential tipping-points in the paleoenvironmental record from the pollen analysis of a deep-sea core collected in the NW Mediterranean Sea, and statistically correlate them with the archeological record of SE France and NE Spain, corresponding to the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic period. This core will be dated using 14C dating technique from the end of the Upper Paleolithic until ca. 40 ka, and luminescence methods for the whole core. This approach will allow us to evaluate whether a synchrony, and thus eventually a correlation, exists between cultural changes and climatic transitions. With this aim we will also use different statistical techniques. This research will be carried out in synergy with that of a post-doctoral researcher who will reassess the traditional classification of Middle and Upper Paleolithic technocomplexes and explore their connection with climate change.
Adequacy of the project with the objectives of the GPR
Our research project aims to: a) identify potential environmental and cultural tipping points during the upper Pleistocene, b) test whether there is a correlation between them, and c) evaluate the role of climate in the emergence of new techno-complexes. This research is in line with the objectives of the GPR Human Past, which aims to detect and understand tipping points through time in cultural evolution and the impact of climate change on them.
The HISTORY Channel seeks a Historian/Vice President, who will be responsible for assisting with fact-checking, research and ensuring overall accuracy for a wide range of historical projects including documentary programming, social media and short form video, podcasts, newsletters, articles, and more. This role includes implementation of historical projects including outreach to historians with an emphasis on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The role also encompasses implementation of corporate social responsibility initiatives and development of educational content for teachers and students. The ideal candidate possesses a deep knowledge of history, a detail-oriented and impeccably organized approach to research and fact-checking (copy and visuals), and an ability to help craft and review historical content for a fast-paced, entertainment-driven television brand. Knowledge of the histories of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, AAPI, Latinx, etc.) and other historically excluded communities required.
Responsibilities: · Work with the Chief Historian to assess and review a wide range of historical projects for entertainment-driven television brand · Responsible for day-to-day fact-checking and accuracy checks for a wide-range of historical content · Serves as a liaison with production and creative teams, providing historical input and insights on a wide range of projects, including ensuring accuracy · Identifies and builds relationships with historians, with a focus on BIPOC histories· Works closely with the historical community to source experts to provide commentary and perspective on historical programming and content · Helps develop and edit historical educational content including classroom guides and newsletters geared toward teachers and high school students · Assists with project management for corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Qualifications/Requirements Basic Qualifications: • Advanced Degree in History or a deep knowledge of history developed through hands-on research, fact-checking and writing experience; MA or Ph.D. in History or extensive knowledge of History preferred• Minimum 3-5 years relevant work experience in the history field• Proven fact-checking, research and writing skills • Knowledge of BIPOC history, communities and institutions required
Additional Qualifications: • Ability to work independently with strong decision making and critical thinking skills. • Ability and willingness to work on deadline and handle multiple tasks at once with a precise and detail-oriented approach with an impeccable attention to historical accuracy. • Must love entertainment and television and understand the intricacies of creating content for consumer audiences• Excellent written and verbal skills to communicate effectively and on-brand with consumers as well as internal and external stakeholders. Strong editorial discretion and great copywriting skills. • Works well with teams. Excellent project and time management skills, you learn fast and can accommodate rapid change reacting quickly to new information.
Desired Characteristics: • Innovative and creative thinker with a deep knowledge of history. Excellent research and analytical skills. • Knowledge of social media platforms and short form video. • Ability to learn new databases and project management systems
The Opportunity Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) is hiring a forward-thinking, collaborative Chief Scientist committed to advancing ocean exploration, developing programs that promote inclusivity in the field, and liaising with the ocean science community to broadly share results and open data. As the Chief Scientist, you will be responsible for ensuring the work carried out by OET has scientific excellence, efficacy, and integrity as its highest priorities while integrating the science with the other mission pillars of the organization—education and outreach, and technological innovation. You will be a member of OET’s senior leadership team and will provide direction and strategy for our science and exploration program, including its use of remotely operated vehicles, uncrewed autonomous systems, mapping systems, and other technologies. To be successful in this role, you will act as a representative for the priorities of the ocean exploration community at large.
About Ocean Exploration Trust OET is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—founded in 2007 by Dr. Robert Ballard—that owns and operates exploration vessel (E/V) Nautilus. Annual expeditions aboard the vessel are conducted in partnership with the organization’s primary sponsor, NOAA Ocean Exploration, and others including NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the National Geographic Society. Through telepresence, all E/V Nautilus expeditions are streamed live to provide scientists and the public with real-time access to exploratory research and these live streams reach millions around the globe each year. Additionally, data, samples, and results from all expeditions are made openly available. In 2019, OET was selected—in partnership with University of Rhode Island, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of New Hampshire, and University of Southern Mississippi—to implement NOAA’s Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute. With partners, OET will introduce a new shallow water focus to our programs in 2022 centered on studying the health of the US’s coral reefs in the Central Pacific.
Requirements: BA Degree or 5 years experience in marine sciences, including: Archaeology, Biology, Oceanography, Geology, Geography, or other maritime related sciences. Experience with side-scan-sonar, bathymetry and marine survey software suites preferred.
Salary: Commensurate with experience/education; with a MA/MS approximate to federal GS-9/11 payscale for DC Metropolitan Area
Gray & Pape, a national and international cultural heritage management firm, has an opening for a Principal Investigator – Marine Archaeology. The preferred location for this opportunity is in Providence, RI, but we will consider Cincinnati, OH, Houston, TX, Indianapolis, IN, or Richmond, VA. For candidates who meet all of the required qualifications and many of the preferred qualifications, Gray & Pape will consider a remote work option. This role is regular, full time, and salaried exempt. The salary range for this position is $65,000-$80,000 commensurate with experience, qualifications, and education. Gray & Pape offers a hybrid work environment with built in flexibility for days in the office.
Summary of the Role:
The PI-Marine Archaeology will be responsible for assisting Gray & Pape with a diverse portfolio of underwater and maritime archaeological projects across the U.S. supporting offshore energy development, coastal restoration, shoreline stabilization, broad research-oriented projects throughout North American waters, and international cultural impact assessments. The candidate should possess knowledge of the scientific and technical methods used in marine archaeology, including remote sensing surveys, data processing, and technical writing skills.
Responsible for timely and cost-effective conception, implementation, and completion of projects.
Works toward competency in managing multiple projects and priorities.
Develops project-specific budgets, personnel assignments, and schedules.
Develops research goals, field plans, work products (including all reports), and resource-specific recommendations.
Serves the client by understanding the requirements of the scope of work, using professional expertise for the management of cultural resources and providing a high-quality work product on time and on budget.
Sets realistic project goals which can be achieved within cost and time constraints.
Organizes and provides sufficient and complete information to team members; coordinates project input from staff and subcontractors.
Develops professional recommendations for the management of cultural resources, particularly archaeological resources, using the National Register of Historic Places and other applicable criteria.
Responsible for the organization and completion of project-specific reports.
Responsible for communication and/or coordination with other project and company personnel, clients, and client representatives.
Participates in public outreach programs to educate people about the importance of archaeological resources and Heritage Management, at the project, professional, and/or community levels.
Supports marketing and prepares proposals.
A./M.S. in Anthropology, Archaeology with an emphasis in underwater archaeology, or related field plus 5 years CRM supervisory and report preparation experience.
Ability to function as a Qualified Marine Archaeologist (QMA) per Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Guidelines.
Experience collecting and interpreting geophysical remote sensing survey data including side-scan sonar, magnetometer, gradiometer, sub-bottom profiler systems, and/or multibeam.
Experience with GIS mapping, geodetic conversions, and geodatabase creation.
Demonstrable attention to detail and clear communication as applied to client interactions.
Demonstrable experience with project scoping, technical execution of the project, and report writing.
Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA).
Marine archaeology experience in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic regions.
Management standards regarding identification and treatment of historic properties in federal waters.
Certified diver with demonstrated scientific diver training.
Marine archaeology data acquisition, documentation, analysis, and interpretation skills (e.g., ROV deployment, underwater photography, underwater excavation techniques, etc.).
Demonstrated experience evaluating geophysical and geotechnical data for potential submerged paleolandscapes.
This position requires travel and is project-dependent with an expectation of travel outside the local area and for multiple days. Some projects may require extended travel.
Gray & Pape offers a competitive pay and benefits package, including paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, health, dental, vision, and disability insurance, and a 401(k)-retirement plan. A complete job description is available upon request.
If you are ready to join our team, please submit the following to Charity Touchette, HR Director,email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
Cover letter detailing expression of interest and office preference;
Resume or CV;
1 writing sample. Preferred writing sample will be a CRM report with applicant as the author.
The position is open until December 3, 2021, and we will be interviewing qualified applicants immediately.
Gray & Pape is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing an environment of respect and inclusion where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other protected status under federal, state or local law. Please contact HR to request an accommodation.
The Historical and Political Studies group is looking to recruit an energetic and committed lecturer in early modern maritime history on a fixed term contract for 12 months commencing 24 January 2022. This teaching post is a replacement for a colleague who is undertaking a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in 2022/23.
You would be expected to teach across the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate History curriculum, and to specifically lead the following module:
HIST604 Piracy and Privateering c.1560-1816
You will have research expertise pertaining to one or more of the following areas:
Early Modern Maritime History
You will need to demonstrate that you have excellent interpersonal skills and will work effectively both independently and as part of a team with colleagues, students, and internal, and external associates.
The post requires:
A first degree in History or a cognate discipline and PhD in History or a related subject, at or near completion;
Ability to teach the specific modules listed, and more broadly across the undergraduate and postgraduate History curriculum;
Experience of academic administration responsibilities;
Excellent academic and pastoral support for students;
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team and to take initiative.
Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the job description in your supporting statement.
Interviews are likely to take place on 16th December 2021 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.
For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Dr Rebecca Emmett, Associate Head of School: Historical and Political Studies by email firstname.lastname@example.org or via the School Office on telephone 01752 585119.
Flexible working options including job share will be considered.
We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.
The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community where everyone makes a difference and is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. To find out more about our inclusive community, initiatives such as Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter and our range of benefits / support mechanisms such as flexible working, staff networks and enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages
We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups at the University of Plymouth, such as BAME/BIPOC and LGBT+.
You will serve as a Historian of the NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND.
You will plan, research, and prepare original studies, monographs, briefings, booklets, articles, scripts, chronologies, exhibits labels, and other products that furnish detailed historical background and perspective to Navy issues.
You will provide historical support and information to high-ranking civilian personnel and Navy leaders and planners in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV).
You will investigate and define past events and provide in depth analysis of these events.
You will provide perspective on historical events of the purpose of education military and civilian personnel about the history and heritage of the U.S. Navy.
You will demonstrate a thorough understanding and assessment of the materials and the ability to independently plan and execute the research and writing of historical products.
You will be required to respond to naval history inquiries from OPNAV.
You will edit or transcribe historical documents.
You will collect and analyze historical documents.
You will organize and direct his/her own projects and may divide the work into smaller segments.
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), on behalf of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), has a requirement for contractor support for Tribal Engagement and Consultation. The estimated period of performance for this requirement is eighteen (18) months from date of award.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is responsible for managing the development of U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) energy and mineral resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way. A critical component of BOEM’s mission is protecting the environment while overseeing the development of OCS energy and marine mineral resources.
BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program (ESP) develops, funds, and manages rigorous scientific research specifically to inform policy decisions on the development of energy and mineral resources on the OCS, as required by law. This environmental and socioeconomic research is designed to provide BOEM the necessary information to assess, predict, monitor, and manage potential environmental impacts of the activities it authorizes.
As part of this effort, ESP staff prepare BOEM’s annual Studies Development Plan to cover a two-year planning period. The plan includes brief study descriptions, or profiles, that describe proposed studies for the upcoming fiscal year and for one successive year. These studies are designed to collect the information necessary to meet the needs of BOEM scientists, rule writers, modelers, decision makers and other users. Proposed studies are evaluated for program relevance, programmatic timeliness, and scientific merit.
BOEM is beginning to formulate its Fiscal Year 2023-2024 Studies Development Plan covering all BOEM energy and minerals activities. We invite you to submit study ideas for consideration in Alaska, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific OCS areas. Study ideas must be relevant to BOEM’s information requirements in the areas of biological, oceanographic (physical and chemical), traditional knowledge, and social sciences (including economic and cultural research).
I encourage you to review BOEM’s National Studies List for Fiscal Year 2022, which identifies studies BOEM intends to procure in FY22 (subject to funding availability). The current Studies Development Plan is online and the Environmental Studies Program Information System (ESPIS) provides access to ongoing studies and completed reports. Brief summaries of recently completed studies can also be found in the archive of ESPIS Quarterly Reports. Please carefully consider BOEM’s ESP Strategic Framework – particularly the criteria and questions – when formulating your study ideas. Also note that BOEM is keen to advance research pertaining to fish/fisheries, climate change , environmental justice, and Tribal issues. Please comment on these topics when they may appropriately fit into the work you are suggesting.
Send your suggestions in a short paragraph via email to ESP by December 10, 2021, including an explanation of why BOEM should consider funding them in light of the points noted above. Please note that all submissions become property of the federal government. While suggestions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, there is no guarantee they will be accepted. Some ideas may be combined with other suggestions. Acceptance of an idea does not imply that the submitter will receive funding.
We appreciate your participation in this process and look forward to your suggestions.
Dr. Rodney E. Cluck Chief, Division of Environmental Sciences Bureau of Ocean Energy Management U.S. Department of the Interior
— BOEM —
The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is responsible for America’s offshore energy and mineral resources. The bureau promotes energy independence, environmental protection and economic development through responsible, science-based management of energy and mineral resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
Joint Military Operations The Joint Military Operations (JMO) Department teaches two of the College’s six core courses. Joint Military Operations, taught to senior-level students, is focused at the theater-strategic level and emphasizes Joint military operations. Joint Maritime Operations, for intermediate-level students, is focused at the operational level and emphasizes joint maritime operations. Subjects covered in both courses include problem-solving and decision-making, the operational art, Joint/Navy operational planning, interagency coordination, and Joint and multinational warfare. The curriculum is taught primarily through readings and seminar discussion. JMO faculty comprise both civilians and active-duty officers from across the U.S. military services, along with international officers and civilians from U.S. Federal agencies.
Responsibilities Incumbents teach the JMO course at the Intermediate and Senior Service College Levels, with duties including: conducting classroom instruction, primarily through seminars, developing curricula, reviewing and evaluating student research papers, examinations, and other written and oral assessments; advising and mentoring students and other faculty, maintaining and developing curricula; research and publication; and performing educational administrative functions for the department; performing various types of service for the College.
An earned PhD in national security affairs, international relations, political science, history, or a cognate field. Candidates with Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2022 are encouraged to apply.
Proven expertise working effectively with colleagues in a collaborative learning environment, both in maintaining and developing curriculum and creating a professional seminar atmosphere that enhances student educational outcome.
Record of scholarly research and publication.
Proven expertise teaching adult students at the Master’s degree level in a seminar setting.
Knowledge of maritime warfare theory, military or naval history and prior military service, especially in the naval services.
Master’s Degree in Conservation and two years of professional experience or seven years of professional experience as a Conservator; work experience includes specialization in the conservation of Wooden Objects.
he Conservator reports directly to the head of the Conservation Unit within the Bureau of Historic Site and Park Services. This position, one of seven professional conservator titles, specializes in the care and restoration of wooden objects. All conservators are expected to adhere to the American Institute for Conservation’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. Wooden objects include domestic and office furniture (upholstered and non-upholstered), case clocks, wagons and carriages, canoes, kayaks and small boats. Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Repairs damaged or abraded natural and decorative finishes on wooden objects, including a variety of clear and opaque coatings.
• Creates molds and casts ornament in “compo” or epoxy resin to repair losses or damaged elements.
• Repairs damaged or broken joints in wooden assemblies, including reinforcing blocks, and installs structural braces or supports.
• Prepares treatment plans, recommending and performing materials analyses.
• Documents conservation procedures in a treatment report. Treatment reports include a detailed narrative supplemented by photographs.
• Serves in an advisory capacity relating to the care, handling, use and display of objects, including those received on loan.
• Performs individual examinations of objects on display and in storage to assess condition and assist with setting treatment priorities.
• Assists with evaluating the merits of proposed acquisitions through detailed examination to assess condition and authenticity.
• Maintains cleanliness and proper care, handling and storage of materials and equipment within the laboratory.
• Obtains Safety Data Sheets for chemicals, properly labels containers and disposes of used chemicals in accordance with State and Federal laws and regulations.