DPAA Posts


Incumbents typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Evaluates analytical methodologies to ensure all recovered artifacts are accurately identified, and correlated to specific loss incidents whenever possible.
  • Researches and answers specific field requests for information on recovered artifacts to field personnel, to rapidly correlate (or disassociate) the items to a specific loss incident involving US military personnel.
  • Maintains liaison with aircraft and aircraft component manufacturers, experts, and Defense Logistics Agency contacts to develop and sustain inter-agency aircraft component research networks.
  • Conducts thorough on-site evaluations to determine aircraft crash dispersion characteristics, and assess areas most likely to yield remains of unaccounted-for US military personnel.



Your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Initiates, maintains, and enhances liaison with officials in either the Kingdom of Cambodia
    (KOC), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR) or the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV) Government to pursue the fullest possible accounting of US personnel from the war in Southeast Asia, support field investigation and research teams, and develop/support investigation and research programs.
  • Represents DPAA in direct liaison with the KOC, LPDR or SRV officials involved in the POW/MIA accounting mission at meetings, conferences, telephonically, and through written correspondence.
  • Ensures effective information exchange during the planning, implementation, and reporting stages of US-KOC, LPDR, SRV meetings related to the accounting mission.
  • Coordinates with KOC, LPDR, or SRV government officials and applicable US agencies on the agenda, scheduling, protocol, and logistical requirements for these meetings. Serves as technical advisor to the DPAA Director in meetings with the KOC or SRV government.
  • Serves as the primary Cambodian, Lao or Vietnamese language interpreter in meetings between DPAA and the host nation government.

Maritime Preservation Specialist


Wisconsin Historical Society
Maritime Preservation Specialist – LTE
Job Announcement Code(s): 20-01876

The Maritime Preservation Specialist with the Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Program will fill a grant funded project specific position. This individual works under staff maritime archaeologists, the limited supervision of the State Archaeologist, and the State Historic Preservation Officer in the State Historic Preservation Office at the Wisconsin Historical Society to preserve the maritime heritage of Wisconsin.

This limited term position is 40 hours per week. Work hours are flexible between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend work will be required at times.

Position Summary:   This position is supported by a University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute grant. The maritime specialist will work on a grant funded project focusing on helping design informal educational programs with partner museums throughout the state. This position will act as the program’s liaison between WHS staff and a professional educational consultant. The maritime specialist will focus on the development of interpretive/educational materials for both general public and museum programming. In addition, the maritime specialist will integrate the developed educational material into Wisconsinshipwrecks.org, coordinate with Society education staff on its internal implementation, conduct historical and archival research as needed, and may have the opportunity to participate in underwater archaeological fieldwork if qualified.

Shipwreck Telepresence Expedition

Greetings from Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. We have a summer program that may be of interest to you and your students, and the best part is that it’s free.

From August 25-27, the sanctuary, along with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Marine Imaging Technologies, will be exploring the wreck of the passenger steamship Portland and a mystery collier located nearby. The mission will include live broadcasts from the shipwrecks and in-person commentaries from sanctuary staff and WHOI researchers. You and your students are invited to tune in via the mission website and to submit written questions via the internet to the expedition team. The broadcasts will air at 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm on August 25 (Tuesday) from the wreck of the Portland, at 2:30: and 6:30 on August 26 (Wednesday) and 2:30 pm on August 27 (Thursday) from the mystery coal schooner.

The Portland, often labeled New England’s Titanic, was a night boat that made regular runs between Boston and Portland, Maine. She was lost with all hands on November 27, 1898. This year, researchers are attempting to penetrate the ship to examine the engine room and boilers to better understand the ship’s last hours and possible causes for its sinking. Biologists are sampling the invertebrate community that has colonized the wreck to study its similarity to natural boulder reef communities nearby.

The mystery schooner was probably one of many hard-working cargo carriers that brought coal and other products from mid-Atlantic ports to communities in the Northeast. Maritime archaeologists will examine artifacts and vessel construction in an attempt to identify the ship. One interesting observation is the use of copper sheathing on the hull, which continues to serve as an anti-biofouling agent (unlike other sanctuary shipwrecks that are three-dimensional oases for invertebrate life on the seafloor).

Please fill out this form if you are interested in using mission content with your students. Questions from your group can be submitted online during the broadcast. If we can’t reply during the scheduled program, we will get back to you with timely answers at the close of the expedition. If you would like to undertake the challenge of identifying the mystery collier, we would welcome your assistance.

For more information about our 2020 Telepresence Expedition into Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, go to https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/live/2020/whoi.html.

I look forward to working with you and your students.

Anne I. Smrcina

Education and Outreach Coordinator

NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

781-546-6007 (Note NEW direct office phone number)

781-738-2242 (mobile)

781-545-8026 (main office)




Call for Maritime Archaeology Papers

Call for Maritime Papers for SAA Annual Meeting

The California Maritime Archaeology Committee (CMAC) will be chairing a maritime session at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting  in San Francisco, April 14-18, 2021.

CMAC is interested in more presentations for the maritime session. All maritime topics are welcome! If you are interested in presenting, please let CMAC know by August 28th at calimaritime@gmail.com.

Deadline to submit abstracts is September 17th, 2020.



RFP Clotilda (002)

Pursuant to Alabama Act No. 2001-956, the State of Alabama, Alabama Historical Commission requests proposals from qualified professionals to provide a diver assessment, artifact extraction, and specialized maritime archaeological testing to determine the condition of submerged archaeological site 1BA704, the Clotilda, and to inform plans for preservation. Due to hazardous conditions on 1BA704, this level of investigation will require industrial level diving and specialized safety protocols. The location of archaeological site 1BA704 is remote and only accessible by boat or barge. The selected contractor will be responsible for all equipment and supplies necessary to conduct the investigation, accommodations for project personnel during field work, as well as providing all transportation to-and-from site.

Questions: Should be addressed to State Archaeologist, Stacye Hathorn. Contact information provided below.
Proposals must be received no later than 17 August 2020

Supply six (6) hard copies AND one digital copy of all required proposal information to:
Alabama Historical Commission Attn: Stacye Hathorn
State Archaeologist 468 South Perry Street
Montgomery, Al 36030-0900
Phone: 334.230.2649

Postdoc in Geoscience, UMass


The emergence and submergence history of the Bering Strait remains a puzzle in understanding both it the Pacific/Arctic gateway history but also its role in controlling the flow and stability of ocean currents between the Arctic, Pacific and the North Atlantic. We seek applications for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow (one year but renewable to two) with computer skills in dynamic topography modeling and Glacial Isostatic Adjustments to explore how regional and far field geophysics can be used to reconcile both land-based paleoshorelines and marine based paleoceanographic records to better understanding the history of the Beringian gateway and its climatic impacts. The time frame of interest concerns change over glacial/interglacial timescales since the first submergence of the Strait roughly 5 million years ago.

This work will be an exciting collaboration, starting with small workshop that could involve scientists with shared interests in the problem and with records that could be used to develop best data-model comparisons. Work in the first year could lead to an NSF proposal for new field-work and additional geochronology on land based records. Ideal candidates will have a PhD at time of hire in a quantitative subject and have some experience with GIA and DT modeling.

Florida DEP Archaeologist


FDEP’s Division of Water Resource Management is seeking an individual with a solid background in historic resources to join our team by serving as the Historic Preservationist. This full-time position will be housed in the Division of Water Resource Management’s Tallahassee headquarters office.  This is work coordinating a preservation program designed to ensure the protection of and/or proper restoration of Florida’s historic sites, properties and resources.


Maritime/Terrestrial Archaeologist


We have an immediate opening for a full-time Maritime/Terrestrial Archaeologist to join our Pensacola, Florida, office to support projects throughout the Southeast and worldwide. This position will be responsible for participating in marine remote-sensing surveys (including side-scan sonar, magnetometer, and sub-bottom profiler); processing and interpreting remote-sensing data using industry standard software; archaeological diving missions; and producing technical reports compliant with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The position also will support terrestrial operations as needed, including Phase I, II, and III fieldwork and report writing. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented and organized, possess excellent technical writing skills, have the ability to work efficiently on simultaneous projects while meeting all deadlines, and be available to work long days in the field over extended periods of time. Candidates with GIS and Department of Transportation (DOT) experience are highly desirable.

Underwater Cultural Heritage: An ACUA Seminar


Cultural resource managers, land managers, and archaeologists are often tasked with managing, interpreting, and reviewing archaeological assessments for submerged cultural resources. This seminar is designed to introduce non-specialists to issues specific to underwater archaeology. Participants will learn about different types of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) and some of the methods employed to help protect those sites. This seminar is not intended to teach participants how to do underwater archaeology, but instead will briefly introduce different investigative techniques and international best practices. The purpose of this seminar is to assist non-specialists in recognizing the potential for UCH resources in their areas of impact.

Help terrestrial archaeologists and land managers to:

  1. Identify the potential for underwater cultural heritage resources in affected areas;
  2. Recognize best practices for treatment of underwater cultural heritage; and
  3. Understand basic qualifications required for proper documentation of underwater cultural heritage.

Research Fellow


Safer decommissioning of offshore infrastructure and ships: establishing a global baseline – Research Fellow

Decommissioning of offshore infrastructure and ships represents a complex social, environmental and engineering challenge. The International Labour Organization (ILO) describes shipbreaking as one of “the most dangerous of occupations, with unacceptably high levels of fatalities, injuries and work-related disease” (ILO 2019). As increasing numbers of offshore structures and ships reach the end of their use lives across the globe there will be an uptick in demand for these services in a range of different economic and environmental settings. Quantifying the scale and nature of the challenge, however, is far from simple. This project recognises that this is as much a social as a technical challenge. It begins from the perspective that in order for informed decisions to be made, pertinent data must be publicly available and people cognoscente of it. How many structures and ships are there? How old are they? Where are they? What materials do they contain? What legislative contexts do they reside within? What economic models determine value and impact for decommissioning activities? Who is responsible for assets and why? Where are activities currently taking place? What impacts and incidents have been reported?

As a researcher on this project you will work with an international team to develop an online resource to help shed light on these issues. This will draw on your strong GIS skills and knowledge of marine datasets. Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in any of the following areas: Maritime Archaeology, Remote Sensing, GIS, Offshore Engineering, Naval Architecture. Given the breadth of this topic you might have a background in Archaeology, Anthropology, Geography, Engineering or other allied area of research.

This role is offered as part time (0.5FTE), fixed term until 10/03/2023.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Postdoctoral Fellow of Benthic Ecosystem Mapping and Engagement


The BEcoME (Benthic Ecosystem Mapping and Engagement) project of OFI (https://oceanfrontierinstitute.com/research/become) is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work under the supervision of Dr. Claudio Aporta (Marine Affairs) and Dr. Patricia Manuel (School of Planning) in sub-project (WP 1.1): Engagement for Co-design of Benthic Ecosystem Mapping. The sub-project is a collaborative undertaking among the researchers and industry, community, and Indigenous organizations. Objectives are engagement for collaborative data sharing and interpretation in select case study locations; the co-production of visualizations of the benthic environments using technologically- and culturally-derived data; and the design of a framework to integrate data, information, and knowledge in a cross-cultural setting to support decision-making for marine resource stewardship.

The work contributes to the goal of BEcoME, which is to build a holistic understanding of the benthic ecosystem and its response to threats like climate change, to support decision-making for marine protection and resource stewardship. Activities of BEcoME focus on integrating and interpreting seafloor data collected using innovative mapping technology and contributed through local and Indigenous knowledge of the marine environment to visualize the benthic ecosystem at large and small scales.

Specifically, the role of the post-doctoral fellow will be to 1) build collaborations with industry, community and Indigenous organizations to co-design and implement data gathering and interpretation methods; 2) analyze qualitative data for integration into marine resource decision-making; 3) facilitate knowledge-sharing between industry partners, communities, and scientists about their use of bathymetric data sets, geomorphology maps and seafloor imagery as generated in the other BEcoME sub-projects; 4) disseminate results research outcomes in academic and professional forums as well as community-based initiatives; 5) advise on and lead knowledge-sharing initiatives; and 6) assist with ethics applications, report writing and grant development.

While the postdoctoral fellow will devote at least 75% of their time to the specific tasks of the Engagement for co-design of benthic ecosystem mapping project, they will also pursue their own program of research which is expected to build upon the work WP 1.1.

Director, Erie Maritime Museum



Do you have a passion for history–especially maritime history, love working with museum exhibits and collections, and enjoy managing complex operations? If so, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums (BHSM) of the PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is looking for an experienced director to manage the Erie Maritime Museum and US Brig/Flagship Niagara in Erie County, PA.


As Site Administrator for the Erie Maritime Museum (EMM)/Flagship Niagara, you will play a crucial role in the management and interpretation of this important Commonwealth resource.

Generally, the site administrator manages all aspects of the operation and development of the EMM/Niagara.  The administrator plans, directs, monitors, and supervises all facets of day-to-day operations. Responsibilities include maintenance of buildings and grounds, personnel management, financial management, security, collections care and management, exhibits, programs, interpretation, educational programming, accreditation, various types of planning, recruitment and training of volunteers, fundraising, identifying and developing community partners, marketing, development of the Associate group, implementation of Commonwealth and PHMC policies and procedures, and promotion of the site locally, regionally and nationally.

The administrator serves as PHMC liaison with the Flagship Niagara League, the site’s 501-c-3 support group.  The League adds approximately $2mil in annual assistance to site operations and holds a management agreement with PHMC to operate and maintain the Niagara.  The Site Administrator assists the League in annual planning, submission of the Associates Agreement, and timely reporting to the Bureau office. The Administrator provides oversight of the sail training program on behalf of the PHMC to ensure it remains in compliance with all State and Federal requirements. The Administrator provides appropriate non-profit management expertise and advice to the League to ensure compliance with the Associate Agreement. Additionally, the Administrator serves as PHMC liaison to the community, organizations, institutions, and individuals.

The Erie Maritime Museum serves over 50,000 visitors annually with a busy schedule of public programming.  The Niagara travels during the summer sailing season to ports around Lake Erie, and the Lettie G. Howard offers day sails to visitors.


  1. Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing
  2. Maintain effective working relationships
  3. Represent agency at public events
  4. Read and interpret written material
  5. Organize and direct public events
  6. Participate in discussions and meetings
  7. Assess and evaluate information
  8. Interpret and apply policies and procedures
  9. Travel as required
  10. Examine structures, grounds and artifacts


-One year as a Museum and Historic Site Administrator 1; or
-Three years of professional museum educational or curatorial experience including one year of supervisory experience and a bachelor’s degree in history, American studies, museum studies, or a closely related field;  or -Two years of professional museum educational or curatorial experience including one year of supervisory experience and a master’s degree in history, American studies, museum studies, or a closely related field.

Nautical Archaeologists, Multiple Posts

R.C. Goodwin has multiple nautical archaeologist posts open. Just confirmed these are still active. Apply today!



R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. has an opening for a Nautical Archaeologist in our Frederick, Maryland office. This full-time, permanent position requires a Master’s degree in nautical archaeology or closely related field.  The candidate should possess knowledge of scientific methods and techniques used in underwater archaeological research, including 2 to 5 years of experience conducting or supporting remote sensing surveys. Experience in data processing and analyses is required, as is skills in technical writing.

This is a full time, salaried, professional position with full benefits package (paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave; health, dental, and life insurance; and a liberal 401(k) plan). Salary is competitive and commensurate with educational and professional experience.

R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., maintains a Drug-Free Workplace, and frequently works on projects requiring security screening. All candidates must pass a background check and drug testing.   Due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have instituted safety protocols and practices for both office and field personnel.

R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., a thirty-nine year old cultural resources planning and compliance firm with expertise across the spectrum of the preservation disciplines, is a recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Honor Award, of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator’s Award of Excellence, of two Environmental Excellence and Stewardship Awards, and of the Top Ten Family Friendly Business Award.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

3 Posts: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)





Ocean literacy is defined as understanding of human influence on the ocean and the ocean influence on humans. Ocean literacy is not only about increasing awareness on the state of the ocean, but it is about providing tools and approaches to transform ocean knowledge into actions to promote ocean sustainability. Ocean Literacy as concept and approach is radically evolving from being a tool to be applied in formal education and training contexts to a tool and an approach for society as a whole, aimed at triggering actions towards ocean sustainability. The UN General Assembly declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and the IOC of UNESCO has been tasked to coordinate its preparatory phase. In this context, Ocean Literacy is expected to play an important role.


Forensic Anthropologists (2 Posts)


Under the direction of the Secretary of Defense, the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (USD)P)), and pursuant to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by Congress, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory were combined into a single agency with the complete oversight of the entire process of the investigation and recovery of missing persons.

Your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Serve as forensic anthropologist providing professional, scientific leadership to a team engaged in forensic and biological anthropological studies and investigations leading to establishing the medico-legal identity of skeletal remains.
  • Program leader for overseeing and performing forensic recoveries of missing U.S. Service Personnel using forensic and archaeological techniques.
  • Correlate investigative evidence with laboratory findings to achieve identification of casualties in accordance with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Laboratory standards.
  • Maintain a continuous liaison with other OSD agencies, other service headquarters counterparts, and DoD offices to integrate Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency plans with other agencies.
  • Provide quality control services and control reviews to DPAA of identification determinations completed by laboratory teams prior to presentation of findings to external expert consultants, Agency leadership, and files of missing U.S. Service personnel.



NOTE: This position has the option of being based out of the DPAA’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii or Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska locations.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

  • 5 years of professional historical research experience (includes educational experience)  
  • Masters’ degree in History or related field with a strong understanding of US Military History, preference for research background in WWII-Pacific Theatre, Korean Conflict, and Vietnam War
  • Strong written and oral communication skills evidenced by publication and conference presentation record
  • Demonstrated history of writing for a wide, non-specialist audience
  • Knowledge of relevant primary and secondary source material
  • Experience with archival research
  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented, with excellent time management skills
  • Able to work well independently as well as in a team environment

Critical Work Responsibilities:

  • Perform complex historical research into locating and identifying missing service members from past conflicts in order to advance Fullest Possible Accounting objectives
  • Assignments include, but are not limited to: historical reports, documentary research, interpreting oral histories, secondary source readings, geographically bounded studies, case narrative development, data management, peer review, and briefings to Agency leadership.
  • Protect the organization by keeping information confidential
  • Follow all client policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned consistent with the position for which you were hired

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Possess a broad knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of historical research and analysis as gained through graduate education in history and relevant job experience
  • Ability to conduct research on a diverse array of cases with scattered and scant source material
  • Ability to apply flexible approaches and versatility to conducting research
  • Knowledge of professional writing styles based on experience
  • Exceptional abilities in oral and written communication, and the ability to provide written products quickly and in formats tailored for varied audiences
  • Computer proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Access, Word, SharePoint, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel)
  • A demonstrated history of initiative and achievement
  • A demonstrated history of working independently with client staff
  • Experience working independently with minimal direction or supervision
  • Experience supporting and anticipating client needs and demonstrating problem-solving skills
  • Experience performing tasks under tight deadlines and managing shifting priorities

Call for Applications – Basic Underwater Archaeology Course 2020, 7-18 September 2020, Zadar, Croatia


The course will consist of theoretical and practical (hands on) instruction in underwater documentation and archaeological excavation. The main aim of the course is to allow the participants acquire the best possible knowledge of basic underwater archaeology research techniques.

The course is organized with financial support of the Ministry of culture of the Republic of Croatia. Practical organization is coordinated by ICUA in cooperation with lecturers and instructors from Römisch-Germanische Kommission (RGK) from Germany and other guest lectures. Theoretical lessons will be held in ICUA premises. Practical instruction will take place in the frame of archaeological researches on the roman harbor site Sukošan, Zadar environs. The basic archaeology course will be complemented by courses in specialty diving according to the requirements of the SSI / PADI system.

The maximum number of trainees will be limited to 4 participants.

Expected profile of participants: archaeologists (including researchers, or university students enrolled in study courses for 2nd level degrees) with some diving experience, as well as experts in different disciplines (conservators, geologists, marine biologists, etc) who are interested in developing multidisciplinary skills and participating in underwater archaeology researches. Language skills: participants must be proficient in the English language, since English will be official language of the course.

For more informations :


Senior Maritime Archaeologist


Heritage Victoria is responsible for the most important non-Aboriginal heritage sites in Victoria by leading the protection and conservation of the cultural heritage of the State.

The Senior Maritime Archaeologist will lead a specialist team delivering Heritage Victoria’s statutory functions relating to underwater cultural heritage. The position will have delegated decision making under the Heritage Act 2017 and support the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria in their delegated role under the Commonwealth Underwater Cultural Heritage Act 2018. The Senior Maritime Archaeologist will represent Heritage Victoria in matters relating to the protection and management of Victoria’s maritime cultural heritage through approval and compliance processes, provision of specialist technical advice and delivery of programs to identify, monitor, assess and manage underwater cultural heritage places.