FY10 Marine Archaeology Funding, Ocean Exploration and Research

WASHINGTON, July 23 — The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration has four cooperative agreement opportunities for exploration and discovery of important maritime heritage sites.

The estimated total program funding available was cited as $400,000, although no specific amount for this award was indicated by the agency.

This funding opportunity is open to state, county, city, town, and Native American tribal governments; public, state and private institutions of higher education; nonprofits; for-profits; eligible agencies of the federal government; and non-domestic entities.

A grant notice from U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration states: “Proposals for exploration and discovery of significant maritime heritage sites are the priority. Submerged, previously sub-aerial, landscapes, shipwrecks, and other maritime cultural sites are typical focus subjects of the program. Proposals will emphasize the early phases of field archaeology: searching, locating, evaluating or inventorying sites.”

The funding opportunity number is NOAA-OAR-OER-2010-2002083 (CFDA 11.460). It was posted July 17 with an application closing date of Oct. 13.

For-profit Venture/Salvage: Marine Archaeologist needed

We are searching for a marine archeologist to work in Ecuador, South America to be responsible for our project . We offer a salary and will cover travel expenses  as well as housing. See below for a description of our project.


 Hernando Velasquez


 To whom it may concern,

 Our Ecuadorian company Dunusi S.A. has been searching for shipwrecks off the coast of Ecuador for the past five years with concessions granted by the Ecuadorian government. During this period of time we have been working off the Peninsula of Santa Helena close to the city of Salinas in the Pacific Ocean. We have done the historical studies in the archives of Seville (Spain), Lima (Peru), Bogota (Colombia) and Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador regarding Spanish shipwrecks. We have information about the locations of these ships off the coast of Ecuador and have done sonar studies and other various surveys. Recently, the government of Ecuador has issued new regulations regarding the study of sunken ships, and they are now considered national heritage.   The regulations state that a marine archeologist should join the project with our company and also that they remain on site in charge of the salvage operations.

We seek a marine archeologist that is willing to come to Ecuador for at least a one year contract.  You will live in the city of Salinas, which is close to the current site.  We do need however someone that speaks Spanish.  We offer a salary and will cover travel expenses  as well as your housing.

 Please feel free to contact us  to :  hvelasquez@vianatura.com with any questions.


Note from JMB: Ecuador is a signatory to the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage that took effect on  2 January 2009, hence the new regulations from Ecuador for the current salvage operation described above.  Apply as you see fit for yourself. I inform, you decide.

Antique Boat Museum Collections Asst.


The Antique Boat Museum, the largest freshwater maritime museum in the world situated on the St. Lawrence River in the beautiful Thousand Islands, requires a Collections Assistant.

Reporting to the Curator and working closely with the other members of the Public Programs Department, and ABM Facilities staff, the Collections Assistant’s primary responsibility is to assist with the care and management of the Museum’s artifact collections. As well as artifact-based tasks, the job also entails researching artifacts and historical themes for the development of exhibits, programs and publications.

The ideal candidate will have experience in computerized collections management systems and related functions, such as insuring, moving, storing, packing and transporting artifacts. They should also have experience and/or a demonstrated interest in maritime and boating history. The ABM’s Public Programs Department is a highly-computerized environment, and the Collections Assistant should be familiar with digital photography; scanning and digital imaging; Adobe Photoshop and MS Office applications. This position is full-time year-round; salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

Applications should include a cover letter and resume, and should be submitted by mail or email to Daniel Miller, Curator, Antique Boat Museum, 750 Mary Street, Clayton, NY 13624, dmiller@abm.org.  

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. While we would like to personally thank everyone who submits an application, we will only contact those who are invited to interview.

18 July 2009

1) Ship Conservation Assistant, The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, closes August 28

2) Museum Manager, Sheringham Museum Norfolk, closes 3 August

The museum will encompass the maritime and social history of the town of Sheringham on the North Norfolk coast and display 3 former lifeboats, 3 fishing boats and many artefacts.

3) Vice President of Collections and Exhibitions, New Bedford Whaling Museum, ncd

2009 Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar

Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar, September 22-23, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.

The 2009 Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar will focus on providing Diving

COURSE DIRECTORS, INSTRUCTOR TRAINERS, and INSTRUCTORS with a greater knowledge of how to proactively protect shipwrecks, artificial reefs, and other underwater cultural sites. The two-day seminar will include one day of classroom-based learning and one day of in-field training.

2010 North Atlantic Society for Oceanic History Meeting

North Atlantic Society for Oceanic History Annual Meeting, University of Connecticut, Avery Point and Mystic Seaport. May 12-16, 2010.

“Maritime Environments”

Call For Proposals Once again, the world’s attention has been pulled back to the marine environment. Continued concerns over depleted fish stocks, piracy, changing climate, global shipping policies, and the safety of merchant mariners and port communities have all recently converged to remind scholars, policy makers, and citizens alike that we ignore our relationships to the marine world at our peril. More than just recent phenomena, however, each of these ties between human society and the marine environment has deep historical roots.

Under the theme “Maritime Environments,” the 2010 annual meeting of the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH), the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM), and the National Maritime History Society (NMHS) seeks papers exploring the scholarly contexts of these contemporary crises in the world’s oceans. We encourage all interested scholars, especially historians, marine environmental historians, museum professionals, archaeologists, historical ecologists, and graduate students to submit proposals for papers examining the “maritime” environment. We define the terms “Maritime” and “Environments” broadly to include the widest range of human relationships to the sea. How have human labor practices affected ties between human communities and natural resources? How and where did humans experience the oceanic realm and how did those sites frame experiences? What economic, defense, commercial, and foreign policy initiatives drive human efforts in the maritime environment? And, of particular interest, how have human actions affected the world’s oceans, and what can historical records tell us about the changing health of the fisheries, climate, or other natural forces? Finally, how do scholars convey these lessons to a larger public?

Individual papers are welcome, but full sessions with three papers and a chair are preferred. Proposals should include a brief abstract of 500 words for each paper, plus a one-page abstract for proposed panels, and a brief bio of 200 words for each participant, including chairs. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals for presentations. Accommodations for PowerPoint presentations will be provided; however, any other requirements, including audio-visual equipment, special outlets, or accommodations for disabilities should be included in the proposal.

Scholars interested in chairing sessions are welcome to send a brief bio to the Program Committee Co-chairs. Please note that all participants must register for the conference. Specific questions may be directed to Program Committee Co-Chairs, Matthew McKenzie (matthew.mckenzie@uconn.edu), Brian Payne (bjpayne@odu.edu), or Vic Mastone (victor.mastone@state.ma.us).

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2010.

11 July 2009, Multiple Maritime Archaeologist Positions posted

1) Educator, The Mariners Museum, ncd

2) Education Director: GulfQuest, Mobile, AL
Projected to open in 2011 in Mobile, AL, GulfQuest (National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico) will become the premier maritime museum on the Gulf Coast and will be unique among maritime museums in primarily featuring interactive, hands-on exhibits.  GulfQuest is seeking a skilled professional to lead the development of educational programs in preparation for the interactive maritime museum’s opening.
Programs to be planned include school field trip classes; weekend, summer and holiday programs; birthday party demonstrations; overnight camp-ins; and educator workshops. Programs will be developed in consultation with school administrators and educators. The Education Director also will work with NOAA personnel to develop programs and materials for future implementation at GulfQuest and other museums/aquariums.
Once GulfQuest opens, the Education Director will be responsible for conducting programs, supervising staff, training volunteers, and managing departmental resources to provide an array of educational programs that serve both schools and the general public.
A Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related field and 3-5 years related experience required. A Masters degree and prior museum education experience preferred.
E-mail or send your cover letter/resume by July 27 to: tzodrow@gulfquest.org or Tony Zodrow, Executive Director, GulfQuest, P.O. Box 3005, Mobile, AL 36652-3005.
Website: www.gulfquest.org

3) Education Specialist, NOAA Marine Sanctuaries, ncd

4) Archeologist, Minerals Management Service, closes August 4

Serves as an MMS expert advisor in reforming national legislation to increase protection of submerged cultural resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Status Candidates: Link

5) Archeologist, Minerals Management Service, closes August 4

Status Candidates: Link

6) Manager of Fleet Services, Australian National Maritime Museum, closes July 24

SMH member Dana Cushing is looking for papers for a session about “Maritime History of the Early Crusades (before 1204)” to be presented at the next Kalamazoo conference (May 13-16, 2010).  This is an emerging field, so he would like especially to encourage graduate students and non-medievalists (such as art historians, archaeologists, professional seamen, etc.) to participate.

Please send a one-page Abstract before 25 September 2009 to:
Dana Cushing
PO Box 187
Grand Island, NY 14072
The conference website: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/index.html

Maritime Archaeologist position

The Newport Medieval Ship Project is seeking a maritime archaeologist to assist with the ongoing documentation and research programme.

Applications are invited from archaeologists, preferably with experience in recording and analysing waterlogged wood remains, including ships and shipwrecks.  The focus of the current work includes digital modelling, laser scanning and database work. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in using a range of IT applications, preferably modelling software like Rhino 3D or similar computer aided design programmes, although training and support will be provided

Further information can be found at www.newport.gov.uk/jobs, or by
contacting Ben Jennings (email: benjamin.jennings@newport.gov.uk , tel: 44 (0) 1633 215707.

The closing date for applications is 17th July 2009.

2010 New Researchers in Maritime History Conference

Call for Papers – BCMH New Researchers in Maritime History Conference 2010, Exeter, UK.

New Researchers in Maritime History Conference 2010 University of Exeter 12-13 March 2010 Call for Papers

The eighteenth New Researchers in Maritime History Conference, managed by the British Commission for Maritime History and sponsored by the Society for Nautical Research, will be hosted by the University of Exeter.

Contact: newresearchers@maritimehistory.org.uk

URL: www.maritimehistory.org.uk