Last Post Until June 7th or so

Off to the field for a month, posts will be spotty to not at all. See you in June.

Stay Thirsty,


30 April 2010

1) Curator, Naval Undersea Museum, closes May 5

The curator reports directly to the Director, Naval Undersea Museum. The curator serves as the primary advisor and subject matter expert to the Director on all matters relating to collections research, historical research, and contemporary collecting.  The curator’s four major functions consist of: 1) Collections Research and Knowledge: provides overall management and direction to the collections; 2) Historical Research: conducts research on U.S. naval undersea history, science, and operations; 3) Exhibits: develops themes, scripts, labels, and related scholarly material to support creation of temporary and permanent exhibits; 4) Contemporary Collecting: responsible for identifying, acquiring, and documenting current Navy undersea equipment and operations that have potential historical significance.

2) Museum Curator, Naval History and Heritage Command, closes May 4

This position is located in the Curatorial Management Branch of the Museums and Collections Division at the Naval History and Heritage Command.   The incumbent performs a variety of routine and special technical duties in connection with the administration and distribution of the collection.   Performs physical maintenance, preservation, storage, and inventory of the Naval Historical Center’s historical property collection.  Performs receipt and review of prospective borrower requests for historical items and preparation of loan agreements.  Assists in the identification and preservation of historically significant items from installation closures and decommissioning ships.  Answers technical and general inquiries on historical properties in the collection.

3) Museum Technician, Puget Sound Navy Museum, closes May 6

This position is located in the Puget Sound Navy Museum (PSNM).  The incumbent performs responsibilities and assignment directly related to education programs and educational special events at the Puget Sound Navy Museums. Plans special events, distributes invitations, schedules reservations and coordinates tours and special events for volunteers.  Maintains PSNM’s master calendar and prepares institutional reports from same.  Serves as a point of contact to school districts and coordinators regarding field trips and staff site visits.  Develops lesson plans and coordinates programs in the galleries.  Works directly with military education groups such as NJROTC.  Manages PSNM’s Family Fun program.

Archaeological Conservator

Archaeological Conservator
English Heritage

UKP25,618, Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth Temporary contract for nine-months (maternity cover)

Archaeological conservation is key to our research efforts at English Heritage.  Your passion for British archaeology and investigative conservation will make all the difference when you’re part of the team.

English Heritage protects and provides advice on this country’s unique legacy of historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites. We also manage over 400 sites and welcome in excess of 11 million visitors to these each year.

Our Archaeological Conservation and Technology Team has a central role in providing a holistic approach to the study of artefacts and associated residues, from creation through use, modification, burial and recovery, to subsequent investigative analysis.

Your brief will be to handle the investigative conservation of materials from terrestrial and marine environments on the archaeological projects we support. In addition, you’ll guide, advise and train others in archaeological conservation, and carry out research.

The work will involve site visits, assessments, analysis and dissemination, and using equipment such as microscopy,
X-Radiography, XRF, XRD and FTIR. The variety continues, as you’ll be initiating and taking on research to maintain best practice, and making sure the results reach the relevant publications. Advice and professional training form another strand of the work, which will see you training regional curators, consultants and archaeologists.

Ideally an accredited Conservator in ICON or someone who’s working towards accredited status, you will certainly have a relevant degree or equivalent in Archaeological Conservation. Experience in investigative conservation and in conserving a wide range of archaeological materials will be essential, and you should be keen to deliver training.

To discover more and apply, please visit

We are unable to accept CVs.

Closing date: 29 April 2010.
Interview date: 7 May 2010.

Angela Karsten
Archaeological Conservator
English Heritage
Fort Cumberland
Fort Cumberland Road
Portsmouth PO4 9LD
Switchboard: +44 2392 856700
Direct Line: +44 2392 856787

Post Doc in Maritime Policy

The United States Coast Guard Academy invites applications for a full-time, post-doctoral visiting lecturer/researcher within the Department of Humanities, supporting the Academy’s new Center for Maritime Policy and Strategy Studies, for academic year 2010-2011.

The successful candidate will develop and teach upper-division electives in the areas of maritime policy and strategy and/or ocean policy. The electives may be focused on maritime policy, strategy, ocean policy, governance, or law, or may be interdisciplinary. He/she may also teach existing courses, such as U.S. Maritime History and Policy and/or International Law.

 Closes April 30

Maritime Archaeology and History of Hawaii Annual Symposium, Call for Papers

This is a call for papers for the 22nd Annual Symposium on Maritime Archaeology and History of Hawai`i and the Pacific, February 18-21, 2011 in Hilo, on the Big island of Hawai`i. The theme for this year’s conference is “Reading Coastal Footprints: Ecology and Maritime Archaeology in the Pacific.” Paper topics are not limited to this theme but special consideration will be given to abstracts that incorporate this message.  Tentative session titles include:

 –  Historical and archaeological research on human influences on marine life

 –  Using ecological models in archaeology

 –  Recent maritime archaeology fieldwork

 –  General sessions on maritime archaeology and maritime history ABSTRACTS should be no more than 300 words and include a title, name(s) of presenters and affiliation. All presenters are expected to register for the conference. Information concerning registration will be sent to presenters upon acceptance of their abstracts. STUDENTS: There will be two student scholarships awarded to cover the registration fee for this conference. Please see the website for more information.

Deadline for Abstracts is November 1, 2010 Please email you abstract and contact information to: Suzanne Finney at finney[at] For more information about the conference, go to:

 All presenters will be notified by November 15, 2010

Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar May 18-19

The Spring 2010 Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar will focus on providing COURSE DIRECTORS,
INSTRUCTOR TRAINERS, and INSTRUCTORS with a greater knowledge of how to proactively protect
shipwrecks, artificial reefs, and other underwater cultural sites. Upon completion of the Seminar, you will be able to
teach the new Heritage Awareness Specialty Course (approved by NAUI, PADI, and SSI) and will know how to
promote sustainable underwater heritage tourism in your area.

The two-day seminar will include one day of classroom-based learning and one day of in-field training.

Register by April 30.