2012 Albanian Center for Marine Research Maritime Archaeology Field School

The Albanian Center for Marine Research would like to invite university students to apply for the 2012 underwater field school and/or AAUS scientific diving course. Since 2007, the Albanian Coastal Survey has been exploring the southern Adriatic Sea and developing underwater research in the region. Albania offers untouched submerged cultural heritage due to the former communist government’s complete restriction on diving, making Albanian diving today similar to 1950s Mediterranean diving at large. This summer’s field season marks the initial field school offered through the Center and Transylvania University in partnership with RPM Nautical Foundation, the Albanian Institute for Archaeology, Tirana University, and East Carolina University.

The 2012 field school offers an exciting opportunity to learn maritime archaeology and coastal ecology on sites from the Classical Period through the Cold War, as well as be introduced to cutting edge methods like multibeam, ROVs, and DNA analysis. A ten person staff of experts provides a 1:1 ratio with students, creating a relaxed and educational atmosphere for professional development. Students will spend mornings getting hands on experience while participating in the coastal survey and excavating a 4th century CE shipwreck. Afternoons will be spent in lectures with specialists from around the world. The course introduces students to every facet of research, including creating a research design, archaeological theory and ethics, basic methods, remote sensing, excavating underwater, conservation of wet finds, and site monitoring and preservation. Students and staff will be housed in small local hotel in Saranda, directly across from Corfu and near the Butrint UNESCO World Heritage Site. To promote maritime archaeology capacity in the region, preference will be given to student from the Balkan region.

Four transferable credits are offered through Transylvania University for this course. If you would like to learn about underwater research in saltwater and freshwater, on shallow and deep sites, from ancient and modern periods, then this is the field school for you!

The Center is also offering an AAUS scientific diving course for those in need of AAUS certification before the field school or for those not attending the field school, but looking for AAUS training. Details are posted on the Center’s website.

Please visit the Center’s education page to get the full details: http://www.albmarinecenter.org/pages/education.html

Applications are due March 15, 2012.

2012 Great Lakes Summer Student Fellowships

The Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER), located at the University of Michigan, announces the 2012 Great Lakes Summer Student Fellowship Program. The 2012 program is hosted this year by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor, MI, and by NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) in Alpena, MI.  This summer fellowship program provides students with a broad range of fields and an exciting opportunity to conduct research in the Great Lakes Region under the mentorship of an individual scientist or professional.

1) Education and Outreach Specialist, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Candidates should have a strong interest in one or more of the following areas: maritime heritage, environmental education, public interpretation.  Candidates should be comfortable speaking in public to diverse audiences.

2) Communications and Outreach Specialist, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Candidates should have a strong interest in maritime history\archaeology and Great Lakes science.  Demonstrated training or experience in journalism and/or communications preferred.

Closes 29 February, Apply Today.

27 January 2012

1) Visitor Services Coordinator/Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT
Visitor Services Coordinator: Regular, Part time, (30 hrs/wk) will support Assistant Director of Visitor Services coordinating all functions of Visitor Reception Center. Will provide prompt, excellent customer service including following sound business/accounting practices at key points for Museum visitors. Will act as Supervisor of VRC and associated functions during Assistant Directors’ absence. Qualifications include: Direct visitor services experience in an attraction, retail or travel/ leisure sector, must possess Bachelors or minimum two year supervisory/staff training experience, be a people-person who enjoys assisting the public, an enthusiastic team-builder with a positive attitude, word processing/spreadsheet/ticketing database knowledge required as well as ability to stand long periods of time, work weekends, holidays and some evenings. Familiarity with accounting and bookkeeping procedures a plus. To apply, send a Mystic Seaport application prior to February 10th, 2012 to: Mystic Seaport Museum, P. O. Box 6000, Mystic. CT, 06355, Attn: Human Resources. An EOE.

2) Summer Intern/Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
Mystic Seaport Summer Internship Program (Mid-June through late August): We are seeking a select group of upper-level undergraduates and graduate students curious about museum work and passionate about sharing maritime history or marine science with the world. See how the academic subjects you’ve studied in school get translated into public history at the nation’s fourth largest history museum. You’ll go behind-the-scenes at other museums through weekly field trips. A weekly discussion seminar, assigned readings, and presentations by Mystic Seaport leaders will introduce you to museum theory and current best practices. Two days each week (including one weekend day) will be spent as an exhibit interpreter, bringing what you’ve learned to a broad public audience. You’ll spend 1-2 days each week working with museum staff on a research project for the planning of exhibits, programs, activities, and events for the upcoming 38th Voyage of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Depending on the interns, research projects might involve maritime history, American literature, art, drama, marine archeology, or marine biology. College/graduate credit is available. This is a full-time internship that pays a small stipend to cover living expenses. To apply, submit a completed application form, two professional letters of recommendation, cover letter, and resume (or CV). Application forms and more info at: www.mysticseaport.org/summerinternship. Priority will be given to applications received by February 15, 2012, with submissions after that date considered as space allows. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Mystic Seaport is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

3) Development Director, The Steamship Historical Society of America, closes February 13

FY2012 Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for independent graduate-level studies in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology (including all science, engineering, social science and resource management of ocean and coastal areas), particularly to women and minorities. Individuals who are U.S. citizens and are applying to or have been accepted to a graduate program at a U.S. accredited institution may apply.

Closes 22 February 2012. Apply today.

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarships may provide, subject to appropriations, yearly support of up to $42,000 per student (a 12-month stipend of $30,000 in addition to an education allowance of up to $12,000), and up to $10,000 support for a four to six week research collaboration at a NOAA facility. A maximum of $94,000 may be provided to master degree students (up to 2 years of support and one research collaboration opportunity) and up to $188,000 may be provided to doctoral students (up to 4 years of support and two research collaboration opportunities).

Marine Archaeologist, BSEE, New Orleans

Marine Archaeologist, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), New Orleans, closes February 3.

Note*Applications will be accepted from current Department of the Interior (DOI) employees serving under a permanent competitive service appointment or current DOI employees with eligibility under a special appointment authority for an excepted service appointment (e.g., VRA, Schedule A appointments, or SCEP within 120 days of conversion).


Department of Interior Employees Only

Full time post in Maritime Archaeology

University of Malta, Resident Academic Full-time Post in Maritime Archaeology, Department of Classics and Archaeology.

The appointee will be required to contribute to the teaching, research, and other activities of the Department of Classics and Archaeology, within the Faculty of Arts in particular Maritime Archaeology, and as may be required by the University.
The ideal candidate must be in possession of a Ph.D. or equivalent research-based doctorate in Maritime Archaeology. Due preference will be given to candidates who show sound, deep and broad knowledge of the discipline, as well as competence, leadership and team-working abilities. A track record in research, including international publications and fieldwork, underwater prospection and excavation, and environmental coastal reconstruction, as well as academic experience at tertiary level, in Maritime Archaeology, will be favourably considered.

Closes  31 January, 2012, Apply Now!

2012 Israel Coast Exploration (ICE) Project

The Israel Coast Exploration (ICE) project had its first full field season last summer, which included the rescue excavation of an as-yet unidentified Roman town, and resulted in the discovery of numerous artifacts and shipwrecks. One of these new wrecks is already under permit to be excavated by Haifa University this year, and the rest are still awaiting identification and lab work. We’ll have updates about the underwater discoveries on our new website soon (http://israelcoast.org/) and the field report publications will be out later this year; we presented some of the new discoveries at the recent AIA.

The ICE field school is an 8-credit introductory field school designed for undergraduates and at the moment we don’t have the ability to cater for more advanced participants, because every diver needs to be enrolled in the URI credits and at least AAUS-in-training status to be covered by our insurance. So, last year we took 12 undergrads and a few graduating seniors for our combined land-sea program. This year in June-July we hope to take a team of 20 students, with 6 divers. I’m not sure what, if any, possibilities will be available for more advanced participants but I will post updates in the next few months. At least one aspect of our program involves locating a highly significant but remote offshore site at 35-40m & obviously that’s not territory for a typical undergrad / trainee scientific diver so who knows, if we get the $ to support taking more volunteers you’ll hear it here first. Meanwhile, anyone interested in the undergrad program should check out our site and email me or William Krieger (info on the site linked above).

16 January 2012

1) Museum Curator, NC Maritime Museum, closes 25 January

2) Museum Educator, The Antique Boat Museum, closes February 10

3) Museum Curator, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, closes 19 January

This position is located at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, located in San Francisco, CA.  You will serve as the Museum Curator (Registrar) for San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.  You will provide oversight of an extensive and diverse maritime related collection and carry out responsibilities in collections management.

2012 Maritime Archaeology Field School

Saint Mary’s College-University of Rhode Island 2012 Summer Field School in Maritime Archaeology

The Summer Field School in Maritime Archaeology is a joint research expedition conducted in Bermuda by faculty and students of Saint Mary’s College of California and the University of Rhode Island.  The field school is a research-based learning experience that will expose students to a variety of activities including archival research, artifact conservation, remote sensing survey, and underwater documentation of historic shipwrecks.

The field school will be conducted in the three week period from July 16 – Aug 8, 2012. Classroom work related to maritime history and maritime archaeological field methods will comprise week one. Underwater research and documentation of 16th and 17th century shipwrecks will be conducted in Bermuda during the remaining two weeks. Students will receive 3 units of upper division anthropology credit.

Course enrollment is limited.  There are no academic prerequisites, but all participants in the field school must obtain both scuba and AAUS certification prior to the beginning of the field school and must have their own diving equipment (tanks and weights will be provided).  While in Bermuda, students will participate in each of three research modules:
laboratory training in the museum’s conservation facility, archaeological survey and excavation and documentation of historic shipwrecks, and archival research in the Bermuda Archives, located in the nearby city of Hamilton.  In addition, students will attend periodic lectures on such topics as archival research methods, archaeological survey (magnetometer and visual survey), site excavation and mapping, analysis of archaeological data, conservation of waterlogged artifacts, etc.

Application Procedures:

For applications or additional information, please contact Professor James M. Allan of the Saint Mary’s College Anthropology Department jallan@stmarys-ca.edu or Professor Roderick Mather of the University of Rhode Island History Department rodmather@mail.uri.edu, who are the co-directors of the program..

Dr. James M. Allan, RPA
Department of Anthropology
Saint Mary’s College of California
PO Box 4613
1928 Saint Mary’s Rd.
Moraga, CA 94575

Marine Archaeologist

Marine Archaeologist, Houston, Texas, Apply today!

The Marine Archaeologist’s primary job functions are interpreting high-resolution remotely sensed survey data, providing data for map generation, technical writing of data results and findings, and aiding Geologists and Geophysicists with project deliverables (maps, files, and reports) in support of client’s underwater engineering projects.  The Marine Archaeologist will receive job/task instruction and will be required to follow standard practices and procedures under direct supervision, yet requires self-motivation and self-oversight.  Work is reviewed by Supervisors and Project Managers. This position is based in Houston, Texas.

Alternate Link for job listing.

6 January 2012

1) Winter Intern, Lowell’s Boat Shop, apply today.

2) Museum Curator (Registrar), San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, closes 19 January.

This position is located at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, located in San Francisco, CA.  You will serve as the Museum Curator (Registrar) for San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.  You will provide oversight of an extensive and diverse maritime related collection and carry out responsibilities in collections management.

2012 Funding PADI Foundation Grants

2012 PADI Foundation grants, fund your projects this year, closes 31 January, apply today.

The PADI FOUNDATION encourages and supports underwater science, environmental projects, and education. The Foundation will fund and assist worthwhile projects that will enrich mankind’s understanding of the aquatic environment and encourage sensitivity to and protection of the delicate ecological balance of underwater life. The Foundation will also fund worthwhile projects to increase understanding of sport diving physics and physiology that will benefit the general diving public and add to the scientific understanding of man’s relationship and ability to survive in the underwater environment. The PADI Foundation is an IRC Section 501 (c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt organization. It is a separate and distinct organization, corporately unrelated to PADI, Inc. and its affiliates, but funded through International PADI, Inc..

In 2012, the Foundation expects to award a total of approximately $180,000 and will consider proposals with budgets up to $20,000 although the average for proposals will be on the order of $5,000 to $10,000. The Foundation will not fund overhead or other indirect expenses.

Senior Archaeological Consultant, RPS Group, PLC

We are currently seeking a Senior Historic Environment Consultant to work within an existing team based in our office at Milton Park, near Abingdon, Oxford.  You will work mainly within our multi-disciplinary teams on a wide variety of projects across the UK.

Experience of marine archaeology and of using GIS and remote sensing imagery is desirable.

2012 Commonwealth Scholarship for Maritime Archaeology

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are for taught Master’s courses only. All courses undertaken must be demonstrably relevant to the economic, social or technological development of the candidate’s home country. Awards are available at participating institutions in the UK only.

Maritime Archaeology Scholarship, University of Southampton:

Maritime Archaeology – preference given to applicants from Caribbean and East African Commonwealth countries, and India. Closes 17 May.

Archaeological Conservator

Florida Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Archaeological Research, Archaeological Conservator, closes 25 January.

Assists the historic conservator with carrying out conservation of marine and terrestrial archaeological objects – both organic and inorganic. This includes photographic and written documentation, material analysis, transport of heavy objects with a winch system and hydraulic jacks, mechanical and chemical cleaning, processes associated with desalination, and material-specific coating systems.

Performs routine processing and documentation of artifacts and associated materials. This entails tagging, sorting, labeling, cataloging and operating computer software to track object locations and treatment histories.

Assists the Collections Manager and Historical Conservator in implementing procedures to curate and maintain security of artifacts, including elements of preventive conservation.

Assists the Historic Conservator with facility and equipment maintenance to ensure the laboratory workspace remains safe, clean and neat. This entails a weekly cleanup (sweeping, mopping, wiping down counter tops, etc.), a more extensive yearly cleaning of the wet lab facilities, and routine safety inspections (fire extinguishers, eye wash stations, chemical showers, etc.).

Assists the Collections Manager and Historic Conservator with public outreach programs, including laboratory tours and other speaking engagements.

Assists the Collections Manager and Historic Conservator with outside funding opportunities through contracted work and grant applications.

Assists the Historic Conservator with instructing and training conservation interns and volunteers.

Queries may be forwarded to:

    J. Claire Tindal
    Archaeological Conservator
    Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research

Claire Tindal
Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research
R.A. Gray Building, Conservation Lab GR-15
500 S. Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399