8 March 2013

1) Historic Ships in Baltimore, a division of Living Classrooms Foundation, is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of Chief: Ships, Facilities and Collections Care.

The Chief: Ships, Facilities and Collections Care reports to the Executive Director and is in charge, primarily, of the day to day, mid-term and long-term maintenance and preservation of the Historic Ships fleet, buildings and storage spaces and the supervision of maintenance and preservation staff. Qualified candidates must have knowledge of both steel and wooden ship construction and maintenance, electrical and mechanical systems, plumbing and HVAC, be willing and able to cultivate, manage, work with and supervise volunteers and exhibit proficiency and experience in project planning and management, material procurement and personnel management. Qualified candidates should also exhibit a familiarity with historic vessel preservation, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation, and basic collections management. Finally, a qualified candidate must be able to show that they can produce quality results and work cohesively as a member of the team at Historic Ships in Baltimore.

The regular work week for the Chief: Ships, Facilities and Collections Care is Tuesday through Saturday to take full advantage of, and to supervise and interact with the volunteer force, who are primarily on site on Saturdays. While in many respects a managerial position, prospective candidates must also be physically able to access all areas on board the vessels of our historic fleet and engage in physical activity similar to that of a shipyard worker.

Interested candidates must provide the following information:
Cover letter, Resume, and any supporting information, Salary requirements, At least three professional references. These should be sent via e-mail to: hr@livingclassrooms.org with Historic Ships Chief: Ships, Facilities and Collections Care Search in the subject line, or via regular mail to the following address: Human Resources, Living Classrooms Foundation, Historic Ships Chief: Ships, Facilities and Collections Care Search, 802 S. Caroline Street , Baltimore, MD 21231
Applications should be received no later than Friday, March 29, 2013.


2) US Coast Guard Museum Specialist (History), closes March 18

The incumbent will work with  the Coast Guard Curator to maintain the records and databases necessary to keep track of the artifacts. The incumbent will also work to research and assign proper values to artifacts in the collection, for the purpose of meeting requirements of the Personal Property Accounting System, and determining insurance values for artifacts loaned to non-Coast Guard recipients.


Diving Job at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

We are seeking a scuba diver to assist with summer and fall field work (May or June through November). Tasks include deploying, maintaining, testing, and programming acoustic Doppler current meters, current profilers, CTDs, GPS survey systems, and pressure recorders. The field deployments will involve frequent day trips from Woods Hole, MA, to Martha’s Vineyard, and about 1.5 months in North Carolina in shared living quarters. 

To learn more about our research, see: http://science.whoi.edu/users/elgar/main.html

Current SCUBA certification and/or significant experience swimming in surf is preferred. Must become an AAUS certified research diver (i.e., pass the WHOI dive course), and must be comfortable working in water with strong currents, large waves, and low visibility. Experience with operating small boats (inflatables, RIBs, jetskis, hovercraft) in the surfzone or in estuaries is desirable. Ability to drive a pickup truck with trailer and launch and recover boats is preferred. Comfort with minor repair to small boats and motors is desirable. Previous experience with nearshore field projects (staging, packing, shipping, deploying, maintaining, recovering sensors)  and/or experience using computers (Word, Excel, MatLab) are pluses.
Interested candidates should apply online at: http://jobs.whoi.edu (See Research Positions, Research Assistant I, Job Reference 13-03-01).

Britt Raubenheimer & Steve Elgar
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Lake Champlain Nautical Archaeology Field School

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to Host 2nd Annual Nautical Archaeology Field School

Contact: Alex Lehning, Field School Coordinator, alexl@lcmm.org, 802-475-2022

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our second annual Nautical Archaeology Field School at our lakeside campus in Vermont from June 3-June 14, 2013.

Over the course of two weeks, students will be exposed to the methods and practices of a professional underwater archaeologist, both through classroom instruction and hands-on training. Participants will study the full sequence of shipwreck documentation methodology, from initial measurements to final drafting. They will also learn about the basics of ship construction, artifact conservation, and the maritime history of Lake Champlain. The program will emphasize archeological project management, dive safety, and building practical field skills.  Students will participate in extensive scientific diving exercises, including the documentation of shallow-water nineteenth century shipwrecks, and examination of a number of wreck sites in the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to gain the experience and skills necessary to pursue a career in nautical archaeology.

LCMM will also be offering an optional Wilderness First Aid Afloat (WFAA) course through SOLO from June 1-2 for an additional fee.

Tuition for the field school is $2,200. Rustic, camping-style housing and meals on the LCMM campus will be provided. Academic credit for undergraduate and graduate students is available by arrangement. Each applicant is responsible for meeting several pre-requisites, including diving certification, medical screening, obtaining required equipment, and arranging personal transportation.  LCMM is able to provide assistance with rental gear and other accommodations.

For more information, or to apply, please visit www.lcmm.org/fieldschool.html

1 March 2013

1) Archivist, National Maritime Museum, closes March 22

2) Executive Director, Hudson River Maritime Museum (re-advertised)

3) Curator, Hong Kong Maritime Museum

4) PhD Fellowship, The participation of the Italian merchants to the commerce with America in the XVIth Century.

The Spanish sovereigns kept for their subjects the profits of the colonial trade. Still, there were recurrent exceptions. Some foreign merchants, particularly Genoeses and Florentines, took part in massive way to the financing of the commercial and maritime activities between Spain and America. The aim of this research is to find in the archives of their towns of origin, sources on the Italian merchants, shipowners and bankers who traded with America in the XVIth Century.

Naval Expertise and the Making of the Modern World
Wolfson College, University of Oxford
10-11 May 2013

This conference examines the generation of expertise in naval contexts and traces how such developments helped shape the modern world.  Expertise will be considered not only as knowledge but also as methods and practices central to the evolution of modern nation states and empires.
In the search for useful knowledge and in answering the demands of global infrastructure, navies have not only pursued military aims, but have also encouraged the formation of other areas of expertise, whether medical, technological, or bureaucratic. Recent research has identified navies as forerunners of modern scientific research, social disciplinary practices, and political economy for instance. This conference will explore such developments comparatively and consider their influence in the early modern and modern periods. By exploring how issues such as social welfare, professionalization and industrialization shaped and were shaped by naval institutions and innovations, this inter-disciplinary conference will link scholarship on naval infrastructure with research on the origins of the modern world.
Speakers and discussants include Dr Eric H. Ash (Wayne State), Dr William J. Ashworth (Liverpool), Dr Maria Fusaro (Exeter), Prof. N. A. M. Rodger (Oxford), and Prof. Mark Harrison (Oxford).
Registration is now open.  More details can be found at www.navalexpertise.com.