Position reports to the QAR Lab Director/UAB Chief Conservator and will work cooperatively with others in the QAR Project team. Position holder will undertake all aspects of work for documentation, investigation, and conservation of archaeological artifacts recovered from a marine underwater environment. Primary focus will be on post recovery treatment of artifacts from the shipwreck site of Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) through to their transfer to museum. The position is based at the NCDCR QAR Lab, located at East Carolina University- approx. 10 miles west of downtown Greenville, NC. Other duties include, but are not limited to, public education and outreach, training and supervision of students, and laboratory maintenance and administration.
Experience and education in archaeological artifact conservation required, preferably of material recovered from underwater marine environments. Familiarity with laboratory practice and protocols, vigilance in complying with safe and proper handling of equipment and materials is essential. Ability to lift heavy objects using mechanical devices and use of industrial shop equipment, including x-radiography recommended. Proficiency with personal computer applications essential. Ability to work as part of a team essential.
Master’s degree in archaeology, anthropology, or a closely related field; or graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in archaeology, anthropology, or a related field and two years of progressive experience in archaeology, or archaeological preservation; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Management prefers a Master’s degree in Conservation (Archaeological Artifacts), or graduation from a four year college course or university with a major in conservation, anthropology or related field and at least two years of progressive experience in material conservation or archaeological conservation.