2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 58,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Educator Specialist, Mystic Seaport

Educator Specialist
Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic, Connecticut, USA

The Educator Specialist is a regular, part-time role that will assist in the implementation of Mystic Seaport’s Anchor Watch program. The Anchor Watch program provides an exciting overnight experience for youth groups aboard the full-rigged ship the JOSEPH CONRAD. Programs are held on Friday and Saturday evenings in the fall and spring.


Lead tours, outdoor and indoor games and activities, scout activities and workshops
Supervise guests overnight on board the JOSEPH CONRAD
Assist in rigging climbing
Manage student cleaning of program facilities
Provide excellent customer service and excellent visitor experiences
Build a professional repertoire through continuous growth and mastery of content, demonstration skills, hands-on education, presentation and delivery techniques and educational theory
Contribute to the development of new programs and enhancement of existing programs


Experience working with children, youth and families in formal or informal settings; ability to engage students in a dynamic and energetic manner
Demonstrate caring and respectful attitude towards children, youth, and families
Ability to lead education tours of the Museum, indoor/outdoor games and crafts, climb the rigging; drive the museum education van, operate AV and computer equipment
Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and work with diverse staff across the Museum as well as external customersSelf-directed learning, ability to retain learned information, and use of knowledge to engage audiences of all ages and learning styles
Absolute reliability, punctuality and positive attitude
Flexibility, versatility, and adaptability
Excellent customer service and communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to get along with others; ability to use tact and diplomacy.
Ability to perform assignments creatively, conscientiously, and accurately with high standards of quality and overall effectiveness.
Capacity for accepting responsibility of position without need for follow-up; ability to act independently without specific instructions.
Must possess and reflect a polished professional demeanor in a variety of situations.
College level training is required; background in museum education, maritime history, or youth development experience is preferred
Willingness to work a highly flexible schedule corresponding to the needs of the Museum
Deliver programs in venues that can be cold, wet, hot, or dirty; work outside in all weather
Late nights, early mornings, overnight on the JOSEPH CONRAD primarily on Friday and Saturday nights

To apply: Please submit a Mystic Seaport application (found at http://www.mysticseaport.org/wp-content/uploads/Employment-application.pdf), resume, and cover letter to human.resources@mysticseaport.org OR to Mystic Seaport PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355 Attn: Human Resources. Deadline is 1/16/15. An EOE.


Underwater Archaeologist- Re-Posted, new information and timeline

Underwater Archeologist (Archaeologist II) Position

The Maritime Research Division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of South Carolina, Columbia is seeking an Underwater Archaeologist (Archaeologist II).  The position is full-time with benefits and will work out of our field office in Charleston, South Carolina.  The position is open until 31 January 2015.  We hope to offer the position by the end of February with a start date by April or May 2015.  The successful candidate will complete a team of four members and complement our efforts to study and preserve the maritime archaeological legacy in the rivers and coastal waters of South Carolina.

Underwater Archaeologist (Archaeologist II):

The employee will direct and coordinate public outreach and educational offerings by the MRD.  The position also supervises the Hobby Diver License program through oversight of license and report processing, site and collection assessments, and other aspects of the program.  In addition to these primary duties, the underwater archaeologist participates in research projects and will act in the capacity of principal/co-principal investigator as appropriate and present findings through various professional and public avenues.  The employee will seek funding and grant opportunities to support MRD activities and objectives.  The employee will oversee all components of the Charleston field office including oversight of finances, office and field equipment, two boats, and one vehicle.  The position is supervisory—managing one employee.  This position requires periodic travel for fieldwork, presentations, and meetings, including working on weekends as needed.  The incumbent reports directly to the state underwater archaeologist.  The successful candidate will also meet SCIAA’s Dive Safety & Control Board scientific diving requirements. 

For information about the mission and endeavors of the MRD and SCIAA please visit these resources: 

MRD webpage:  http://www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/sciaa/mrd/welcome

MRD FB page: https://www.facebook.com/MaritimeResearchDivision

MRD Quarterly Reporter newsletter:  http://www.artsandsciences.sc.edu/sciaa/mrd/newsletter

SCIAA webpage: http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/sciaa/front-page

SCIAA newsletter—current issue: http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/sciaa/legacy-vol-18-no-1

SCIAA newsletter—past issues:  http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/leg/

SC Underwater Antiquities Act [scroll down a bit]:  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t54c007.php

Please visit the link to review the Archaeologist II job description, salary and benefits, minimum qualifications and to apply for the job: https://uscjobs.sc.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1415126782833 and then use the Search Posting link and then enter the job requisition number: 008281.

For guidance on applying for the position or other related information please contact Alexandria Flippins, Human Resources Specialist, at 803-777-3821 or CRAWFO84@mailbox.sc.edu.

General USC employment information: http://hr.sc.edu/index.html

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.

For more information about this position and duties please contact:

James D. Spirek

State Underwater Archaeologist

Maritime Research Division

South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology

University of South Carolina

1321 Pendleton Street

Columbia SC  29208 USA

Office phone: (803) 576-6566

Fax: (803) 254-1338

E-mail: spirek@sc.edu

SCIAA Web Site: http://www.cas.sc.edu/sciaa/

Maritime Research Division Website: http://www.cas.sc.edu/sciaa/mrd/mrd_index.html

5 December 2014

1) Education and Program Manager, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum

2) VP, Collections and Programs, The Mariners’ Museum

3) Museum Director, Marine Museum at Fall River

4) Collections Review Assistant, Scottish Maritime Museum, closes 9 January

5) Ship Model Conservation Intern, National Maritime Museum, closes 20 December

6) Executive Director
Portsmouth Submarine Memorial Association Portsmouth, NH
Executive Director Albacore Park Portsmouth, New Hampshire The Portsmouth Submarine Memorial Association (PSMA) seeks a replacement for its Executive Director who is retiring. This is a hands-on position for the only full-time employee of PSMA. No development or fund raising activities are involved. PSMA owns a 7-acre park in Portsmouth where the historic submarine USS ALBACORE is on display in a dry basin and where a small museum and gift shop is also located. The park is staffed by the Director and several part-time employees, who support ongoing interpretation to the 30,000 plus annual park visitors. The Director is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the submarine, park, museum and gift shop and to support the Board of Directors, many of whose members are actively involved in facility and submarine maintenance. The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of marketing and managing a small museum with a gift shop including inventory control and point-of-sales record keeping. For more information and a full job description, please submit your cover letter and resume to wilder5841@gmail.com or mail to Albacore Park, 600 Market St., Portsmouth NH 03801, attn. : R Wilder

NCMM Boat Builder


The North Carolina Maritime Museum in the Department of Cultural Resources seeks a Museum Specialist – Boatbuilder for its Watercraft Center in Beaufort, NC. This is a full-time permanent State Government position. The hiring salary range is $34,190 – $42,000, and the successful candidate will start working early in the New Year.

Candidates must be knowledgeable in vernacular and “classic” watercraft history and construction techniques, skilled in traditional boat building techniques and in teaching them to the public and able to train and supervise a largely volunteer work force. Prefer graduation from a four year college/university , some supervisory and managerial experience or three years of related work experience with demonstrated knowledge of boat building. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience are strongly urged to apply.

Applications must be made only online through the NC Office of State Human Resources website: http://www.oshr.nc.gov/jobs/

Candidates are encouraged to submit further supporting material in addition to completing the mandatory standard application form. All applications must be received by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, December 12, 2014.

The Department of Cultural Resources is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Expert Review needed, Intl. Center for Underwater Archaeology

Call for Applications: Expert Review of the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology (ICUA)

UNESCO is welcoming applications from independent expert reviewers to assess the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology (ICUA), based in Zadar, Croatia. The successful applicant will conduct a review of the ICUA Centre, including a desk-based assessment, a visit to the Centre and interviews with relevant stakeholders, in particular in the region and in UNESCO Headquarters (Paris) and the UNESCO Venice Office. The review process should result in a comprehensive and useful review report.

Applicants are required to have the following qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of professional experience in research and/or capacity-building in the field of cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, cultural heritage, cultural policy or culture and development;
  • At least 7 years of professional experience in policy and programme evaluation in the context of international development;
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken), other languages, in particular Croatian, of advantage;
  • Knowledge of the role and mandate of UNESCO and its programmes.

Applications should be submitted no later than 1 December 2014 (midnight Paris time) to Ms Chihiro Nishikawa (c.nishikawa(at)unesco.org). The final review report shall be completed no later than 15 February 2015.

For more information please read the Terms of Reference.