Volunteer Divers

Volunteer Divers Needed For NC Archaeological Dive Team! Open Water Divers and up!

SIDCO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit archaeological dive team based in Beaufort NC. We are looking for volunteer divers seriously interested in preserving this state’s vast submerged cultural resources. If you are willing to learn, we will OJT. We work very closely with state, federal and local authorities and are affiliated with the NC Department of Cultural Resources. We have worked on projects in Carteret, Hyde and Dare Counties including the Blackbeard Shipwreck Project and we are currently working with the US Coast Guard and East Carolina University on a confidential project near Ocracoke.

We generally work on weekends, ranging from one to three day missions and once in a while we will work for an extended period on special projects. We supply lodging, air and equipment, as needed. We have team members as far away as Greenville, but the closer to Carteret County, the better.

If you have interests in video, still photography, artifact conservation, public relations and grants, museum curation, boat crew and navigation, light construction and, of course, mapping and survey, we have much to offer you!
Please contact Bobby Willis (VP, SIDCO) at 252-725-1514 ~ or ~ Rob Smith (President, SIDCO) at 252-656-8003 or email us at wrecksite@ec.rr.com. For more info, see our web site at http://www.sidco.org.

See our You Tube video page at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHTAxqwY2TE-5ktMgAA51nQ

FY16 NOAA Ocean Exploration Grant Funding

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration & Research (OER) is soliciting pre-proposals followed by full proposals for bold, innovative, multi-partner, interdisciplinary ocean exploration projects in the following areas of interest:

1) physical, chemical and biological characterizations of unknown or poorly known regions of the deep ocean, especially areas deeper than 500 m.

2) baseline characterization of marine archaeological resources at any depth; and

3) technology that advances ocean exploration and has application to NOAA related missions.

Through this announcement, NOAA OER anticipates the availability of approximately $3 million. The actual funding amount is contingent upon FY 2016 Congressional appropriations. OER estimates making 3-10 awards that will range from about $50,000 to $1.5 million. Funding for ship or submersible assets, if required, must be included in the proposal. Leveraging with ship time supported outside of this funding opportunity is strongly encouraged.

Pre-Proposals are due: January 8, 2016.

Interpretive Ranger New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Closes October 7, 2015.

This position serves as a Park Ranger at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and reports directly to the Chief of Interpretation and Education. The incumbent performs some supervisory park ranger duties, directly supervising 6 GS-5 seasonal rangers, 2 student trainees, and volunteers. Plans budget, hires, trains, and oversees staff. Rewards and disciplines as necessary. Oversees interpretive division volunteers, including scheduling and training. Schedules staff to ensure day-to-day interpretive operations are maintained and expanded according to the division’s work plan. Ensures visitor center is kept adequately supplied and in good working order. Identifies needs and formulates suggestions for exhibits, audio-visual programs, and other media. Coordinates with park partners, who are vital to operations. Assists with the creation of Division’s annual plan. Audits staff’s interpretive programs using professional interpretive standards. Develops interpretive products such as talks, PowerPoint presentations, site bulletins, and exhibits. Participates in community and special events.

Position Location: New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park/New Bedford, MA. New Bedford, a city of about 100,000 is located on the southeastern coast of Massachusetts where the Acushnet River empties into Buzzard’s Bay. The city is served by Interstate 195 which connects Providence, Rhode Island (about 30 miles to the west) with Cape Cod (about 20 miles to the east). New Bedford is also connected to Boston (about 60 miles north) by state highway Routes 140 and 24.
The city of New Bedford is a wonderfully diverse and culturally rich community that has retained much of its heritage through thoughtful restoration and preservation efforts. This authentic seaport city is also home to one of America’s largest fishing fleets. The quality of life in New Bedford is enhanced by a full calendar of fairs and festivals, including Summerfest, the Working Waterfront Festival, the traditional Blessing of the Fleet and the largest celebration of Portuguese culture in the nation, the Fest of the Blessed Sacrament. More than fourteen galleries, studios, museums and cultural institutions in downtown New Bedford are testament to the region’s emerging artistic hub. Also, the many parks and beaches in the area make the city a great place to visit, work and live.
For additional information on New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, please visit our website at
For specific area and housing information, or information directly pertaining to vacancy status, contact: Joshua Boles, Chief of Interpretation & Education, 508-996-4095 ext 6103.

Two (2) Underwater Archaeologist slots open at Parks Canada

These two positions with Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team relate to ongoing underwater archaeological study of the wreck of HMS Erebus from Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition in search of a Northwest Passage. The wreck was located by a Parks Canada-led team in 2014. Fieldwork duties will be in Nunavut while office duties will be in Ottawa. Duties will include: archaeological diving, survey, recording, and excavation at the wreck in a remote and cold-water setting; material culture research; database entry and cataloging; researching and writing report contributions; and other work specified in the Statement of Qualifications.

Closes October 8, APPLY Now!

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Education and & Outreach Specialist

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is now accepting applications for 2016 AmeriCorps members!

Apply here:

DEADLINE is October 28, 2015

Are you interested in the Great Lakes, conservation, and Great Lakes maritime heritage?  Are you interested in building your skills working with the public, volunteers, and with student groups?  Want to make a difference, and develop your professional skills?

Consider joining the Huron Pines AmeriCorps team as an Education & Outreach Specialist at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Eligibility Requirements:
•    college degree
•    U.S. citizen
•    valid driver’s license
•    committed to serving 1,700 hours from January 7 to November 4, 2016
•    ability to pass a background check

Member Benefits:
•    An opportunity to join others with dedication, passion and enthusiasm for the environment and for national service
•    Develop real-world skills, increase your experiences and have the opportunity to network with other resource professionals
•    Educational voucher in the amount of $5,730
•    Loan forbearance of qualified federal student loans during term of service
•    Living stipend totaling $12,530
•    Health care coverage
•    Child care benefits, if eligible

Brief Position Description:
The Education and Outreach Specialist will greet, orient, and provide programs for diverse audiences (adult and school groups, individuals, families, K-12 students, teachers, etc.), recruit and engage volunteers, represent the sanctuary at events and meetings, and support the sanctuary’s education evaluation efforts. Service includes learning and communicating about maritime history/archaeology & marine technology/underwater research, Great Lakes/Ocean literacy, the National Marine Sanctuary system, water quality/watershed monitoring/watershed stewardship. Service also includes volunteer engagement and working with the public. On site training is provided.

A full position description can be found here:


State of Texas Marine Archaeologist

Archeologist III (Marine Archeologist – Dive Safety Officer)

This position requires varied and complex duties as an archeologist for the Archeology Division. Work involves a range of activities, including conducting cultural resources reviews associated with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Antiquities Code of Texas for federal and state undertakings. Duties also include making additions to and editing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data in the Archeological Sites Atlas.

Working under the direct supervision of the State Marine Archeologist, the successful candidate will serve as the Dive Safety Officer (DSO) for the marine archeology program and assist with the development and management of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – compliant scientific dive program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with the maintenance of equipment necessary for underwater archeological investigations, training volunteers, conducting underwater archeological investigations, assisting with the processing of the resulting collections, and analysis and reporting on the results of investigations.

Duties may also involve a range of public outreach activities relating to the agency’s marine archeological program. Work includes coordination with archeological marine stewards and promotion of archeological preservation to the public. The successful candidate will have significant experience interacting with the public and avocational archeologists.  May require travel throughout the state. Employee will comply with all agency policies and procedures.

State of Florida Underwater Archaeologist

Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, Underwater Archaeologist, closes September 21, 2015.

Performs research to survey and inventory submerged cultural resources by:

a) Conducting historical and archaeological research and working with local groups to identify sites of historical and archaeological significance throughout the state;

b) conducting field surveys and site inspections to record and assess sites for inclusion in the Florida Master Site File; and by preparing and presenting professional and popular reports of archaeological findings in written and illustrated formats;

c) Developing working relationships with local diving, fishing and waterfront groups to learn of new sites and to initiate survey and inventory projects;

d) Coordinating the development of survey teams comprised of professional and avocational archaeologists, students, and volunteers to respond to requests and needs on regional and statewide basis.

Increases the ability of the Bureau to expand its communication and interaction with other agencies through:

a) Development of partnerships with federal, state, and county agencies, museums, and universities to inventory and interpret Florida’s submerged cultural resources:

b) Attending conferences and special events to communicate and share management strategies;

c) Participate in joint research projects, field investigations, field schools;

d) Providing assistance to other managers in and out of state.

Maintains and expands Underwater Archaeological Preserves and Shipwreck Trails by:

a) Monitor visitation and condition of existing Preserves and Trails;

b) Solicit nominations for new Preserves from local communities, waterfront businesses, historical societies and other organizations;

c) Coordinate with partners and DOS marketing office to promote Preserves and Trails through posters, brochures, new articles, social media, advertisements, etc.

Maintains and manages the Bureau’s Scientific Diving program by:

a) Conducting annual dive training and testing for staff to maintain scientific diver status;

b) Conducting annual dive equipment inspections and maintenance; and

c) Reviewing and approving dive plans as they pertain to Bureau projects and goals.


Master’s degree in Anthropology, Archaeology or History, specializing in Maritime Archaeology and three (3) years of field experience in underwater survey and/or excavation.

Experience with remote sensing instruments and software.

Holder of advanced diving certifications.


Knowledge of submerged cultural resource management issues, policies and laws.
Skill in archaeological recording and mapping.
Skill in small boat handling and marine maintenance and repair.
Ability to design and implement professional research and reporting.
Ability to conduct public speaking and instructional workshops.
Ability to write and budget grant applications.

Archaeological Education Outreach Specialist (Palau)

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as an Archaeological Education Outreach Specialist for the Bureau of Arts & Culture, Ministry of Community & Cultural Affairs of the Palau National Government. Ministry of Community & Cultural Affairs works to preserve and foster historic properties for the benefit of all Palauan people, as well as for community tourist opportunities and educate about Palauan traditions that are threatened with extinction. The Palau National Government is looking for someone who can build the capacity of the Bureau of Arts & Culture in the Survey & Inventory/Archaeology Section with their archaeological site reviews, surveys, and project reviews. It is important for the schools and people of Palau, particularly the youth, to learn about Palau’s past and to protect these sites for future generations.

An Archaeological Education Outreach Specialist experienced in archaeological research, and GIS and field survey, is needed to build the staff capacity of the Bureau of Arts & Culture, Ministry of Community & Cultural Affairs. The Archaeological Education Outreach Specialist will be responsible for building capacity of the Counterpart in archaeological reconnaissance surveys involving identification, mapping and documentation of archaeological, historical and cultural sites, and to build capacity of the Counterpart in the Project Review Process in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. On top of that, the Volunteer is expected to transfer skills so that local staff can better update and maintain the archaeological GIS and Access database of the Bureau. The PCRV will also have the opportunity to start public and Babeldaob school outreach to local and regional institutions, students, and interested tourists on the results of the site preservation work, and develop a tourism framework including groups of students, researchers, and tourists, in order to attract publicity and possible funding for an ongoing project. The goal of this assignment is to spread knowledge about Palau’s past to local youth and schools and to protect these sites for future generations.

The position is for an Archaeological Education Outreach Specialist in Palau through Peace Corps Response.  The start date is January 27, 2016, and we are accepting applications now.

Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarships and Training Grants

Open Applications September 1-November 20, apply now.

The Women Divers Hall of Fame™ (WDHOF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and raising awareness of the contributions of outstanding women divers. WDHOF provides educational, mentorship, financial, and career opportunities to the diving community throughout the world. Each year, WDHOF awards scholarships and training grants that provide financial and educational support to individuals of all ages, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers that involve diving.

Scholarships are offered in dive medicine, marine conservation, marine biology, underwater archaeology, marine education, journalism, graphic arts, or photography They are intended to support tuition and fees, independent research, and/or internship programs at accredited universities. Scholarships are paid or awarded directly to the recipient.

Training grants provide funding for diver and related underwater training and, for some awards, scuba equipment. Funds are paid directly to the training facility and/or the equipment vendor upon WDHOF’s receipt of an invoice; they are NOT paid directly to the grantee.

How to apply: You may only apply for one scholarship or training grant per year. Applicants MUST complete the online application form. Please read the scholarship/grant descriptions, requirements, applicant qualifications, and application instructions carefully. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be accepted for further consideration. If you have questions after you’ve carefully read the online application instructions, please email: wdhofgrants@gmail.com.

The deadline for receipt of applications is November 20, 2015 at midnight U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Applicants will be notified of award status by February 1, 2016. Only online submissions will be accepted.

Twenty-eight scholarships and training grants will be offered in 2016:

  • NEW THIS YEAR!!! Dive Medicine
  • Marine Conservation
  • Undergraduate Marine Research
  • Underwater Archaeology
  • Journalism, Graphic Arts, or Photography
  • Marine or Underwater Education
  • Public Safety Diving
  • Underwater Photography
  • Basic Dive Training
  • Junior Diver Training
  • Advanced Dive Training
  • Hardhat Dive Training
  • Diver Medic Training
  • Disabled Diver Training
  • Dive Training for Marine Scientists, Oceanographers, or Ocean Engineers
  • Dive Training for Students in ROTC, JROTC, Military Academy, or Sea Cadets

Archaeologist on HMS Victory

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is recruiting for an Archaeologist to join the Historic Ships team within the Heritage Directorate. This is a full time (37.5 hours per week) permanent position.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the NMRN’s conservation approach to HMS Victory; the world’s only surviving first rate line of battle ship. Working as part of a team, this role will ensure the work to HMS Victory sets new standards for ship conservation.

Key Opportunities:

To undertake the first comprehensive archaeological investigation of the ship.

Become the leading expert on the fabric of HMS Victory.

Share new knowledge of the ship with visitors, staff, volunteers, etc.

Ensure the conservation work on the ship protects what makes HMS Victory significant.

Build a team of volunteers to support this exciting new adventure.


Applicants must have experience of working on-site in an historic ship/historic building environment or experience of working with industrial collections.

The applicant must possess an appropriate professional qualification at degree level or higher or equivalent.

Still Casting Underwater Archaeologists

We are working with a major US Production Company who are in development on an underwater archaeology program. We are looking for maritime/underwater archaeologists and their projects to shoot, particularly in the Pacific region but not limited to that area. Island archaeology would also be of interest.

If this sounds like you or your project, please ensure your details are up to date here on our website  and then drop us an email to casting@pastpreservers

San Francisco Maritime Exhibit and Interpretation Internship-AmeriCorps

American Conservation Experience (ACE), a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), is seeking one Exhibit and Interpretation Intern interested in dedicating 20 weeks in support of the National Park Service by directly assisting Resource Specialists with cultural resource preservation and interpretation/education at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

This excellent opportunity is ideal for an enthusiastic young professional who is deeply committed to the preservation of our national parks!

Start Date: October 12, 2015 (Possible flexible start date for the right candidate).

End Date: February 27, 2015 (Or 20-weeks from the start date)

-A 20-week Commitment is Required-

Underwater Archaeologists and Underwater Archaeology Projects Needed


We have been approached by a major US Network who are in early development on an underwater archaeology program. We are looking for maritime/underwater archaeologists and projects to shoot, particularly in the Pacific region but not limited to that area. Island archaeology would also be of interest.

If this sounds like you, please ensure your details are up to date on our website and drop us an email to casting@pastpreservers

All the best from the Past Preservers Team

Courses on Underwater Archaeology finds

Call for applications: Introductory Courses on Conservation and Restoration of Archaeological Finds 2015

The International Centre for Underwater Archaeology (ICUA) is launching two courses on the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds from Underwater Environments. They will be held in Zadar, Croatia on 16- 27 November and 30 November – 11 December 2015 respectively.

The courses are organized with the support of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy).

The deadline for applications is 2 October 2015, 12:30 pm.