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.

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