DPAA Historian


The mission of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel from our Nation’s past conflicts to their families and our Nation. DPAA personnel research, investigate, recover and identify remains of DoD personnel unaccounted for from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Iraq conflicts and Persian Gulf War. The DPAA Director, (SES-III), reports to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Set, convey, and enforce standards and procedures for research and case development
  • Be the historical advisor and professional consultant for DPAA conducting historical studies; obtaining, collecting, analyzing, exploiting, and integrating all available historical evidence and information; interpreting military history in the context of U.S. military and civilian personnel; establishing historical facts based upon research conducted; and grouping historical facts along with determining interrelationships to search, recover, and identify unaccounted-for persons from past conflicts.
  • Research historical records and investigate leads to identify information requirements and gaps to satisfy during field investigations and disinterments.
  • Act as the lead in developing historical information and regional strategies to directly support casualty investigations and search and recovery missions.
  • Possess an understanding of the geography and flow of battle, casualty evacuation processes, remains recovery activities, and remains handling and processing procedures.
  • Define scope of assignments and determine breadth and/or depth of historical research program, budget, and schedule for completion of projects for review by peers and DPAA senior leadership.

Maritime Archaeologist


Contact for Questions or Inquiries:

Andreia Romao: andreia@tmfsrv.net or geral@tmfsrv.net

We are looking for an archaeologist able to come work to Portugal, Ria de Aveiro (Estarreja). The work is for a underwater archaeologist to follow-up dredging interventions, meaning that he has to be responsible for the reports.

Type of intervention: follow-up of dredging.

– Position: archaeologist

– Time: 6 months, possible with new contract agreement of plus 6 months depending of the development of the construction works.

– Fees: according with CV

– Freeland.

– We have a house in (Estarreja)

– We need a document saying that he/she can secure the work, a letter of recommendation (for example) and academic certificate ratings

– As a responsible archaeologist, he/she must possess adequate technical-scientific training; experience ability to decide, he/she will have to have a good knowledge and control of the project. Ensure the archaeological supervision of the project with minimal damage to its development.

Maritime Archaeology Funding, Small Grants

Small Grant Award

The Foundation primarily supports Regional Research into maritime archaeology undertaken in the countries where Honor Frost worked. Broadly, this is the eastern Mediterranean, with a particular focus on Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria. The eastern Mediterranean is defined as the area to the east of a line from Western Turkey to the western border of Egypt, excluding Crete and the Greek islands, but including the Red Sea coast of Egypt. The Foundation gives preference to projects showing strong collaborations with regional partners, particularly those with local training opportunities.

State Underwater Archaeologist – Indiana


Serve as coordinator on underwater archaeology issues Supervise and coordinate development and implementation of the Coastal Polluted Runoff Program to meet Section  Implement Federal Consistency process Develop and implement Coastal Advisory Board Promote awareness of the benefits of the Coastal Program throughout Indiana

Regional/National Initiatives:

Review and provide input on strategic plans – NOAA, USFWS Great Lakes Region and Coastal States Organization Serve as Indiana delegate to Coastal States Organization Participate in Calumet Collaborative work group


Re-Posted: Maritime Archaeology Lead

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Gray & Pape, a national and international cultural heritage management firm, is seeking a full-time Practice Leader – Maritime Services. The successful candidate will possess the skills, abilities, education, and experience to lead the Maritime Services practice group, foster innovation in marine projects, lead and mentor members of the practice group, and provide quality control in all Maritime projects and proposals. The Practice Leader – Maritime Services functions as a Principal-in-Charge, Project Manager, and/or Principal Investigator on all projects, and assures that all work products address the RFP/SOW requirements and provide professionally defensible methods. The Practice Leader – Maritime Services will support business development, foster productive relationships with clients, prepare/review proposals, and grow internal capabilities to meet our clients’ needs. Responsibilities will also include community outreach and tribal engagement.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a minimum of M.A./M.S. in Anthropology, or related field, with an emphasis in underwater archaeology, plus 8 years supervisory and project management experience in maritime archaeology; experience as a professional marine archaeologist in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic US is preferred. The successful candidate must be able to function as a Qualified Marine Archaeologist (QMA) to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management standards regarding identification and treatment of historic properties in federal waters. Ability to work from our Providence, RI, office is preferred.

The Maritime Practice Leader must have proven ability and experience with collecting and interpreting data from geophysical surveys using remote-sensing technologies, including side-scan sonar, magnetometer, gradiometer, sub-bottom profiler systems, and multibeam to identify potential cultural resources (historical and pre-contact). The candidate should also be a certified diver and have experience utilizing Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) to assess targets of interest. Experience overseeing dive-related cultural resources projects and submerged paleo-landscapes is strongly preferred. Other applicable skills and experience include: demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and on budget. The successful candidate must possess a thorough understanding of the legal frameworks of the position and industry. A driver’s license is required.

This position may require up to 40% travel. Frequently this travel is outside the local area and includes overnight stays.

Gray & Pape offers a competitive pay and benefits package, including paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, health and disability insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan.  A complete job description is available upon request. If you are ready to join our team, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Charity Touchette, HR Manager, ctouchette@graypape.com. The position is open until filled and we will be interviewing qualified applicants immediately.

Marine Science Casting Call

Marine Science Casting

A new US factual series on underwater mysteries is looking for marine science experts to be interviewed on camera about a wide variety of marine related stories. We are looking for marine specific: historians (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, WW2, Modern), Archaeologists, Physicists, Biologists, Technologists, Deep Sea experts, Hydrologists, Shipwreck experts etc.

Shooting will take place the first & last week of August and the last week of September in central locations in the USA & UK.

If you are interested in this project, please get in touch via casting@pastpreservers.com with your availability and location. If you wish to update your details or are not already registered with us, you can now do this online at https://forms.gle/f3sbAcvBccnx9dAE6

All the Best
The Past Preservers Casting Team

NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries


Cardinal Point Captains, Inc. (CPC) is seeking an experienced and qualified individual who is well-trained and capable of providing dive support, archeological field support, research, and outreach coordination. to meet the management needs of the National Marine Sanctuary. Additionally, this position supports the maintenance of field tools and equipment. Duties include but are not limited to:

• Conduct historical, archeological and multidisciplinary research including diving and remote sensing in support of sanctuary resource protection programs.

NOAA Maritime Heritage


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Maritime Heritage Program (MHP) conducts scientific research, monitoring, exploration, education and outreach activities with the goals of preserving submerged resources and providing awareness of maritime heritage. CPC’s Research Operations Specialist (ROS) II will be required to safely and efficiently operate offshore conducting marine science research abroad vessels, and provide program support through archeological fieldwork, research, and outreach coordination. This position will be located at the National Marine Sanctuaries Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD.

NOAA Supervisory Historian


As a Supervisory Historian, you will perform the following duties:

  • Oversee and direct the planning, execution and evaluation of policies and programs for maritime heritage and cultural resource research.
  • Lead national and international maritime heritage partnerships with university, state, local and other federal agencies to develop policies and regulations for the protection and management of maritime heritage resources.
  • Track program progress, establish short and long-range goals and objectives and develop program budget plans and manpower requirements.
  • Supervise, manage, conduct and support diving operations, training, field missions, and management of divers and dive teams to ensure safety, regulatory compliance, and mission success.

Adriatic underwater and maritime cultural heritage

“Innovative solutions for the promotion and the management of the Adriatic underwater and maritime traditional cultural heritage, also through new techniques of documentation and visualization”
In particular, he will have to contribute to: arrange an innovative methodology for the documentation and the recording, also on web GIS application, of the underwater archaeological sites of the Adriatic.
primary: https://www.unive.it/data/28825/

Maritime Archaeology Fellow


Location: Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) 816 State Street Madison, Wisconsin

Type of Employment: Full-time (40 hours per week), for a length of 14 weeks. Work hours are flexible between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; evening and weekend work required.

Wage: $14.00 per hour

The Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Program and the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute are seeking a graduate-level Maritime Archaeologist to fill a fellowship position. This position works under staff maritime archaeologists and State Archaeologist in the State Historic Preservation Office to preserve the maritime archaeological legacy of Wisconsin. This is a Limited Term Employee.

The archeologist will work on specific grant related projects, conducting research and analysis, as well as underwater archaeological fieldwork. The fellowship is part of a two-year grant funded by the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute to research and complete a Regional Context on scow schooners in the Great Lakes, providing a comparative analysis of their construction, use, and ties to Wisconsin’s broader maritime cultural past. They will be assigned tasks by the current archaeological staff and will carry them out with the assistance of volunteers or other archaeologists. The applicant must have knowledge and experience in conducting underwater archaeological diving operations and use of manual underwater mapping equipment. Knowledge of the operation of research vessels and project vehicles is not required but preferred. The applicant is responsible for daily completion of field tasks, project notes and maps, and for basic maintenance of project equipment.

The archaeologist will conduct historical research, write reports based upon archaeological and archival research, and complete other project-related tasks and other duties as assigned.

The archaeologist will also develop interpretive materials, prepare materials for the program’s websites, public programing, and historic shipwreck moorings.

This position requires extensive travel for fieldwork, presentations, and meetings. These activities usually include some weekend and evening hours. The position also requires the ability to conduct underwater archaeological surveys in cold water environments at depths ranging from 0 to 130 ft.

Goals and Worker Activities

25% A. Conduct Archeological Field Research

A1. Assist with preparations and field work for the field projects

A2. Work on post processing after the field project is complete, analyze field drawings and field notes

A3. Assist in the reexamination of previously surveyed scow-schooner wreck sites in Wisconsin

A4. Assist with ROV operations, diving, and analysis of scow schooner sites in Wisconsin

55% B. Conduct Archival Research, Develop Historic Context, Update Websites

B1. Compile and sort through historical information pertinent to current grant projects, and synthesize field notes to complete a detailed site description

B2. Write summary paragraphs for project related wrecks for websites and update images, locations, and other information

B3. Update Wisconsin Historic Preservation Database (WHPD) with detailed information about the project wrecks

B4. Analyze how the development of scow-schooners in other regions, such as San Francisco and New Zealand, compared to the use and design of scows in the Great Lakes

B5. Complete a Historic Context on scow schooners in full with the assistance of staff archaeologists

B6. Collect archaeological reports and maritime literature on scow-schooner wreck sites throughout the Great Lakes and analyze site notes, drawings, photographs, and historical information for additional interpretation

B7. Develop an addition to the Multiple Property Documentation Great Lakes Shipwrecks of Wisconsin for scow-schooners

B8. Write description of the design, development, and use of scow schooners throughout the Great Lakes region, and place them within a larger historical and cultural context

10% C. Public Outreach.

C1. Respond to written, electronic, and verbal requests for information about archaeological sites from professional, avocationalists, and other members of the public regarding the archaeology of Wisconsin.

C2. Provide lectures, presentations, and workshops on Wisconsin’s maritime archeology as requested.

10% D. Complete other tasks as assigned by the State Archaeologist and staff maritime archaeologists

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The candidate must be a current graduate student and must also demonstrate experience in conducting historical research, report writing based upon the archaeological and archival research.

The applicant must have, at a minimum, a Nitrox Diver certification and a valid driver’s license. Preference will be given to applicants with a Drysuit Diver certification.

The position requires the ability to conduct underwater archaeological surveys in cold water environments at depths ranging from 0 to 130 ft.


Excellent written and oral communication skills
Effective interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds and have the physical dexterity and flexibility necessary to work in an office and maritime environment.
Ability to work independently, setting priorities and exercising independent judgment and meet deadlines.
Ability to use computer applications, including Microsoft Office Suite, PowerPoint, Internet, etc.
Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
Ability to travel independently around the state, including evenings and weekends.

Send a resume/cover letter to daina.penkiunas@wisconsinhistory.org. Post will remain active until position is filled.
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