Sally Kress Tompkins Maritime Documentation Internship

The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) are pleased to announce the Maritime Internship in memory of Sally Kress Tompkins, former Deputy Chief of HABS/HAER and initiator of the HAER maritime documentation program. The internship will permit a student or recent graduate of history, maritime history, historic preservation, or maritime studies or other related field to work as a summer intern on a HAER maritime documentation project. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen. The selected recipient will serve as an historian preparing short-format historical reports of selected fishing vessels representative of Great Lakes fisheries.


The recipient will receive a stipend of $15,000 and will work for 12 weeks during the summer of 2020 in Michigan. Housing may also be available. The Sally Kress Tompkins Maritime Intern will be selected by HAER.


Please submit the following by March 6, 2020 (postmark date):

  1. Resume
  2. Letter of recommendation (from a faculty member or employer)
  3. Work sample (history with footnotes/endnotes and bibliography)

Applications should be submitted to:

Justine Christianson
Heritage Documentation Programs
National Park Service
1849 C Street NW, Mail Stop 7408
Washington, DC 20240
Note: All USPS mail sent to our building is subject to irradiation. Items may be damaged.

Explorer in Training Program

The deadline for current and recent undergraduate and graduate students to apply for our Explorer-in-Training program is coming up — in two days! Get your application in by January 31 to be considered for an opportunity to gain valuable experience in deepwater mapping and exploration on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

For more information, visit:

CFP: 2020 North American Society for Oceanic History Conference in Pensacola, FL

Call closes soon. Get your papers in and head down to Pensacola.

Maritime Connections: History, Heritage and the Maritime Landscape

North American Society for Oceanic History
2020 Annual Conference
Pensacola, FL

The University of West Florida will host the 2020 Annual Conference of the North American Society for Oceanic History. 

 May 14-17, 2020

Pensacola’s maritime history stretches back into the age of exploration. More than 60 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, almost a half century before the English planted the Jamestown colony and more than a half decade before the Spanish founded St. Augustine, Tristán de Luna brought his fleet of Spanish ships into Pensacola Bay. Luna sailed into the bay in the summer of 1559 to claim the territory for Spain and to provide protection to the valuable shipments of gold and silver. Although Luna’s colony lasted only two more years, it is “America’s First Settlement,” and represents Spain’s first attempt to control North American territory. Since that fateful storm, the Spanish, English, French, Americans and the Confederacy, recognized the importance of the area’s natural resources as each fought for control of Pensacola, both as a military asset and for financial gain. Despite several military conflicts, numerous hurricanes, malaria outbreaks, yellow fever epidemics, and other disasters, Pensacola remained steadfast in rebuilding and recreating its community. More recent events, such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, severe weather events, and the effects of climate change have continued to challenge, not only Pensacola, but maritime communities throughout the world. 

Using Pensacola as an example of the importance of maritime connections, the 2020 NASOH Conference invites paper and session proposals that explore maritime history and archaeology as they relate to larger connections concerning landscapes, heritage and the preservation of cultural resources.  Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to, maritime landscape, archaeology, empire, race, gender, military, cultural contact, environmental impact, public history, cultural resource management, and historic preservation. 

Papers from graduate students and junior scholars are greatly encouraged.  Students may apply for a Chad Smith Travel Grant to assist in travel to present a paper at the conference. Additionally, the Clark G. Reynolds Student Paper Award is provided each year to the author of the best paper by a graduate student delivered at the society’s annual conference. Please see the awards section of the NASOH website for details. Individual paper proposals should include a.) An abstract, not to exceed 250 words b). A 250-word presenter bio c.) Contact information including phone number, address, affiliation, and email. Panel proposals may also be submitted inclusive of the above information for each paper. 

The deadline for proposal submission is February 1, 2020.

Please submit proposal packets electronically to the Program Committee. These should be sent to:, Program Chair. NASOH members interested in serving as panel chairs, please send an email to the Program Committee at the above address. 

CFP: Underwater Archaeology Symposium

Call For Papers – International Mustafa V. Koç Underwater Archaeology Symposium Mrs. Caroline Koç, wife of Mustafa Koç, is kindly supporting this event. To make this symposium memorable, we have invited leading nautical archeologists from around the globe to speak, including Cemal Pulak as Keynote speaker (Uluburun Bronze-age shipwreck), Frederick Hocker (Vasa), Jim Bruseth (La Belle), Kroum Batchvarov (Black Sea shipwreck survey project), Ufuk Kocabaş (Yenikapı shipwrecks), Hakan Öniz (newly discovered Bronze-age shipwreck), Taras Pevny (Dnieper River and Kozak shipwrecks), President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Deborah Carlson (Kızılburun shipwreck), Irena Radic Rossi (Gnalic shipwreck), Deborah Cvikel (Ottoman shipwrecks in Israeli waters from 18th-19th centuries), Stella Demesticha (Mazotos shipwreck), Alexandre Belov (Shipwrecks of Heraklion), Mladen Pesic (Underwater excavations of the ancient Roman port in Sukosana near Zadar).

In addition to the keynote and invited speakers, academics and researchers wishing to participate in the symposium are asked to prepare an abstract of 400 words or less and submit it via e-mail to the symposium secretary, Ay Sanem Yükselsoy Tekcan , at no later than March 30, 2020. All abstracts will be evaluated by the scientific committee of the organization and a final list of participants will be posted by April 30, 2020. During the evaluation process, emphasis will be given to new projects and previously unpublished subjects. Students of nautical, maritime, and underwater archaeology are strongly encouraged to participate in the symposium, preferably with new research or previously unstudied subjects.

Presentation time is limited to 20 minutes. Keynote and invited speakers presentation times are limited to 30 minutes. Presentations will be published in a symposium proceedings and all invited speakers and participants are expected to submit publishable papers at the end of the symposium (10.000 words, 10 images maximum).

Archaeological Conservator

Assists the Historic Conservator with conserving marine and terrestrial archaeological objects.

Processes and documents archaeological objects.

Assists the Historic Conservator with facility and equipment maintenance. This duty includes procuring supplies, arranging for equipment inspections, and ensuring the laboratory workspace remains clean and neat.

Assists the Collections Manager and Historic Conservator with public outreach programs, including laboratory tours and other speaking engagements.

Assist the Historic Conservator with maintaining a safe lab environment, including safety inspections.

Assists the Historic Conservator with instructing and training conservation interns and volunteers.

Performs other work related duties as required.

Basic archaeological conservation knowledge including marine and terrestrial objects, including documentation, photography, and basic cleaning and treatments


Call for applications: Underwater Archaeological Finds Conservation and Restoration Courses, spring 2020

The International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar (ICUA Zadar) is once again organising courses in the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds to be held in Zadar, Croatia in the period from March – April 2020.

This international course is targeted to the practical and theoretical training of candidates for independent work in the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds.

The courses will consist of practical work under the supervision of a mentor at the workshops of the ICUA Zadar. Candidates will have the opportunity to select work on the various materials treated at the three main workshops that deal with metal, ceramic and glass, and organic finds. Training will be provided by ICUA Zadar staff, pursuant to the course programme manual and the standards valid for the ICUA/UNESCO advanced course staged in 2011.

Candidates can choose from a number of modules. We are planning a one-month Advanced Course that can be staged in one of the three main workshops, or a two-week Introductory Course that will involve work in all three workshops.

At the end of the course candidates will take an exam on the theoretical and practical segments, after which they will be entitled to a certificate confirming that they have passed our Centre’s course for specialised conservators/restorers of underwater archaeological finds.

NCPTT Grants for Projects

2020 Preservation Technology and Training Grants –

PTT Grants – are intended to create better tools, better materials, and better approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. The PTT Grants are administered by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training – NCPTT, the National Park Service¿s innovation center for the preservation community. The competitive grants program will provide funding to federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations.

PTT Grants will support the following activities: – Innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources – typically 20,000 dollars. – Specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs – typically 15,000 to 20,000 dollars. – How-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice – typically 5,000 to 15,000 dollars.

The maximum grant award is 20,000 dollars. The actual grant award amount is dependent on the scope of the proposed activity. NCPTT does not fund brick and mortar grants.

American Battlefield Grants, Deadline Approaching

Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants for FY2020 Available!

The Notice of Funding Opportunity is now open for projects that relate to planning, interpreting, and protecting sites where historic battles were fought on American soil. Grant funds are awarded to state, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Additional details and all application materials are available on

Please note this opportunity closes on Friday, January 31, 2020
All applications are due by 11:59pm Pacific Time

Maritime Research Associate, East Carolina University

Organizational Unit Overview The Department of History is an academic unit in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and is home to over twenty full-time professors whose strengths include United States, European, Public, Military, Atlantic World, and Maritime History. The Department offers courses in the full range of international areas. At the undergraduate level the Department offers a BA in History and Minors in History and Public History. At the graduate level the Department offers MA degrees in History (concentrations in American, European, Military, Atlantic World, and Public History), and an MA in Maritime Studies. The Program in Maritime Studies is one of the world’s leading academic underwater archaeology programs. It is characterized by hands-on underwater training, primary document historical research, and other practical skills such as remote sensing and grant writing.
Job Duties The Department of History invites applications for a full-time position as Maritime Research Associate. The holder of the position will be responsible for field project planning and supervision, equipment maintenance and organization, and program field project logistical support. This position will report to the Maritime Program Director. Specific field support duties are related to two annual maritime studies field schools plus grant-funded projects, and will include student supervision and diving safety procedure; vehicle operation; boat launch, retrieval, operation and logistics; use of remote sensing apparatus (magnetometer, side scan, ROV, and supporting software including Hypack, SonarWiz, and ArcView); equipment set-up and student equipment training; diving logistics and site safety engineering; small engine and electronic equipment repair, calibration, and service; vehicle maintenance; and equipment inventory organization and storage.
Minimum Education/Experience Master’s degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, or Maritime Studies from appropriately accredited institution is required. Candidate must be an experienced SCUBA diver with at least a Dive Master certification at the time of application and must also hold a boat operator certification (e.g. completion of Department of the Interior’s Motorboat Operator certification course). We seek an experienced, highly motivated, and collegial individual with extensive experience in maritime archaeological teaching support and research with excellent organizational and management skills, and a proficiency with Microsoft Office and ArcGIS software. The selected candidate must be able to demonstrate a minimum of 5-years of full-time employment in maritime archaeology. Valid NC Driver’s License required.

Waterfront Research Historian

If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Waterfront Research Historian position located in the Archaeology Division in the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA).

An Overview
The Waterfront Research Historian will compile, develop, and research a comprehensive waterfront history study. In 2010 the City of Alexandria initiated a comprehensive plan to redevelop its historic waterfront. The Waterfront Small Area Plan includes the construction of a promenade, parks, and amenities in conjunction with flood mitigation efforts that will reshape the city’s waterfront, which in turn has spurred private development. The waterfront history study will be a critical document towards understanding and mitigating the impacts of new waterfront construction while also providing a detailed examination of how the waterfront evolved from a small hamlet to full-fledged and later industrial port city. This study is also part of fulfilling the Archaeological Protection Code, administered by Alexandria Archaeology. Passed in 1989, the code requires that City Archaeologists review all ground-disturbing projects to ensure that information about the past is not lost as a result of development. In 2018 alone, City Archaeologists reviewed more than 1,300 site plans and building permits as part of an integrated, community archaeology program. The work of the Waterfront Historian is performed under the direct supervision of the City Archaeologist in coordination with the staff Archaeologists, the City Historian, and under the general supervision of the Director of OHA.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate should have a thorough knowledge of 18th and 19th century regional history as well as experience with archival records and primary and secondary sources that pertain to Alexandria and the broader region. Specifically, we seek proven experience with chain-of-title research and in using Geographic Information System (GIS) software to map and visualize spatial data. The job requires an individual with the ability to: communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; create publishable, compelling and sound scholarship on urban and African American history; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, employees of the City of Alexandria, and the community. The work will take place in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment and at local and regional archives.

Underwater Archaeology – Provision of Archaeological Dive Services Tender/RFP

The CHERISH project is undertaking inspection, survey, investigation, recording and monitoring of two wreck sites in Irish waters. The CHERISH project is recording a shallow water, City of London in county Wexford and a deep water wreck, SS Manchester Merchant in county Kerry. CHERISH is seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced companies or individuals to tender for the provision of dive services to undertake, assist and support the underwater archaeological objectives of the CHERISH project. The services of suitably qualified and suitably experienced Archaeological Dive Contractors and underwater photogrammetric specialists are therefore sought by the CHERISH project. In this regard CHERISH may establish a Multi-Party Framework Agreement for the provision of Archaeological Dive Services. The tender has been designed to facilitate the setting up of a number of restricted panels from which dive services can be drawn down. Please note that each category of service provider may not be required for each individual project. Each wreck will be the subject of an intital 7-14 day survey and recording expedition. It is then envisioned a number of monitoring trips, not encompassing more than 3 will take place over the course of the following two years. The timeframes, duration and frequency of site visits will be finalised between the CHERISH project and successful tenderer.


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34500000-2  Ships and boats
71351914-3  Archaeological services
71351924-2  Underwater exploration services
71354500-9  Marine survey services
71355100-2  Photogrammetry services
92520000-2  Museum services and preservation services of historical sites and buildings
92522000-6  Preservation services of historical sites and buildings
92522100-7  Preservation services of historical sites
98360000-4  Marine services
98361000-1  Aquatic marine services
98363000-5  Diving services

USACE Archaeologist

Specialized Experience is defined as one year of ; Managing and participating in the management of sites containing historic places of archeological, architectural, and historical interest and considering such places in compliance with environmental and historic preservation laws; conducting cultural resource surveys consisting of consisting of phase I reconnaissance and phase II intensive surveys, test excavations, and phase III data recovery excavations; AND experience as an underwater archeologist, coastal navigation and ecosystem restoration .

Funded 2 Year MA and 4 Year PhD in Maritime Archaeology

The Koç University Mustafa V. Koç Maritime Archaeology Research Center (KUDAR) is offering funded MA (two year) and PhD (four year) positions beginning in the Autumn of 2020.
Students receiving a funding package will have a tuition waiver, a monthly stipend, and possibly housing near the Koç University campus in Istanbul, Turkey.  the deadline for applications is April 3rd, 2020.
For more information about these opportunities, please visit the KUDAR website:

St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program 2020 Field School

St. Augustine LAMP’s annual field school is gearing up to be a good one. Work will continue on the “Anniversary Wreck,” an historic vessel from the 1700s located just off the coast of St. Augustine. Additionally, students will undertake investigations a variety of other maritime archaeological sites in the waters and/or tidal zones around St. Augustine.

Students will be instructed in scientific diving procedures, archaeological recording and excavation, the use of hydraulic probes and induction dredges, marine remote sensing survey and analysis (magnetometer & sidescan sonar), artifact collection and documentation and basic conservation laboratory methodology. Additionally, the field school will host an evening lecture series with instructors and visiting professionals from various public, private and academic institutions throughout Florida. Housing and food is provided by the field school fees. Credit can be obtained via student’s home university or Plymouth State.

To find out more go to or contact Allyson Ropp at

2020 Field School in Underwater Archaeology

Field School advertising season is here!

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Underwater Archaeology Field School.

Archaeology Field School

Underwater Archaeology Field School hosted by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum offers a mix of both instruction and hands-on underwater research. The 2020 Field School will continue to investigate and document an unidentified shipwreck in Basin Harbor, Vermont.

The diving sessions will teach practical underwater skills using both traditional documentation techniques and cutting-edge technology on an historic shipwreck.

Registration opens in Winter 2020. If you have questions or want to receive a notification when registration opens, please use the form below to sign up.

Research Fellow in Maritime Archaeology

Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici

Aim of the Underwater Muse project is the promotion of the underwater archaeological heritage through the creation of underwater tours and virtual reconstructions of the sites.

The creation of a interactive and explorable tool will allow the sharing in the net of data about the Adriatic archaeological contexts and of GIS data bases (WP 3). Digital surveys will be processed to produce 3D visualizations to be used in the dissemination and in the education, also with the virtual reality (WP 4). The research fellow will have also to co-organize a workshop to present the methodology and to train partners and stakeholders in documentation, in modelling, in GIS and in Virtual Reality

Assistant Curator, Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Assistant Curator

HKMM is seeking to recruit an assistant curator to join the curatorial staff. Supervised by the Assistant Director (Curatorial and Collections), the successful applicant will be responsible for daily curatorial works, collection management and registrations;assisting in developing exhibition contents, and undertakingresearch for exhibition projects and museum collections.

Previous experience in a similar position is preferable, along with a degree in a relevant specialty of maritime history, Hong Kong/ Pearl River Delta Region/ Chinese history, archaeology, anthropology, museum studies, or relevant disciplines. Excellent oral, written and research skills in both Chinese and English are required.

Applications addressing the Position descriptionshould be forwarded to Mr. Willy Cheung, Executive Officer willycheung@hkmaritimemuseum.organd cc. to Dr. Libby Chan, Assistant Director (Curatorial & Collections)


Applications close on 24 January 2020.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Educator

The VYDC-Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Educator AmeriCorps Members are key players in our educational programs. Members teach and mentor students, lead school groups, create curricula and lead maritime adventure summer camps. Members encourage teamwork and model healthy lifestyle choices by teaching students fun ways to learn from and enjoy every aspect of the Lake Champlain watershed. Service includes rowing programs, snorkeling lessons, communication with program partners, outreach to schools and teachers, and research of history and archaeology content. Members’ service has an impact on all departments of LCMM, including helping to create exhibits, organizing and hosting events, and assisting with crewing replica boats during off-site tours with educational groups. Minimum Age: 18. Reliable private transportation required; valid license. Ability to swim is required.

Marine Heritage Consultant

Re-Posted 1 January:

As a marine heritage consultant you will be expected to undertake, archaeological desk-based assessments, conduct site visits and walkovers and monitor site works (coastal and intertidal), deliver tool box talks and presentations to on-site construction teams, prepare method statements and WSIs, and produce and compile marine historic environment (marine archaeology and cultural heritage) ES chapters associated with the coastal, intertidal and offshore elements of both large and small scale development planning projects.

Additionally, the role will support promoting the heritage service offering, as and when required, via assistance with marketing materials and presentations to help ensure and maintain a continual turnover of heritage related work.
Project involvement typically includes offshore renewables, coastal defence and flood alleviation schemes, port and harbour developments (including capital dredging) and other industrial developments.