The QAR Conservator position at the QAR Lab, within the Office of State Archaeology (OSA) in DNCR’s Historic Resources Division, is critical to meet the goals of DNCR’s Queen Anne’s Revenge Project (QAR). Duties of this position include conservation, documentation, analysis and research of artifacts, and preparation of the archive (artifacts and records) prior to transfer or loan to the long-term repository NC Maritime Museum. OSA bears primary responsibility for protection and interpretation of thousands of historic shipwrecks and other underwater archaeological sites in our state, including the famous Queen Anne’s Revenge near Beaufort, NC.
The position is critical for progressing active treatment of artifacts. The QAR Conservator will be an archaeological conservation professional and will have education and experience in the conservation of archaeological materials from a marine environment from recovery to conservation of collections once transferred to a museum. The employee will work cooperatively with the OSA QAR Project team and with other DNCR staff, partners, and volunteers. The QAR Conservator will undertake all aspects of documentation (including photography and illustration), examination, conservation, analysis, and study of archaeological artifacts recovered from a marine underwater environment, from recovery in the field to conservation as needed after transfer to the museum. Duties will include but not be limited to: first aid and documentation of recovered artifacts, examination and assessment of artifacts including by x-radiography; treatment of artifacts recovered from a marine environment using established and approved methods; maintenance and operation of conservation lab facilities and equipment; compliance with DNCR and ECU environmental health and safety requirements; maintaining written, computer, and photographic documentation of artifacts and their treatments; reporting on the condition of artifacts; preparation of archive (artifacts and records) for transfer to museum; supervision and training of student interns and volunteers; participation in public education and outreach activities, such as lab tours, presentations, seminars, and web site. The QAR Conservator will be a member of the QAR Lab team in Greenville, NC, located at East Carolina University’s West Research Campus. The QAR Conservator may be required to work away from the QAR Lab, for example: at other DNCR locations, at other organizations and institutions to give talks, or present show and tell demonstrations (on average one day a month). Therefore, good oral and written communication is a must. Some weekend work may also be necessary – on average 2-3 times a year. During field recovery operations, the QAR Conservator may be required to work away from base for several days, even weeks at a time. The QAR Conservator will report to the QAR Senior Conservator.