Underwater Archaeologist


Incumbent typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Serves as a professional archaeologist providing professional and scientific leadership to DPAA and OSD organizations.
  • Conducts historical background research, witness interviews, and overhead imagery analysis.
  • Performs all scientific decision-making and scientific data collection in the field using differential and/or non-differential global positioning systems, side-scan sonar, magnetometry, multi-beam echo-sounders, ROV, underwater metal detectors, and other underwater remote-sensing technologies.
  • Assists in the planning and facilitation of DPAA scientific underwater operations conducted by external scientific providers to include training on Laboratory standard operational procedures, expected deliverables, and expected levels of scientific rigor.
  • Provides expert advice to laboratory management and throughout the Agency regarding the fundamental scientific concepts used to collect, assess, visualize, and manage underwater remote-sensing survey data, using such software as ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Surfer, and GoogleEarth Pro.
  • Represents DPAA laboratory leadership in meetings with other government officials, to include foreign governments for purposes of planning recovery and investigative operations.
  • Performs the design, update, and maintenance of a Central Identification Laboratory (CIL) Underwater Geographic Information System.
  • Mentors junior archaeologists and provides training to all laboratory staff in the area of forensic archaeology and other areas of expertise.
  • Maintains a continuous liaison with other OSD agencies, other service headquarters counterparts, and DOD offices to integrate Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency plans with other defense agencies.
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