Maritime Archaeologist

The Wisconsin State Historial Society, considered one of the nation’s finest historical institutions, is a State of Wisconsin government agency as well as a mission-driven entrepreneurial organization.  The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. At its core, the Society believes that increasing the public’s knowledge of history has profound societal, cultural, and economic benefit. The Society’s values are to Embrace a Spirit of Service, Engage our Expertise, Spark Enthusiasm, Cultivate Inclusion, Exceed Expectations, and Think Big and Grow with Purpose. Its collections, historic sites and museums, historic preservation office and extensive educational programs are focused on enriching and transforming lives through unparalleled access to history.  Wisconsin Historical Society believes that increasing the public’s knowledge of history has profound societal, cultural, and economic benefit. 

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Position Summary

The Maritime Archaeologistwith the Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Program will fill a grant funded project position. This individual works under staff maritime archaeologists and the limited supervision of the State Archaeologist in the State Historic Preservation Office at the Wisconsin Historical Society to preserve the maritime heritage of Wisconsin.

The position is supported by a University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute grant.  The maritime archaeologist will work on a grant funded project focusing on helping design informal educational programs with partner museums throughout the state. This position will act as the program’s liaison between WHS staff and a professional educational consultant. The maritime archaeologist will focus on the development of interpretive/educational materials and for public and museum programing. In addition, the maritime archaeologist will integrate the developed educational material into, coordinate with Society education staff on its internal implementation, conduct historical and archival research, and may have the opportunity to participate in underwater archaeological fieldwork if qualified.


This position may require extensive travel for meetings and presentations. These activities may include some weekend and evening hours. 


A.  Work With Educational Consultant to Develop Programing

  • Ensure Maritime educational materials meet State History and Science standards
  • Consult with museum educators to discuss the usefulness of programing to ensure the content provides meaningful experiences for all age groups
  • Gather and record feedback from partners and continue in ongoing communications
  • Make final adjustments to materials based on feedback and work with museum partners to finalize product.

B. Work with Society educational staff on integration of new educational material

  • Work with Society educational staff to determine framework for incorporating education packet into Society public outreach efforts
  • Make final package available for Society educational staff use.

C. Work with Sea Grant IT staff and educators to integrate new education material into

  • Work with Sea Grant web designers to help create the framework on to house the educational packet
  • Install the package and work with Sea Grant and WHS staff to publicize the new content.

D. Conduct Archival Research, Update Websites

  • Conduct the historical and archival research necessary to supplement the educational materials and programs.
  • Finalize written summaries, finalize image collection, and other information to supplement the new educational materials.

E.    Public Outreach

  • Respond to written, electronic, and verbal requests from professional, avocationalists, and other members of the public regarding the maritime heritage of Wisconsin.
  • Provide presentations, and workshops on Wisconsin’s maritime history as requested. 

F.  Conduct field research as needed

  • Work with the maritime staff on field projects
  • Assist in background /archival research
  • Participate in analysis and report preparation.

Salary Information

Pay range is $15.00 – $16.25 per hour. This classification is in schedule and class 13-04.

Please note this is a Limited Term Employment position so it does not include paid time off or benefits upon hire.

Job Details

A criminal background check will be conducted by WHS prior to an offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.

This is a Limited Term Employment (LTE) position and limited to 1,039 hours. This position will be part time and average 20 hours per week. 

Wisconsin residency is required for Limited Term Employment positions.

Limited Term Employment (LTE) positions are not civil service classified positions, do not give any rights to permanent civil service classified positions and do not lead to permanent status. 

WHS does not sponsor work visas.  Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

Certain positions within WHS may allow remote/work from home flexibility for a portion of their work schedule, depending on the needs of the position and the work unit. This topic and any remote work flexibility that may be available will be discussed in more detail in the interview process.

All state employees are required to report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not, and must provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment. At this time, those who are unvaccinated are subject to weekly COVID-19 testing protocols.


All Historic Preservation staff projects are supported with public funds in accordance with federal preservation legislation (under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act) and/or state preservation legislation (s.44.40,Wis.Stats. and s. 157.70,Wis.Stats.).  The Maritime Archaeologist provides support services to the program under the supervision of the State Archaeologist.  As such the incumbent is not required to meet the minimum qualifications established in Archaeology and Historic Preservation; Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines.

They must have the following skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • in conducting historical research on maritime topics;
  • in preparing written material based on archival and archaeological investigations;
  • in the development of interpretive materials for Web sites and public programing;
  • addressing public inquires about archaeological and historical research;

And the following skills, knowledge, and experience is preferred:

  • experience in conducting underwater archaeological diving operations;
  • in the completion of daily field tasks, project notes and maps, and for basic maintenance of project equipment;
  • and in diving certifications to meet program requirements
  • in archaeological and historical methods and techniques specifically related to underwater historical archaeology;

How To Apply

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Your letter of qualifications and resume are very important parts of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. For instructions on developing your resume and letter of qualifications for your application and what should be included in these materials, click here.

Submitted materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the hiring process.

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce. 

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Deadline to Apply

Applications are due at 11:59PM on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

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