State of FL Underwater Archaeologist

Conduct submerged cultural resource surveys on state lands.  Engage in geoarchaeological analysis and reporting.  Conduct research on state owned or managed lands. Manage archaeological databases.  Maintenance and upkeep of BAR research vessels. Perform other work related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in Anthropology, Archaeology, or Maritime Studies, or related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ professional archaeological experience.
  • Underwater archaeological field experience that includes remote sensing, underwater site recording, mapping and assessment.
  • Successfully completed a scientific diving training program (AAUS or equivalent) 
  • Knowledge of geoarchaeological techniques and methods (including sediment/core analysis)
  • Knowledge of pertinent state and federal submerged cultural resource legislation.
  • Boat experience that includes launching, trailering, and operating vessels.
  • Experience conducting submerged cultural resource surveys
  • GIS experience


  • Experience with submerged pre-contact archaeological site investigation.
  • Knowledge of the types and distribution of Florida’s submerged pre-contact and historic archaeological sites.
  • Technical archaeological experience including: laboratory management, cataloging, artifact documentation.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Grant writing and fulfillment experience. 
  • Vessel/equipment maintenance and repair (including: outboard motors, trailers, 12 volt wiring, fiberglass repair, airlift, dredge, remote sensing equipment).


This Underwater Archaeology position is hands-on and research-based— providing opportunities for the successful candidate to direct their own projects of interest (both pre-contact and historic). With over 18,000 square miles of submerged lands under the purview of the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, there is ample opportunity for fieldwork in a supportive, team-based environment.

This position is based in Tallahassee and offers the unique opportunity to travel across the state to conduct research in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic, as well as Florida’s inland lakes, rivers, and springs.  As part of Florida’s Division of Historical Resources, and working under the SHPO’s office, this state government position offers a robust benefits package, opportunities for career and educational advancement, and supports a healthy work-life balance.

The Bureau of Archaeological Research solicits applications from those who are hard-working, who value Florida’s historical resources, and who thrive working both individually and as part of a group.

For further information regarding this position, please contact Florida’s State Underwater Archaeologist Ryan Duggins ( or 850 245 6335).

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