Underwater Project Archaeologist


HJF is seeking an Underwater Project Archaeologist to provide professional and scientific assistance pertaining to DPAA’s partner-related activities. This position regularly interfaces with employees, consultants, partners, and contractors, and communicates through briefings and written products with Agency leadership, U.S. Government employees, family members, foreign officials, and partners as well as potential partners.


  • Assist with the planning and implementation of field activity-related partnerships to contribute to DPAA’s mission.
  • Coordinate partner-related field activity efforts.
  • Complies with all DPAA requirements for reporting and coordinating and all plans and results through all appropriate channels.
  • Occasionally travel for partnership development or assistance, or other activities as required by DPAA.
  • Work directly and independently with clients; follows all client policies and procedures.
  • Protect organization’s value by keeping information confidential.
  • May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • General knowledge of DPAA mission and past field activities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of DPAA field activity requirements.
  • Knowledge of mission planning, execution, oversight, and logistical support.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning underwater field archaeological survey and/or excavation projects with varying levels of complexity, technologies, and methodologies.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the theories and practical applications of archaeology.
  • Has current or recent advanced dive certifications.
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with all levels or an organization to include management and mission partners in an independent manner to achieve required results.
  • Proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat.
  • A demonstrated history of initiative and achievement.
  • Experience supporting and anticipating mission needs and demonstrating problem-solving skills.
  • Experience working independently with minimal direction or supervision.
  • Experience performing tasks under tight deadlines and managing shifting priorities.

Physical Capabilities 

  • Lifting: Requires lifting materials up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to stand or sit at a computer for prolonged periods


Work Environment 

  •  Takes place in a typical office environment.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree required; PhD preferred
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience

As per Executive Order 14042, all HJF employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination or an approved religious or medical accommodation will be required.

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