Community Archaeologist

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is recruiting a Community Archaeology Producerto join the LEAP (Learning, Engagement, Access and Participation) team in Portsmouth and deliver engagement in the ‘Diving Deep’ project which is based on excavation of the 1758 wreck of HMS Invincible.

This is an exciting opportunity to engage audiences with an on-going dive project and with new discoveries. You will be responsible for delivery of the HLF activity plan, working closely with the grantee, MAST (Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust) and our partners at Bournemouth University. You will have a sound knowledge of archaeology and working with volunteers. The role will require you to oversee the development of an exhibition that will be displayed both in Chatham Historic Dockyard and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and of accompanying learning resources.

Reporting to the head of Access and Participation, this role is pivotal in creating the NMRN’s vision to become the world’s most inspiring Naval Museum.



The Department of Historic Resources is seeking to fill one Conservator position for a two-year project focusing on the retreatment of the Betsy.

The Agency was awarded a National Maritime Heritage Grant by the National Park Service to focus on the re-treatment of the Betsy, a ship scuttled during the Revolutionary War. The selected individual will work under the direction of the full-time Conservator focusing on the re-treatment of the organic artifacts from the Betsy with the goal being to stabilize these objects and make them available for exhibition and research. Betsy is an important survival from the American Revolution and is frequently requested for exhibitions. About half of the ship and its contents survive and are in the collections at the Agency. Essential duties will consist of: developing a plan for the re-treatment of large amounts of organic materials; determine the best course of treatment for the artifacts and perform this treatment; research and recommend supplies required for the treatment; work with volunteers and interns; perform outreach activities such as: presenting papers at professional conferences, preparing artifacts for loan, blogging or other social media about the project, and other activities. THIS POSITION IS A GRANT FUNDED POSITION FOR TWO YEARS, LIMITED TO 1500 HOURS PER YEAR AND IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR STATE BENEFITS.

More than one QAR Job

I wanted to let you know of 2 job opportunities with the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab located in Greenville, NC. We are seeking a QAR Lab Office Manager as well as a QAR Conservator, both full-time permanent positions with the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Office of State Archaeology. Please note the closing dates for each.

 Archaeological Technician (QAR Lab Office Manager), closes July 5:

 Archaeologist I (QAR Conservator), closes July 9:

QAR Conservator

he QAR Conservator will be an archaeological conservation professional and will have training and experience in the conservation of archaeological materials preferably from a marine environment from recovery through 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 and analytical samples 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; assessment reports on 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 should have the ability to work as part of a team and cooperatively with others. Have good oral and written communication skills for professional, as well as public audiences at education and outreach activities, including training and supervising students and interns. 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 will report to the QAR Lab Director/Chief Conservator (Archaeology Supervisor).

Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstruction

Dear all,

External applications are now open for our popular topic Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstruction, scheduled from 17-21 September 2018.

This topic provides students with the theoretical and practical training necessary for researching ships and ship construction. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of recording, representing and interpreting ship construction. Students should expect to learn nautical terminology, the basic components of a ship and activities aboard, principles of ship construction and rigging, procedures for taking and drafting ship lines and construction plans, hull analysis, procedures for graphic representation of hulls and principles of reconstructing ships.  This topic is challenging, demanding and hands-on; students are expected to participate fully in problem-solving exercises.


This topic will be taught in the intensive mode (one week) and SCUBA diving qualifications are not required for participation.

The course is open to non-Flinders student for the cost of tuition. Credit for the course may be applied to home universities. This is also an excellent opportunity for current practicing professionals interested in staff development training. For more details and to apply to the topic please see:

Any questions, just email

Kind regards,


Wendy van Duivenvoorde
Associate Professor in Maritime Archaeology
co-Chair UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology 20152018
Department of Archaeology | Flinders University
GPO Box 2100 | Adelaide, SA 5001 | AUSTRALIA
CRICOS Provider: 00114A
Physical location: Humanities, room 277
Phone  +61 8 8201 5195 | E-mail