Maritime Archaeology Fellow


Location: Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) 816 State Street Madison, Wisconsin

Type of Employment: Full-time (40 hours per week), for a length of 14 weeks. Work hours are flexible between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; evening and weekend work required.

Wage: $14.00 per hour

The Wisconsin Historical Society Maritime Preservation and Archaeology Program and the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute are seeking a graduate-level Maritime Archaeologist to fill a fellowship position. This position works under staff maritime archaeologists and State Archaeologist in the State Historic Preservation Office to preserve the maritime archaeological legacy of Wisconsin. This is a Limited Term Employee.

The archeologist will work on specific grant related projects, conducting research and analysis, as well as underwater archaeological fieldwork. The fellowship is part of a two-year grant funded by the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute to research and complete a Regional Context on scow schooners in the Great Lakes, providing a comparative analysis of their construction, use, and ties to Wisconsin’s broader maritime cultural past. They will be assigned tasks by the current archaeological staff and will carry them out with the assistance of volunteers or other archaeologists. The applicant must have knowledge and experience in conducting underwater archaeological diving operations and use of manual underwater mapping equipment. Knowledge of the operation of research vessels and project vehicles is not required but preferred. The applicant is responsible for daily completion of field tasks, project notes and maps, and for basic maintenance of project equipment.

The archaeologist will conduct historical research, write reports based upon archaeological and archival research, and complete other project-related tasks and other duties as assigned.

The archaeologist will also develop interpretive materials, prepare materials for the program’s websites, public programing, and historic shipwreck moorings.

This position requires extensive travel for fieldwork, presentations, and meetings. These activities usually include some weekend and evening hours. The position also requires the ability to conduct underwater archaeological surveys in cold water environments at depths ranging from 0 to 130 ft.

Goals and Worker Activities

25% A. Conduct Archeological Field Research

A1. Assist with preparations and field work for the field projects

A2. Work on post processing after the field project is complete, analyze field drawings and field notes

A3. Assist in the reexamination of previously surveyed scow-schooner wreck sites in Wisconsin

A4. Assist with ROV operations, diving, and analysis of scow schooner sites in Wisconsin

55% B. Conduct Archival Research, Develop Historic Context, Update Websites

B1. Compile and sort through historical information pertinent to current grant projects, and synthesize field notes to complete a detailed site description

B2. Write summary paragraphs for project related wrecks for websites and update images, locations, and other information

B3. Update Wisconsin Historic Preservation Database (WHPD) with detailed information about the project wrecks

B4. Analyze how the development of scow-schooners in other regions, such as San Francisco and New Zealand, compared to the use and design of scows in the Great Lakes

B5. Complete a Historic Context on scow schooners in full with the assistance of staff archaeologists

B6. Collect archaeological reports and maritime literature on scow-schooner wreck sites throughout the Great Lakes and analyze site notes, drawings, photographs, and historical information for additional interpretation

B7. Develop an addition to the Multiple Property Documentation Great Lakes Shipwrecks of Wisconsin for scow-schooners

B8. Write description of the design, development, and use of scow schooners throughout the Great Lakes region, and place them within a larger historical and cultural context

10% C. Public Outreach.

C1. Respond to written, electronic, and verbal requests for information about archaeological sites from professional, avocationalists, and other members of the public regarding the archaeology of Wisconsin.

C2. Provide lectures, presentations, and workshops on Wisconsin’s maritime archeology as requested.

10% D. Complete other tasks as assigned by the State Archaeologist and staff maritime archaeologists

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The candidate must be a current graduate student and must also demonstrate experience in conducting historical research, report writing based upon the archaeological and archival research.

The applicant must have, at a minimum, a Nitrox Diver certification and a valid driver’s license. Preference will be given to applicants with a Drysuit Diver certification.

The position requires the ability to conduct underwater archaeological surveys in cold water environments at depths ranging from 0 to 130 ft.


Excellent written and oral communication skills
Effective interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds and have the physical dexterity and flexibility necessary to work in an office and maritime environment.
Ability to work independently, setting priorities and exercising independent judgment and meet deadlines.
Ability to use computer applications, including Microsoft Office Suite, PowerPoint, Internet, etc.
Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
Ability to travel independently around the state, including evenings and weekends.

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Re-Posted: Maritime Archaeology Lead

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Gray & Pape, a national and international cultural heritage management firm, is seeking a full-time Practice Leader – Maritime Services. The successful candidate will possess the skills, abilities, education, and experience to lead the Maritime Services practice group, foster innovation in marine projects, lead and mentor members of the practice group, and provide quality control in all Maritime projects and proposals. The Practice Leader – Maritime Services functions as a Principal-in-Charge, Project Manager, and/or Principal Investigator on all projects, and assures that all work products address the RFP/SOW requirements and provide professionally defensible methods. The Practice Leader – Maritime Services will support business development, foster productive relationships with clients, prepare/review proposals, and grow internal capabilities to meet our clients’ needs. Responsibilities will also include community outreach and tribal engagement.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a minimum of M.A./M.S. in Anthropology, or related field, with an emphasis in underwater archaeology, plus 8 years supervisory and project management experience in maritime archaeology; experience as a professional marine archaeologist in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic US is preferred. The successful candidate must be able to function as a Qualified Marine Archaeologist (QMA) to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management standards regarding identification and treatment of historic properties in federal waters. Ability to work from our Providence, RI, office is preferred.

The Maritime Practice Leader must have proven ability and experience with collecting and interpreting data from geophysical surveys using remote-sensing technologies, including side-scan sonar, magnetometer, gradiometer, sub-bottom profiler systems, and multibeam to identify potential cultural resources (historical and pre-contact). The candidate should also be a certified diver and have experience utilizing Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) to assess targets of interest. Experience overseeing dive-related cultural resources projects and submerged paleo-landscapes is strongly preferred. Other applicable skills and experience include: demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and on budget. The successful candidate must possess a thorough understanding of the legal frameworks of the position and industry. A driver’s license is required.

This position may require up to 40% travel. Frequently this travel is outside the local area and includes overnight stays.

Gray & Pape offers a competitive pay and benefits package, including paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, health and disability insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan.  A complete job description is available upon request. If you are ready to join our team, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Charity Touchette, HR Manager, The position is open until filled and we will be interviewing qualified applicants immediately.

Call for Applications: Basic Underwater Archaeology Course 2019

The International Centre for Underwater Archaeology Zadar (ICUA) is organizing a 2-week Basic underwater archaeology course that will take place in Zadar, Croatia during period from 2nd – 13th September 2019.

The course will consist of theoretical and practical (hands on) instruction in underwater documentation and archaeological excavation. The main aim of the course is to to allow the participants acquire the best possible knowledge of basic underwater archaeology research techniques.

The course is organized with financial support of the Ministry of culture of the Republic of Croatia. Practical organization is coordinated by ICUA in cooperation with lecturers and instructors from Global History of Capitalism Project (Oxford Centre for Global History, University of Oxford) from United Kingdom, Römisch-Germanische Kommission (RGK) from Germany and guest lecturer from Archaeological museum in Zadar. Theoretical lessons will be held in ICUA premises. Practical instruction will take place in the frame of archaeological researches on the roman harbor site Sukošan, Zadar environs. The basic archaeology course will be complemented by courses in specialty diving according to the requirements of the SSI / PADI system

Tender: Geotechnical and Underwater Archaeology Survey!ut/p/b1/hZBPC4JAEMU_Ucy4q2MdzT-rYWmalnsRIZOFzEtE9OlbhS5BNrcHv_dm5oGEyrCQOBJZHE4gb81Ddc1dDbfmChVIaddO6e-daMVRZKmPbJ3ZZAaJlghl3zxVr17tGQ5QeWOApNr0E9cNQobLnHvIYq8oKBwl00ClAfwxDk7-Xwvx47e4a5abMqU8EohRGHhxod8QjP75jyAnZC5hAuZOnF-CsAuHvv0uL1lnuotNuj2kghmINDbmQy_VQmaXPFqI7g0-L3bZ/

Valencia port authority has called a tender for the geotechnical and underwater archaeological survey campaign for the container dock project of the northern extension of the harbour, at an estimated value of €1.4 million euro ($1.6 million).

The port has launched the project to expand the port, which will include a future container terminal with a berth of about two km in length and a draft of 20 metres, an adjacent esplanade area of some 137 hectares, a maritime access canal, road and rail connection.

The duration of the contract is seven months and the deadline for receiving offers will expire on June 19.


Receiver of Wreck

Do you have exceptional interpersonal skills? Do you have an understanding of the legislation and policy which applies in the marine environment and impacts on wreck and salvage issues? Would you relish an interesting and unusual opportunity within Government?

Do you have experience of engaging directly with external customers and/or members of the public?

If so, we are looking for a Receiver of Wreck to join us at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and we’d love to hear from you.

This is a pivotal role and historic, which provides the function through which much of Part IX of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 is administered, operated and enforced.

As the Receiver of Wreck for the UK, you will deal with matters of wreck and salvage in UK waters and wreck brought within UK waters. You will find yourself dealing with wreck material from the Bronze Age all the way through to the operational response to current incidents involving wreck and salvage.

This is a unique, challenging and rewarding role where you will have the opportunity to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, from colleagues across the MCA to Ministers, wider Government and industry stakeholders to name just a few.