Position: Archaeological Conservator
Warren Lasch Conservation Center at Clemson University
North Charleston, South Carolina
Clemson University is seeking a conservator to assist with the conservation of the American Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley (1864), its associated artifacts, as well as other specialized projects at the Center. The conservator will work in the conservation and maintenance of materials and collections managed by the Warren Lasch Conservation Center (WLCC), working closely with the conservation, archaeological and conservation science teams.
Warren Lasch Conservation Center:
The WLCC at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston is a facility dedicated to advance knowledge and best practices in the analysis, conservation and restoration of materials of historical significance, focusing primarily on artifacts in, and recovered from maritime environments. Our expertise is based on years dedicated to the analysis, preservation and stabilization of the H.L Hunley submarine (1864) and its associated artifacts housed at the WLCC since 2000. We value an integrated approach where conservation practice, archaeology and materials science work together to solve preservation challenges. The facility also houses a state-of-the-art materials analysis and characterization laboratory. For the past 8 years, the WLCC has coordinated an extensive collaborative project with the National Park Service (NPS) designing and applying new treatment approaches to historic outdoor items at two major heritage sites in Charleston, SC.
Both our experience working on complex conservation projects, and our innovative and collaborative approach to conservation, have broadened our area of inquiry to include materials in historic preservation which are been shared with the worldwide scientific community. As a result of our recognized expertise, especially in metal conservation and our growing international reputation, the WLCC was selected to host the triennial meeting of the ICOM-CC Metal Working Group, METAL 2010, in Charleston, SC. It marked the first time the international conference was held in the United States.
A Masters degree in the cultural heritage field is required; a Masters in conservation will be preferred with a minimum of 3 years specialized experience in materials conservation. Applicants must have a broad knowledge of conservation and stabilization techniques of marine archaeological objects and the skill to apply this knowledge to highly degraded and complex materials of all sizes.
The successful candidate should be able to elaborate, execute and supervise the Center’s conservation projects and ensure compliance with established laboratory procedures.
This position requires general knowledge of organic and inorganic chemistry, a good understanding of materials science, and experience in the use of standard and more complex laboratory equipment. Exceptional manual dexterity and care in performing conservation treatments are required, as well as moderate-to-high physical ability to handle large artifacts and equipment.
Individuals seeking this position should have the required knowledge to carry out current data collection methods pertinent to conservation and archaeology and maintain a project database that inventories and registers the location and status of all artifacts, samples, and other technical information.
The successful applicant must be able to maintain a working relationship with individuals from academia, government agencies, and the private sector, and communicate effectively in both oral and written English. Additional requirements: Manual dexterity, Ability to carry out finite work for long periods of time, Ability stand for long periods of time, Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Ability to wear respirators and other required PPE, Good overall physical health.
Job duties would include but are not limited to:
1- Conduct established conservation procedures including examination and treatment of artifacts of a variety of materials and contexts;
2- Identify conservation problems, implement solutions under established conservation guidelines, and make recommendations for resolving difficult or unusual problems in conservation of artifacts;
3- Collaborate with other staff on large scale artifact documentation and treatment activities;
4- Participate in the background research, technical studies, and experimental work to determine the appropriate surface preparation, coating, corrosion inhibition and passivation needed to treat outdoor metal objects and structures;
5- Maintain laboratory upkeep and assist in the ordering of supplies and equipment and maintenance and inventory of materials;
6- Organize, produce and maintain reports of treatments, updates on project status, and dissemination of conservation work.
Applications received by November 10th, 2016 will be given full consideration.
To apply submit a cover letter, a CV and 3 academic/professional references to
Dr Stephanie Crett at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Or apply online at http://www.clemson.edu/employment/prospective/findjobs.html under external applicant staff job board.
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Marine Archaeology Tender: Archaeological Services in Relation to Marine Protection for Historic England
The National Heritage Act 2002 redefined an ‘ancient monument’ to include any site comprising, or comprising the remains of, any vehicle, vessel, aircraft or other movable structure, or part thereof, in, on or under the seabed.
In order to provide for the conservation and enhancement of significant marine heritage assets, including those most at risk through neglect, decay or other threats, within UK territorial waters adjacent to England, Historic England is seeking to procure, within a single contract, assessment functions to support marine protection and management for the two-year period April 2017 to March 2019 (inclusive).
Effective marine protection advice is reliant on the provision of field observations to underpin the core functions of protection and management of, and access to, the marine historic environment in order to realise wider social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits. Both the UK Marine Policy Statement (2011) and the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) recognise the need to protect and manage marine cultural heritage in a manner appropriate to its significance.
Closes 25 October, get your Proposal in.
This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP), Environment Branch for Renewable Energy (ERBE), in Sterling, VA.
The incumbent serves as a Cultural Resource Specialist in the ERBE. The responsibility of the incumbent is to provide the professional expertise and guidance for cultural resources necessary to support planning and decision making related to offshore renewable energy activities.
Closes October 6.
Assists the Historic Conservator with conserving marine and terrestrial archaeological objects.
Processes and documents archaeological objects.
Assists the Historic Conservator with facility and equipment maintenance. This duty includes procuring supplies, arranging for equipment inspections, and ensuring the laboratory workspace remains clean and neat.
Assists the Collections Manager and Historic Conservator with public outreach programs, including laboratory tours and other speaking engagements.
Assists the Historic Conservator with maintaining a safe lab environment, including safety inspections.
Assists the Historic Conservator with instructing and training conservation interns and volunteers.
Performs other related duties as requested.
January 27 – 12 February 2017. Flinders University
The Maritime Archaeology Field School (ARCH 8152/ARCH 3309) provides students with an introduction to the techniques of coastal, intertidal and underwater survey, position fixing, mapping, photography, recording and excavation. Some lectures will be provided on the various research methods and techniques used by maritime archaeologists. The Field School will include practical exercises, field work and associated lecture/seminars.
In 2017, the Flinders University Maritime Archaeology Field School will be taught at an undergraduate level (as ARCH 3309) and graduate level (as ARCH 8152). This year the topic will be based at Phillip Island, Victoria, and run in cooperation with Heritage Victoria. Students may investigate a number of maritime sites on land and underwater.
The 2017 Flinders University maritime archaeology field school will include a shipwreck survey of McHaffie Reef plus a study of a land-based survey of maritime infrastructure and coastal and maritime sites of various ages and types.
Maritime archaeologists from Heritage Victoria inspected the McHaffie Reef shipwreck sites in the 1980s and confirmed that one of them dates possibly to the mid 19th century. The vessel’s remains are partially intact, are of wooden construction, and have an estimated length of 20 metres. In 2012, the team relocated the shipwreck site and tentatively identified its remains as from the Leven Lass. The ship ran aground on Phillip Island to save its cargo after the vessel had sprung a leak in 1854. The archaeological evidence, i.e., construction materials, cargo, vessel size, and wrecking location all correspond to evidence gathered during archival research. The goals of the 2017 field school are to map the remains of Leven Lass, and to date, identify, and record other shipwrecks on McHaffie Reef, and facilitate further maritime archaeological studies of Western Port Bay.
Non-diving students enrolled in the 2017 field school will survey and record details of historic maritime sites to be confirmed by Heritage Victoria. An example of a terrestrial sites includes the steel ship Speke. This large, three-masted steel ship capsized on the southwest side of Phillip Island, where its bow is still a prominent feature on the beach. Non-diving students will also participate on shore-based activity working along with divers, and will undergo topside training and education in underwater archaeology in order to familiarise themselves with the process of maritime fieldwork. This will include taking total station points from shore in partnership with the dive and snorkel team.
The University of California, San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography is seeking a new Program Specialist. As a representative of the Coastal Observing R&D Center (CORDC) at the Marine Physical Laboratory, this position will independently coordinate, lead, and manage projects associated with Project Recover; a program to develop and apply underwater science and technology to find historical sites associated with missing US servicemen from previous overseas conflicts. On behalf of CORDC Director, work with sponsors on planning, programming, budgeting and reporting requirements.
On behalf of the CORDC Director, generate and present briefings, written materials, and performance evaluations of test efforts. Represent CORDC (technical staff, Director) to program sponsors providing extensive technical expertise and solutions to complex problems ensuring research and development efforts meet sponsor’s needs. Provide archaeological expertise of historical sites and permitting requirements. Lead diving operations at underwater wreckage sites. Provide support function to sponsors, including the developing of training curricula and outreach materials for technical assessments of underwater sensors, archaeological sites, and test results from complex at-sea study sites.
Conduct independent research and publication of research in peer-reviewed journals. Work with Department of Defense collaborators, scientists, and sponsors in the scoping of joint research sites potential science and technology that the Center could field expeditions, translation of new methodologies, and communication of survey results. Provide technical expertise, including training and development of training curricula in areas of underwater technology, data fusion, information technology, archival research, and applications to underwater archeology.
- Willing and able to participate in sea cruises or field expeditions, approximately 6 weeks/year.
- Telecommuting arrangements to be considered if work site is near a DOD facility.
- Occasional evenings and weekends may be required. Must be willing and able to travel.
We seek to appoint a highly motivated and productive curator/researcher with a demonstrated track record of research output, international collaboration, external grant funding, collection-based research, and student supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The successful candidate will collaborate with curatorial and academic staff at the QM and JCU to conduct original research. He/she will engage with the public and the wider research community to initiate research on the collections held by the museum and curate these collections to an international standard. The candidate will contribute to the development of innovative public programs and exhibitions in accordance with the strategic priorities of the Queensland Museum, provide guest lectures, and supervise honours and postgraduate students at James Cook University.
NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration & Research (OER) seeks to enhance ocean exploration and scientific knowledge of the unknown or poorly known areas of the ocean. This entails identifying, describing and creating baseline characterizations of new ocean habitats, marine resources and/or processes. In this Announcement, OER is seeking proposals focused on four themes: 1. Exploration of physical, chemical and biological environments and processes within the oceanic water column below ~200m; 2. Exploration of geological, physical, and biological environments as well as biogeochemical processes associated with seamounts; 3. Novel or innovative technologies and methodologies that could increase the pace and scope of ocean exploration, especially exploration of the water column, seamounts, and archaeological sites; and 4. Proposals focused on the discovery and exploration of historically significant submerged marine heritage sites, features and artifacts associated with WWII. Proposals that combine more than one of these exploration themes are encouraged. OER’s overarching objective is to investigate and document poorly known and unknown ocean areas through interdisciplinary exploration, and to advance and disseminate knowledge of the ocean’s physical, geological, chemical, biological, and archaeological environments. Findings from projects and expeditions are anticipated to result in new baseline characterizations; provide better scientific understanding of the processes on U.S. continental margins and the deep ocean; offer new insights into climate variability and marine ecosystems; reveal new or unconventional energy, mineral, biological, and archaeological resources; help identify hazards resulting from extreme events such as submarine volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis; and deliver technology advancements (platforms, sensors, methodologies, etc.) that will increase observational capabilities in the ocean. OER is interested in characterization of seamounts located within regions of the U.S. EEZ or ECS, including the Gulf of Alaska, the NW Atlantic, and the deep regions of Marine Protected Areas. Characterization of physical, chemical, and biological ocean environments associated with seamounts in areas where ocean mining may occur (e.g., regions along the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture) is also of particular interest. OER may also consider proposals focused on other areas that are relevant to OER’s and NOAA’s missions and priorities that would include significant leveraged resources. Archaeology proposals are not restricted to any depth or geographic area.