Powered by Blogger.

[ShovelBums.Org] Archaeological Technicians, James Madison's Montpelier [VA]


James Madison's Montpelier is currently hiring for two full-time archaeological technicians: one archaeological field technician, and one archaeological laboratory technician.  When applying for these positions, please make it clear in your covering letter which position you are applying for.  You may submit an application for both positions, but to do this you need to submit two unique applications.

* * * 

The Montpelier Foundation is seeking applications for one full-time archaeological field technician and one full-time archaeological laboratory technician.  Both positions have benefits, e.g., health insurance, retirement, vacation, and sick leave.  Both positions are provisionally for two years, with extension beyond this dependent upon the acquisition of further grants.  Montpelier is the plantation home of James Madison and is located in central Virginia.

Over the next two seasons we will be conducting excavations at several early-19th-century slave quarter sites.  The excavation and analysis of these sites is part of a larger NEH-funded project to examine the enslaved community at Montpelier.  Similar to other slave quarters excavated at Montpelier over the past two years, these quarters were abandoned in 1844.  Unlike the others, however, these were allowed to decay in place thereby resulting in an incredible array of abandonment strata and intact occupation strata.  In addition, this set of quarters has never been plowed.

During the winter season, we will be continuing surveys of the property looking for late-18th and early-19th-century plantation sites (slave quarters and work areas) as well as any other historic sites location on the property.  These investigations will involve Phase I and limited Phase II investigations.

For applications to the field position, please send a cover letter detailing your level of archaeological experience as it applies to 18th and 19th-century archaeological sites and the identification of historical material culture, a 1-2 page resume, and a list of references.  Candidates must have a bachelors degree (BA, BS) in Anthropology or a related field, and be able to effectively communication archaeological techniques and methods to untrained volunteers, students, and visitors.  The successful candidate should also have participated in a recognized archaeological field school, and have at least 1-2 years of experience in full-time archaeological work.  This field position works a Monday to Friday schedule.

For the laboratory technician position, the successful candidate should be experienced in identifying and cataloging 18th and 19th-century material culture, laboratory methods and protocols, conservation of iron and other artifacts, and be able to contribute to interpretive spaces and displays.  Candidates must have a bachelors degree (BA, BS) in Anthropology or a related field, and be able to effectively communication archaeological techniques and methods to untrained volunteers, students, and visitors.  As with the field technician position, the laboratory technician should have taken a recognized field school, and additional experience in the field is a plus.  The laboratory position works a Saturday to Wednesday schedule.

The Montpelier Archaeology Department runs two historical archaeological field schools a year, and from 12-16 one-week archaeology programs for adult volunteers per year, as well as interpreting archaeology to the visiting public. (approximately 5-6 months of the year are spent teaching).  As such, the successful candidates will have a proven record of working with and teaching volunteers, students, and interns. 

Rental housing is immediately available at Montpelier and will be shared with another archaeologist (~$300/month).  The accommodation is very basic, though it will suffice while you look for alternate accommodations should you select to do so.  Salary is $12,00 per hour with an additional $1.00 per hour raise after a successful 6-month review.

Applications need to be received by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 5th, 2012, via email to

For further information, please see the following:  (Archaeology page)  (Archaeology 'blog) summary of research project on enslaved community

Please do not respond to this email, but direct your replies and applications to Dr. Reeves at

Recent Activity:
-------- <- cut and forward here -> --------

***Please post or forward the following attachment to colleagues***
                 ------------- - 2nd only to the trowel---
15,000+ of your peers can't be wrong. Find out more at:

The most important aspect of this list is that it is for one purpose only.: announcing jobs/non paying volunteer postings in the international CRM field at all levels; Field Tech, Professors, SHPO's, etc...  Caveat Emptor though my friends.  Not all jobs pay the same, nor is their treatment of employees the same - as the companies are checking your references, you should also check them out - make sure they pay fair wages, treat their employees professionally, and do quality work.  If you have at least a BA you deserve fair remuneration, so ask for it, and in turn you provide your employer with excellent service.   You ARE a trained professional, NOT a "shovelbum"  - the name is in jest - act professional, expect to be treated like one.

Join/change settings @

Unsubscribe send a blank e-mail to:

R. Joe Brandon - Founder

            ----- Useful CRM employment links ----- Join acra-L  the best mailing list a CRM professional can be on.  SouthWest US work resource links. all things archaeology. Underwater archaeology job updates

ShovelBums hiring rule #1.  Always call 2-3 references before taking on a crew member!
<a Href="> </a>

Shovel Bum & Shovel Bums are Trademarks of 1999-2004


  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • RSS


Post a Comment