Topic ID #39555 - posted 5/23/2018 8:15 AM

Archaeological Field Technicians (Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest)

Jack Gary

The Department of Archaeology and Landscapes at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest in Bedford County, Virginia has immediate openings for six archaeological field technicians. These positions will begin July 9, 2018, and will continue for four months. There is the possibility of work extending into the late fall and winter. Staff will work a 37.5 hour week and will receive a rate of $13 per hour. No benefits will be provided.


Fieldwork will concentrate on the excavation of the carriage circle on the north side of Jefferson’s retreat house. Work will consist of the careful and efficient removal of gravel and soil layers overlying the original 19th century paving in preparation for restoring the surface. Fieldwork will be strenuous and require the ability to work in hot conditions. Additional responsibilities will include periodic laboratory tasks, such as processing artifacts, data entry, and soil flotation. Candidates should have earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology or a related discipline with training in historical archaeology. Experience with the excavation of complex stratigraphy and landscape features, specialized sample recovery, the use of a total station, and the identification of historic material culture is required.  Preference will be given to candidates with multiple seasons of field experience. The ability to work effectively and independently as a member of a team is essential. No housing or per diem are included. Rental housing may be made available to those interested.


To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology and Landscapes, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest:


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