Topic ID #40075 - posted 8/29/2018 9:15 AM

Assistant Archaeological Conservator


St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc.
St. Augustine, FL

Job Title:

Assistant Archaeological Conservator

Reports to: Director of Archaeological Conservation
Department: Collections Division
Duration: Period of the grant

Job Summary:


Primary duty is to assist the Director of Archaeological Conservation and other Lighthouse Conservators in the management of an archaeological conservation laboratory, treating and processing mainly waterlogged material culture recovered from shipwrecks and other maritime sites. Provide administrative support to assist in the Collections Division mission of preserving collections to the highest standards. Work to ensure that the laboratory runs smoothly in coordination with its parent organization.


General duties include, but are not limited to, assisting with the day-to-day operation of the Museum, laboratory and office administration, computer analytical work, equipment maintenance, report writing and production, possible fieldwork, and public education and outreach activities. Assist other Museum staff in maintaining laboratory and office professionalism, strong interoffice and external communication, and project evaluation.


Major Responsibilities:


·         Help manage the wet lab and help oversee artifact treatment, processing, and curation.

·         Supervise students and volunteers and provide training in laboratory procedures and safety protocols. 

·         Assist in the maintenance and administration of the wet lab and other working areas.

·         Assist in the Museum’s public archaeology programs and help support various outreach events on and off Lighthouse grounds.

·         Assist in training Museum staff and volunteers in conservation methods, interpretation, and ethics.

·         Effectively use computer programs and empirical research based systems.

·         Insure the success of all programs at the Lighthouse as a team player and support personnel.

·         Other duties as assigned.




This is a temporary, fulltime, professional position available only during the period of the grant funding the position.  Current grant funding through June 2019.  Will help direct supervisors, students, and volunteers.  As a member of the collections team, will work closely with the archaeological and educational teams. 




BA in anthropology, archaeology, or a related field and at least three years relevant experience in archaeological conservation laboratory. MA in anthropology, archaeology, or a related field strongly desired.  Must have formal training and experience in the conservation of waterlogged material culture recovered from shipwreck and other maritime archaeological sites.  Must be highly organized and a strong communicator.  Basic computer skills and experience with word processing, data-base systems management, and analytic archaeological software.  Excellent presentation skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Outstanding interpersonal and management skills


Essential Functions/Physical Requirements:

The duties above indicated the essential functions of the job. Optional flexibilities are required to meet sudden and unpredictable business needs of a modest amount (10-15%) of business travel is required.  Must be able to climb the lighthouse tower and perform required duties for periods of 2.5 - 3 hours in Florida outdoor climate.  A moderate amount of heavy lifting is required 25-30 lbs..


Interested Applicant should send Cover Letter, Resume / CV to:

Martin Corlieto


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