Topic ID #41468 - posted 9/3/2019 4:52 PM

Field Technicians (Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest)

Eric Proebsting

Archaeological Field Technicians (Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest)

The Department of Archaeology and Landscapes at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest in Bedford County, Virginia has immediate openings for four archaeological field technicians. These positions will begin September 30, 2019, and will continue for at least four weeks. There is the possibility of work extending into the beginning of November. 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 oval flower beds associated with Jefferson’s ornamental landscape to prepare for their restoration. It will consist of the careful and efficient excavation and recovery of evidence related to layers and features associated with Poplar Forest’s ornamental grounds in front of Jefferson’s retreat house. 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, and the identification of historic material culture is desired.  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 per diem is included; however, rental housing is available for a nominal fee to those interested.

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

For additional information call (434) 534-8102 or email

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