The Research Archaeologist is a full-time, exempt position, working within the Historic Preservation and Collections Department under the direct supervision of the Director of Archaeology. In addition to supporting MVLAs overall mission to preserve the Associations historic resources, the Research Archaeologist is charged with coordinating field work and maintaining consistency and quality control of Mount Vernons buried resources.
The incumbent will conduct large-scale excavations designed to research aspects of Mount Vernon, supervise surveys to ensure that construction and landscaping does not impact the archaeological resources and monitor all ground disturbing activities. The archaeological collections consist of objects uncovered during the twentieth century and researched in our fully-functioning archaeological laboratory where materials are processed, catalogued, analyzed, and stored for future exhibit or study.
- Manage the research objectives and interpretation of archaeological fieldwork, collaborating with the Archaeological Crew Chief on daily logistics and goals
- Work with the Curator of Archaeological Collections in supervision of long-term collections management and storage of archaeological materials and associated paper, film and digital records. Occasionally processes finds and catalogue artifacts
- Prepare and assist in preparation of archaeological reports, articles, and presentations
- Assist with site preparation, special tours, interpretation, and closing sites / site stabilization
- Assist in preparation of archaeological exhibits and displays
- Assist in planning long-term archaeological goals.
- Conduct and assist in monitoring all ground disturbing activity on Association property.Assist with training Mount Vernon staff to ensure that archaeological resources are not compromised during daily operations
- Works with the Director to develop internships for students and young professionals to assist with field work and research aspects of Mount Vernons evolution, archaeological resources and preservation history and present the results utilizing technology and in traditional formats
- Assist with interpreter training and dissemination of archaeological discoveries to ensure that all Mount Vernon employees are familiar with archaeological program
- Represent Mount Vernon at conferences, symposia and committees concerning historical archaeology
- Perform related archaeological assignments as required and undertake other duties as assigned
Solid knowledge of archaeological methods and theory including historical archaeology of the English colonial world, artifact analyses, database functionality, field methodologies, collections management issues and public interpretation
Demonstrated experience supervising, training and mentoring staff, college and graduate level interns and volunteers.Experience and desire to design internships, volunteer projects and research topics for students and volunteers