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Positions at Archaeology and Maritime Heritage International

From: Lisa Mibach <heritage1>
Date: Monday, June 7, 2004
Marine Archaeological Conservators (2 positions)
Archaeology and Maritime Heritage International

Two experienced conservators are sought for an exciting opportunity
to work as part of a team documenting 16th-17th century shipwrecks
in Jamaican waters, starting in January 2005.  The expected duration
the project is two-three years.

Reporting to the Director of Archaeology, one conservator will be
experienced in inorganic materials, the other in organic materials.
Both will have experience working with marine archaeologists in
field excavation situations, in designing and equipping labs, and in
training local technicians.

One conservator will be selected as Head, and will begin part-time
work in September 2004 to design the conservation lab space and
specify equipment and supplies, and to write procedural manuals for
holding, storage, and packing procedures for artifacts from recovery
through shipboard holding to arrival at the lab. Much of this work
may be done before the actual report date on site in Jamaica.

The other conservator will report for work in Jamaica in December.
The two will collaborate for the design, equipping, and supply of
the workspaces and for the procedural manuals.

Both these positions will be as independent self-employed
contractors. Both will be required to carry medical and worker's
compensation insurance valid in Jamaica and home country. The Head
Conservator's contract will be for US$ 67,000/year; the
Conservator's contract for US$ 60,000/year. Work undertaken before
reporting on site for full-time work will be paid on a time- and
cost-incurred pro-rated hourly basis by submission of itemized time

These positions will require relocation to Jamaica for a one-year
term, renewable for additional one-year terms. Families may
accompany the contractor at the contractor's expense; advice and
assistance will be provided for visas, moving, school, and housing

Client The client for this work will be Archaeology and Maritime
Heritage International, LLC, ("AMHI") a  company based in Michigan,

AMHI provides project management services for maritime research,
underwater archaeology, cultural resource management, water-based
recreation, coastal and heritage tourism, and heritage education and
interpretation. AMHI has entered into an agreement with Admiralty
Corporation for the management of a project of archaeological
research and recovery of underwater cultural heritage within the
coastal waters of the country of Jamaica under license of the
Government of Jamaica.


    Graduate degree or equivalent experience in artifact
    conservation, plus 5-10 years progressively responsible

    At least 5 years experience is required with the conservation of
    underwater archaeological materials in land laboratories and
    field conditions.

    Membership in relevant conservation organizations.

    Citizenship eligible for employment visa in Jamaica.


    Knowledge of the integration of marine environmental sampling
    results in the design of appropriate conservation treatments and
    storage environments.

    Knowledge of long-term planning for the conservation of a wide
    assortment of materials from shipwreck excavations.

    Knowledge of analytical and diagnostic techniques (including
    radiography) for marine artifacts and specimens.

    Extensive knowledge of current treatment methods and materials
    for the conservation of marine artifacts and specimens.


    Extensive experience in the design and management of
    conservation processes for objects from marine archaeological

    Extensive experience designing, leading, co-ordinating and
    implementing conservation programs to meet the demands of an
    active underwater archaeology program.

    Experience working in multi-cultural environments.


    Ability to develop and co-ordinate condition documentation,
    conservation treatment and restoration programs.

    Ability to plan, perform, and supervise ongoing conservation
    work in the laboratory and field conditions.

    Demonstrated ability to manage a high volume workload, set
    priorities and meet multiple deadlines.

    Sound knowledge of, and ability to implement occupational health
    and safety programs.

    Ability to advise on exhibition environmental specifications,
    object supports, and packing and shipping of fragile excavated
    artifacts for exhibit in environmentally variable venues.

    Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Skills: Demonstrated organizational and planning skills. Skills in
analysis and identification of artifactual materials and
deterioration products. Skills in developing and adapting proven
treatments to local requirements. Skills in recruitment, training,
and supervision of local staff. Computer skills, including text,
graphics and photo-correction software, use of collections
databases, and participation in database development for recording
of conservation records in project database. Skills in liasing with
archaeological specialists and government officials. Excellent
interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills.

Please send by July 9, 2004 a cover letter describing how you meet
the Requirements, CV and references (supervisor, peer, and related
specialist), and sample documentation of treatments by mail or email

    Lisa Mibach
    Heritage Resource Management
    100 Holland Avenue
    Ottawa ON K1Y 0X6 Canada
    heritage1 [at] sympatico__ca

Candidates who pass the initial screening will be asked to respond
to written situational questions. Successful applicants will be
interviewed by telephone using a standardized format for the final
selection. There will be no requirement to travel for the

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