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🔗Archaeological Laboratory Analyst

  • Full Time
  • Mount Vernon, VA
  • 20 USD / Hour
  • Department: Historic Preservation
  • Job Qualifications:


    • B.A. in Historical Archaeology, Anthropology, Historic Preservation, History or closely related field required; M.A. preferred.
    • Completion of an archaeological field school.
    • 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.
    • At least two years of experience working in the field of historical archaeology, at least 6 months of which spent working in an archaeological laboratory process and analyzing artifacts, preferred.
    • Experience and demonstrated knowledge of the material culture of the 18th-21st century Atlantic world. Familiarity with Late Archaic-Woodland period native material culture preferred.
    • Proficiency with the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS), and/or similar databases such as Re:Discovery Proficio, preferred.
    • Excellent communication skills, reflected in strong and effective writing and speaking, as well as excellent diplomatic skills.
    • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work independently and as part of a team.
    • Flexibility, reliability, and the ability to work beyond a normal work day.
    • Ability to successfully complete a security background check.
  • How to Apply:

    Be prepared to submit a resume/cv and cover letter.

  • Job benefits: Health, Vision, and Dental, Life Insurance, Paid time off, etc
  • Application URL:

Website George Washington's Mount Vernon

Open 365 days of the year, Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America. Over 96 million people have visited Mount Vernon since 1860, when the estate officially opened to the public. Today, Mount Vernon welcomes an average of one million guests each year. The estate, gardens, and farm of Mount Vernon totaled some 8,000 acres in the 18th century. Presently, an estimated 500 acres of this historic property have been painstakingly preserved along the banks of the Potomac River.

Position Overview:

The Archaeological Analyst is a full-time, non-exempt-status position, working within the Department of Historic Preservation and Collections under the direct oversight of the Curator of Preservation Collections and indirect oversight of the Director of Historic Preservation. The Archaeological Analyst is charged with assisting and supporting the Curator of Preservation Collections in processing the archaeological collection for assigned projects and managing lab facilities.

Starting at $20.00/hour

Expected Hours:
40 hours/week

Essential Functions:

  • Catalogue artifacts from ongoing excavations
  • Assist the Curator of Preservation Collections in:
  • Managing and training volunteers, interns, and field school students in conducting the full range of standard archaeological lab procedures
  • Designing exhibits and preparing for internal and external loans
  • Organizing and updating comparative artifact collection
  • Conduct historical research, artifact analyses and contributes to preparing archaeological reports, articles, and presentations
  • Conduct the full range of artifact processing activities including washing, sorting, and labelling artifacts
  • Interpret Mount Vernon material culture to the public and conduct tours of the archaeology lab
  • Conduct and supervise specialized processing including water screening and flotation
  • Undertake other duties as assigned


  • 403(b) Retirement plan with employer matching
  • Employee recognition at 5 years of service
  • Monthly employee events
  • Employee referral program
  • On-site Library
  • Discount on Public Event Tickets
  • Discount in the Mount Vernon Shops
  • Discount at the Mount Vernon Inn and Food Court Pavilion
  • Free parking
  • Health, Vision, and Dental insurance
  • Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance
  • Paid leave for Sick Time, Vacation and Holidays
  • Flexible spending account for medical care

Mount Vernon is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to building and retaining a team that represents a variety of skills, experiences and perspectives.  All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, performance, and qualifications without regard to race, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, gender/sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital or domestic partnership status, veteran and military status, family or parental status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. Mount Vernon will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.