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🔗Assistant Curator, zooarchaeological specialist

  • Full Time
  • Jamestown, VA
  • $42,000 USD / Year
  • Department: Collections
  • Job Summary: The zooarchaeological specialist will have a particular focus on the faunal, shell, coral, and fossil material in the Jamestown collection, with a focus on collections management.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Minimum: MA or MSc in Anthropology/Archaeology with a focus in Zooarchaeology, archaeological field school training, and 1-3 year’s experience working in an archaeological field or laboratory setting. Successful candidates will have demonstrated abilities in working with many forms of data, legacy collections material, and a strong background with Excel.

    Demonstrated knowledge of prehistoric and/or 17th- through 21st-century material culture, particularly zooarchaeological material from the Mid-Atlantic region.

    Must possess a detail-oriented and organized working style with excellent verbal and written communication skills and a willingness to learn.

    Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.

    Must have a willingness to interact with the public and be part of public media.

  • How to Apply:

    Please submit a CV/resume (maximum 2 pages); cover letter including education, related experience, and relevant interests/specializations via email or mail to:

    Mr. Michael Lavin, Director of Collections (
    and Ms. Leah Stricker, Curator (

    Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation
    1365 Colonial Parkway
    Jamestown, VA 23081

    No phone calls please.

  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Must be able to lift and transport 30 lbs. Occasional field participation as needed, typically working within collections storage space. Work hours 8-4:00pm M-F, in-person with limited remote work potential.
  • Contact Name: Leah Stricker
  • Application Email:
  • Application URL:
  • Application Address: Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation 1365 Colonial Parkway Jamestown, VA 23081

Website Preservation Virginia/Jamestown Rediscovery

Preservation Virginia is one of the countries earliest statewide preservation organizations. A private non-profit, they own 22.5 acres on Jamestown Island, the site of the first permanent English settlement in America, established in 1607. Jamestown Rediscovery is an ongoing archaeological investigation of the 1607 fortification and later use of the site. Established in 1994, the archaeological work has uncovered over 4 million artifacts, curated on-site and presented to the public in the Archaearium, an archaeological museum.

Assist with the care and management of the collections. To include: maintaining organization and inventories of artifacts and samples taken in the field, collaboration with conservation staff when necessary, assistance with preparatory and post-event tasks related to disaster response, support maintenance of inventories of archaeological laboratory supplies, and upholding cleanliness and organization of laboratory areas.

Undertake proper documentation of the artifacts and objects in the collection, including artifact identification and cataloging, long-term artifact housing, data editing and verification of database accuracy, and artifact photography.

Assist with the development and maintenance of the Jamestown Rediscovery Reference Collection, with a particular focus on the faunal and shell Reference Collections.

For faunal material specifically, in collaboration with the Director of Collections and the Curator, facilitate internal and external faunal research, including reviewing and collaborating on outside research requests and grant applications.

Create and maintain a laboratory processing guide and basic faunal/shell artifact identification guide for use in the laboratory by volunteers and students.

Perform basic analysis and prepare general feedback reports on cataloged or inventoried data. Contribute to archaeological reports and papers in the form of database queries and help to facilitate targeted artifact photography.

Participate in public outreach and education-related tasks to include social media, website content, and tours.

Assist to supervise daily laboratory procedures, including supervision of volunteers, field staff, and field school students, and collaboration with conservation staff.

Assist the collections team on special assignments and perform other related duties as required. As the faunal specialist, this would specifically include the development of the faunal Comparative Collection as time and resources allow.

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