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Getting a Job in Archaeology

Have Trowel Will Travel: The Contact List

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The first job in archaeology most people get is as a field technician. You'll need to be at least started on a bachelor's degree in Anthropology or Archaeology to get most of the jobs listed here, and you'll need to have at least one field school experience in your back pocket. Then you'll be ready to hang our your sign reading Have Trowel Will Travel.

Specially created for this feature, the American Cultural Resource Firms list consists of mid-sized to large archaeological contract firms, who have a regular, although inconstant need for field and laboratory technicians. The purpose of the list is to allow field technicians to network with these firms, and keep abreast of the contracts available. Many of these firms do contract work in more than one state or country.

By adding their name to the list, none of the firms promise that they presently or at any particular time have a field or laboratory position open. Further, listing of these firms does not imply an endorsement by About.com or your guide.

Recommendations for Potential Field or Laboratory Assistants

  • Submit your resume as an email attachment
  • Update your status every few months (or as addresses/availability change)
  • Include in your cover letter information on how to make contact with you(e-mail address(es), telephone numbers, contact names, etc.) as jobs usually go to those most easily contacted

Field Assistant Contacts

American Cultural Resource Firms. A list of medium to large contract archaeology firms who occasionally need field and laboratory technicians

Other Contact Possibilities

In addition to the individual companies listed above, information concerning possible field and laboratory jobs may be acquired through a search of the web sites listed in the Cultural Resource Firms, or from one of the links below.
  • Making a Career in Archaeology
    A collection of resources from education to job hunting.
  • ACRA: Hire a Consultant
    The American Cultural Resources Association is the business society for the cultural resources business community in the US, including historic preservation, history, archaeology, architectural history, historical architecture, and landscape architecture. Some of these businesses may need personnel at any given time.
  • The Archaeological Fieldwork Server
    The granddaddy of all fieldwork servers, now run by the Archaeological Institute of America, and a very good place to look for fieldschools and volunteer opportunities as well.
  • Anthropology Careers
    Advice on careers in anthropology from Sharlotte Neely of University of Northern Kentucky.
  • The British Archaeological Jobs Resource
    One of the largest job sites on the web today hosts the Digger Magazine, has lists of every county officer and heritage centre in the UK, lists of contractors, practical guides, games, and a wealth of other very useful information
  • Cultural Resource Network
    Cultural Resource Network is a clearing house of information for all cultural resource management, including architecture, historic preservation, museum studies and archaeology.
  • Job Digger
    From Joshua Wells at Indiana University, a place to post your job listing want ad (employer or employee).
  • National Association of State Archaeologists
    Each state in the United States has a state archaeologist; they often have lists of cultural resource manager firms working in their state.
  • Shovelbums.org
    R. Joe Brandon's Shovelbums.org is the world's largest employment resource for Archaeology and CRM on a moderated mailing list.

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