Job: Native Ceramic Collection Fellow

native virginia ceramic collection fellow

Collection Description: Of Jamestown’s three-million artifacts, over 20,000 ceramic sherds have been identified as being handmade by Virginia’s Native people. This material is a key part of the Jamestown collection, illuminating the lives of those living in Virginia at the time of English arrival. As Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists continue to expand our research questions around the development of Jamestown from a fort town to a port city, the material culture of Virginia Indian life also requires care in collections management and in depth analysis to form a more complete understanding of seventeenth century Virginia.

Primary Function: The goal of this fellowship is to build on the ongoing objectives pertaining to database updating and managing the Reference Collection. This work will focus on the Native Virginian Ceramic collection, which needs substantial effort and specialized expertise to update both the physical materials and the digital records.

duties of the position
  • Attribute level analysis and identification of unique types of selected native Virginian ceramics
  • Collaboration with the curatorial department to assist in the development of cataloging standards
  • Creation of a datatable for input into the digital catalog
  • Potential for expanded research if time and funding permits
  • BA in Anthropology, Archaeology, Geology, American Studies, History or related field, archaeological field school training, preferably with more than one year’s experience working in an archaeological laboratory setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of prehistoric and 17th- through 21st-century material culture.
  • Must possess a detail-oriented and organized working style with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently or as part of a team. Must be able to transport 30lbs.
preferred qualifications
  • MA/MSc or PhD in Anthropology, Archaeology, American Studies, History or related field, previous work with colonial and early republic artifacts; familiarity with the use of artifact databases such as TMS, Re:Discovery, DAACS, or other collections management systems; and a working knowledge of Excel and Access databases.

Part-time position. Compensation will be commensurate with level of skill and experience.

to apply

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

Mr. Michael Lavin, Director of Collections & Conservation
& Ms. Leah Stricker, Associate Curator of Collections
Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation
1365 Colonial Parkway
Jamestown, VA 23081

No phone calls please.

The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation is a subsidiary of Preservation Virginia. Preservation Virginia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.