Job: Archaeological Laboratory Technician

Archaeological Laboratory Technician

position description

Position Summary:

The Archaeological Laboratory Technician provides strategic support to the curatorial department through the management of artifacts as they move through the various stages of artifact processing. The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for collections management tasks including cataloging, mending, and labeling artifacts. The Archaeological Laboratory Technician will also assist the curators in the development of the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological reference collection through rehousing, inventory, and artifact retrieval.

key roles and responsibilities
  • Assist curators in the organization, processing, and storage of archaeological materials.
    • Maintain organization of artifact bags prior to washing and manage inventories of samples or other types of archaeological materials housed in the collections facility.
    • Notify the Assistant Curator and Conservators of artifacts that require immediate attention.
    • Undertake specialized tasks such as mending ceramic artifacts, artifact labeling, picking water screened material, and flotation.
    • Prepares and catalogs artifacts into the database according to laboratory procedures and standards and prepare general feedback reports on cataloging.
    • Assist in boxing and storing washed artifacts.
  • Assist the Curator of Archaeological Collections in developing the Jamestown Rediscovery Reference collection.
    • Locate artifacts designated for inclusion in the reference collection by the curators and rehouse in the archive artifacts removed from the reference collection.
    • Create and maintain inventory of artifacts stored in the vault cabinets.
    • Write reference collection labels for reference collection artifacts.
    • Ensure the correct measurements and typologies are included with uncatalogued artifacts for cataloging by curators.
  • Work alongside and assist Assistant Curator in supervising laboratory volunteers.
    • With the curators, update the in-house laboratory manual for volunteer, intern, and staff use when necessary.
  • Facilitate artifact photography by preparing artifacts for and providing metadata to the staff photographer.
  • Provide interpretation and outreach to visitors, colleagues, and guests through public archaeology tours, specialized tours and events, and content creation for Jamestown Rediscovery social media platforms.
  • Provide general assistance to students, field staff, and volunteers.
  • Responsible for general lab maintenance and cleanliness. Notifies Assistant Curator of inventory status of incoming material as well as supplies.
  • Assist curators on special assignments and performs other related duties as required.

Minimum: BA in Anthropology, American Studies, History, or related field, archaeological field school training or one year’s experience working in an archaeological laboratory setting.

Demonstrated knowledge of prehistoric and/or 17th- through 21st-century material culture. Must possess a detail-oriented and organized working style with excellent verbal and written communication skills and a willingness to learn. Working knowledge of Excel. 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. Additionally, must be able to lift and transport 30 lbs.

preferred qualifications

Knowledge of early 17th-century material culture; familiarity with artifact databases such as TMS, Re:Discovery, DAACS, ICMS, or other.


Position is full-time, with benefits

Work hours 8-4:00pm M-F

to apply

Please submit a CV/resume (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, Curator (

Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation

1365 Colonial Parkway

Jamestown, VA 23081

application deadline: March 15, 2022

No phone calls please.

The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation is committed to supporting preservation, education, and the archaeological investigation of Historic Jamestowne, the original site of the first permanent English settlement in America.  Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation of Preservation Virginia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.