SECC’s Urban Archaeology Crew will be working with Cumberland Island National Seashore to conduct archaeological monitoring, survey, excavation of archaeological resources, and sometimes as part of technical assistance rendered to other non-NPS heritage partners. Fieldwork includes locating prehistoric and historic sites, recording archaeological and environmental data, maintaining essential field documentation, and reporting the information collected. The project will vary but include shovel testing, pedestrian survey, open excavations, back filling, artifact processing, and use of hand tools to remove vegetation. Laboratory work includes production of field catalogs and inventories of archaeological data, washing and sorting artifacts, analyzing artifacts, and field data, producing maps and drawings, database entry, and cataloging. In addition to archaeological work, projects may include some interdisciplinary work pertaining to natural resource management depending on the needs of the partnering agency.
Crew members will be carrying field packs 20 pounds or more across uneven ground and surfaces along with exposure to the environment. Members need to be comfortable with long hikes in all types of weather conditions and MUST be able to carry work equipment, personal equipment, and at least one gallon of water.
The schedule for the Urban Archaeology Crew will be four weeks in the field, followed by one week of unpaid time off, then returning to the field for an additional four weeks. Members will be expected to report to the SECC office in Chattanooga on the first day. Transportation from the office to Cumberland Island National Seashore will be provided. Driving of personal vehicles into the field is not permitted.
The crew will tent camp in the field for the entire eight-week season if park housing is not available. Workdays are typically 8-10 hours with scheduled breaks throughout the day. Depending on project work and location, other schedule variations may be implemented. While the staff at SECC and partners work to provide consistency throughout the season, personal flexibility is expected and should be prepared for when entering the term as schedules, times, and work locations are subject to change per project needs.
Wages: $400 per week, paid biweekly. A $1,342.86 AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program
Benefits: Food & transportation provided while in the field overnight, uniform shirts, and personal protective equipment. National Park Service (NPS) housing provided while on Cumberland Island. Members will also receive orientations and trainings as available
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