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Posted: 01/15/2016

Mount Vernon Ladies Association (George Washington's Mount Vernon)
Historic Preservation and Collections

Mount Vernon is owned and maintained in trust for the people of the United States by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a private, non-profit organization founded in 1853 by Ann Pamela Cunningham. The Association is the oldest national historic preservation organization in the country, and it has always been in the forefront of the restoration field. It is directed by a Board of Regents, comprised solely of women, who represent over 30 states. A Board of Advisors of prominent citizens from across the country meets twice a year to provide additional input on Mount Vernon's governance. The estate, gift shops and dining facilities are operated by 600+ paid employees and over 400 volunteers. Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America and is open 365 days a year. Mount Vernon does not accept grants from federal, state, or local governments, and no tax dollars are expended to support its purposes. Primary sources of income are revenue from the retail and dining facilities, ticket sales, and generous donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals. The estate, gardens and farm of Mount Vernon totaled some 8,000 acres in the 18th century. Today, roughly 500 acres of this historic estate have been preserved 16 miles south of Washington, D.C., on the banks of the Potomac River. Guests visiting the estate can view Washington’s Mansion and many other original structures. The historic footprint also includes the tomb of George and Martha Washington and a memorial dedicated to the enslaved people who lived and worked on the estate. Interpretive spaces such as the Pioneer Farm and George Washington's Gristmill & Distillery provide a rich understanding of Washington's enterprising and profitable business ventures. Offering additional engaging experiences, the Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center include 25 theaters and galleries showcasing Mount Vernon's superb collections. The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon is a groundbreaking center for scholarship and educational outreach on the life of George Washington and the colonial and founding eras. Mount Vernon typically welcomes over 1,000,000 visitors each year.

Research Archaeologist
Research Archaeologist
Professional Opportunity
Mount Vernon, VA
The Research Archaeologist is a full-time, exempt position, working within the Historic Preservation and Collections Department under the direct supervision of the Director of Archaeology.  In addition to supporting MVLAs overall mission to preserve the Associations historic resources, the Research Archaeologist is charged with coordinating field work and maintaining consistency and quality control of Mount Vernons buried resources. 
The incumbent will conduct large-scale excavations designed to research aspects of Mount Vernon, supervise surveys to ensure that construction and landscaping does not impact the archaeological resources and monitor all ground disturbing activities.  The archaeological collections consist of objects uncovered during the twentieth century and researched in our fully-functioning archaeological laboratory where materials are processed, catalogued, analyzed, and stored for future exhibit or study.
- Manage the research objectives and interpretation of archaeological fieldwork, collaborating with the Archaeological Crew Chief on daily logistics and goals
- Work with the Curator of Archaeological Collections in supervision of long-term collections management and storage of archaeological materials and associated paper, film and digital records. Occasionally processes finds and catalogue artifacts
- Prepare and assist in preparation of archaeological reports, articles, and presentations
- Assist with site preparation, special tours, interpretation, and closing sites / site stabilization
- Assist in preparation of archaeological exhibits and displays
- Assist in planning long-term archaeological goals.
- Conduct and assist in monitoring all ground disturbing activity on Association property.Assist with training Mount Vernon staff to ensure that archaeological resources are not compromised during daily operations
- Works with the Director to develop internships for students and young professionals to assist with field work and research aspects of Mount Vernons evolution, archaeological resources and preservation history and present the results utilizing technology and in traditional formats
- Assist with interpreter training and dissemination of archaeological discoveries to ensure that all Mount Vernon employees are familiar with archaeological program
- Represent Mount Vernon at conferences, symposia and committees concerning historical archaeology
- Perform related archaeological assignments as required and undertake other duties as assigned
  • M.A. in Historical Archaeology, Anthropology, History or closely related field required. Phd preferred
  • Solid knowledge of archaeological methods and theory including historical archaeology of the English colonial world, artifact analyses, database functionality, field methodologies, collections management issues and public interpretation
  • Ability to design and conduct research projects as demonstrated through publications and professional papers.Research interests associated with work in colonial and early American historical archaeology and material culture
  • Three to five years field experience in intensive archaeological excavation including two years working on historic Colonial period sites.One year at management or supervisory level
  • Three years experience working in archaeology laboratory processing and analyzing historic artifacts.One year at management or supervisory level
  • Strong computer and records management skills including word processing and database management; knowledge of GIS and web development. Experience using cataloguing databases including Re:discovery and proficiency with DAACS preferred
  • Demonstrated experience supervising, training and mentoring staff, college and graduate level interns and volunteers.Experience and desire to design internships, volunteer projects and research topics for students and volunteers
  • Excellent communication skills reflected in strong and effective writing and speaking, as well as excellent diplomatic skills
  • Flexibility, reliability, and the ability to work beyond standard business hours
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Until Filled

How to apply
Please apply via our website using the link below: http://www.mountvernon.org/about/employment/open-positions-at-mount-vernon/?gnk=job&gni=8a7880ec524468e1015247264f757b9c&gns=http://www.preservenet.cornell.edu/
Luke Pecoraro
Fax: 703.780.8320
P.O. Box 110
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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