Archaeological Research Institute

(900 Hour) Outreach and Operations Assistant – ArchaeoCorps Service Position

Explore the Past to Preserve the Future!

As an ArchaeoCorps Corps Service Member in the AmeriCorps program at the Archaeological Research Institute (ARI), your purpose is to actively contribute to the organization’s mission through responsible, ethical, and methodical archaeological research and public education. Your responsibilities will involve assisting in archaeological research both in the field and lab, educating the public about archaeology, land stewardship, and the significance of preservation, as well as managing various aspects of the organization’s operations. You will work closely with interns, students, volunteers, and visitors in public archaeology programs, ensuring their understanding and active involvement. All service member positions will encompass a combination of public interpretation, fieldwork, and lab work, with a primary emphasis on engaging the public.

Position Description:

The Outreach and Operations Assistant assists the Outreach and Operations Manager with managing, attending, and staffing all ARI outreach, custom, and special events such as Farmer’s Markets and Happy Hour History Events. They also oversee the setup of the GAP on public days and for special events. The manager acts as a public relations specialist, promoting and educating the selected audiences about ARI’s mission, vision, goals, and opportunities for involvement to increase awareness and visibility.

Reports to:

  • Director of Programming (DP)
  • Director of Development and Marketing (DDM)
  • Executive Director (ED)

Works with:

  • Community Engagement Specialist (CES)
  • Outreach and Operations Manager
  • ARI Staff
  • ArcheoCorps Members
  • Certified Volunteers


Assists the Outreach and Operations Manager with the following tasks:

  • Outreach and Events
    • Lead outreach event setup and tear-down on the day of the event.
    • Coordinate the preparation of outreach boxes and equipment.
    • Provide talking points to the outreach group and determine goals for each outreach event with the help of the Executive Director (ED), Director of Programming (DP), and Director of Development and Marketing (DDM).
    • Assist with GAP event and program setup when not at an outreach event.
    • Manage equipment for special events.
    • Setup directional signage (feather flags) on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and special events.
    • Manage logistics of outreach, custom experiences, and special events with the help of leadership and junior leadership, including personnel, equipment, vehicles, educational handouts and materials, activities, educational outcomes/goals, and understanding of end users/target market.
  • Marketing & Digital Education
    • Assist with digital education content creation and idea generation.
    • Capture photos/videos of all events and experiences.
    • Distribute marketing and educational materials as needed.
  • Programming and development
    • Assist with educational programs at ARI when not at an outreach event.
    • Track walk-in metrics.
    • Act as an ARI ambassador to the public, recruiting volunteers, visitors, and supporters of the organization.
    • Collaborate with leadership to create Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for GAP setup and tear-down, outreach experiences, artifact identification day, special events, etc.
    • Setup and tear-down the office/learning center for special events and artifact ID day.
    • Act as a welcome tent greeter on special event and open days.
    • Notify the leadership team of potential partnership opportunities with other organizations and individuals.
    • Track metrics for events in collaboration with the Director of Development and Marketing (DDM), Director of Programming (DP), and Executive Director (ED) to determine which metrics to track.
    • Identify opportunities for outreach events and volunteer assistance.
    • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator (VC) of volunteer opportunities two weeks in advance
  • Site & Program Management
    • Assist with the unrolling and rolling up of the Wall of Knowledge, delegating tasks to helpers.
    • Check GAP equipment, interpretive signage, benches, popup tents, and notify leadership of any issues or needs.
    • Setup and tear-down for special events at the GAP.
    • Help with setting up and tearing down educational booths at the GAP.

What are the Learning Outcomes of this experience?

By the end of this service experience, members will be able to:

  • Engage the public through educational activities and experiences
  • Explain the process of archaeological research through field excavation and lab work
  • Speak effectively and engagingly to large audiences
  • Manage projects from beginning to end
  • Gain skills in planning, research, program development, logistics, and non-profit operations

What is the position length?

  • 9-months or 12-months

Timeframe of Position:

September 2023-August 2024 OR January 2024 to August 2024

What are the Requirements?

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Be able to:
    • occasionally lift and/or move up to 30lbswork in adverse weather conditions
    • walk briskly and over uneven terrain
    • stoop, kneel, reach, crouch, or crawl to perform essential job duties
    • sit or stand for a prolonged period
  • Pass a federal background check

*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform their essential duties


  • Living Stipend $14,400 (monthly installment payments paid twice per month)
  • Education Award: $3,447.50 (Granted upon completion of your contract)


  • Schedule varies by season and bookings
  • General Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9am to 5pm
  • Mandatory Public Days: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 9am to 5pm
  • Evenings and special event dates as scheduled

AmeriCorps Service Contract

  • Serve 900 hours within your 9-month or 12-month contract
  • Complete 12%-20% of training hours within your 900 hours


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