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Archaeological Research Institute

(1700 Hour) Educational Project Manager – ArchaeoCorps AmeriCorps Service Position

Explore the Past to Preserve the Future!

The Archaeological Research Institute’s mission is to educate current and future generations about past cultures through the investigation, identification and preservation of native and non-native sites. We accomplish our mission by offering carefully curated and learning-outcome-focused educational programming, hands-on archaeological experiences, tours of local and regional archaeological sites, day camps, lectures, and workshops.

As an ArchaeoCorps 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 serve 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 in archaeology and environmental stewardship. 

Position Description:

The Educational Project Manager is crucial in supporting educational programs and activities at the learning center and the GAP. Their primary responsibility is to assist in the planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the programming at ARI. They coordinate activities and experiences, ensuring that there is sufficient equipment, staff, and materials to provide visitors with a high-quality and engaging educational experience. The aim of the role is to inspire visitors to return, make donations, become members, and support the preservation of at-risk archaeological sites. This preservation includes the preservation of the land and simple techniques to live sustainably in the environment.

Reports to:

  • Director of Programming (DP)

Works with:

  • Educational Project Manager
  • ARI Staff
  • ArchaeoCorps Members
  • Certified Volunteers

Responsibilities:

  •  Operations:
    • Drive the shuttle for scheduled visitors and camps. 
    • Identify opportunities for volunteer projects and assistance in upcoming educational programming events. 
    • Assist with GAP event and program setup, including the setup of feather flags, water jugs, pop-up tents, and any extra logistics support. 
    • Track metrics for events and collaborate with the Director of Development and Marketing (DDM), Director of Programming (DP), and Executive Director (ED) to determine the metrics to track. 
    • Manage iPad devices, including charging, testing, ensuring proper functionality, and notifying the Director of Programming (DP) of any adjustments required. 
    • Manage logistics of educational programming 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. 
    • Contribute at least 2 articles to the quarterly Field Notes publication regarding research and programs at ARI 
  • Support
    • Assist with archaeology (including Artifact ID Day), outreach, fundraising, and operations when necessary
    • Contribute to the development of new educational materials for distribution to educational institutions
    • Assist with the coordination of ARI events, including participant communication, logistics, and on-site assistance
    • Become certified to work with scouts and assist in the implementation of Merit Badge experiences
    • Develop small-scale, hands-on activities that can engage visitors in the Learning Center
    • Collaborate with Community Engagement Specialist to highlight different programming in social media and marketing materials

General Educational Programming

Tiny Trowlers:

  • Prepare and educate educational programs for children aged 2-5.

Junior Archaeology Experiences (Lab & Field):

  • Prepare and execute educational programs for visitors, members, and students. 
  • Coordinate the setup and reset of all program materials and equipment. 
  • Prepare educational programs with the Director of Programming (DP) to align with educational goals. 
  • Coordinate with the archaeology team to ensure programming reflects accurate archaeological data and methods. 
  • Research experimental archaeology avenues to explore in programming and work with the Experimental Project Manager to develop the educational portion of the programming. 
  • Work with the Land Stewardship team to identify environmental practices and sustainability techniques that can be integrated into each experience.

REXplores Guard – Augmented Reality Tours:

  • Serve as the primary AR Tour leader.
  • Train other staff and volunteers to lead the tour.

Day Camp Management:

  • Assist the Director of Programming (DP) in planning and implementing educational programming for day camps, aligned with the theme and educational goals. 
  • Lead the day camp and identify the need for additional staff and volunteers, assigning roles and tasks accordingly. 
  • Manage the registration process for program participants. 
  • Collect and organize participant data, ensuring accuracy and confidentiality 
  • Maintain program records, attendance sheets, evaluations, and feedback. 
  • Work with the Land Stewardship team to identify environmental practices and sustainability techniques that can be integrated into each experience. 

Adult Programming:

  • Prepare and execute educational programs for visitors, members, and students. 
  • Coordinate the setup and reset of all program materials and equipment. 
  • Prepare educational programs with the Director of Programming (DP) to align with educational goals. 
  • Coordinate with the archaeology team to ensure programming reflects accurate archaeological data and methods. 
  • Research experimental archaeology avenues to explore in programming and work with the Experimental Project Manager to develop the educational portion of the programming. 
  • Work with the Land Stewardship team to identify environmental practices and sustainability techniques that can be integrated into each experience. 

Field Trips:

  • Assist with team member training for large field trip events 
  • Assist with the development of new programming to include in field trips 
  • Engage with students during the classroom talk before the field trip and during the trip itself 
  • Work with the Land Stewardship team to identify environmental practices and sustainability techniques that can be integrated into each experience. 

Great Miami Archaeology Tour: 

  • Learn to facilitate different stops on the tour 
  • Assist with the development of new stops 
  • Provide further research into the different stops already created on the tour  

What are the Requirements?

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Be able to:
    • occasionally lift and/or move up to 30lbs
    • work 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
  • Valid driver’s license 
  • Comply with uniform policies 
  • Ability to communicate professionally verbally and in writing 

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

Timeframe of Position:

September 2024-August 2025 (12 Months)

AmeriCorps Service Contract

  • Serve 1700 hours within your contract period
  • Complete 12%-20% of training hours within your 1700 hours

Compensation:

  • Living Stipend $30,000.00 (monthly installment payments paid twice per month)
  • Health Insurance Offered
  • Education Award: $7,395.00 (Granted upon completion of your contract)

Schedule:

  • 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

If you have any questions, please reach out to the AmeriCorps Program Manager at ashley@exploreari.org 

Please note that the selection committee for ARI is committed to providing equal opportunity for all applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, HIV status, nation origin, veteran status, disability, creed, age, gender identity or expression, or other protected by law.

PLEASE NOTE: Service Positions are always contingent on AmeriCorps grant funding.

Questions:

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