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Archaeological Research Institute

(1700 Hour) Experimental Archaeology 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 Experimental Archaeology Project Manager is responsible for conducting research to fill gaps in knowledge about the past that cannot be filled through other archaeological research methods. They carry out archaeological experiments to answer specific research questions by practically testing the production, use, and/or formation of material culture and/or archaeological features. The manager operates the experimental archaeology program under the guidance of the Archaeology Coordinator (ACVD) and the Director of Programming (DP).

Reports to:

  • Archaeology Coordinator & VALOR Director (ACVD)
  • Director of Programming (DP)
  • Director of Archaeology (DA)

Works with:

  • Experimental Technician
  • ARI Staff
  • ArchaeoCorps Members
  • Certified Volunteers


  • Programming and Events
    • Run experimental programs for the public, staff, and volunteers.
    • Develop experimental programs based on research questions that require public involvement.
    • Research, schedule, and manage special guest artisans and demonstrators.
    • Manage and maintain equipment for experimental programs.
    • Create educational materials, such as signage, brochures, and handouts, for the public.
    • Set up experimental arch programs, including atlatl range and activity tables.
    • Identify opportunities for volunteer assistance.
    • Notify the Volunteer Coordinator (VC) of volunteer opportunities two weeks in advance, specifically on Thursday afternoons.
    • Assist with other educational programs as needed.
    • Assist with GAP event and program setup.
    • Manage logistics of experimental archaeology educational programs 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.
  • Experimental archaeology research and field
    • Coordinate with the Lab and Field Managers to identify research questions that can be answered through experimental means.
    • Oversee students and interns involved in experimental archaeology projects.
    • Research experimental archaeology avenues to explore in programming.
    • Track metrics for experiments and publish research and metrics.
    • Assist in developing and gathering research data on the experimental garden with the Land Stewardship Crew.
    • Assist the stewardship crew on the experimental garden.
  • Public Engagement/Educational Programming 
    • Assist with digital education content creation and idea generation.
    • Contribute at least 2 articles to the quarterly Field Notes publication regarding research and programs at ARI
    • Capture photos/videos of all events and experiences.
  • Operations & Outreach & Support
    • Drive the shuttle for scheduled visitors and camps when necessary.
    • Assist with GAP event and program setup, including the setup of feather flags, water jugs, pop-up tents, and any extra logistics support.
    • Assist with archaeology (including Artifact ID Day), outreach, fundraising, and operations when necessary

What are the Requirements?

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, or other related field
  • Completed a certified archaeological field school
  • 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
  • Must be comfortable with engaging the public and explaining archaeological concepts

*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


  • Living Stipend $30,000 (monthly installment payments paid twice per month)
  • Health Insurance Offered
  • Education Award: $7,395.00 (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

If you have any questions, please reach out to the AmeriCorps Program Manager at 

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.



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