Archaeological Research Institute

Public Archaeology Interpreter Internship

Public Archaeology Interpreter Internship

Position Title: Public Archaeology Interpreter Intern

Reports to: Senior Archaeologist

Position Summary: The Public Archaeology Interpreter Intern is an entry level position designed to provide valuable experience in the field of archaeology. This will include participating in public interaction/education in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Interns will work closely with the ARI staff, receiving an interactive learning experience and on-the-job training.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Interns will be given training and experience in the following areas, and expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Excavation 
  • Learning Center Tours
  • Guided Site Tours
  • Artifact Interpenetration
  • Survey, Unit, and Feature contexts
  • Maintain provenience control
  • Complete all excavation paperwork
  • Maintain a comprehensive notebook
  • Complete excavation forms
  • Map and record excavations
  • Public interaction/education
  • Explain basic archaeological concepts
  • Identify and discuss archaeological materials
  • Discuss site history
  • Discuss local prehistory
  • Laboratory work
  • Wash, identify, and sort artifacts
  • Inventory and catalogue artifacts

Education, knowledge, and abilities of a strong applicant: The ARI Internship is open to a variety of experience and education levels, but a strong applicant should have some of the following skill sets

  • Undergraduate or graduate course work in archaeology, anthropology, or related fields
  • If not enrolled in a college anthropology/archaeology course, a strong candidate would still have prior experience with archaeological materials or survey (ranging from a formal field school to field walking with a relative).
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • Attention to detail, ability to perform technical work, record data legibly and accurately

Education, knowledge, and abilities of a strong applicant: The ARI Internship is open to a variety of experience and education levels, but a strong applicant should have some of the following skill sets 

  • Undergraduate or graduate course work in archaeology, anthropology, or related fields or If not enrolled in a college anthropology/archaeology course, a strong candidate would still have prior experience with archaeological materials(ranging from a formal field school to field walking with a relative). 
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills 
  • Being able to quickly think on your feet and adapt to ARI’s fast paced workplace 
  • Attention to detail, ability to perform technical work, record data legibly and accurately 

Physical Demands: Archaeological field work is physical labor, which requires a certain level of physical fitness; interns must: 

  • Be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 50lbs 
  • Be able to regularly lift and/or move up to 30lbs 
  • Be able to work in adverse weather conditions (including heat, cold, and rain) 
  • Be able to walk over uneven terrain 
  • Be able to stoop, kneel, reach, crouch, or crawl to perform essential job duties 
  • Be able to sit for a prolonged period of time 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties. 

Age Requirements: 16 years old minimum age

Dress Code: As this is a public facing position, refrain from wearing revealing clothing, or clothing with inappropriate phrases/logos on them. Additionally, archaeological field work consists of physical labor, exposure to excessive sunlight, and working in the dirt. Close-toed shoes are a minimum requirement, but hiking or work boots are encouraged. Head coverings (such as a cap or bandana) and long pants are also strongly encouraged. Clothing will go through heavy use in the course of this internship, so do not wear clothing you would be upset if it were stained/torn. 

 

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT:

The Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) recognizes that the land we study and steward is the homeland of many peoples. We acknowledge the myaamia (Miami), Shawanwa (Shawnee), Peewaalia (Peoria), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) and the multitude of nations who call this their homelands.  

ARI recognizes the violence inflicted upon the indigenous Nations of the Ohio Valley, including their forced removal following treaties such as Fort Finney and Greenville. ARI condemns the intentional destruction of their languages and cultures. ARI condemns the continuous discrimination against the living Native peoples throughout the United States.  

ARI recognizes that these peoples are not of the past, but are vibrant living nations. ARI recognizes that Native Americans are a diverse, resilient people with a deep enduring history worth knowing.  In that light ARI extends our respect to all Native peoples both past and present.  

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