Archaeology Laboratory Supervisor


Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Forest , VA
United States
37° 21' 49.5108" N, 79° 17' 23.0964" W
Virginia US


The Department of Archaeology and Landscapes at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest seeks to hire the position of Archaeology Laboratory Supervisor. This is a full-time permanent position with benefits. The successful candidate will work in conjunction with the department director to oversee all aspects of Poplar Forest’s archaeological research laboratory.

This position is responsible for planning and implementing lab strategies, processing and cataloguing all archaeologically recovered materials, managing the existing collection of material culture, conducting relevant analysis and research on the collection, coordinating conservation treatments with outside contractors, processing flotation samples, creating budgets, writing reports, directing staff, volunteers, and interns, instructing students participating in annual field schools, interpreting archaeology to the public, participating in public programs, and developing exhibits. The successful candidate will also have input into field and sampling strategies and will occasionally work in the field when needed. Strong supervisory skills are required and the individual in this position will be overseeing full and part-time laboratory technicians hired on a project by project basis. The successful candidate will also be encouraged to publish and present the findings of projects in professional publications and conferences as well as to community groups and organizations.

The successful candidate must possess significant experience with material culture identification and analysis of the historic period in the mid-Atlantic, in particular the nineteenth century (a minimum of three years experience is preferred). The candidate should also possess strong communication, organizational, and computer skills and experience with relational databases and mapping software is required. Individuals with experience with RE:Discovery databases are strongly encouraged to apply. M.A. or Ph.D. in anthropology, archaeology, or related discipline is preferred but individuals finishing graduate coursework will be considered. Individuals with a research interest in landscape archaeology, plantation communities, and early nineteenth century material culture are encouraged to apply.

The Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest offers a compensation package that includes competitive pay, medical coverage, retirement plan, and paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave. The salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s credentials, experience, and market forces.

How to apply:

Applications may be submitted via email ( or mail to Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology and Landscapes. Applications should include a letter of interest, a resume or curriculum vitae of relevant experience, and names and contact information for three references. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. We intend to fill the position by July 1. Applications may be mailed to: Jack Gary, Director of Archaeology and Landscapes, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, P.O. Box 419, Forest, VA

For more information about Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and the ongoing archaeological research at this nationally recognized historic site, please visit our website.

Institution or Company offering position: 
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
Contact Name: 
Jack Gary