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Your Adventure in Archaeology Starts Here!
ShovelBums is the worlds largest provider of Archaeology, Academic, and Cultural Resource Management (CRM) related jobs. Since 1999 ShovelBums has filled over 36,000 positions in academia, archaeology and CRM.
If you are looking to start a career in archaeology or CRM it begins, and ends, here. This is where your peers and mentors all started (except the really old ones that I worked with back in the day when we only heard about jobs by word of mouth, fax machines, and printed letters).
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ShovelBums is home to the Comprehensive International Guide to Archaeology, Anthropology and CRM Field Schools. (2017 Edition coming online soon!)
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The great thing? If one of the members of ShovelBums is not the right fit for the position, it is likely they know someone who is! And with ~18,000 members your ad has an amazing, and instant, reach. The only people on ShovelBums are people looking for work, students trying to find out what the job market is like, and academics helping to prepare students for a future in Archaeology/Anthropology and CRM.
You can read more about the how and why you should be using ShovelBums for your academic or CRM position announcements here (Hint: its cheap, fast, and huge!)
Well if you are slacker you can view the current jobs here (note that link brings you off site. My mailing list host changed settings and messed up my ability to have those posted here, I am working on a fix).
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First: Get a chicken.
Second: Follow this link and there are instructions on how to join. It only takes a couple of minutes and it is mostly painless.
Third: Get rid of the chicken.
My mom, who find herself quite clever, came up with the term in the 80's when I was describing to her what it was like being on the road doing "contract" archaeology back in the day. The term "can" be pejorative if used by someone who is not an archaeologist, a pompous professor who fails to realize that the majority of their students who end up pursuing a career *will* will end up as a ShovelBum doing CRM at some point, or a State or Fed employee who is secretly jealous of your capricious career. However, within the field of professionals, ShovelBums is a term used to signify that mutual understanding between professionals acknowledging that one knows what it is like to live on the road having to do the highest quality work, in the least amount of time, under arduous conditions. You can read more about the origin of the term ShovelBums here.
Errata ShovelBums in undergoing some intermittent upgrades. Sorry if you run into any glitches. If you do. Feel free to drop me a not using the contact form (it is located in the left hand column at the bottom).
Short answer: Yes
If you want to be an Archaeologist there is one thing that is required no matter where you go. You have to have a field school.
A field school will not only open your mind first hand to the wonders of archaeology and other cultures but it will also lay the ground work for building relationships that will span your whole career. Some of the people you meet during field school will become friends who you will still be socializing with 40 years from now. But always remember this, Archaeology and anthropology are incredibly small fields and everyone you interact with today will somehow affect your career tomorrow. So do not be a jerk at field school, do not go in believing you are the best thing to hit anthropology since Margret Mead. Go with an open mind, go as an anthropologist and observe, learn, and assimilate.
So go browse ShovelBum's Comprehensive International Guide to Archaeology, Anthropology and CRM Field Schools and find a great field school. I guarantee you will have the best experience of your life! You have this one rare opportunity in your life, and your new career, to hand pick which one of some of the most interesting sites that are currently active anywhere in the world, that you want to work on. And even if you don't plan on becoming a professional archaeologist? A field school will change you, in a positive way, forever.
Trust me (I am a scientist!) when I tell you this opportunity is golden. Go for it.
That would be awesome! The deal always was that when you do find a job or field school through ShovelBums and we cross paths (and you had some extra per-diem cash in your pocket) I would love for you to buy me a beer and tell me about your career. More often than not I ended up buying a few rounds too. Not really a very efficient business model, but it is more fun. Unfortunately the truth is I rarely get to cross paths with people ShovelBums has helped so I set up this link where you can virtually buy me a beer if you like and I will drink it in real life :-) The best part? If you do support ShovelBums this way you get to have your name inscribed on The Hall Of The Chosen and receive eternal good field and lab karma - quite a bargain!
And if you are broke and can't donate? Welcome to your profession! :-) I'll buy the drinks. But no worries, I run ShovelBums solely to help you out. And I do hope ShovelBums is able to help you in a meaningful way in your career and someday we get to meet up and have a drink either virtually or in person.
Current Jobs on ShovelBums. Click Jobs! at the top of the page for a complete list.
Archaeological Field Director - Bismarck, North Dakota Beaver Creek Archaeology is an established Cultural Resource Management firm headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota, which is currently seeking to fill one or more vacancies for an Archaeological Field Director. This position is a full time seasonal position, up to 6 months, with the potential for a full-time permanent position with benefits. The candidate will be based out of Bismarck, North Dakota. The successful candidate must be able to meet the minimum requirements to be a Secretary of the Interior-qualified professional Archaeologist. Fieldwork will be conducted primarily throughout North Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, and…
Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. is currently seeking archaeological field technicians for a Phase III archaeological data recovery in Knox County, Tennessee. The site is a multicomponent buried site. Most of the components appear to be Late Archaic in age. The project is expected to start March 22. The work schedule will consist of ten (10) consecutive work days, followed by four (4) days off in between work sessions. We anticipate that the project will be completed in four ten day sessions (by May 19). A bachelor's degree in anthropology, attendance in a field school, and prior archaeological experience are required.…
An archaeologist with a Masters Degree is needed in southeast Miami for monitoring of current construction projects. Someone currently living in the south Florida area would be ideal. Salary depends on experience. Monitoring will last 6 to 12 months as part of the Everglades restoration project and may include other FDOT and USACE projects. Applicants must have their own vehicle to reach the job site. Project begins the first or second week of March, 2017. Daily time: 7:30 am to 3:30 pm (weekend and overtime work is possible). Please email your resume to This email address is being protected from…
POSITION Three Archaeological Field Supervisor (Temporary Hourly) positions are available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). Positions will extend from point of hire through 14- SEP-17. These positions are located at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. ORGANIZATION CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities…