The Archaeology Program has the ability to undertake a multitude of projects every year thanks to a large, dedicated corps of volunteers. Most of our current volunteers previously had professional careers in other fields, and they bring an assortment of new experiences to the Archaeology Program. 

The Experience

Our volunteers participate in every aspect of archaeology: 

  • Artifact Analysis
  • Curation
  • Educational Outreach
  • Excavation
  • Historical Research

All volunteers start by gaining experience in the archaeology lab. After an introductory period, additional work can branch out into public outreach, administrative tasks, historical research, various computer tasks, and field work. Field work is a popular volunteer activity, but space is also limited, and our field schedule is highly variable from week to week. When field opportunities do arise, we often give priority to volunteers already working in other areas of the program.

Most volunteer activities will take place Monday through Friday and usually in the mornings between 9:00-1:00. Please note that we are not open on weekends. Because of the amount of time required for training, we do generally ask that volunteers commit to participating at least one morning every two weeks. At this time, we cannot offer volunteer opportunities to those who are visiting the City for a short period time. 

The St. Augustine Archaeological Association

Many volunteers are also active members of the St. Augustine Archaeological Association, a not-for-profit organization (unrelated to the City Archaeology Program) whose focus is assisting archaeologists in data recovery and providing outreach programs to the community. Their efforts not only assist in preserving St. Augustine's unique past, but also help educate the public about new discoveries.

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?

We remain very fortunate to have committed volunteers who work hard to bring the City's buried past into the light. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email Katherine Sims.

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