Welcome to R. Joe's ShovelBums.org

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). 

To join the ShovelBums mailing list please Follow this link and there are instructions on how to join. It only takes a couple of minutes and it is mostly painless.

ShovelBums is home to the Comprehensive International Guide to Archaeology, Anthropology and CRM Field Schools. (2017 Edition coming online soon!)

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First you need to be a member of the ShovelBums mailing list. To join the ShovelBums mailing list please Follow this link and there are simple instructions on how to join. It only takes a couple of minutes and it is mostly painless. The mailing list is only for jobs so you will not be flooded with email. I strongly recommend you use a work email to join. 

After you are a member of the ShovelBums mailing list you can then send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. *from* the account you registered.  Every announcement is screened to be sure it has all of the relevant information present (see below). The message will then be approved right away and it will immediately be sent out to the 18,0000 members of ShovelBums. 

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).

BUT! You really should join the ShovelBums mailing list to be notified immediately by email when a job comes out. Besides the immediacy of email, the emails you receive have full contact information in them, when the job postings that are archived online they have their email addresses obfuscated for security. So show your future employer you are smart and join the email list, it is relatively low volume and you can choose a digest mode. But it really is the smart way to keep current on jobs. 

You can also follow ShovelBums on Twitter https://twitter.com/ShovelBums

Or you can follow the ShovelBums facebook group https://www.facebook.com/ShovelBums/

You are also welcome to send a friend request at https://www.facebook.com/RJoeShovelBums (This is my personal page is more for keeping in touch with many of you than for posting jobs).

 

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.

~R. Joe

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.

  • C Dimensions seeks experienced archeological technicians in Missouri immediately for Phase I survey. Applicants should be from Missouri or Arkansas (or nearby areas of surrounding states). Must have: Minimum BA or nearly completed BA with field school; positive attitude; ability to work in very demanding upland environments with up to 10 miles of hill and mountain hiking and physical labor all day; excellent work ethic; desire to learn and implement new skills as needed; good communication skills. Work will usually be 9-10 hour days with weekends off (some weekends might be 3 day) when weather does not interrupt our ability…

  • Associate Archaeologist Job Description ASM Affiliates, Inc. (ASM) is a Small Business Enterprise (SBE)-certified cultural resource management (CRM) firm with more than 35 years of experience in providing environmental regulatory compliance services to federal agencies and private proponents throughout the west. ASM is currently seeking an Associate Archaeologist to join the Kearny Mesa (San Diego) office. Please apply at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak237ff1cb2bffd72e14b3c45f1698efc9').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy237ff1cb2bffd72e14b3c45f1698efc9 = 'jobs' + '@'; addy237ff1cb2bffd72e14b3c45f1698efc9…

  • GIS Specialist Job Posting ASM Affiliates, Inc. (ASM) is a Small Business Enterprise (SBE)-certified cultural resource management (CRM) firm with more than 35 years of experience in providing environmental regulatory compliance services to federal agencies and private proponents throughout the west. ASM is currently seeking a GIS Specialist to join the Kearny Mesa (San Diego) office. Please apply at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak2ff6c30f935833eb71c39d910a8538c8').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy2ff6c30f935833eb71c39d910a8538c8 = 'jobs' + '@'; addy2ff6c30f935833eb71c39d910a8538c8…

  • Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting to hire one (1) Historic Structure Technician/Exhibit Specialist. The principal objective of this position is to implement activities focused on promoting cultural scientific research related to JOTR in the area of historic preservation of structures and cultural landscapes. Examples of needed assistance include: assisting with timber and masonry stabilization efforts; repairing dry laid masonry; treating a variety of historic timber mining and homesteading related structures including preventative treatments and replacement of deteriorated elements; writing sections of draft reports; database entry; file management;…

  • Title: On-Call Archaeological Monitor Date: January 11, 2017 Location: Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI), a multidisciplinary cultural resources consulting firm, is looking for an on-call archaeological monitor for an ongoing project in Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California. Qualified candidates should possess, at minimum, a master's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related field, be a Registered Professional Archaeologist (i.e., RPA), and have completed an accredited archaeological field school. Candidates must also have a minimum of 2 years of archaeological survey, testing, and monitoring experience and be physically fit and able to work in adverse environmental conditions…

 
 
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