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International Academic Posting Special for October on ShovelBums

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ShovelBums is the worlds largest provider of Archaeology, Academic, and Cultural Resource Management (CRM) related jobs. Since 1999 ShovelBums has filled over 30,000 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).

ShovelBums is also home to the Comprehensive International Guide to Archaeology, Anthropology and CRM Field Schools.

If you are a member of the ShovelBums mailing list you can send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  I, or a moderator, will receive a notification that a message is pending and I will check it out to be sure it meets the standards of ShovelBums. I will then (usually) approve it right away and it will immediately be sent out to the 16,500 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! 

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 and huge!)

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.

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. 


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).

If you want to be an Archaeologist/Anthropologist 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 if you did find a job or field school through ShovelBums and we crossed paths and you had some extra per-diem in your pocket I would love for you to buy me a beer and tell me about your career. But the truth is I rarely get to cross paths with people ShovelBums has helped so I set up a link (at the bottom of the page) where you can virtually buy me a beer if you like.  Regardless. I hope ShovelBums is able to help you in a meaningful way in your career!
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