Topic ID #21568 - posted 7/16/2012 6:37 PM

Field Archaeologist and Museologist Looking for Ontario Fieldwork


Heather Taylor
Ottawa, ON

To obtain a career with a well established organization that will enable me to utilize my well developed skills and educational background in an environment where my varied experiences will be an asset. I want to be challenged and to continue to grow myself as an employee while making a positive contribution to the organization.

Relevant Experience
Jan. -Apr. 2010    Collections Management Internship - University of Ottawa Museum of Classical Antiquities - Ottawa, ON

  • Organized and conducted a full collection inventory of 2100+ artifacts
  • Updated documentation for all artifacts and assessed each artifact's condition
  • Recommended preservation strategies and conservation treatment
  • Supervised handling and movement of artifacts
  • Performed research to be used for panels and labels
  • Wrote and edited text for panels and labels
  • Consulted in the development of a collection database and beta-tested  each developmental stage
  • Supervised student volunteers performing museum duties and research
  • Consulted in the development of a school outreach program for the museum

Apr.-Aug. 2009    Collections Assistant - City of Ottawa Museums Billings Estate Museum - Ottawa, ON

  • Updated specific fields of 17,000+ records using the collection database (MINISIS Cultural Assets Management)
  • Updated artifact documentation
  • Movement and packing of artifacts
  • Condition assessment and reporting for artifacts

July-Aug. 2008    Student Field Archaeologist – Brock University in collaboration with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology - Bodrum, Turkey

  • Obtained Open Water Dive certification
  • Performed an underwater photography survey of a 6th century B.C. shipwreck off the coast of Turkey
  • Photographed specific artifacts and areas of the site
  • Acquired measurements of specific artifacts and areas of the site
  • Mapped the shipwreck site using Site Recorder computer software
  • Conducted cleaning and consolidation of ceramics from previous excavations
  • Worked in a team environment and also independently
  • Kept daily dive and survey logs
  • Performed dive/boat duties

July-Aug. 2007 & Apr.-July 2008    Field Archaeologist - Archaeological Assessments Ltd. - Southern Ontario

  • Conducted stage 3 and 4 excavation of pre-contact archaeological sites
  • Conducted stage 2 field survey of a potential historical site
  • Performed documentation of excavated artifacts
  • Performed documentation and mapping of archaeological sites
  • Worked in a team environment and also independently
  • Physical activity and heavy lifting

Other Experience
May 2010-Present    Manager – Enviro Trends Salon – Ottawa, ON

  • People management of retail staff and hairstylists (10+ F/T and P/T employees)
  • Daily administration
  • Sales performance of individuals and store (weekly tracking and coaching)
  • Personal sales performance
  • Staffing, recruitment, and training
  • Inventory management, including ordering supplies and products
  • Shipping and receiving orders and returns
  • Promotions and marketing
  • Store and display maintenance
  • Coordinating training events
  • Reception duties
  • Scheduling appointments and managing hairstylists' schedules
  • Customer service
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution when needed


2008-2010 Algonquin College - Ottawa, ON
Advanced Diploma of Applied Museum Studies
Member of Dean's Honours List 2008, 2009, & 2010
Main Areas of Study Included:

  • Artifact Conservation & Preservation
  • Collections Management, Documentation & Photography
  • Educational Programming
  • Exhibit Design and Fabrication
  • Business and Human Resources Planning

2003-2008    Brock University - St. Catharines, ON
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Classics - Ancient Art and Archaeology
Graduated with First Class Standing
Main Areas of Study Included:

  • Archaeology and Archaeological Theory
  • Greek, Roman, and Middle Eastern history
  • Greek, Roman, and Middle Eastern art and architecture
  • Classical literature
  • Ancient Greek and Latin language
  • Underwater Archaeological Practicum in Turkey


  • The School of Restoration Arts at Willowbank/Vasilios and Kostas Poulimenos Archaeological Practicum Scholarship from Brock University, 2008

Skills & Certifications

Computer Skills:

  • Word Processors (Microsoft Word & Corel Wordperfect
  • Spreadsheet Software (Microsoft Excel)
  • Presentation Software (Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • Imaging Software (Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator)
  • Database Software (MINISIS Cultural Asset Management Progam & File Maker Pro


Open Water Dive Certification


Ontario G Class Driver's License


CPR/First Aid Certification

Re-certification Required

Contact Information and References Available Upon Request


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