How You Can Get Involved -- Volunteer Opportunities

LAMP is seeking the help of interested members of the public who share our interest in maritime history and feel that it is worth studying and protecting. We feel that the maritime heritage preserved beneath sea and river belongs not only to archaeologists but to all of us, and it is therefore important that we provide opportunities for both locals and visitors to work side by side with archaeologists, assisting with the investigation and interpretation of our maritime past. There are many ways for you to get involved and to help us accomplish our research goals. You may wish to participate in our laboratory work, where you might share your drawing, computer, photography or other skills and get a chance to work "hands-on" with centuries-old artifacts. You might be interested in helping us search for, catalog, transcribe or analyze historic documents that our researchers have collected, or that are located in various depositories throughout the region. If you have specialized skills such as boat-handling, engine mechanics, or ship-model-building, we can use your expertise. And if you are a certified diver you can qualify to join our scientific diving team, and work in the field alongside our archaeologists as we investigate historic shipwrecks and make exciting discoveries. If you are not a diver, but would still like to participate in our fieldwork, you can volunteer to work as surface support on our research vessels or to sift through screens for artifacts during our excavations.

If you are interested in volunteering with LAMP, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, at 904-829-0745 or via email. The first step is to download our Volunteer Application Form, which you should complete and bring with you to the interview. You should also fill out the wavier of liability found here.

If you are a college student studying archaeology, history, or a related field, you might be interested in participating in our undergraduate or graduate internship program. Depending on our current budget, we can sometimes offer stipends to college interns to offset living expenses in St. Augustine. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at the number or email listed above.

If you are too busy to volunteer at this time, but have some information you'd like to share with us, such as the location of an old shipwreck, artifacts you've found on the beach, or a tidbit of maritime history passed down within your family, we'd love for you to get in touch with us at Or post a message at our blog, if you'd like to share with or join the larger LAMP community.

If you'd like to make a gift or help support us in our ongoing research and education programs, click here.


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