• Overview

    San Diego Archaeological Center

    The San Diego Archaeological Center is a nonprofit curation facility and museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 12,000 years. Visit our museum, which is located in the picturesque San Pasqual Valley in Escondido, one mile east of the San Diego Safari Park. In addition to its role as a museum, the Center…

  • Events and More

    2nd Saturday Lecture Screenings

    Join us every 2nd Saturday of the month for two screenings of our Living Room Lectures by archaeologists, experts, and authors. Lecture screenings start at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Screening Schedule July 9, 2022 10:30 AM – The Archaeology…

  • Events and More

    Blue Star Museums

    Calling all active duty military! The San Diego Archaeological Center is proud to participate in Blue Star Museums, a program offering free admission to military personnel and their families this summer. This free admission program is available for those currently…

  • Funding Opportunities

    Shutler Women in Archaeology Fund

    The Dr. Elizabeth Shutler Women in Archaeology Fund (SWAF) was established by Dr. Shutler’s family to honor her exemplary career and to sponsor women conducting research projects using collections curated at the San Diego Archaeological Center (SDAC). Next application deadline:…

  • Kids Dig Archaeology Blog

    Buon viaggio!

    Dr. Arty Fax’s Archy Facts is a blog introducing kids to the exciting world of archaeology! Pack your bags for Italy! For the first time in its history, the underground areas of the Roman Colosseum are open for the public…

  • eNewsletter

    Spring 2022 E-Newsletter

    Read about the discovery of the lost ship Endurance in our archaeology news for kids, see how oversized artifacts are prepared for curation, find out what is happening at our Annual BBQ,  and more in the latest edition of The…

Archaeology Lab Positions

Volunteers will prepare one or more archaeological collections for curation. Center staff will instruct the volunteer on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, manual and computer cataloging, storage requirements, and preventative conservation.

Volunteers work in the Center’s Research Library, cataloguing materials and organizing on a computer-based system.

Marketing and Administrative Volunteers assist the Development Office or Administration Office with data entry, updating marketing materials and clerical tasks. Computer experience is a plus.

Docents welcome visitors and answer general questions regarding the Center and exhibits. Docents staff the gift shop and help out with administrative and curatorial tasks.

Volunteers support event activities at the Center, such as the Annual BBQ, lectures, workshops, and fundraising events. Be a part of the party!

Volunteer provide support for K-12 programs offered at the Center. These are fun, hands-on programs that kids really enjoy. Teaching experience is a plus, but not required. Background checks are required.

Collections Management

With the assistance of Center staff, the intern will prepare one or more archaeological collections for curation. During the course of the internship, the intern will learn to identify artifacts and ecofacts common to the San Diego region, including lithics, ceramics, historical objects, and faunal, botanical, and mineral specimens. Center staff will instruct the intern on archaeological laboratory procedures such as basic artifact analysis, manual and computer cataloguing, storage requirements, and preventative conservation. In addition, the intern will become familiar with historical trends in archaeological practice in the San Diego area and will be introduced to current legal and ethical issues in archaeological curation as well as the concerns and rights of culturally affiliated groups with regard to archaeological materials.