Volunteer Opportunities


There is room for everyone in archaeology, young and old alike. Younger members of the public often like to help excavate and older residents tend to help in the on-site and university laboratories, but everyone contributes their particular talents to the promotion of archaeology in Pensacola. People of all ages with expertise in computers and engineering help to find ways to apply new technology to archaeology. The Pensacola Archaeological Society is the backbone of public archaeology in the city. Members participate in all UWF activities as well as hosting their own events. For more information about volunteer activities with UWF or PAS activities, contact the Institute at (850) 474-3015 or visit the Pensacola Archaeological Society.


Volunteer Harv Dickey, retired naval officer and former president of the Pensacola Archeological Society, measures a timber brought up by archaeologists from the Emanuel Point shipwreck - one of a fleet of Spanish ships from Tristan de Luna's failed 1559 colonization attempt.

Volunteer John Crane (far right), retired military veteran, is a regular lab assistant for many UWF projects.

Mr. Ken Alderman, retired engineer and military pilot, is a regular archaeology volunteer and a key advisor to the UWF archaeology faculty in applying high technology to archaeology.

Dr. Margaret Jane Smith, an aeronautical engineer and psychological statistician, began volunteering with UWF after her retirement and soon led UWF archaeology into the computer age through advising in the application of computer assisted drafting (CAD) to archaeology. She is the namesake of the Margaret Jane Smith Archaeology Institute at the University of West Florida.

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