Join us in the field or lab!
Learn archaeological methods while getting your hands dirty. From artifact washing to excavating foundations, there are various activities. You too can discover pieces of Fairfax’s History.
New Volunteer Orientation
Prospective archaeology volunteers are asked to attend an Archaeology New Volunteer Orientation prior to applying for the volunteer Archaeology Lab or Field Assistant positions. The orientation is designed to teach beginners some basic archaeological methods while introducing those with experience to our department.
Be sure to scroll down to “Schedule“, click the “Sign Up” button for the date you would like to attend an orientation. If all orientations are full, you can “apply” without signing up for a date. If you cannot attend any of the available dates, send us an email of interest. Depending on staff schedules, we may be able to add an additional orientation. Please continue to check the website as we add orientation dates regularly.
After the orientation, a prospective volunteer can apply for available lab and field volunteer positions.
Lab and Field Volunteering
Assist archaeologists with processing and documentation of artifacts in the lab and the identification or excavation of archaeological sites in the field.
A New Volunteer Orientation is required prior to signing up for our volunteer Archaeology Lab or Field Assistant positions. On occasion the orientation can be waved. Once the orientation is completed, those interested can apply for our lab and field opportunities. Volunteering is scheduled in advance by signing up for an available time.
- Lab Volunteering – most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9 am – 3 pm and some Saturdays
- Field Volunteering – most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Time of day is usually similar to the hours in the lab, but may vary depending on the project.
For more information about the orientation or volunteering in the lab, contact the lab at email@example.com. For more information about volunteering in the field, contact the field at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers for the Fairfax County Park Authority
Volunteers who meet a certain number of hours volunteering a week now receive special benefits. Go to the FCPA volunteer webpage to discover current benefits!
Our branch, The Archaeology and Collections Branch, offers internships in archaeology and cultural resource management year round. Internships are usually geared for each individual’s needs. One of our most popular internships is the Archaeological Field and Laboratory Assistant internship. If you do apply for an internship, send an email directly to us so we can watch for your application.
Opportunities outside of FCPA
You can also support these other groups for more activities around Fairfax County and Virginia.
- Archaeological Society of Virginia (ASV): http://www.asv-archeology.org/
- Northern Virginia Chapter of the ASV (NVC ASV): http://nvcasv.org/
- Friends of Fairfax Archaeology and Cultural Resources (FoFA): http://fofaweb.org/
- Fairfax County Park Foundation: http://fairfaxparkfoundation.org/