Archaeological Site Stewardship Opportunity: Kentucky Dam

TVA is seeking volunteers with a sincere interest in the protection and preservation of archaeological sites in the Tennessee Valley for its Thousand Eyes Archaeological Site Stewardship Program. Selected volunteers will work with TVA archaeologists to monitor archaeological sites for vandalism, looting, and environmental damage.

To become an archaeological site stewardship volunteer, all applicants must:

  • Fill out an application form and submit to a background check (applicant must be willing to drive to TVA’s Paradise or Shawnee Fossil Plant facility [both open M-F 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.] for fingerprinting)
  • Attend a two-day training workshop on April 14-15th, 2018, at Kentucky Dam Village State Park and Kentucky Dam
  • Pay a $25 workshop fee to be donated to the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archaeologists
  • Sign a confidentially agreement confirming your commitment to protect archaeological sites and information related to sensitive resources on TVA land
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Be able to walk long distances to access sites

Following completion of training, participants responsibilities and duties include:

  • Monitor sites according to the agreed upon schedule
  • Coordinate activities with other site stewards
  • Collect data and information on site conditions, including photographs

Volunteers will receive:

  • Special training by subject matter experts in archaeology, preservation and other topics
  • Lunch, provided at the training workshop on Saturday, April 14th, 2018
  • Volunteer vest and patch

NOTE: Lodging for the workshop and monitoring activities is not provided.

How to Sign Up

Participants must complete a Volunteer Service Application form and return it by April 4, 2018. To get the form, send a request to For more information, call (865) 632-2463.