At NAS our mission is to research, record and protect our threatened underwater and coastal heritage for the benefit of everyone. This includes offering our world-renowned education system to people of all ages and abilities, as we believe that empowerment through training and education is the best way to raise awareness of and protect our threatened underwater and coastal heritage.

As a current student, you will become part of the next generation of archaeologists and heritage sector workers, and soon it will come down to you to preserve and protect our heritage for future generations. For this reason, we would like to offer the opportunity for you to gain essential experiences and skills to aid you in your future career journey, whilst giving you the opportunity to make a difference as a NAS Student Ambassador.

Given the current global circumstances relating to the Covid-19 outbreak, some elements of this role will be undertaken online until such time as in-person events and contacts are safe. Please note that all activities related to this role must be conducted in-line with current Covid regulations.


What activities will I be involved in?

Raising awareness of NAS, and of our threatened underwater and coastal heritage through:

  • Taking a lead on organising fundraising and awareness events at your University; such as setting up online fundraising initiatives, presenting at online careers fairs, society events and other fundraisers or study clubs.
  • Liaising with NAS staff to identify opportunities for your University to host NAS skills-days or courses for students.
  • Creating occasional blogs, vlogs and social media content for the NAS website and social media platforms. Topics could include: raising awareness of maritime heritage, interesting facts or stories about nautical archaeology, the impact of climate change on archaeology and heritage, promoting NAS’s mission, or your experience as an archaeology student and NAS ambassador.
  • Opportunity to represent NAS at UK wide heritage events.


What skills and interests do I need to have?

  • Some knowledge of archaeology, and an interest in maritime archaeology.
  • An enthusiasm for fundraising, and raising awareness of charitable causes.
  • An interest in archaeology as a career path, or an aim to work in the charity sector.
  • You’ll be a go-getter, with good organisational and communication skills and a passion for people and raising awareness.
  • Experience of organising fundraising initiatives or of similar roles is desirable, but not necessary.


What are the benefits to me?

  • Free NAS Membership for the duration of your time as a NAS Student Ambassador; including access to the online International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, discounts on NAS courses, and exclusive access to the latest news, fieldwork and job opportunities through the Weekly Discoveries e-Newsletter.
  • Begin your journey to gaining internationally recognised qualifications through the NAS Education system, with free registration on the Introduction to Maritime Archaeology e-Learning course (worth £25).
  • Gain new skills which would benefit future applications to further education, employment or voluntary roles.
  • Improve your experience of event planning, fundraising, and of the charity sector in general.
  • A certificate of achievement for your portfolio.
  • Knowledge that you’ve given students in your University a better understanding of the future opportunities maritime archaeology offers, as well as a general awareness of the importance of our maritime heritage.
  • A branded NAS t-shirt to wear at events.


Will I receive training and guidance?

Of course! Once you’ve received your Student Ambassador role offer, you’ll be invited to an online training course, where you will learn more about NAS and your part in it, get an introduction to promotion and fundraising, and have the opportunity to ask any questions and meet other student ambassadors. Throughout the role you will be supported and supervised by the NAS staff, who will be available for any queries or ideas you have.


How often am I expected to work?

As a student your studies will always come first. We are looking for students who are proactive with their time, ensuring that they fulfil their targets within the role whilst not impacting their studies. The NAS staff will be happy to set up an individual plan with you once you have begun your role if this is something you would find beneficial.


Where will I be based?

You will be based in your University, but you will always be welcome to visit the NAS office in Fort Cumberland, or join us on our fieldwork sessions across the UK and the world.


Will my expenses be paid?

We will pay Student Ambassadors ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses within agreed guidelines where appropriate. For example, if there is an event you would like attend to promote NAS, we will pay the entrance fee or for some giveaways or prizes for events (with prior permission from NAS staff).



Fill in the application form here, and return it to [email protected] by October 26th 2020


If you have any questions about the role, please get in touch with us using the details below:

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +44 (0) 23 92818419 

(Please note, NAS staff are currently working from home. If you can't get through to us via the phone, please email us on the address above).