FIELD ARCHAEOLOGISTS AND ASSISTANT SUPERVISORS
Required for Cambridge, Lancaster and Oxford
Salary range £20,046 to £21,014 (pay award pending)
Oxford Archaeology is one of the largest independent archaeological practices in Europe. Our size and reputation ensures that we work on the most exciting and varied range of projects, and can offer real opportunities for long term employment and career development.
Successful candidates for Archaeologist positions will benefit from our comprehensive ‘Archaeologist to Assistant Supervisor’ training programme which provides a clear path for career development, and encourages you to record your progress through site and reading logs, as you learn new skills. The programme also includes off-site training sessions lead by OA specialists and senior managers, and with content including the understanding of formation processes, matrix generation, burials archaeology, environmental archaeology, Health and Safety, the exciting range of OA apps – including our digital recording system - and much more. When the required levels of competency are achieved you will advance to Assistant Supervisor level.
OA East have been excavating a range of large scale projects throughout the year and our field programme continues to be busy for the rest of 2020. OAE has upcoming field projects on sites across the whole of the Eastern Region. We are currently running large scale investigations, on multiple Iron Age and Roman sites in and around the Kettering area of Northamptonshire and we are working on a range of projects in both Norfolk and Suffolk, including excavations at Norwich Castle due to commence in the next few weeks. We are returning to conduct excavations on the Lincoln to Grantham pipeline, to excavate sites of Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman and Medieval date. OAE are also expanding our excavations in Hertfordshire in the Bishop Stortford North area, on later prehistoric and Roman settlement remains. Finally, closer to our Cambridge base, we are about to evaluate large sites in the south and east of Cambridgeshire. As you can see we are set to investigate archaeological sites of all periods, and types, and we are particularly interested in experienced candidates based in the Eastern Region.
OA North are currently undertaking a large-scale long-term excavation within a post-medieval burial ground in the centre of Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire. The project is likely to represent the largest scientific excavation of a post-medieval burial ground in Northern England. It is expected that the vast majority of the remains will be skeletal, and will be accompanied by metal coffin fittings and, less commonly, organic artefacts. Accordingly, we wish to recruit additional experienced diggers and assistant supervisors to work as part of our multi-disciplinary site team. In addition, we are also continuing to work on an important prehistoric site near Poulton-le Fylde in north Lancashire and we wish to recruit additional staff based in the North West. The site has elements from the Mesolithic through to the Bronze Age periods and is regionally extremely significant, so if early prehistory and wetlands archaeology are your thing and you want to make a major contribution to archaeological research, then this is the site for you!
At Oxford Archaeology South we have an exciting programme of major projects extending up to Christmas and well into next year. The excavation of a significant Roman settlement in Somerset has uncovered well preserved Roman structures and daily discoveries of fascinating small finds. In the amazing location of the South Dorset Ridgeway our teams are surrounded by prehistoric features, we've lost count of the number of barrows we've discovered and for a change we will be adding a Saxon period cemetery investigation to commence shortly. For those who like their prehistoric assemblages, following our extensive nationally important excavations of multiple flint scatters at Bexhill a few years ago we have returned to East Sussex to use our experience to excavate further flint scatters to the same high standards. Extensive evaluation of the Essex landscape continues to reveal multi-period features. For those closer to Oxford we have plenty of local work including HS2 which is now coming on stream with multiple sites including an extensive late Roman cemetery. OA currently has more large, varied, long running projects in the field than has been the case for several years, these are the significant projects where memorable discoveries are made and long standing archaeological friendships made and renewed, the ones everyone remembers. Come and join one of the top archaeological field teams in the country and make some discoveries of your own!
All sites and offices have protocols for ensuring high levels of hygiene, strict social distancing rules are adhered to at all times including during travel to and from site, with extra welfare in place where needed.
Competitive salary £20,046 in line with CIfA salary guidelines; appointments will be made on the basis of demonstrated ability, previous experience and CIfA membership if appropriate. 37.5 hours (basic) per week. Training programme with clear career path for promotion to Assistant Supervisor grade. Candidates will have 6 months experience of professional archaeological fieldwork within the UK or Irish commercial environment. Documented evidence of competence, in the form of a completed training log from our Graduate Trainee programme or the Archaeology Skills Passport scheme will be advantageous. A degree in archaeology or related discipline will be highly advantageous, as will membership of the CIfA at PCIfA level. A full clean driving licence is desirable, as is a current CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card.
Assistant Supervisor Position:
Competitive salary range £20,396 to £21,014 in line with CIfA salary guidelines; appointments will be made on the basis of demonstrated ability, previous experience and CIfA membership if appropriate. 37.5 hours (basic) per week. Candidates must demonstrate proven experience, technical proficiency and good working knowledge of professional archaeological fieldwork within the UK or Irish commercial environment. Candidates will be able to support the Project Supervisor and assist with supervision, guidance, task allocation, performance monitoring and training where appropriate for Fieldwork Archaeologists and Graduate Trainees. Candidates will be able to undertake tasks such as surveying, watching briefs, machine watching, record checking and matrix building. A degree in archaeology or related discipline will be highly advantageous, as will membership of the CIfA at PCIfA level. A full clean driving licence is desirable, as is a current CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card.
- Competitive salary range £22,027 to £29,624 (appointments will be made on the basis of demonstrated ability, previous experience and CIfA membership if appropriate).
- Up to 35 days holiday (including statutory holidays and concessionary days at Christmas).
- Company pension scheme.
- Training provided, as required.
- 100% of CIfA subscription fees, up to ACIfA level (those at MCIfA level will receive the equivalent of ACIfA level).
- Free transport from regional offices to sites.
- High quality personal protective equipment (inc. Gore-tex waterproofs, fleeces etc).
- Subsistence payment (£15 per night) and free accommodation (B and B / self-catering) provided for away-based projects. No sharing – single rooms only.
- Overtime will be paid for additional hours worked including travelling time where you are the ‘responsible person’ or driver.
- Cycle to work scheme.
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Closing Date: Sunday 18th October 2020
Oxford Archaeology is an Equal Opportunities employer. All applications are judged on the relevant skills and experience of the candidate, and not by gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, belief, age, nationality (other than where work permits may be required), or ethnicity. You must meet the requirements to live and work in the UK by UK Visas and Immigration.
Oxford Archaeology attributes paramount importance to the health and welfare of our staff. We will ensure that all working areas, welfare facilities, travel arrangements, and accommodations are cognisant of current government advice. We also expect our staff to be equally aware about their role in maintaining a safe environment at all times and their responsibilities towards colleagues
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