Required for Cambridge, Lancaster and Oxford
Salary £18,615 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.
At the 2016 CIfA Conference our Graduate Trainee programme was Highly Commended in the Archaeology Training Forum Awards. We have inducted over 150 trainees into the programme since early 2014, and many of them are still working for us, now as experienced excavators and supervisors.
OA East continues to have a busy programme and we have several long-running field projects underway on rural sites in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire, with later prehistoric to Roman occupation remains being our main focus. We are particularly interested in candidates based in these areas. Later in the summer we also expect to deploy teams in Lincolnshire and Norfolk for more investigations in rural settings.
OA North have recently commenced an important prehistoric site near Poulton-le Fylde in north Lancashire and we wish to recruit additional staff to work on this long-running (in excess of six months) excavation; we are particularly interested in candidates 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!
Further afield, later in the summer/early Autumn, we are hoping to commence a large-scale burials excavation in East Yorkshire; candidates with osteological experience would be welcome, though this is not essential, and again the site will run for many months.
OA South has a busy programme for the coming months with a variety of projects located in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. We are also undertaking large, mainly rural projects in Dorset, Gloucestershire, East Sussex, Essex and Kent where exciting Roman and Prehistoric remains are expected and are particularly keen to hear from archaeologists who may be located within convenient travelling distance of these sites.
Please note that we have stringent COVID-19 safety measures in place: All sites and offices have protocols for ensuring high levels of hygiene, and the 2m rule is strictly adhered to at all times including during travel to and from site, with extra welfare in place where needed.
Staff who successfully complete the scheme will, subject to the availability of work, be offered permanent contracts at Archaeologist level and will be enrolled on our new 'Archaeologist to Assistant Supervisor' training scheme, which provides a clear path for career development, once the required level of experience is reached.
• A degree in archaeology, or equivalent academic knowledge and practical ability.
• A full clean driving licence is desirable.
What we offer:
• A documented training programme.
• Mentoring and assessment by experienced OA field staff.
• A structured, supported route to membership of CIfA at PCIfA level.
For further details of the Training Programme and Career Path please visit our website
Our forward work programme is strong, and those willing to stay away or even relocate can expect lengthy contracts of employment, likely to be at least 6 months duration.
• Salary £18,615.
• 24 days holiday plus Bank Holidays.
• Company pension scheme.
• Training including placements, and opportunities for career progression.
• 100% of CIfA subscription fees.
• Free transport from regional offices to sites.
• High quality personal protective equipment (inc. full breathable waterproofs, fleece etc).
• Subsistence payment (£15 per night) and free accommodation (B and B / self-catering) provided for away-based projects. No sharing - single rooms only.
• Cycle to work scheme.
If you would like to be part of a respected and established organisation, please apply by completing an application form, available from:
Alternatively, you can post your completed application form to:
Closing Date: Sunday 2nd August 2020. Applications will be considered on receipt.
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.
Due to the anticipated high volume of interest, it may not be possible for us to respond to all
applicants. If you have not heard from us four weeks after the closing date, please consider that your application has been unsuccessful in this instance.
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