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 100 trainees into the programme since early 2014, and many of them are still working for us, now as experienced excavators and supervisors.
We are looking for enthusiastic graduate archaeologists who are keen to develop their technical skills. Although it is advantageous to be based within reach of one of our three regional offices (in Cambridge, Lancaster and Oxford), we have opportunities on projects throughout the country and will therefore consider applications from people anywhere in England and Wales. Our field teams are now likely to be busy until Christmas and beyond.
We have several projects near Cambridge and other work on the Essex-Herts border and in Norfolk and Suffolk investigating later prehistoric landscapes, Romano-British settlement and industry, and rural Saxon and medieval sites. We are looking for staff based in each of these areas, although we also have some spaces for 'away work' in East Anglia.
We are about to commence a large-scale excavation of a late Iron Age/Romano-British site near Bridlington, and have a strong programme for excavations we expect to start soon in the North West. As a result, are looking to recruit for predominantly away-based fieldwork.
We currently have a busy work programme with a large number of projects both in the Oxfordshire area and further afield. Current larger projects include investigations of multi-phase occupation on the outskirts of Wallingford, extensive evaluation of the Oxford floodplain, Late Iron Age - Roman excavations in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, a significant Roman occupation and industrial complex near Hemel Hempstead and evaluation of WW1 defences in Kent.
OA are also working on the Central section of HS2 Phase 1 (as part of the COPA JV), and anticipate a very significant workload - and therefore good opportunities for new trainees - throughout 2018 and beyond.
We operate a policy of single rooms for all away-based staff.
What we offer:
- A degree in archaeology, or equivalent academic knowledge and practical ability
- A full clean driving licence is desirable
For further details of the Training Programme and Career Path please visit our website
- A documented training programme
- Mentoring and assessment by experienced OA field staff
- A structured, supported route to membership of CIfA at PCIfA level
Successful candidates will be offered a 12 week contract (37.5 hours per week) on the starting salary level, with a twelve week extension, at the higher salary level (subject to availability of work) to allow completion of the Training Programme. Staff who successfully complete the scheme will, subject to the availability of work, be offered permanent contracts at Archaeologist level.
- Salary range £16,391 - £17,373
- 32 days holiday (including statutory holidays and concessionary days at Christmas)
- 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
- Childcare vouchers
- 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 12 November. 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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