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.
OA East has a busy programme into the Autumn and we are looking for experienced staff to join our field teams at all levels. We have field projects underway on rural sites across the East of England and we are particularly interested in candidates based in Cambridgeshire and Essex where we are currently excavating neolithic, Iron Age and Roman period remains, with work on rural Saxon settlement also due to start shortly. We also have some 'away' deployments in both Norfolk and Suffolk and candidates based in those areas or wishing to be deployed there with accommodation should also consider applying.
OA South has a full and exciting work programme for the coming months with a range of both rural and urban sites covering a variety of different time periods. We have local projects in and around Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties, and for those who like to see different parts of the country we also have opportunities in Kent, Dorset, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire amongst others. Highlights include Iron Age and Roman settlements and landscapes, a city-centre excavation of complex stratiphied medieval deposits, prehistoric landscapes, and possibly some burials.
OA North has an exciting programme of work in the North West and Midlands, with sites that range from a large prehistoric enclosure with associated ritual and/or settlement activity to excavation of some of the workers' housing reported on by Engels in his damning late 19th century report on living conditions for factory workers.
We operate a policy of single rooms for all away-based staff.
- 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
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 £16,883 - £17,894
- 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 2 September 2018. 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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