FIELD PROJECT OFFICERS
Required for Cambridge and Oxford
Salary range £23,373 - £28,477
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.
Oxford Archaeology continues to expand and so we are looking for experienced staff to join our field teams at all levels. At OA East, we have field projects underway that mean we can already offer work in both Cambridgeshire and the Eastern Region throughout 2018. We are therefore particularly interested in candidates located in these areas. At OA South, we have fieldwork projects underway across the south and midlands and are also recruiting for upcoming major infrastructure schemes.
Current projects being undertaken in the two offices include work on rural Iron Age, Romano-British and Saxon sites and on rural medieval industry.
For Project Officer positions we are looking for Field Archaeologists who can demonstrate significant experience at Supervisor level or above, and who are able to take on responsibility for large and / or complex pieces of fieldwork and make a significant contribution during the post-excavation process. You must have experience of a range of project types as well as good IT skills and proven writing skills. You will have a good understanding of commercial archaeology in the UK or Irish commercial environment and the Health and Safety legislation relevant to it, as well the needs and priorities of commercial clients. You will need to be a confident and energetic problem solver with strong communication and interpersonal skills, and with a commitment to engaging the wider community in aspects of our work. At OA we encourage and train our Project Officers to develop skills as both leaders of fieldwork teams and in writing up the results of this work and we will be looking for experience and potential in both areas.
- The role will be both field and office based.
- Candidates will have significant experience of professional archaeological fieldwork within the UK or Irish commercial environment.
- Candidates will be the lead archaeologist in fieldwork stages of archaeological projects, reporting to a Project Manager who will not normally be based on site.
- Candidates will co-ordinate and produce unpublished (grey literature) reports and may act as a main author for academic publications.
- Candidates will take a lead role in performance monitoring and training of staff engaged on their projects.
- A full clean driving licence is essential for field posts, as is a current CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card.
- SSSTS or SMSTS qualifications (or similar) will be advantageous.
- A degree in archaeology or related earth science discipline will be highly advantageous, as will membership of the CIfA at ACIfA level.
In return, we offer an exciting range of employee benefits.
- Competitive salary range £23,373 - £28,477 (appointments will be made on the basis of demonstrated ability, previous experience and CIfA membership if appropriate).
- 35 days holiday (including statutory holidays and concessionary days at Christmas).
- Cycle to work scheme.
- Company pension scheme.
- Training including placements, and opportunities for career progression.
- 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.
- Childcare vouchers.
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:
Please enclose a CV and covering letter with your application.
Closing Date: Sunday 21st October 2018
Interviews: Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th November 2018 – Cambridge
Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th November 2018 - Oxford
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.
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