This is an exciting opportunity to join Oxfordshire County Council as a Planning Archaeologist. Oxfordshire's authorities are in the midst of planning for 100,000 new homes and associated infrastructure and are a part of the Oxfordshire-Cambridgeshire Arc bringing regional connectivity projects such as East West Rail and potentially an Oxford-Cambridgeshire Expressway. All of Oxfordshire's Councils also have high ambitions for moving to a low carbon economy, and to ensure that growth is not at the expense of quality of life and sense of place. Oxfordshire has a rich heritage and wealth of archaeological sites, all of which contribute to the county's distinctive character and sense of place.
Based within the Archaeology section of the Council's Environment and Heritage Group in Oxford, you will be working within a small but well-respected and knowledgeable team. The team provides development management advice both to the County Council, and to four District Councils - South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, West Oxfordshire and Cherwell. Up and coming strategic policy includes the Oxfordshire Plan 2050, Local Transport and Connectivity Plan, the Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy, as well as Local Plans in various stages of development.
This role will offer an opportunity for a suitably-qualified archaeological specialist to utilise, develop and grow their skills in the assessment, understanding and management of archaeological sites and project work within the context of the planning process. Working alongside the Lead Archaeologist, the role will involve a varied and challenging caseload providing historic environment development management advice both to the County and District Councils.
You will contribute to, and lead on, the development of strategies, briefs, and schemes of investigation to guide archaeological sites through the planning process, as well as provide a wide spectrum of professional advice and support to all archaeological practitioners within Oxfordshire. This will include large-scale commercial developments, infrastructure and agri-environment schemes, as well as woodland creation and maintenance. You will also be involved in the service’s outreach activities to help encourage a greater understanding of Oxfordshire’s rich archaeological heritage and contribute to the social and educational life of many communities and interest groups within the county.
The successful candidate will have substantial archaeological knowledge and experience and ideally previous experience of providing development management advice services in a local authority context. You will have significant experience of archaeological fieldwork within the UK and experience of using GIS systems. You will be a team player able to work well under pressure and under your own initiative, and enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment, helping non-specialists to understand the importance of archaeology and heritage and take it into account in decision-making.
For an informal discussion about the role please phone Richard Oram, Archaeology Lead, on 07917 001026 or email email@example.com
To Apply GO to the RECRUITMENT WEBSITE
Closing date for application is the 8th November 2020. Interviews are expected to take place w/c 23rd Nov 2020, and may be held in central Oxford, or via video conference.