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  MOLA in Northampton
   Starting from £21,013
  Apply before: 30/04/2021
Responsibility Level:  Trainee   L 2  L 3  L 3/4  L 4  L 4/5  L 5  L 5/6  L 6  L 7
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Fixed-term (6 months) with the possibility of extension dependent on work programme.

We are looking for individuals, potentially available for immediate starts, with ideally at least three months’ experience in UK commercial archaeology, although relevant European commercial experience will also be considered.

We have a number of large and exciting projects across the East of England, the Midlands and beyond. Most projects are based within commuting distance of Northampton, for which transport is provided from our Northampton offices to and from site, including paid time for drivers.  Significant projects are due to start in Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Warwickshire.  When conditions allow for or projects further away high-quality accommodation and subsistence is provided during the week.  Away work should be considered a normal part of this role.

As one of the largest independent archaeological organisations in the UK we can offer a wide range of interesting, exciting and challenging projects, of all types and periods.  Recent highlights of works undertaken by our Northampton office have included a waterlogged Anglo-Saxon cemetery with preserved coffins, Neolithic burials, a causewayed enclosure, extensive Iron Age and Roman settlements and part of a medieval manorial complex.

MOLA pays for CIfA application and membership fees in full, and also reimburses up to £40 for safety boots.

Offers will be made to suitable candidates before the closing date, so early applications are advised.

Please note:  We have comprehensive COVID-19 plans in place and are following all current Government and Public Health England guidance on establishing and maintaining a safe working environment during COVID-19 (  We are in constant dialogue with clients and staff representatives and we’re doing all we can to ensure all staff can continue to work and operate safely while travelling to site, working on site, and working in our offices.   All new starters will receive a thorough and up to date health and safety briefing. For more details regarding MOLA's plan, please see the details here:

The following criteria are essential:
•    Interest in and knowledge of British archaeology
•    CSCS card (ideally Academically Qualified Person or Professionally Qualified Person) or willingness to acquire one
•    Use of or knowledge of archaeological recording systems
•    Experience of archaeological fieldwork
•    Ability to carry out prolonged manual work in an outdoor environment in all weather
•    Good organisational skills
•    Good communication skills, and ability to work positively as part of a team
•    Ability to work under pressure
•    An understanding and appreciation of diversity in the workplace

The following criteria are desirable:
•    Degree in archaeology or equivalent experience
•    Driving licence and willingness to drive company vehicles
•    Membership of the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists (CIfA)
•    Experience of commercial archaeological fieldwork
•    Experience of working in urban, rural and/or infrastructure construction environments
•    Ability to work without close supervision
•    Use of Microsoft Office packages

We are committed to mentoring and training staff at all levels in order to develop individual capability and enhance career prospects.  We offer a highly competitive salary and a generous benefits package.

Please note:
•    For more information and to apply, please download the full job description and application via the MOLA website at
The closing date for the vacancy is 23:59 on Friday 30th April 2021.
•    Early applications are advised as applications will be reviewed upon receipt and start dates are available immediately and through March and April 2021.  

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK without restrictions.  Proof of eligibility will be required prior to commencement.

MOLA promotes diversity and equality of opportunity at all levels, and welcomes applications from people regardless of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, or religion or belief.

The Company

MOLA is an experienced and innovative archaeology practice. We have been providing independent, professional heritage advice and services for over 40 years across the UK and internationally on schemes both large and small. Our commercial services are designed to help our development, infrastructure and construction sector clients to meet their planning process requirements swiftly and expertly, with the certainty and value they need.

As an education charity our aim is to inspire people to be curious about their heritage. We are proud of our award-winning community engagement and education programmes, which are founded on partnership and participation. As an Independent Research Organisation, we set out to share the knowledge and information we generate with the widest audience possible for the benefit of society. The research we conduct as part of the planning and development process takes place alongside our own research framework

The Benefits

  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Generous sick pay provision
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Gym discounts
  • Generous parental leave
  • PPE provided
  • Relevant professional subscriptions paid
  • Employer contribution pension scheme
  • Free access to over 900 museums, galleries & exhibitions
  • Season ticket loans




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