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Senior/Principal Archaeologist

  Wardell Armstrong in Birmingham
   From £24,000
  Apply before: 22/03/2022
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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Senior/Principal Archaeologist (Supervisor)
Permanent, Full time (part time applications will be considered)
(Casual opportunities are available on a project-specific basis please enquire)

We are looking for Senior Archaeologists to support our growing Birmingham Team. Our Senior Archaeologists supervise fieldwork on projects of all scales, either working independently on smaller jobs (e.g. Watching Brief) or leading a small team (e.g. for a small-scale trial-trenching job), reporting directly to the Project Manager. You may also support larger scale works leading a smaller team within wider delivery, reporting to the Project Lead and taking direction from them. Our ideal candidate would have experience of work at this level.

Our Senior Archaeologists support us with writing up reports, completing smaller scale reports (with support from our wider team), and making significant contribution to larger scale reporting. To this end you should have or be willing to develop your report writing skills, working understanding of Harris Matrix software, and the ability to interpret your findings on site.

We have a range of projects in our pipeline of work in the coming months, which include both local/regional jobs and those which require working away, for which we offer generous terms as outlined below.

The successful candidate should be an excellent communicator, able to support both new and more experienced members of our field team. You should be confident in your recording skills on site, and ideally have experience of working in both paper-based, and digital recording systems. Knowledge of GIS recording and use GPS equipment is desirable.

We offer:
  • Membership of the Firm's Group Personal Pension Plan, with Employer's contribution of up to 5%.
  • Payment of a relevant professional subscription (CIfA).
  • 24 days annual leave per year.
  • Membership to the Firm's Private Health Care Scheme.
  • Inclusion in the Firm's Critical Illness Cover Policy.
  • Inclusion in the Firm's Life Assurance Policy, insuring you 3 times your annual salary.
  • Mobile Phone with inclusive tariff including personal usage.
  • Flexi-Time Working Schedule.
  • Long service awards.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Travel Loans.
Ideally you have:
  • Practical experience supervising work on site (6 months).
  • Comprehensive awareness of Risk Assessment and keeping your team safe on site.
  • Experience delivering commercial archaeology.
  • A degree in Archaeology (combined honours acceptable) or equivalent experience.
  • White CSCS card (either AQP or PQP)
  • Driving license.
  • CIfA Membership at PCIfA of ACIfA level.
  • SSSTS Qualification
More about Wardell Armstrong:
Wardell Armstrong LLP is a multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy with offices throughout the UK employing approx. 500 staff. We have been providing expert archaeological and heritage services for over 25 years, during which time we have demonstrated our ability to provide effective and commercially aware advice to a wide range of clients throughout the UK. Our Archaeology and Heritage services team is based across 6 of Wardell Armstrong’s 13 offices; Bolton, Birmingham, Bury St Edmunds, Carlisle, London and Stoke. Our post-ex hubs in Carlisle and Bury St Edmunds are home to our purpose-built facilities, which provide finds analysis, palaeoenvironmental processing and analysis, post-excavation analysis, publication, and outreach. We are passionate and ambitious. We can offer excellent experience, project ownership and a genuine chance to thrive and develop professionally.

We work on sites across the UK, and these roles will include working away, for which an excellent subsistence package is offered, in addition to travel allowance and single occupancy accommodation. Our management team understand the benefit of having local archaeologists work on local sites, both from the archaeological and environmental standpoint, and as such we endeavour to offer our staff work close to their home base wherever possible. We also facilitate a balance of office and home-working where practicable.

To support your personal development we offer personalised development plans and an annual appraisal system, as well as dedicated training budget, to which you can apply to meet your career aspirations, in addition to the standard training offered to you to undertake your role. Wardell Armstrong cover a professional subscription for each staff member which would cover your CIfA (or equivalent) subs.

Wardell Armstrong have strict health and safety protocols in place to protect you on site, with a dedicated Health and Safety team based in our Head Office. We of course issue you with all the PPE you require to work safely, and comfortably. In addition to our Health and Safety support we have a dedicated Human Resources team who offer advice and support, Mental Health First Aid, and have recently launched a have launched a firmwide health support package centred specifically around wellbeing and mental health.
Self-employed archaeologists are welcome to apply for these vacancies and shall be engaged on a sub-contracted basis, requiring appropriate insurance.

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