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Archaeological Iron Age/Roman pottery trainee

  Headland Archaeology in Silsoe, Bedfordshire (with options for some homeworking)
   £23,279.29 - £26,006.29
  Apply before: 03/10/2022
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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Headland Archaeology is offering an excellent opportunity for a conscientious and enthusiastic person to join our Finds Team.  
Why should you apply?
We are a privately owned archaeological business, part of the RSK Group, a leader in integrated environmental, engineering, and technical services. We provide heritage services to the development and construction sectors in UK and across the world. With four offices in England and one in Scotland, we offer our employees:
  • Unique knowledge and expertise. For more than 20 years, Headland has provided not only business-focused archaeology but also people-focused business. We are highly respected within our industry for our achievements in innovation, tailor-made development coaching and training, and our expertise in commercial archaeology.
  • Strong pioneering spirit. Our corporate culture is characterised by a healthy appetite for originality and development.
  • Stable company with excellent growth. Over the years, we have demonstrated steady, positive economic development and formed successful partnerships.
  • Good work environment. You will be surrounded by colleagues who are pleasant, professional, and enthusiastic about their work.
  • Opportunity to influence. You get to work in an open climate, close to decision makers and with the possibility of making a difference.
  • Part of RSK group. You will have further opportunities to become involved in nationally and internationally prominent projects with exciting prospects for career development. The group has c.8000 employees and c.120 environmentally led companies.
Our most recent works; which include well preserved Iron Age, Roman and Saxon landscapes, medieval and post-medieval industrial sites in eastern England, prehistoric landscapes on the southern chalklands, industrial archaeology in Birmingham; illustrate the wide range of projects we have been commissioned to deliver.
In Headland we are proud of our people. We will support you to your meet your goals and train you in specific relevant skills to feel confident and succeed in your role.

The role
Due to an expanding workload at all offices and an industry-wide lack of specialist expertise, Headland Archaeology is now offering a fantastic opportunity to train as a pottery specialist. We are looking for a self-motivated, enthusiastic individual with a passion for Iron Age and Roman pottery to join our Finds Team. Training will be provided by a series of mentors, one day a week, with the remaining time spent on general post-excavation tasks. As knowledge, skills and experience increase, so would the proportion of time spent working on pottery. The traineeship is expected to last for one year, with the aim of progression to junior specialist assuming a suitable standard is reached.

The successful candidate should be committed to becoming a pottery specialist. They should have an undergraduate degree in archaeology or related discipline and/or relevant fieldwork experience. They should have a demonstrable interest in, and some knowledge of, the relevant period of pottery studies. Memberships of CIfA (at least at Associate level), SGRP and/or PCRG and a relevant postgraduate qualification would also be advantageous. In addition to scheduled training, they will be expected to develop their own knowledge and skills and keep abreast of specialist literature with encouragement and support given to aid their development.

Key responsibilities will include
  • Developing personal expertise in relevant aspects of pottery studies.
  • Identifying and recording pottery and undertaking relevant research.
  • Writing specialist artefactual grey literature and publication reports.
  • Liaising with other team members, external bodies and specialists.
  • Aiding finds and environmental processing
  • Aiding archiving work
 Essential skills
  • Good general working knowledge of the archaeology (all periods, materials and techniques) of the British Isles 
  • Good general understanding of Iron Age/Roman archaeology, history and material culture 
  • Some understanding of Iron Age/Roman pottery studies and a willingness to learn more
  • Adherence to safe working practices, in particular to hazards associated with artefactual work 
  • Good IT skills, including databases and MS Office 
  • Good research skills
  • Ability to communicate and present artefactual and archaeological data and ideas effectively and appropriately and a clear concise writing style 
  • Ability to manage time and other resources to meet objectives
  • Attention to detail and ability to accurately observe and record 
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to schedule, co-ordinate and monitor tasks
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Full clean driving license (and a willingness to drive company vehicles)
Desired skills
  • Knowledge of finds and environmental processing techniques and issues
  • Knowledge of issues surrounding finds first aid, conservation, packaging and long-term storage 
  • Understanding of archiving procedures and standards
Benefits we offer you:
  • Relocation package
  • Paid subsistence when working away
  • Paid travel time when applicable
  • Time off in lieu or you will be paid for time worked above standard hours
  • Discretionary annual retention and loyalty profit bonus & performance-related bonus schemes (Terms and conditions apply)
  • 28 days annual leave, rising based on service length (including public holidays) 
  • 5%-6% employer contribution to pension scheme
  • Income Protection Policy, after a year with Headland
  • Health support scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme (advice on finance, mental health etc)
  • Paid CIfA membership, CSCS card
  • Constant H&S training
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Extra annual leave purchase scheme
  • Regular offers through RSK Group (e.g. Tastecard, Gym membership, Holidays and Entertainment)
Headland is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


How to apply
You must have the right to work in the UK without restrictions. Proof of eligibility will be required prior to your commencement.
Send covering letter and CV and details of two references to Julie Franklin at quoting reference POTTR22 
Postal applications will not be accepted. Details of references should include their name, relationship to the applicant, postal address, email address and phone number.
Informal inquiries concerning the role can be made to Julie Franklin, Finds Manager –

Please quote BAJR in your application.

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