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Archaeologist – Bury St EdmundsPermanent, Full time (part time applications will be considered)
(Casual opportunities are available on a project-specific basis please enquire)
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We are looking for field archaeologists to support the delivery of our current and upcoming projects. Ideally, we are looking for archaeologists with 6 months of site experience in a commercial archaeology environment, but we will also consider Graduates and applicants with equivalent alternative experience and or qualifications.
- Excellent subsistence package in addition to travel allowance and single occupancy accommodation.
- 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.
- Recruitment Bounty
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Expenses for eye tests
You will work as part of a wider team, and you could be based on smaller short duration sites, or on larger scale excavations. The work will include working on evaluation, excavation, and occasionally geophysics if you have experience or are willing to learn. You should understand paper-based field recording systems and some experience with digital recording systems would be desirable but not essential.
For a flavour, here are some of our current projects: at Huntingdon (Cambs) we have an excavation of an Iron Age and Roman settlement site. At Rayne (Essex) we have a long term excavation of a multi period landscape producing particular rich artefactual evidence from its Roman phases. A wide variety of other projects are in our pipeline of work in the coming months. All are based regionally, with none at the moment requiring working away. While this is the case for Bury St Edmunds for the next few months we may ask successful candidates to work on sites further afield where necessary in future if site locations change.
The successful candidate should have:
- Some practical experience of working on archaeological sites.
- A degree in archaeology (combined honours is acceptable) or equivalent experience.
- White CSCS card (either AQP or PQP).
- Driving license.
- CIfA membership at PCIfA level.
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 and services to a wide range of clients throughout the UK. Our Archaeology and Heritage services team is based at 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 wide-ranging experience, project ownership and a genuine chance to develop professionally.
We work on sites across the UK, and some archaeologist roles may 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. This role is currently home based, but that may change at a later date.
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 company-wide 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.