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IfA Ambassadors

Interested in being an IfA Ambassador?

Over the past year, IfA membership has been increasing steadily with member numbers strengthening week by week. We are keen to maintain this increase in support and would like to offer our members the chance to help.

If you are currently a member of IfA, our Ambassador scheme offers an opportunity to get involved and help promote IfA and the work we undertake. We will provide all the training and support you will need to visit organisations, universities and conferences and speak to people about the benefits of being a member of the IfA. We will cover the costs of attending such events and (as a thank you) will give you a 50% membership fee discount for the year you are signed up as an Ambassador. Interested? You will need to send in a CV and covering letter explaining why you want to be an IfA Ambassador, and what you would do to persuade people to join up.

It’s as simple as that.

We welcome applications from any member and are especially interested in hearing from our PIfA and AIfA grade members.

If you want to find out more, get in touch with Amanda Forster at

IfA Ambassador scheme – the small print

The aim of the proposed scheme is to develop recruitment and promotional activities with a group of voluntary ambassadors who represent the different experience and interests of IfA members. In the first instance, we will be taking on 10 Ambassadors for 12 months, with a review every 3 months undertaken by the Member Services and Promotions Committee.

Each ambassador will have a mentor and will agree an achievable number of recruitment targets and activities. Ambassadors will be asked to attend one sector event or conference (such as IfA conference, TAG or EAA) over a 12 month period. Any subsistence costs incurred by Ambassadors while representing IfA would be covered by the scheme.

We ask our ambassadors to commit 4 days, plus attendance of one sector conference (generally 1 to 3 days). This would cover:

  • Ambassador training and review
  • Organisation member recruitment visit
  • Upgrade event/ CPD workshop
  • Sector conference (including 3 Ambassadors at IfA conference)

In our first year we will be recruiting 5 Ambassadors and we hope that we can eventually build up the scheme to cover the various sectors which archaeologists are working in. Throughout 2013 we will be developing the scheme to include our Area and Special Interest Groups, providing training and support for those already active in promoting IfA in their own areas of specialism.

The scheme will be reviewed regularly over the first year, and all Ambassadors would be invited to feed back directly to the Member Services and Promotion Committee at least once during their term.

If you have any questions or want to find out more, get in touch with Amanda Forster at

Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building
University of Reading

Reading RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446