With the continued success and growth of our fieldwork operation nationwide comes the opportunity for talented archaeologists to join our Cirencester office field team. With a strong ongoing portfolio of excavations, we are looking for hard-working and dedicated individuals to assist in the excavation of a range of rural and urban archaeological sites ranging from prehistoric to post-medieval in date. Current excavations in Gloucestershire include prehistoric and medieval settlements, and the investigation of an extensive Roman building in the south of the county.
Along with a starting salary well above the CIfA minimum, we offer a highly competitive benefits package including:
- A generous lieu scheme operated for all driving time, and time spent in excess of 45 minutes each way as a passenger, outside of the normal 7.5 hour working day (accumulate up to 10 days additional lieu time annually)
- 30 days annual leave (including statutory holidays)
- Generous pension and life assurance schemes
- Paid CIfA membership subscription
- Employee Assistance Programme
Ideally, candidates for the post of Archaeologist will be able to demonstrate their competence in core fieldwork skills through provision of a completed Archaeology Skills Passport (http://www.archaeologyskills.co.uk/project/core-skills/), or similar training log provided by another employer and completed during previous experience working for commercial British archaeological practices.
Your core skills and experience should include manual excavation and recording of archaeological features, and the recovery of artefacts or samples. You should also be able to complete stratigraphic matrices, photograph archaeological features and sites, use tapes to record measurements accurately, compose accurate measured drawings and take levels. Experience in single context recording and urban archaeology would be advantageous.
Experienced Archaeologists (£19,271)
We are also looking for more experienced field archaeologists to assist our Supervisors with the training and mentoring of Trainee Archaeologists and with machine supervision. Candidates with demonstrable considerable commercial archaeological fieldwork experience and who can provide documented evidence of their proficiency both in core fieldwork skills and machine supervision/watching brief, staff training/development and an aptitude for GPS survey will be eligible for the higher starting salary. Experience in single context recording and urban archaeology would be advantageous. In date training in the use of CAT and Genny equipment is also desirable.
For both posts, membership of the CIfA at PCIfA level is desirable, as is possession of a current and valid CSCS Health and Safety Card, and a full driving licence. However, CSCS training can be arranged for those who do not currently possess a valid card. Personal protective equipment will be issued for the duration of employment.
A limited number of Trainee Archaeologist positions may also be available for those with limited or no commercial experience, and an archaeology degree. Those who have a partially completed Archaeology Skills Passport or equivalent training log from another employer can complete their core skills training by bringing their existing Archaeology Skills Passport or alternative training log to Cotswold Archaeology. Those with no previous experience will be provided with a training log on appointment to document their training with Cotswold Archaeology.
Away working will be required for certain projects, for which accommodation and subsistence will be provided. Please note all pay scales quoted are annual equivalents based on a 37.5 hour week.
How to apply
You can access detailed role descriptions, person specifications and an application form at www.cotswoldarchaeology.co.uk; please submit a completed application form, CV and covering letter, including complete contact details of two referees with recent first hand knowledge of your fieldwork ability. Please state clearly whether you are interested in a permanent or fixed-term contract.
Email careers [at] cotswoldarchaeology.co.uk or post to HR Department, Cotswold Archaeology, Building 11, Kemble Enterprise Park, Cirencester, GL7 6BQ. Closing date for these opportunities is 10am on Monday 19 August 2016.