Experienced Archaeologists
Trainee Archaeologists

Milton Keynes & Suffolk
Pay scales £20325 - £21799 (dependent on experience) Trainees to start on £19650
Permanent and fixed-term (six-month) contracts available

Cotswold Archaeology requires promising, talented and experienced archaeologists to join our teams in Milton Keynes and Suffolk (Needham Market), to assist in the excavation of a range of exciting rural and urban archaeological projects, of many different periods. With a strong ongoing portfolio of fieldwork we are looking for hard-working and dedicated individuals to join our team.

We have projects located close to our offices and also schemes further afield where we provide accommodation, with good opportunities for accruing lieu and overtime.

The Package

Along with a starting salary above the CIfA minimum, we offer a highly competitive benefits package including:

  • Our award-winning Training Programme geared to career progression
  • 30 days annual leave (including statutory holidays)
  • Generous pension and life assurance schemes
  • Paid CIfA membership subscription (following qualifying period)
  • 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)
  • Overnight accommodation and subsistence when working on away projects
  • Employee Assistance Programme

The Details

Archaeologists (£20,325 – £21,261)

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, and compose accurate measured drawings. Familiarity with GPS surveying is desirable.

Experienced Archaeologists (£21,799)

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 and considerable commercial archaeological fieldwork experience, 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. In date training in the use of CAT and Genny equipment is also desirable.

For both roles, 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.

Trainee Archaeologists (£19650)

Like many of those that join our award winning trainee archaeologist programme you might be a recent graduate with a degree or masters in a relevant subject; you may have graduated some time ago but never realised your ambitions to enter the profession; or you may have no formal archaeology related qualifications but your passion and interest in the subject is attracting you to developing a career in the sector. Whatever your background, skills, experience, qualifications and ambitions, we would love to hear from you.

Our trainee programme has been developed with the flexibility to respond to a wide variety of individual’s education and work experience. The training includes all the core skills required to be effective as an Archaeologist including; excavation, drawing, photography and sampling.

In the past few years, over 50 trainees have successfully completed our programme. You will begin with a 6 month contact, which should be ample time to complete your training.

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 below:

Application Form

Archaeologist Job Specification

Experienced Archaeologist Job Specification

Trainee Archaeologist Job Specification

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 which position you are applying for, which office you are interested in and whether you are interested in a permanent or fixed-term contract.

Email careers@cotswoldarchaeology.co.uk or post to HR Department, Cotswold Archaeology, Building 11, Kemble Enterprise Park, Cirencester, GL7 6BQ.

Closing date: Monday 13th July though recruitment will commence as soon as possible.