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PCA is one of UK’s largest archaeological companies, with seven regional offices across the country. We have been delivering professional heritage services for more than 25 years. We are delighted to announce the opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary team of specialists, as we start 2021 with a range of exciting projects across the country, undertaken from our various offices. Our most recent sites in the region included large scale Iron Age, Roman and medieval settlements, as well as various rural and urban projects of all periods.

We are looking to employ capable and motivated undergraduate students over the summer break. We welcome applications particularly from Archaeology students but also related subjects, such as History, Classics, Geology etc. The successful candidate will be offered a 3 month fixed term contract and provided with 7 day accommodation or free transport to site from the respective offices.

This is an exceptional opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge and gain experience in commercial archaeology. We offer a range of exciting projects across the country, including large scale Roman-British settlements, prehistoric and medieval rural sites as well as urban excavations. You will have the chance to be trained by some of our specialists and researchers in archaeological excavation, drawing sections and plans, use of GPS, post-ex work including washing/sorting finds, environmental archaeology and plenty more.

The applicants who join us and successfully complete the 12 week traineeship programme will be prioritised in future job applications with PCA.

PCA offers a range of attractive employee benefits, available to all staff as soon as they start, including:

  • Friendly and supportive work environment
  • Generous annual leave
  • £15 per night subsistence when working away from home (and high-quality accommodation provided)
  • High quality PPE and site welfare provision– the safety of our staff always comes first
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • H&S training relevant for your role will be provided and paid in full (CSCS, SSSTS, First Aid, Asbestos Awareness, CAT and Genny etc.)
  • Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (Cifa) subscriptions paid in full
  • Driving time paid at 150% normal rate (when driving company vehicles outside of normal working hours)
  • Paid mileage if using own vehicle (subject to eligibility)
  • Company pension scheme

About the job:

Location: Various (London, Winchester, Warwick, Durham, Newark & Cambridge) please specify what location you are applying for

Working week: Monday to Friday 37.5 hours per week, usually 8am – 4 pm, with breaks for lunch and tea

Salary range:

Regional: Daily rate of £75.51 (£377.52 weekly) 

London: Daily rate of £83.89 (£419.48 weekly) 

Responsibilities (you will receive training in the following):

  • Excavation of archaeological features and deposits
  • Collection and labelling of artefacts
  • Writing context sheets for archaeological features and deposits, drawing plans and sections to scale, on site photography
  • Collection and processing of environmental samples
  • Post-ex office work (occasionally required) including washing, marking and labelling finds and archiving site records

Requirements:

  • Current undergraduate student of Archaeology or relevant subject
  • Good physical shape and willingness to work on site in all kinds of weather
  • Good oral and written English, basic maths skills are essential
  • Willingness to learn new skills, positive attitude and excellent work ethic
  • Good teamwork
  • Excellent punctuality and timekeeping
  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to PCA’s health and safety policies at all times (explained in full during induction) 

PCA is committed to a comprehensive equal opportunities policy in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities without regard to race, religion or belief, colour, sex, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. All applicants with the relevant qualifications and experience are welcome to apply for this opportunity.

We are expecting a high volume of applications and therefore cannot commit to confirming receipt of applications.

In accordance with our GDPR policy, we will not keep unsuccessful applicants’ details or CVs on our system, unless you expressly request that we do. Please be advised that you must hold the right to work and live in the UK in order to apply for this job.

To apply please email your CV and covering letter to CEdwards@pre-construct.com

Please state on your application which role you are applying for and at which office would you want to be based. For more information, please visit http://www.pre-construct.com

Managerial Roles

PCA has been delivering professional heritage services for more than 25 years is one of UK’s largest archaeological companies, with seven regional offices across the country.

We are delighted to announce the opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary team in the East of England. Our most recent sites include an extraordinary range of large scale prehistoric, Romano-British, Saxon and medieval sites. We are looking to recruit talented, motivated managers to assist with these fantastic projects and future challenges.

We will be looking to recruit managerial staff at all levels, for our eastern regional offices.

PCA offers a friendly working environment, competitive salary and a range of attractive employee benefits, including:

  • Friendly and supportive work environment
  • Generous annual leave (28 days including bank holidays and 2 extra days over the Christmas period) that rises with length of service
  • H&S training relevant for your role will be provided and paid in full (CSCS, SSSMS etc.)
  • Flexible working, including home working where/if appropriate
  • Childcare vouchers, Christmas vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) subscriptions paid in full
  • Company pension scheme
  • Additional benefits which are regularly reviewed and updated
  • Mental Health First Aiders

About the job:

Location: Pampisford (Cambridge) and Honnigham (Norwich)

Working week: Monday to Friday 37.5 hours per week, usually 8am – 4 pm

Salary:

A competitive negotiable salary depending on experience and entry level, with a commitment to regular review.

Project Managers/Senior project managers

There are a variety of roles available within these posts, which we will seek to tailor to the successful applicants’ respective strengths and interests.

Responsibilities will variously include:

  • Procurement, management and delivery of projects in a cost effective and timely manner, including large scale and infrastructure projects
  • Regular liaison with clients or their representatives and representatives of the local planning authority.
  • To manage the fieldwork, especially excavation of archaeological sites efficiently and effectively
  • To provide support, guidance and mentoring to all staff from trainees to Project Officer level
  • To manage the preparation of reports including liaison with supervisors, CAD department and others involved in the project.
  • Report writing, checking, and editing.
  • Preparation of  WSIs, DBAs and RAMS
  • Health and safety responsibilities

Minimum requirements:

  • Degree in Archaeology or related subject or relevant experience
  • Full clean UK driving license
  • Applicants should have sound knowledge of the legislative and policy framework surrounding the archaeological, historic environment and planning in England and Wales.
  • A firm understanding of Health and Safety, Risk Assessments, CDM Regulations and other legal responsibilities is expected.
  • Ideally they will also have demonstrable writing skills and should have published, or have prepared for publication, academic research based articles or other publications.
  • The successful candidates need to present a high level of self-motivation and discipline
  • Commitment to PCA’s health and safety policies at all times

PCA is committed to a comprehensive equal opportunities policy in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities without regard to race, religion or belief, colour, sex, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. All applicants with the relevant qualifications and experience are welcome to apply for this opportunity.

In accordance with our GDPR policy, we will not keep unsuccessful applicants’ details or CVs on our system, unless you expressly request that we do.

To apply please email your CV and covering letter to Mark Hinman (Director and Regional Manager at PCA Central) MHinman@pre-construct.com Please state on your application which role you are applying for and at which office you would prefer to be based. If successful you will be asked to attend an interview at our office in Pampisford. For more information please visit http://www.pre-construct.com/

PCA follow all current guidelines regarding SOP and COVID19 and take the safety of our staff as paramount – advice is up to date with government guidance and site-specific RAMS are available.

Trainees & Field Staff Warwick

PCA is one of UK’s largest archaeological companies, with seven regional offices across the country. We have been delivering professional heritage services for more than 25 years. We are delighted to announce the opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary team of specialists, as we start 2021 with a range of exciting projects across the Midlands, undertaken from our office in Barford (Warwick). Our recent and ongoing sites in the region include those of Iron Age, Roman and medieval date, and we have a number of large scale rural and urban projects of all periods forthcoming.

We will be looking to recruit staff at Trainee and Field Archaeologist levels. PCA offers a competitive salary and a range of attractive employee benefits. All the successful candidates would benefit from having an interest in history and/or archaeology, enjoy working outdoors and be able to undertake physical work (eg. digging and being outside in any weather), often in challenging weather conditions.

All applicants must have good oral and written English, and be able to display competent maths skills. Although preference will be given to graduates of archaeology and related subjects, we also welcome science and technical degree holders, as well as people passionate about history and heritage.

Candidates with no relevant experience or degree could be offered an initial 3-month trainee contract, if they are able to show an interest and passion for archaeology. All successful candidates will undergo a probationary 3-month period, after which, given satisfactory performance, they will be offered a permanent contract.

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Supervisor & Project Officer Warwick

PCA is one of UK’s largest archaeological companies, with seven regional offices across the country. We have been delivering professional heritage services for more than 25 years. We are delighted to announce the opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary team of specialists, as we start 2021 with a range of exciting projects across the Midlands, undertaken from our office in Barford (Warwick). Our recent and ongoing sites in the region include those of Iron Age, Roman and medieval date, and we have a number of large scale rural and urban projects of all periods forthcoming.

We will be looking to recruit staff at supervisory levels, up to Project Officer. PCA offers a competitive salary and a range of attractive employee benefits, including a pay banding structure that allows for career progression.
All successful candidates will undergo a probationary 3-month period, after which, given satisfactory performance, they will be offered a permanent contract.

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Supervisor & Project Officers Cambridge and Norwich

PCA is one of UK’s largest archaeological companies, with seven regional offices across the country. We have been delivering professional heritage services for more than 25 years. We are delighted to announce the opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary team of specialists, as we start 2021 with a range of exciting projects across East Anglia, undertaken from our offices in Pampisford (Cambridge) or Honningham (Norwich). Our most recent sites in the region included large scale Iron Age, Roman and medieval settlements, as well as various rural and urban projects of all periods.

We will be looking to recruit staff at supervisory levels, up to Project Officer. PCA offers a competitive salary and a range of attractive employee benefits, including a pay banding structure that allows for career progression.

All successful candidates will undergo a probationary 3-month period, after which, given satisfactory performance, they will be offered a permanent contract.

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Trainees & Field Staff Cambridge and Norwich

PCA is one of UK’s largest archaeological companies, with seven regional offices across the country. We have been delivering professional heritage services for more than 25 years. We are delighted to announce the opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary team of specialists, as we start 2021 with a range of exciting projects across East Anglia, undertaken from our offices in Pampisford (Cambridge) and Honningham (Norwich). Our most recent sites in the region included large scale Iron Age, Roman and medieval settlements, as well as various rural and urban projects of all periods.

We will be looking to recruit staff at Trainee and Field Archaeologist levels. PCA offers a competitive salary and a range of attractive employee benefits. All the successful candidates would benefit from having an interest in history and/or archaeology, enjoy working outdoors and be able to undertake physical work (eg. digging and being outside in any weather), often in challenging weather conditions.

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Field Staff Durham

PCA is one of UK’s largest archaeological companies, with seven regional offices across the country. We have been delivering professional heritage services for more than 25 years. We are delighted to announce the opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary team of specialists, as we start 2021 with a range of exciting projects across the north, undertaken from our office in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. Our ongoing and forthcoming sites in the region include Iron Age and Roman settlements and industrial archaeological sites.

PCA’s Durham office is looking to recruit staff at Field Archaeologist level. PCA offers a competitive salary and a range of attractive employee benefits.

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