Archaeologists-Project Officers, Cambridge and Norwich

By 14/09/2021Jobs

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 continue through 2021 with a range of exciting projects across East Anglia, undertaken from our offices in Pampisford (Cambridge) or Honningham (Norwich). Our 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 all levels from Archaeologists up to Project Officers.

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.

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.

Employee benefits:

  • Friendly and supportive work environment
  • 28 days of annual leave (including bank holidays and 2 days for Christmas, if employed over the Christmas period), rising on service length
  • £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
  • Flexible working, TOIL, possibility of work from home if eligible
  • Childcare vouchers, Christmas vouchers
  • 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)
  • Annual appraisal and progression opportunity
  • Company pension scheme

About the job:

Location: East Anglia and surrounding areas (transport provided from Pampisford or Norwich/ Honningham)

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

Salary range:

Archaeologists – starting at £21,092

Assistant Supervisors – starting at £23,253

Supervisors – starting at £24,797

Project Officers – starting at £28,930

Field Archaeologists


  • Excavation of archaeological features and deposits
  • Collection and labeling 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 labeling finds, archiving site records

Minimum requirements:

  • 3 months of fieldwork experience
  • CSCS card
  • Good teamwork
  • Punctuality and good time keeping
  • Commitment to PCA’s health and safety policies at all times

Assistant Supervisors and Supervisors


  • Excavation and recording of archaeological features and deposits to a high quality
  • Supervision of small teams
  • Machine watching
  • Site survey
  • On site liaison with clients and contractors
  • Preparing written account of undertaken field work (grey literature reports)

Minimum requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written English
  • Ability and willingness to work on site in all kinds of weather
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver to strict deadlines while maintaining excellent quality of work, mindfulness of project budget
  • Willingness to learn new skills, positive attitude and excellent work ethic
  • Good teamwork
  • Punctuality and good time keeping
  • Attention to detail
  • Degree in Archaeology or related subject
  • Computer literacy (MS Office package, databases, knowledge of graphic programs such as Auto Cad, QGIS, Illustrator etc. will be advantageous) 
  • Minimum two years of fieldwork experience in the UK
  • Experience in report writing is desirable but not essential
  • Experience in GPS surveying is desirable but not essential
  • Full clean UK driving license and willingness to drive company vehicles (if applying for a Supervisor)
  • Commitment to PCA’s health and safety policies at all times

Project Officers

Responsibilities (all of above plus the following):

  • Assisting in the management of projects
  • Supervision of a variety of sites, including large scale and infrastructure projects
  • Preparing written account of undertaken field work, including publications, journal articles etc.
  • Report checking, preparing WSIs, DBAs and RAMS
  • Regular liaison with clients and contractors
  • Health and safety responsibilities

Minimum requirements: (all of the above plus the following)

  • Degree in Archaeology or related subject
  • Full clean UK driving license and willingness to drive company vehicles
  • Experience in GPS survey
  • At least five years of field work experience in the UK, including minimum two years of working in a supervisory role
  • Proven written account of undertaken projects (grey literature reports, desk-based assessments, publications etc.)
  • 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. Please be advised that you must hold the right to work and live in the UK in order to apply for this job.

Please be advised we are expecting a high volume of applications, and therefore cannot commit to responding to all emails. 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 Caroline Edwards, HR Officer:  Please state on your application which role you are applying for and at which office would you want to be based. If successful you will be asked to attend an interview at our office in Pampisford. For more information please visit