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Winchester and Cambridge: trainees to supervisors

By 11/04/2022Jobs

The Cambridge office is currently running a wide range of exciting projects of all periods, including large scale excavations of complex Iron Age and Romano-British settlements.

We are looking to recruit staff at Trainee, Field Archaeologist, Assistant Supervisor and Supervisor levels for both our Cambridge and Winchester offices.
 
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.

About the job:
Location: Pampisford (Cambridge) and Winchester
Working week: Monday to Friday 37.5 hours per week, usually 8am – 4 pm
Salary range:

  • Trainees- £20,764.79
  • Archaeologists – starting at £22,252
  • Assistant Supervisors – starting at £24,532
  • Supervisors – starting at £26,161


General Requirements for all of the following positions:

  • Degree in Archaeology or related subject (e.g. History, Classics, Geology etc.)
  • Ability and willingness to work on site in all kinds of weather
  • Excellent oral and written English, basic maths skills are essential
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Good teamwork
  • Excellent punctuality and timekeeping
  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to PCA’s health and safety policies at all times
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK

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Trainees
Responsibilities (you will receive training in the following) – circa 3 months :

  • 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 and basic survey using a GPS unit
  • Collection and processing of environmental samples
  • Post-ex office work (occasionally required) including washing, marking and labelling finds and archiving site records

Field Archaeologists
Responsibilities:

  • 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 and basic survey using a GPS unit
  • Collection and processing of environmental samples
  • Post-excavation office work (occasionally required) including washing, marking and labelling finds, archiving site records

Minimum requirements:

  • 3 months of commercial fieldwork experience from the UK
  • CSCS card

Assistant Supervisors and Supervisors
Responsibilities:

  • 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:

  • Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining excellent quality of work, mindfulness of project budget
  • 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)


Our 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
  • 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

How to apply:
Please email your CV and covering letter to Caroline Edwards, HR Officer: CEdwards@pre-construct.com

Please state on your application which role you are applying for and describe your suitability by referring to the requirements listed above. If successful you will be asked to attend an interview at one of our offices.

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.

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.

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.