Project Officer (Archaeology)

Location: Cornwall
Hourly rate (£13.71 – £16.71) (based on 37.5 hours per week)

The opportunity:

We need to grow our team and if you’re interested in joining a major excavation project in central Cornwall we can offer you good pay, on the job training towards certificated courses, and for non-Cornwall residents, accommodation and subsistence.

You will be providing effective support to our client – Cornwall Archaeological Unit (CAU) – during the mitigation works for a major road scheme in central Cornwall.

The post holder is expected to act as Project Officer with a lead role in the implementation of fieldwork projects under the direction of a CAU Project Manager.

The post holder is expected to have considerable experience of project delivery and undertaking major field projects involving the direction of site staff and volunteers, and/or complex and innovative projects requiring a high level of professional expertise and knowledge, delivered to a high standard.

The role is for a current project that started in March 2021. The fieldwork is expected to last up to 6 months, with a potential for further post-excavation work on this project, and on other future potential projects.

Key Requirements:
• The ability to work as part of a happy and motivated team.
• Good communications skills and the ability to pass on your knowledge to less experienced members of the team.
• A degree in archaeology or a related subject or equivalent experience.
• Membership of an appropriate professional body such as the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, preferably at ACIfA grade or higher.
• A valid CSCS card is essential.
• A SSSTS or SMSTS certificate is preferred but there will be an opportunity to gain one of these qualifications on the job.
• Current driving license.
• A knowledge of archaeological recording systems is essential. Knowledge of site surveying techniques (GPS etc) and specialist software such as AutoCad, ArcView GIS is desirable.
• Report writing experience is desirable.
• The ability to organise and prioritise, to work to agreed resources and to meet demanding deadlines.
Knowledge, skills & experience:
• Experience of commercial field archaeology and knowledge in one or more of the following areas: excavation, finds processing, or surveying techniques.
• Previous experience of site supervision.
• Knowledge and competence in the practice of professional requirements, standards, methods and techniques relating to archaeology (for example, research and assessment; field recording; site conservation; writing, editing and production of complex reports; management of records and archives; finds processing; scientific and specialist analyses).
• Experience in successful supervision of project teams, especially with regard to fieldwork projects.
• Sound knowledge and experience of Health and Safety requirements in a project environment, including working with sub-contractors.
• Successfully and pro-actively working with clients to achieve project goals.
• Good written and verbal communication skills.
• Skills and experience in pro-actively developing and improving systems, standards, and procedures for fieldwork projects.
Employee benefits
• 24 days holiday per annum, pro rata.
• On the job training towards certificated courses (First Aid at Work, SSSTS, etc).
• PPE provided.
• Accommodation and subsistence for non-residents.
All sites are operating in accordance with Covid 19 Public Health guidelines.

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