Field Archaeologists

Apply before: 28/04/2019
£18961.52 - £20168.50 per annum (pay award pending)

The Cambridge Archaeological Unit is recruiting Field Archaeologists for a range of archaeological excavations, evaluations and surveys throughout East Anglia. Confirmed sites include prehistoric landscapes, major Iron Age and Roman settlements including the Northstowe New Town development and various urban sites.

The Role:

The CAU has several sites scheduled for Spring 2019 - Winter 2019 which include evaluations, large scale open area excavations and quarry sites. Staff will be appointed on 6 month fixed term contracts. Field Staff will assist in delivering fieldwork services to a professional standard and to strict deadlines.

Based on a review of skills and performance, the CAU will offer contract extensions to new staff who rise to the challenge of working in a busy research-led commercial unit.


Applicants must be educated to degree level in Archaeology. They must have a minimum of six months fieldwork experience in a professional commercial archaeological organisation. Salary levels will be determined by demonstrable fieldwork experience and skills.

Successful applicants must have a valid CSCS card (unless applying for a trainee post) and preferably one or more of the following: a clean UK/EU Driving Licence, Membership of CIfA, a First Aid at Work qualification.

Other relevant H&S qualifications (eg: documented Manual Handling training, Pipe & Cable Detection training, Asbestos Awareness, Plant/Vehicle Banksman or Marshaller etc), would be an added advantage.

Please include information regarding projects you have worked on and particularly fieldwork skills such as field walking surveys, machine watching and urban excavation experience.

Applicants with interests/skills in period specialisms, artefacts, environmental archaeology, illustration and survey should highlight these skills. Opportunities may exist to develop these skills with appropriate training provided.

Archaeology graduates with none or limited commercial fieldwork experience may be considered for a limited number of trainee placements. Please ensure that you state your interest in a trainee placement in your cover letter.

Employment benefits include:

  • Competitive salary range
  • Proficiency based pay progression
  • 32 days annual leave (including bank holidays)
  • USS pension scheme from 4th Payroll period (18% employer contribution)
  • Sickness absence pay
  • Transport to site provided
  • Driver supplement
  • High spec PPE provided
  • Job specific Health & Safety training provided

Other benefits include:

Application process:

Completed applications must consist of the CHRIS 5 application form along with a CV and covering letter. Documents to be emailed to and will be assessed on receipt, therefore prompt submission is recommended. No postal applications.

Earliest possible start date will be 4th March 2019.

Pre-employment checks:

All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in the UK. Offers of employment will be conditional upon the satisfactory outcome of all required pre- employment checks and whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University. Please note if you hold non-EU citizenship, please submit a copy of your work permit with your application.

Equality of opportunity at the University:

The University of Cambridge is committed to a proactive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity. Entry into employment with the University is determined by personal merit and by the application of criteria required for the post.

Information if you have a disability:

The University welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and is committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. Adjustments will be made, wherever reasonable to do so, to enable applicants to compete to the best of their ability and, if successful, to assist them during their employment.

posted: 11 April 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.