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MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)

Trainee Archaeologist

Based Northampton

£19,000 per annum, pro rata (rising to £20,000 after mid-point assessment)

Duration: 6 months, with the possibility of extension

The Opportunity

Following the huge success of the introduction of our Trainee Archaeologist programme, we are thrilled to be offering a further five places in our Northampton office with a start date of Wednesday 14th July 2021.

We’ve got a really exciting programme of work so we are looking for trainees to join us and develop on-the-job skills and knowledge with dedicated trainers. If you’re interested in history, archaeology or construction and want to advance your career prospects by learning practical skills whilst gaining valuable work experience, then we want to hear from you.

You do not need to have any specific qualifications, but there will be a short test as part of the recruitment process to assess core skills including Maths and English.

Key benefits:

  • Being part of some of the UK’s largest ever infrastructure projects
  • Trained on a programme accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
  • Health and safety certifications including a CSCS card
  • A portfolio of work to demonstrate your skills
  • Generous annual leave allowance and healthcare plan

About you

  • Desired skills and personal qualities:
  • Hardworking and positive attitude
  • Happy to work outdoors in all weather
  • Keen to learn new skills, some in a classroom environment
  • Teamwork and communication
  • Valid UK driving licence (desirable but not essential)

Main responsibilities

  • Use tools to dig different types of archaeology
  • Describe, draw and photograph your work
  • Identify and collect different objects (artefacts)
  • Collect soil samples
  • Learn about the stages of an archaeological project, and how the industry works
  • Work safely on an active construction site, and in all types of weather
  • Develop and maintain professional standards of work

About us

MOLA is an experienced and innovative archaeology practice. We have been providing independent, professional heritage advice and services for over 40 years across the UK and internationally on schemes both large and small. Our commercial services are designed to help our development, infrastructure and construction sector clients to meet their planning process requirements swiftly and expertly, with the certainty and value they need.

Future prospects

At the end of the programme you will have the skills and experience needed to apply to join the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and work as a field archaeologist - MOLA hopes to offer as many people as possible a job upon completion. Career paths this scheme could introduce you to include:

  • Field archaeologist
  • Planning consultant
  • Archivist
  • Apprenticeship in archaeology or related field
  • Fieldwork specialist (e.g. recording historic buildings or geological deposits)
  • Construction roles where a knowledge of the industry is beneficial

To apply

More information about the programme can be found on our website

To apply click here

The closing date is Sunday 27th June 2021.

MOLA promotes diversity and equality of opportunity at all levels, and welcomes applications from people regardless of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age or religion or belief.

Closing Date: 27/06/2021  Location: Northampton

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