Assistant Supervisor (Environmental)

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Salary range
£25,360 to
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Oxford Archaeology is one of the largest independent archaeological practices in Europe. Our size and reputation ensure that we work on the most exciting and varied projects and can offer real opportunities for long term employment and career development.

The position:

An opportunity has arisen at Oxford Archaeology: Cambridge office to undertake the flotation, basic sorting, recording and data entry of environmental samples, working with the Environmental team at our processing facility at Bourn, Cambridgeshire. We intend to appoint an Assistant Supervisor, who can demonstrate experience and familiarity with the processing of material as it comes in from the field. While the position will be largely office-based there may be some requirement to undertake archaeological fieldwork or other office-based task, to take specialist samples and/or process samples on-site. The position would suit someone with some prior archaeological experience and an interest in developing skills in environmental archaeology.

Position requirements


  • Demonstrable experience (at least 6 months) of environmental archaeology and sample processing.
  • Highly motivated individual with the ability to work both within a team environment and independently.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues.
  • ability to undertake a range of manual handling tasks.
  • Carry out work practices in accordance with health and safety requirements.
  • Experience of professional archaeological fieldwork within the UK or Irish commercial environment.


  • Familiarity with one or more classes of environmental remains.
  • A degree in archaeology, archaeological science or related discipline will be highly advantageous, as will experience of professional archaeological fieldwork and post-excavation within the UK commercial environment.
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists at PCIfA level.

Successful candidates will normally be offered a 12-week contract after which permanent contracts will be offered, dependent upon sufficient work being available and the candidate demonstrating satisfactory performance and competence for the role.

Employee benefits:

  • Competitive salary range £25,360-£26,103 in line with CIfA salary guidelines; appointments will be made on the basis of demonstrated ability, previous experience and CIfA membership if appropriate. 32 days holiday (including statutory holidays and concessionary days at Christmas).
  • Company pension scheme.
  • Training including placements, and opportunities for career progression.
  • 100% of CIfA subscription fees, up to ACIfA level.
  • Free transport from regional offices to sites.
  • High quality personal protective equipment (inc. breathable waterproofs, fleeces etc).
  • Subsistence payment (£22.50 per night) and free accommodation (B and B / self-catering) provided for away-based projects. No sharing – single rooms only.
  • Overtime will be paid for additional hours worked including travelling time where you are the ‘responsible person’ or driver.
  • Childcare vouchers.
  • Cycle to work scheme.

If you would like to discuss the role please contact Natasha Dodwell, Principal Finds & Environmental Manager (  07717 458396) or Rachel Fosberry, Environmental Manager/Archaeobotanist ( 07584 501547).

If you would like to be part of a respected and established organisation, please apply by completing an application form, available from:

Closing Date: Thursday 1st June 2023

Oxford Archaeology is an Equal Opportunities employer. All applications are judged on the relevant skills and experience of the candidate, and not by gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, belief, age, nationality (other than where work permits may be required), or ethnicity. You must meet the requirements to live and work in the UK, by UK Visas and Immigration.

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