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Assistant Archaeologist (V3421)

Vacancy Summary
West Berkshire Council
£22,401 - £28,221 per annum Grade G
Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury
Working Pattern:
Full Time/Part Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
03/07/2018 at 10:28 AM
Vacancy Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic historic environment professional to play a key role in support of the curatorial archaeology service of the unitary authority.  The primary responsibility of this post is the maintenance and development of the West Berkshire Historic Environment Record, the evidence base which underpins advice on decisions relating to development and land-use changes.  We use HBSMR software along with ArcGIS and you need to have experience of working with databases.  You will have an eye for detail but also an appreciation why up to date, accurate and inclusive information is important in the conservation and management of the archaeological resource.  You will need to keep abreast of how planning and legislation affect the historic environment.

The post-holder will report to and work closely with the Senior Archaeologist.  Your duties could involve helping formulate responses to consultations and monitoring the progress of fieldwork.  The archaeology of the district includes Mesolithic sites along the Kennet Valley and Cold War monuments at the former Greenham Common airbase.  Much of the unitary authority lies within the North Wessex Downs AONB and is under environmental land management schemes, but there are also many historic settlements such as Hungerford, Lambourn and Streatley as well as the larger towns of Newbury and Thatcham and the urban fringes of Reading.

As part of West Berkshire Heritage, we support education and encourage community involvement, and we wish to promote understanding and enjoyment of the historic environment.  You will be dealing with all public enquiries from a wide range of users, and need to have both technical and interpersonal skills to provide timely information in appropriate ways.  We work closely with colleagues in West Berkshire Museum, the repository for the area’s archaeological archives.  Experience in delivering outreach and using social media will be welcome as we wish to build on recent initiatives, for example engaging with neighbourhood planning groups.

West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as flexible working, access to a wide range of relevant training, local government pension scheme, family friendly policies, a range of local discounts and much more. You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement of 26 days per annum rising to a maximum of 34 days, depending on how long you’ve worked for us and the grade of your job.

This role has been identified as public facing in accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2017; the requirement to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English applies.

This is a full-time post but we will consider applications from people who may only be able to work part-time as there may be a fit with other applications we receive

For further information and an informal discussion please contact Sarah Orr, Senior Archaeologist on 01635 519805 or archaeology@westberks.gov.uk.  Between 11-22 June, contact Paul James, Culture and Libraries Manager 0788 794 8853 paul.james@westberks.gov.uk

Interviews: Thursday 19th July 2018

Equal Opportunities
The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment, and positively encourages applications from people who fall within any of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
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