Woooooot!  We’re hiring!

Project Officer

Job Type: full-time post with away working.

Includes six month probationary period, if successful extending to 12 month contract with plenty of scope to continue

Salary: commensurate with ACIfA, equivalent to BAJR Grade 5

Application process: Please send a covering letter (300 words max) and CV to hello@digventures.com detailing your interest in the role, relevant experience, and what you do for fun.

Closing date: 6 December 2019

Initial interviews will be scheduled by Skype during the w/o 9 December 2019 

Are you an experienced field archaeologist who bores all your friends in pubs by constantly talking about work? Are you sick of the same old-same old on commercial sites, where nobody has any fun? Do you think you can hack it in a team where top notch fieldwork is just as important as social impact? If you can shout ‘YES INDEED!’ to all three of these questions, you might, just might, be the person we’re looking for!

As a sector innovator in digital archaeology, public engagement and sustainable social business, DV are now looking to hire a talented and passionate archaeologist with a range of skills to help run our field-based projects. There are three main aspects to the role: independent day-to-day management of archaeological excavations, including supervising our field team; working with clients to ensure projects run smoothly; and communicating with our programme delivery team to keep things on track.

Our Project Officer role is delivery-oriented, focusing on DV’s existing fieldwork programme and including both development and public-orientated projects. In the first instance, you’ll be joining the team to coordinate an ongoing archaeological project with our friends the Earth Trust in Oxfordshire. This is a big, busy project with significant archaeology to record and understand, with an embedded programme of community engagement. You will be based full-time on site, supervising the field team and working closely with the Earth Trust. It will be your responsibility to steer the project, supported by the DV team including our Head of Fieldwork, Head of Community, Programme Manager and Directors – as well as our fabulous team of community archaeology specialists. You can find all you need to know about the archaeology and our wider aims on the project microsite:


You’ll be a confident and experienced archaeologist who loves fieldwork, enjoys managing teams, is a confident decision-maker and great communicator, and can hold their own with a client. We want someone who knows the practical side of field archaeology inside and out, and is equally comfortable with applying technology to the trenches, pushing advances in workflow for fieldwork and post excavation, and likes telling people all about it. You have a few essential qualities: motivated, persuasive, comfortable working away from home, able to manage your own time, and passionate about creating opportunities to involve the public in archaeology and heritage projects.

From March 2020, our aim would be to extend the role into our other field-based projects and, potentially, other areas of business – that bit’s up to you. There is potential to get involved with training workshops and field schools, help deliver the post excavation programme or get involved with designing new and innovative projects.

More About Us

DigVentures is a fast-moving, innovative social business and we have a serious programme of growth ahead, delivering quality-focussed and community-orientated projects which push the boundaries of traditional archaeology. DV operates a dispersed working arrangement, with home-based staff as well as DVHQ in Barnard Castle. Our team works across the UK and current projects extend across England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Europe.

Our team is small but mighty, and has experienced great success based on our collective belief in the power and importance of the role of communities in archaeology: digital, local and global. We’re on the lookout for a very special blend of experienced field archaeologist who can help us develop and deliver projects; a great team leader; builder of relationships; mentor; ambitious thinker; and believer in innovation in archaeology – who also has superhuman skills in delivering projects on time, on budget, and on point.

Key responsibilities:

  • Execution of field programme, with input from Head of Fieldwork, Programme Manager and Directors
  • Lead on-site delivery of field archaeology projects, including supporting and leading DVs field team
  • Manage and grow project relationships with stakeholders such as landowners, clients and monitoring bodies
  • Be responsible for the field-based collection and management of the site archive (including digital records, images and finds)
  • Support management of project logistics, tracking project resources with the Programme Manager and Director of Operations
  • Completion of projects to the satisfaction of client, local and national stakeholders, and the DV team
  • Working with DVs Directors to expand the field programme
  • Supporting the delivery of our public-facing field programme
  • Attending meetings as necessary and occasionally deputising for DV Directors as appropriate
  • Some evening and weekend working will be required, TOIL will be given in these instances

Job Requirements

  • Archaeology degree or equivalent sector experience
  • At least 3+ years professional experience in field archaeology, equivalent to BAJR Grade 5, or experienced ACIfA level, archaeologist
  • Comfortable working away from home
  • Experience of writing WSIs and archaeological evaluation and excavation reports
  • High level of professionalism, and ability to understand and respond appropriately to different audiences
  • Excellent judgement in dealing with clients, stakeholders and colleagues
  • Excellent organisational, time and self-management skills
  • Knowledge of applications, including GIS, Windows, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with social media platforms
  • Full and clean UK driver’s license and own transportation


  • Accreditation – membership at minimum ACIfA level of CIfA
  • CSCS card
  • Health and safety certification
  • First Aid certification

Evidence of your legal ability to work in the United Kingdom will be required.