Location:         County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ

Salary:             £18,189, paid on a pro rata basis

Hours:              37 hours per week, for 24 weeks – September 2019 – February 2020

Contract:         Full-time fixed-term contract

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a voluntary national scheme to record archaeological objects found by the public, including metal detector users. Its aims are to advance archaeological knowledge and to increase opportunities for active public involvement in archaeology. Data arising from the Scheme is published at www.finds.org.uk.

The PAS, in partnership with the Headley Trust, Dorset Council and the South West Heritage Trust is offering a 24 week full-time internship to provide experience in finds identification and recording, and the creation of records for Dorset’s Historic Environment Record (HER) to someone interested in developing their career in this area. You will be required to research a range of archaeological objects (including flint, pottery, coins, and metal artefacts), photograph them, edit these images and create records of the objects on the PAS online database. You will also be involved in training volunteers in these skills. You will be given training in using the Dorset HER. You may also be required to deal with enquiries from members of the public and to assist at outreach events and metal detector club meetings.

You should have and Honours degree in archaeology or a related subject and experience of identifying and working with archaeological finds. Experience of working with computer databases is desirable, as is knowledge of image manipulation programs such as Adobe Photoshop. Good communication and organisational skills are essential, as is a methodical approach to your work.

The post will be based at County Hall in Dorchester and will be managed by the Finds Liaison Officer for Dorset and Dorset Councils Senior Archaeologist (The post is available for 37 hours a week for 24 weeks initially, with the possibility of a few weeks extension).

For further details, a job description and an application form, please download the key documents below. Applications for the vacancy must be submitted using the form provided and sent to recruitment@swheritage.org.uk.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, Finds Liaison Officer, on 01305 228254 or e-mail finds@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Closing date: 5.00 pm, Wednesday 3 July 2019

Interview date: Thursday 18 July

Key documents: