Trainee Archaeologist - Northampton

MOLA is one of the UK’s leading archaeology companies, with over 300 employees across multiple offices. We work on some of the largest construction projects in the country where there are historical remains, which we professionally remove and record for the client developing the site. Previous well-known projects we’ve worked on include Crossrail, HS2, and the A14 upgrade. Through our work we hope to improve understanding of past human activities and to share this knowledge in a way which is beneficial to society today. 

We’ve got an exciting programme of work in 2021 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. 

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. 

Location: Northamptonshire and surrounding area

Working week: Monday to Friday, 37.5 - 40 hours per week, usually 8am – 4pm

Salary: £19,000 (rising to £20,000 after mid-point assessment)

Duration: 6 months +

about the role

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

Desired skills and personal qualities:

  • Hardworking and positive attitude
  • Keen to learn new skills, some in a classroom environment
  • Teamwork and communication 
  • Valid UK driving licence (desirable but not essential)

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.

If you have a degree in Archaeology or closely-related subject you are unfortunately not eligible for this Trainee scheme, but we do offer a Graduate version. Check our Early Careers page to see if we're currently recruiting for Graduate Archaeologists.

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 certification (CSCS card)
  • A portfolio of work to demonstrate your skills
  • Generous annual leave allowance and healthcare plan

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)
  • Construction roles where a knowledge of the industry is beneficial

How to apply

  • Complete the attached application form which asks for a few details and has three short questions about why you would like to take part in our Trainee programme
  • Send your application form to 
  • The closing date for applications is 31st January 2021 at 23:59
  • If you are successful in the first stage of recruitment we will contact you with a link to complete a short online test

All enquiries about our training programmes should be sent to