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Job Title:     Maternity Cover – Finds Liaison Officer
Organisation:     Bucks County Museum Trust
Salary:     up to £14,061 p.a.
Type:     Part-Time Position
Location:     Halton, Buckinghamshire, England
Closing Date:     Friday, November 22nd, 2019
Job Ref No:    
 
Job Description:
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by the public, including metal detector users, to advance archaeological knowledge and to increase opportunities for active public engagement in archaeology. This data is published on http://www.finds.org.uk and is made available to the nearest Historic and Environmental Record.

The post is maternity cover for 12 months, and the candidate is expected to run the FLO office to the current working standards. The candidate will be expected to run finds days and the occasional archaeological outreach day to promote the scheme.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in archaeology or a related discipline, or considerable relevant experience, together with experience of finds identification, recording and database entry, and public outreach work in a museum or archaeology environment. The post holder will be highly organised when working under pressure and to deadlines. A high level of PC literacy is key, in particular a sound knowledge of using databases, to allow effective recording of finds on the Schemes finds database.
It is essential that the post holder has the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and groups including metal detector users to explain the aims of the scheme and the Treasure Act.

BCMT has a team of 4 professional curators including an archaeologist working at the Halton Resources Centre. It is an exciting time to join the BCMT staff team as the Trust is redeveloping the permanent galleries telling the story of Bucks in 2020 and became a new Band 1 National Portfolio Organisation for the Arts Council from April 2018.
The Bucks Post will be based at the County Museum Resource Centre at Halton near Tring.
Required Skills:
Main Duties of the role:

To advise on the Treasure Act 1996, and facilitate the requirements of the Act to finders of Treasure,the Coroner and other relevant bodies.

To provide expert advice to members of the public on archaeological finds, and take objects in for recording at regular finds days across the county.

Record archaeological objects onto the PAS database to a high standard, ensuring the records are accurate and available to researchers

Photograph and photoshop images of finds for recording and possible new finders, and educating about the scheme and archaeology. This will include finds days / events in Wycombe, Buckingham and Milton Keynes and the Festival of Archaeology.

Provide advice to finders of significant archaeology, and liaise with the local Archaeological Officer on procedures

Provide supervision and guidance to volunteers and self recorders

Participate in monthly staff meetings as a member of the staff team and occasional other
requirements linked with the work of BCMT, including the PAS case in the new capital development in 2020 for the permanent galleries.

Person Specification

Essential

• Degree in Archaeology or a related discipline essential, or considerable relevant experience
• Expert identification of archaeological finds from a broad range of periods
• The ability to communicate effectively with the public, both verbal and written
• Good IT Skills
• Experience with photography and photoshop of finds
• Excellent organisational and time management skills
• Great “can do” attitude and initiative to work on your own and with other people
• Good problem solving skills

Desirable
• Experience and knowledge working with PAS
• Experience working with the public and in an outreach capacity.
• Some volunteering and volunteer supervision experience
 
Application Instructions:
Email your completed application form to: director@buckscountymuseum.org by 22 November
2019 6pm. ALL APPLICATIONS BY EMAIL ONLY. NO POSTAL APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Interviews : Monday 2 December. (Candidates must be available on the chosen assessment day for
interview)

Application Form available from : http://www.buckscountymuseum.org/museum/get-involved/
vacancies/

For an informal discussion please contact Arwen Wood –on 01296 325227 or email awood@buckscountymuseum.org.
 
Contact Name:     Ms Sue Shave
Contact Tel:     01296 325231
Contact Fax:    
Contact Email:     director@buckscountymuseum.org
Website:     http://www.buckscountymuseum.org
Address:     9 Church Street, Aylesbury, .
 
 
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