Interested in archaeology as a career? Wherever possible we try to accommodate requests from individuals who would like to gain some hands-on practical experience by working on one of our commercial projects, either in the field or in post-excavation work …
Volunteering on a one of our digs can be a great way to learn about archaeology as a profession, or about the history of a site. Many of our volunteers are often students or those considering an archaeological career – many past volunteers have gone on to, or still do, work for Suffolk Archaeology - but also include people who are interested in archaeology as a hobby or in a site in their local area, or those who want some experience and training that they can take and use on their own projects.
The use of volunteers on a site is never used as a way to complete a commercial project quickly or cheaply. Instead by accepting you as a volunteer we are making a commitment to spend time on explaining the job to you and providing training in the techniques of archaeological investigation. However at times we do advertise trainee positions where we take on new employees in training roles for those with no prior commercial or fieldwork experience.
If you would like to gain some archaeological fieldwork experience please contact us to register an interest or see if we have any opportunities available. However please be aware that, as the majority of our work is on commercial projects, in many cases the opportunity for volunteering is limited by factors such as time constraints, health and safety issues, or simply a lack of good interesting archaeology!
As part of our commitment to public engagement we offer some limited places to students on work experience to give them an insight into the commercial archaeology sector. During their stay with us they will have the opportunity to try out various tasks and learn more about the complex stages of a commercial project. The work placement is a great introduction to the diverse disciplines required to complete an archaeological project to professional standards.
Unfortunately we currently cannot accommodate further any placement requests for 2019.
Please contact us for an informal discussion on volunteering opportunities or future work experience placements.