1929 - Finds Liaison Officer (Portable Ant Scheme)

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Posted: 01/08/2019 15:32
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £21,534
Location: Pilotage
Level: Specialist
Deadline: 29/08/2019 12:00
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: Company Pension Scheme, Flexi-time working, Employee Assistance Programme and Travel Loan
Job Type: Fixed Term [F]

Application is by CV and covering letter.

Please note we reserve the right to withdraw a vacancy prior to the closing date subject to the number of applications received.


Fixed Term until 31 March 2020 funded externally through the Portable Antiquities Scheme

Interviews to be held on 9th September 2019

Purpose and Objectives

  • To advance understanding of the historic environment in the North West (Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside), by encouraging participation in the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), identifying and recording  archaeological objects found by members of the public in the North West and making the results accessible to all.

Main Activities

Reporting to the Museum of Liverpool’s Curator of Community & Regional Archaeology, you will:

  • Identify and record finds using the Portable Antiquities Scheme database, to a consistent standard, photographing, scanning and drawing as necessary; and to seek advice from Finds Advisors as necessary
  • Provide advice and guidance about the Portable Antiquities Scheme and its key aims to the public, students and researchers, stakeholders and other relevant organisations
  • Maintain and develop relationships with metal-detector users and other finders in the North West, through personal contacts, group meetings, finds days at local museums and outreach activities where appropriate
  • Provide advice and guidance on the requirements of the Treasure Act 1996, and Code of Practice and the statutory provision relating to the use of metal detectors on Scheduled sites; to act as expert advisor on finds of treasure in liaison with local museums and coroners
  • Work to promote awareness and understanding between all those who have an involvement or interest in the location and recording of portable antiquities
  • Promote the scheme, engage in outreach activities, participate in social media and develop special displays/exhibitions designed to raise awareness of the importance of recording finds and the value of the information collected.
  • Report to the national Head of Portable Antiquities, Curator of Community and Regional Archaeology and other Museum of Liverpool senior staff as well as to other professional or local authority bodies as required, producing reports, statistics or articles as necessary.
  • Monitor project expenditure and produce reports, liaising closely with PAS national staff, partners and NML staff to meet the Scheme’s requirements.
  • Liaise closely with the relevant North West SMR/HER and archives service colleagues and contribute to joint projects that will enhance understanding of the North West’s historic environment.
  • Contribute to the management of regional and community archaeology at the Museum of Liverpool by attending team meetings to support the curatorial team. Ensure effective communication about current priorities for all staff in the team.
  • A commitment to adhere to the standards expected of all public services as defined by the HM Treasury publication “Managing Public Money”. Those standards are honesty, impartiality, accountability, openness, accuracy, reliability, transparency, objectivity, integrity and fairness. These standards should be carried out in the spirit of, as well as the letter of, the law; in the public interest; to high ethical standards and achieving value for money.
  • Assist with the supervision of volunteers and work placement students, undertaking periodic appraisal and facilitating their training in association with staff and NML’s HR department.
  • Develop NML’s commitment to Equality and Diversity and promote non-discriminatory practices in all aspects of work undertaken.
  • Adhere to National Museums Liverpool’s Health and Safety Policies and Procedures, National Museums Liverpool’s access policy as well as other appropriate practices and guidelines.
  • Undertake additional duties, as required, from time to time.
  • Undertake training and development courses and programmes, as required.
  • Show the highest integrity and confidentiality in the pursuance of these duties.

The details contained in this job description reflect the content of this job at the date of being prepared.  It is however possible that over time the nature of the job will change.  Consequently National Museums Liverpool will expect to revise this job description from time to time and will consult with the post holder at the appropriate time.

 

 

Essential

Desirable

Qualifications

 

Degree in Archaeology or related discipline

 

Completion of modules or studies which relate to object identification and / or recording

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D

Experience

Experience of artefact identification or of working within an archaeological organisation with an emphasis on finds recording and processing

 

Awareness of standards and good practice in respect of metal-detecting, treasure and portable antiquities

 

Experience of working with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and levels of understanding

 

Research and /or publication of archaeological finds

 

Experience of using databases to process large amounts of data

E

 

 

E

 

 

E

  

 

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D

Knowledge, skills and abilities

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

 

IT skills using programmes used by archaeologists

 

Excellent organisational skills, the ability to prioritise workload and manage time effectively

 

Clean driving licence and own transport

E

 

E

 

E

 

E

 

 

 

 



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