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Our application process is simple, in just two stage: an application form and an interview. For military applicants, it is open to all current and former service personnel (reservist or regular) – any service, rank, unit or trade. Carers are welcome as well. You don’t have to be or have been injured in service or otherwise to participate.

Applications for the 2017 Waterloo excavation are now closed, applications for the next dig will open in early 2018.

To apply for the next dig, once applications are open, please either complete our online application form, or fill out a PDF form. You can download the PDF relevant to you below, and either fill it on your computer or print it, fill by hand, and return the scanned form to apply@waterloouncovered.com

Please provide as much detail as possible. All applicant information will be kept confidential and treated in accordance with the data protection act. Should your contact details change please let us know ASAP. If you are a carer wishing to accompany an applicant please complete and return one form for each of you.

Should you face any technical issues with the application process, do not hesitate to contact admin@waterloouncovered.com – we will be happy to help.

All applicants are emailed a few weeks after application to confirm their status. Successful applicants are then invited to partake in an online/telephone interview. Information and Application forms

  • No prior archaeological experience is needed. We’ll teach you everything onsite. Our archaeologists are some of the best in Europe and make up half of the team.
  • There is a role for everyone no matter what your interest, injury or ability. From the outdoor physical work of excavation to more relaxed photography or finds processing. Whether working as part of a team or more independently it will be to a plan and not a crazy deadline. If you want to give something a go we’ll find a way to let you try it.
  • It’s interesting, fun and rewarding which can do wonders for you and your wellbeing. It has proven popular with those with service related mental health conditions and offers a window into the non-military world that could inspire your future.
  • Our work at Waterloo is academically internationally important. It will be seen by the public, published in books and journals and taught in universities.
  • You will be in Belgium for 2 weeks (15 days) from Sat 08–22 Jul ’17.
  • You will be picked up and brought back to London, by minibus and ferry.
  • Accommodation is in a 3* hotel with facilities to manage individual needs.
  • The team will consist of archaeologists, students, veterans and serving military personnel. Approximately 50 in total. 30 from the UK, 20 will be serving or veterans.
  • Costs are minimal. Once you are on the minibus there is no need to pay for anything other than personal expenses you choose to. All archaeological equipment is provided.
  • We run a sponsored reading event during the two week excavation and will ask for your help to raise funds for it. Participation in the event is not mandatory, but previous participants have always enjoyed it.
  • Waterloo Uncovered is open to all current and former service personnel (reservist or regular) — any service, rank, unit or trade. Carers are welcome as well.
  • NB: You don’t have to be or have been injured in service or otherwise to participate.

DOWNLOAD THE PDF APPLICATION FORM

  • No prior archaeological experience is needed. You will be supervised and taught by some of the finest archaeologists in Europe, in very small groups – the experience will be ‘hands on’.
  • There is a role for everyone no matter what your interest, injury or ability. From outdoor physical work of excavation to more relaxed photography, drawing or finds processing. Whether you work as part of a team or more independently, it will be to a plan and not a crazy deadline. If you want to give something a go we’ll find a way to let you try it. 
  • It’s interesting, fun and rewarding which can do wonders for you and your wellbeing. It has proven popular with those with service related mental health conditions and offers a window into the non-military world that could inspire your future, without surrendering the fresh air and camaraderie that are so familiar in Service life.
  • Our work at Waterloo is academically internationally important. It will be seen by the public, published in books and journals and taught in universities.
  • You will be in Belgium for 2 weeks (15 days) from Saturday 8th July – Saturday 22nd July 2017.
  • You will be picked up and brought back to London, by minibus and ferry.
  • Accommodation is in a 3* hotel with facilities to manage individual needs.
  • The team will consist of archaeologists, students, veterans and serving military personnel. Approximately 50 in total. 30 from the UK, 20 will be serving or veterans.
  • Costs are minimal. Once you are on the minibus there is no need to pay for anything other than personal expenses you choose to. All archaeological equipment is provided, though you will need to provide suitable (non-uniform) outdoor clothing. If you dress for gardening, you’ll be about right!
  • We run a sponsored reading event during the two week excavation and will ask for your help to raise funds for it. Participation in the event is not mandatory, but previous participants have always enjoyed it.
  • Waterloo Uncovered is open to all current and former service personnel (reservist or regular) – we welcome all ranks, cap badges, ages, sexes and trades. Carers are welcome as well. 
  • NB: You do NOT have to be sick or injured, in Service or otherwise, to participate, though of course the prime focus is WIS personnel

INFORMATION FOR UNITS

  • Participating service personnel will be ‘on duty’, as long as they have written chain of command approval and the activity is designated as part of an individual recovery plan. ARC policy is that the decision and risk lies with the participant’s CO, who will retain responsibility as Delivery Duty Holder. 
  • Duty of Care lies with Waterloo Uncovered. Appropriate risk assessments will be conducted and provided for review on request. 
  • Units will be responsible for obtaining Diplomatic Clearance (DIPCLEAR) and Security Clearance where required. 
  • Participation of service personnel in media events associated with the project will be at the discretion of their Units, who will be asked to obtain appropriate clearance. This will include participation in the ‘Reading to Remember’ project, which is encouraged but not compulsory. 
  • T&S must be in accordance with JSP 752 and JSP 800 Vol. 5 and must be affordable. The POT code is 06r (this code may change with policy and therefore must be monitored by the unit) 
  • In order to attend WU will require the signature and details of your Medical Officer and Commanding Officer.

DOWNLOAD THE PDF APPLICATION FORM

If you are an archaeologist or a student looking to come on one of our excavations, please either fill either our online or PDF form. If you are a student with a project around Waterloo Uncovered please contact us.
DOWNLOAD THE PDF APPLICATION FORM
Waterloo Uncovered is an international charity, and we accept applicants from any country. We are in the process of translating our application forms, and you can already find a form in French below. If you need any information in a language other than English, please do not hesitate to contact us in your language, members of the project speak a variety of languages and we will find a way to translate.
FORMULAIRE DE CANDIDATURE 2017