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Metro Tunnel

Community Participants on Melbourne’s largest archaeological dig

Ahead of excavation works for the Metro Tunnel, archaeologists and heritage experts will use excavators, shovels and hand trowels to sift through layers of rock and soil to uncover archaeological remains and artefacts dating back 180 years and earlier.

The Metro Tunnel’s Big Dig is the state’s biggest ever archaeological investigation soon to be underway in the CBD. Based on previous archaeological digs in Melbourne, it’s possible that more than two million artefacts will be unearthed across 10 sites in the CBD.

These investigations will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to unearth a whole landscape of early Melbourne that will tell the story of our city’s historic settlement, growth and change.

Community participants

As the project gets underway we have an exciting opportunity for a limited number of community participants to join the Archaeological teams by getting involved with the excavations. At a later stage there will also be opportunities to participate in site visits when the dig is underway.

The works are being undertaken at our CBD construction sites, where the new Town Hall and State Library Stations will be and are accessible easily via public transportation.

Key aspects of the role include:

  • Assisting with Archaeological excavation and field recording
  • Assisting with artefact washing, bagging and recording
  • Being a part of Melbourne’s largest ever archaeological dig!

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Have a commitment to safety at work, at home and in between
  • Have a passion for infrastructure projects
  • Display strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Have respect for others
  • Be available from the 14 May until September to work on a casual basis

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter which outlines the reasons why you wish to be a part of the Metro Tunnel archaeological investigation.

Successful applicants will be required to:

  • Attend a brief meet and greet interview where they will be provided with additional information including timing, personnel requirements such as contracts and payments and PPE requirements
  • Complete a half day Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) induction and complete a full day white card training session (General occupational health and safety construction induction).

Cross Yarra Partnership companies are diverse, flexible and inclusive as employers of choice. We engage, enable and empower our people. Inclusion sets all of us up for success.

For further information about these positions, please contact Amalia Carroll, Community Engagement Archaeologist, on 0438 747 681 or by email at

To apply please access the CYP application portal and follow the prompts.

Dig underway at the site of the future Town Hall Station