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Archaeological Fieldwork Technician, Supervisor and Project Officer

Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following posts:

Archaeological Fieldwork Technician, Supervisor and Project Officer – West Region

Ref: BRIFWK 01.18 (Bristol)
Archaeological Technician - £18,003 to £19,342 pa
Archaeological Supervisor - £20,536 to £23,414 pa
Archaeological Project Officer - £23,063 to £26,823 pa
Salary commensurate with skills and experience
Wessex Archaeology is one of the largest independent archaeological practices in the UK and is a registered Charity whose aims are to promote the advancement of education and the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage and science. We have offices in Salisbury, Sheffield, Maidstone, Bristol, Edinburgh and Wales.
Wessex Archaeology is a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and has ISO 9001:2008 certification.
The position:
We are seeking enthusiastic candidates who hold a degree in an appropriate subject to join our WA West team based in Bristol. The ideal candidates will be experienced heritage professionals with demonstrable fieldwork experience in a professional commercial archaeological environment commensurate with the post applied for. We expect the successful candidates to be able to work well as part of a team but also be motivated and able to work independently.
This is an excellent opportunity to develop your career in fieldwork archaeology with one of the largest independent archaeological companies in the UK. At Wessex Archaeology, we are dedicated to investing in our staff through training and development.
Initially we will appoint staff on minimum 3-month fixed term contracts, longer term contracts may be available for staff with appropriate skills. Successful applicants will assist in the delivery of fieldwork services across South West England. 
Position requirements
For supervisory staff, prior experience of supervising and report writing within a commercial environment would be a distinct advantage, but the post may also suit experienced Archaeological Technicians who feel they are ready to move up to the next level in their archaeological career.
Project Officers must have a proven track record in managing medium to large teams in the field and must provide evidence of good report writing skills. A publication portfolio would be beneficial.
  • A good degree in archaeology or related subject
  • A valid CSCS card
  • A flexible approach to working hours to meet the demands of the role, including occasional working away from home
  • The ability to work as part of a team and the willingness to support and assist others
  • Ability to work with self-awareness and the confidence to ask questions
  • Ability to manage own time and work to tight deadlines
  • Full clean Driving Licence
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists
  • SSSTS qualification
Employee benefits:
  • Competitive salary range in line with CIfA salary guidelines (appointments will be made on the basis of demonstrated ability, previous experience and CIfA membership as appropriate). 50% contribution towards CIfA subscription fees;
  • A company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – confidential external advice on health and wellbeing;
  • 22 days p.a. holiday entitlement (plus bank holidays) rising to 27 after 5 year’s continuous employment;
    Paid sick leave from start of contract;
  • Immediate eligibility for inclusion in the group pension plan with an employer contribution of 4%;
  • Free accommodation provided for projects beyond reasonable travel distances, as well as an overnight subsistence payment (£15 per night, with a further £5 per night as breakfast contribution if in S/C accommodation);
  • Free transport from regional offices to sites;
  • High quality personal protective equipment;
  • Drivers are entitled to time in lieu in excess of the 7.4 working day;
  • Individual training and development, including free BAJR skills passport, HSE certification, mentoring, annual appraisal, personal development plans and career progression maps;
  • Life assurance scheme;
  • Childcare vouchers;
  • Bike2Work scheme.
Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form with a copy of their CV; and returned by e-mail to Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 2nd February 2018.  It should be noted that immediate appointments will be available, so prompt application is recommended. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. For all queries please contact Andy King, Regional Manager West (
Whilst Wessex Archaeology welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, it is essential that all applicants provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK prior to commencement of employment.
HR-F-003-001-A-Equal opportunities monitoring.doc62 KB
HR-F-006-003-A_Application Form.doc108 KB
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03_Technician_Archaeological_Person Specification.pdf355.87 KB
04_Technician_Archaeological_Role Specification.pdf157.46 KB
01_Supervisor_Grade_Job Description.pdf144.83 KB
02_Supervisor_HSE_Statement.pdf143.69 KB
03_Supervisor_Archaeological_Person Specification.pdf251.45 KB
04_Supervisor_Archaeological_Role Specification.pdf191.13 KB
01_Officer_Grade_Job Description.pdf143.53 KB
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