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Environmental Lab Technicians, Salisbury and Sheffield

Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Environmental Lab Technicians – Salisbury and Sheffield

Ref: SAL/SHEFFGEO 01.18 (Salisbury and Sheffield)
Technician Grade - £18,003 up to £19,342
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 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:
At Wessex we are seeking to recruit additional staff to our Geoarchaeology and Environmental team, primarily to assist in our laboratories with the processing of environmental bulk samples.
There are two Environmental Lab Technician positions on offer, one in each in of our Salisbury and Sheffield offices. These posts would initially be on 3 month fixed-term contracts, but we do not anticipate any imminent downturn in demand and contracts would be likely to be extended subject to satisfactory performance. The role would suit someone seeking to move into environmental archaeology, whether from another field or at the start of their career. Previous experience in environmental archaeology or geoarchaeology would be a significant advantage, but is not essential as training will be provided. Likewise, a degree in archaeology or other appropriate subject would be an advantage, but is not a requirement. The successful candidates will be an enthusiastic team-player with a can-do attitude, and a conscientious approach to record keeping.
Key purpose and responsibilities of the post include: 
  • To undertake processing and sorting of archaeological samples, under the supervision of the Environmental Lab Supervisor;
  • To keep appropriate records and input into the archive
A full UK Driving Licence would be an advantage, but is not essential. Membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and/or other appropriate professional body is desirable. It is not anticipated that working away from the office would be required.
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 9th February 2018. For more information about the post please contact David Norcott at
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 must be either a British citizen, EU National or hold a full work visa and where appropriate be registered under the ‘Worker Registration Scheme’, or must hold a current work permit.  Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.
HR-F-006-003-A_Application Form_0.doc108 KB
HR-F-003-001-A-Equal opportunities monitoring_0_0.doc62 KB
01_Technician_Grade_Job Description.pdf115.33 KB
02_Technician_HSE_Statement.pdf106.53 KB
03_Technician_Archaeological_Person Specification.pdf355.87 KB
04_Technician_Geoarchaeological_RS.pdf171.83 KB