At Wessex Archaeology, we employ more than 320 staff across a diverse range of specialisms, from field archaeologists and marine geophysicists to researchers and graphics officers. Our staff work on projects around the world, from our UK offices in Salisbury, Sheffield, Maidstone, Bristol and Edinburgh, and an expanding network of international offices.
We are always looking for enthusiastic, talented individuals to join our team. On this page you can find our current job vacancies or, if you can’t find the job you’re after, you can send us a speculative application.
Fairness Inclusion and Respect
At Wessex Archaeology, we place the wellbeing of our people before all other considerations and believe strongly that our staff have the absolute right to work in an environment where they feel safe, respected and valued. It is part of our culture and values, and a key reason for our success and resilience over the last 40 years that we have practiced inclusive approaches to attracting, recruiting, training, developing and retaining our people.
We believe that when our organisation includes people with different backgrounds, talents and ideas, we are more dynamic and successful. That is why we value each and every employee as an important contributor to Wessex Archaeology.
- We will create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination
- We will actively promote a culture of dignity and respect for all in which individual difference and the contribution of all staff is recognised and valued
- We treat all complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination seriously and with confidentiality
We believe that everyone should be treated with fairness, respect and dignity. As an equal opportunity employer, we comply with legislation concerning non-discriminatory employment practices and are committed to providing opportunities for all.
Our employment practices are based on qualifications, demonstrated skills and achievements without regard to age, race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical ability, thinking style or any other characteristics, we work hard to ensure that we offer a culture of inclusivity for all staff.
Our aim is to manage, treat, and develop people from all backgrounds fairly and transparently, encouraging open dialogue and a culture of trust to create a truly inclusive organisation.
Work Experience Placements
We offer students in full time education the opportunity to spend up to two weeks working across our teams. Your work experience placement will give you an overview of the many areas of work we undertake, including time spent in our Studio, Environmental, Research, Coastal & Marine, Community Engagement and Finds departments.
Student work experience placements are available to students 14+ studying full time at a school, college or university, or those in their graduation year. Please apply at least two months in advance of your preferred placement dates.
Students aged 14-16 (years 10 and 11) looking for a work experience placement in 2020 must have applied by Friday 14 February 2020. Interviews will be held the week beginning 24 February, with successful applicants informed on Friday 28 February.
Please note that opportunities for field experience of archaeology are very limited.
If you are interested in a work experience placement, please contact email@example.com
Internships and Paid Work Placements
From time to time we have opportunities for paid work placements and internships at Wessex Archaeology, aimed at those interested in a career in archaeology and heritage. We will advertise these on our Vacancies page as they arise.
Volunteering at Wessex Archaeology will give you the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals at the UK’s market leader in the provision of quality archaeological and heritage services.
If you’re looking to gain skills, experience or simply enjoy some time with interesting people, find out more about our current volunteering opportunities from this link.
Working for Wessex Archaeology
Curious about what it’s like to work for Wessex Archaeology? We offer our staff a varied and challenging career path, within an organisation that supports personal development and wellbeing.
Our core values
Wessex Archaeology have a code of seven core values that unites our staff across projects, departments and offices. These core values were developed by and for our employees, embodying the key traits that we live by as we carry out our commercial and charitable aims:
- Collaborative behaviour
- Authenticity and ethics
- Customer focus
- Applied knowledge
- Reliability and resilience
- Communicating passion
- Innovative thinking
We offer attractive benefit packages to our staff to ensure they feel happy and supported in their roles. These include:
- 22 days of annual leave per year, plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after five years
- A generous pension contribution of 5% paid by Wessex Archaeology
- Life assurance scheme of three times your basic salary
- Generous maternity and paternity options
- Paid sick leave from start of contract, with the number of days dependent on length of service
- High quality personal protective equipment (PPE) provided
- Bike2Work scheme
- Free transport from regional offices to sites
- Time in lieu or paid time for drivers
- Subsistence allowance
- 50% of professional membership costs reimbursed
- Company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), offering a free and confidential service to the employee and immediate family in the form of counsel and assistance for personal problems such as health and stress. Confidential external advice is available on health and wellbeing issues including, work-life balance, legal and health concerns and child and elder care support. The service is available 24/7, 365 days per year.
We are committed to supporting the ongoing professional training and development of all staff, as well as ensuring they have a high standard of health and safety awareness. Whether you are a recent graduate or an experienced professional, our aim is to help you progress in in your career.
Our Training Management System allows us to plan, supply and monitor training to meet needs for both required certifications such as IOSH and CSCS and for broader archaeological and technical skills and competencies.
We have aligned our internal training programmes with the BAJR Skills Passport which means we are able to fully recognise the skills you have gained elsewhere and that other organisations will respect the progress you will make working with our experienced team. We are working to extend these programmes to meet the requirements of the CIfA National Vocational Qualification and to form components of forthcoming government apprenticeship schemes.
Staff are also encouraged and supported to attended seminars and conferences with the goal of expanding their knowledge and experience, both as archaeologists and as a business people. Recent training has been as diverse as leadership training and people management, social media, employment law and heritage assets recognition.
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Get in touch
Contact Angela Batt, Human Resources Director