Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Archaeological Illustrator  

Northern Region 


Supervisor Grade £21,255 to £24,233

Salary commensurate with skills and experience


About us

Wessex Archaeology, operating throughout the UK, is the market leader in the provision of integrated archaeological and heritage management services to government, education and the private sector. As a registered Charity we aim to promote the advancement of education, the arts, culture, heritage and science. 

The Wessex Archaeology Graphics Team, which comprises an exciting and innovative blend of archaeological illustrators and designers, provides a comprehensive and professional illustration, interpretation and design service whilst developing new and creative ways of visually presenting data.


The Position

We are seeking an archaeological illustrator to support our busy Northern Region. Based in our Sheffield office, they will provide graphics support for our fieldwork, heritage, geomatics and built heritage specialists. The successful candidate will be afforded the opportunity to work on a range of interesting and varied products including digital media. Training and support will be provided by our Graphics Team to help develop existing skills and explore new methods and specialisms. 

This role is offered as an office-based full-time appointment to our core team. 


Position requirements:

The successful candidate is expected to have an understanding of the professional standards required for archaeological illustration. They should have some experience of working in a professional, commercial environment. This position requires the following:

  • A basic working knowledge of AutoCAD and at least one other professional graphics package; 
  • The ability to demonstrate good graphic composition and layout skills, and provide evidence of preparing appropriate deliverables to the required standard; 
  • An ability to interpret and make value judgements on the importance and significance of archaeological data;
  • The ability to advise project staff of the best methods to achieve the desired project aims where appropriate;
  • An appropriate level of understanding to ensure that work assigned is carried out effectively and safely, and conforms to the Company’s standards of quality;
  • The ability to check, combine and clearly present pre and post-excavation data;
  • The skills to prepare illustrations for client reports using supplied drawing briefs, and to liaise with other specialists where required;
  • Some reconstruction work (2D or 3D) an advantage;
  • Some knowledge of video capture and editing an advantage.


The behavioural attributes that we expect from you are:

  • To have excellent communication skills which enable you to provide supervision and support to junior colleagues, under the direction of senior staff;
  • To be optimistic and a positive influence, inspiring creativeness and innovation in others;
  • To be enthusiastic and solution driven; and
  • To work collegiately across all departments and regional offices.

You will be expected to be able to work independently when required and demonstrate a professional approach to work, colleagues, other professionals and clients. 


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;
  • Bike2Work scheme.



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form (which can be downloaded below) with a copy of their CV; and returned by e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk   

Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 22nd February 2019. Candidates invited to an interview, will be expected to present their portfolio. For more information about the post, please contact Karen Nichols, Graphics Managerk.nichols@wessexarch.co.uk 

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.