Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Archaeological Illustrator

Based in Maidstone, UK


£24,530 to £28,456 (plus London Fringe Payment £870)

Position and salary commensurate with skills and experience


About us

Wessex Archaeology is one of the UK’s leading providers of archaeological and heritage services, and an educational charity seeking to promote the education of the public in science, the arts, culture, and heritage.

Our Studio comprises of an exciting and innovative blend of archaeological illustrators, designers and creatives, providing a comprehensive and professional illustration, interpretation and design service, constantly developing new and creative ways of bringing the past to life.


The position

We are offering a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic Archaeological Illustrator to support our busy London & SE Region. Based in our Maidstone office, you will work alongside colleagues in our fieldwork, post-ex, heritage and geomatics teams.

You will create a broad range of interesting products using your traditional and digital illustration skills. As a member of our Studio team, you will receive the support to develop existing knowledge and will be encouraged to explore new methods and specialisms.  

This permanent post is an office-based full-time appointment. A relocation package may also be available.


Position requirements

The successful candidate should have at least three years’ experience working as an archaeological illustrator within a commercial environment and have a good understanding of professional standards for archaeological practice.


Essential skills:

  • Education to Degree level in an appropriate subject or demonstrable experience to an equivalent level;
  • Must have a good working knowledge of Adobe CCS and either GIS or Cad;
  • Be able to prepare illustrations for all levels of client reports;
  • Have demonstratable experience in preparing publication illustrations;
  • The ability to learn new software and gain new skills;
  • Show demonstratable good composition and layout skills;
  • Be both analytical and creative, with problem solving and interpretative skills;
  • The ability to advise project staff of the best methods to achieve the desired aims;
  • Show a systematic approach with attention to detail;
  • The ability to check, combine and clearly present pre and post-excavation data.


Additional skills an advantage:

  • Experience creating promotional material for web content and community engagement;
  • The ability to capture and edit video and sound;
  • Experience creating reconstructions;
  • Able to design and layout display and exhibition material;
  • Animation skills.


The behavioural attributes that we expect from you are:

  • Open to learning and receiving direction;
  • Approachable in providing support, guidance and advice;
  • Able to communicate appropriately and respectfully;
  • Responsible and accountable for your work, actions and decisions;
  • Confident, innovative and show good judgement in problem solving and decision making;
  • Able to work collegiately across all departments and regional offices;
  • Able to work independently when required and demonstrate a professional approach to work, colleagues, other professionals and clients.


Our commitment

The pressure of an increasingly demanding work culture in the UK is perhaps the most pressing challenge to the mental health of the population. At Wessex Archaeology, we are committed to promoting a healthy work-life balance, and many of our staff work flexibly, whether that be part-time, remote- or home-working, term time arrangements, compressed hours etc. Please talk to us about the flexibility you’ll need. We can’t promise to be able to give you exactly what you want, but we absolutely promise to listen and provide what we can.


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 5%;
  • 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;
  • Financial assistance with relocation;
  • Staff discounts for local businesses.



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form, which is available to download below, with a copy of their CV and 6 - 10 examples showing a range of their work, by e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk 

Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 6th December 2019.  Candidates invited to an interview will be expected to present their full portfolio. For more information about the post, please contact Karen Nichols, Studio Manager – k.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 provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK prior to commencement of employment.