Assistant Supervisors Fieldwork (multiple roles)

Salary range: £26,354 - £28,327

Location: Salisbury & Amesbury (flexible working supported)

Full-time 24-month Fixed Term Contract with possibility of extension

Reference: SALFWKA.03.24

Closing date for applicants is 28th April 2024, immediate appointments will be available, so prompt application is recommended


Why join us?

Bringing together leading minds and practitioners in the sector, Wessex Archaeology a trusted archaeology and heritage service provider and educational charity. From our network of international offices, we work in partnership with our clients to deliver sustainable solutions to manage the historic environment - above ground, below ground and underwater. We are committed to our social impact. This means using the knowledge and connections we make through our commercial activities as a catalyst to engage the communities in which we work.

Join us and you’ll be part of a collaborative team committed to shaping a better future for our staff, the sector and the world. As well as having knowledgeable and dedicated colleagues, you’ll have a chance to be part of a large-scale infrastructure project in the south of England an opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge, and experience working on a complex and high-profile archaeological programme.  

The role – what’s involved?

If you’re looking to take the next step in your career, as an Assistant Supervisor you’ll be responsible for leading and motivating site teams alongside demonstrating your competence and confidence in recording archaeological features and deposits to a high standard.

You’ll apply your archaeological knowledge and experience working on evaluations and excavations to make sure that your and others’ work is high quality. You will be able to step up to help train, motivate and supervise less experienced colleagues, both by being available to help and by setting a good example of high standards. Enthusiastic and with a keen interest in British Archaeology, especially the late prehistoric period, you’ll be confident machine watching and undertaking site surveys and archaeological monitoring and recording works. A key part of the role will be motivating others and you’ll be confident creating positive collaborative working relationships with colleagues across the project team.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • Excavate and record archaeological features with minimal supervision
  • Developing Supervisory experience, working with teams to deliver tasks and projects on a variety of archaeological sites.  
  • Making sure that health, safety and wellbeing methodologies and policies are followed on site.  
  • Motivating and leading others and developing skills and experience. 
  • Supervising plant
  • Ensuring work is completed to deadline and of a high standard. 

Essential certification  

  • Full clean drivers' licence and willingness to drive company vehicles. 
  • A valid CSCS Card.

What can you look forward to?

Our focus is on creating a collaborative culture where people can thrive, develop and where safety and wellbeing come first. From anonymising candidate data in our recruitment process to continuous improvements in our benefits, we’re committed to creating a safe, fair and inclusive working environment. 

We offer:

  • 22 days of annual leave per year plus bank holidays rising to 27 after 5 years of continuous service.  
  • Option to buy up to 5 days holiday per year.  
  • Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme, Wessex Archaeology employer pension contribution 5%.
  • Life assurance scheme of three times your basic salary.  

Wellbeing and family-friendly benefits 

  • Our maternity, adoption and shared parental pay is 100% for 12 weeks, 90% for 21 weeks and 6 weeks statutory, day 1 eligibility.  
  • Enhanced paternity leave, up to 4 weeks from day 1 
  • 5 days of carers leave.  
  • Paid sick leave from the start of a contract, with the number of days dependent on length of service.  
  • Hybrid and flexible working arrangements where applicable. 
  • Company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - free and confidential service in the form of counselling and assistance in areas such as health and stress. 
  • AIG SmartHealth – round-the-clock support for you and your family. 

Sustainability and other benefits 

  • Electric Vehicle Salary Sacrifice Scheme.  
  • Bike2Work scheme.  
  • 100% Professional membership costs reimbursed. 
  • High-quality personal protective equipment (PPE) provided.  
  • Free transport from regional offices to sites.  
  • Time in lieu or paid time for drivers.  
  • Subsistence allowance.  

How to apply

Interested in working with us?

Email your completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to

Closing date for applicants is 28th April 2024, immediate appointments will be available, so prompt application is recommended. 

All applications will be acknowledged, and interviews will be held on a rolling basis and via Teams/Phone call. If you have questions about the role, then please contact

We welcome applications from people with disabilities and aim to be supportive in our recruitment and employment practices. Please let us know if you need any special arrangements or adjustments in the application or interview process. Successful candidates must have proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK by the start of their employment.