Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Community Engagement Assistant 

Southern Region 


£20,333 to £21,738

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 advancement of the arts, culture, heritage and science. We have offices in Salisbury, Sheffield, Maidstone, Bristol, Edinburgh and Wales.

We are seeking a highly motivated Community Engagement Assistant to assist in the delivery of our expanding Learning and Engagement Programmes. The position will be based at our head office in Salisbury. If you are an excellent communicator who is able to differentiate ideas and information to varied audiences, this will be a fantastic opportunity to assist in the development and delivery of our public programmes. Building relationships and collaborating with colleagues across the business you will help stimulate positive change in society through the work that we do. You will be passionate about delivering our charitable aim, to support the education of the public in the arts, culture, heritage and science through the pursuit of archaeology, to benefit society and the economy. As Community Engagement Assistant you will promote an understanding and appreciation of our cultural heritage and believe that engagement with our heritage strengthens community cohesion and sense of place.


Position requirements:

The ideal candidate will have experience of:

  • delivering exciting learning in the education or cultural heritage sectors.
  • developing and delivering community engagement events and activities. 
  • supporting and training volunteers.

The ideal candidate will also demonstrate a working knowledge of:

  • the current formal education landscape of the UK and it’s curricula.
  • British archaeology and history.
  • pedagogical theory and practise.

The behavioural attributes that we require are to:

  • be a trustworthy outward-facing representative of Wessex Archaeology.
  • be optimistic and a positive influence, inspiring creativity and innovation in others.
  • provide mentoring, coaching and training to colleagues who deliver engagement activity.
  • be assured and confident in your work and personal interactions.

The post will require flexibility in working hours; this is not a 9-5 desk job. Longer days, evening and weekend work will be required with notice. Time in lieu is accrued in these circumstances.

You must hold a full UK Driving Licence. A DBS check will be carried out upon employment.


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.



To apply, please submit:

  • An application form available for download below 
  • A covering letter illustrating the relevant skills and experience you have which you feel demonstrate your ability to meet the role description and person specification.
  • An overview of a resource box that could be used by a teacher to meet one of the intended learning outcomes below (taken from the National Curriculum for England & Wales, Key Stage 2). Consider that when consulted, teachers have asked that heritage organisations offer a ‘treasure chest’ to help them deliver exciting and innovative learning in the classroom. In creating the box keep in mind different learning styles, tangible resources and supporting visual and written material. During interview you will be asked to discuss your ideas.
    • Literacy: Pupils should be taught to write narratives about personal experiences and those of others, write about real events and write for different purposes.
    • Science: Pupils should be taught to use simple features to compare objects, materials and living things and, with help, decide how to sort and group them, observe changes over time, and, with guidance, they should begin to notice patterns and relationships.
    • History: Pupils should understand the ‘Romanisation’ of Britain: the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity.

Please submit your application form, letter and overview to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk by the 24 January 2019. Interviews are likely to be held in W/C 04/02/2019.

For an informal chat about the role please contact Sam Fieldhouse, Community & Education Manager s.fieldhouse@wessexarch.co.uk 

Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. This is a core position with a 6-month probationary period with a review after 3 months.

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.