Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Fieldwork Archaeologist - Supervisor to Project Officers

Permanent contracts

Based in London and Southeast Region - Meopham


Supervisor £23,565- £26,763

Project Officer £26,429- £30,659

Plus London Weighting at £898

Salary commensurate with skills and experience


Wessex Archaeology is one of the UK’s largest and most comprehensive heritage service providers, and a market leader in the provision of fieldwork archaeological services in the UK. 

We are looking to recruit fieldwork archaeologists, supervisors and experienced officers, to join our Meopham-based team for work on a range of projects in the South East of England. We are confident that we can offer you a challenging and rewarding role with excellent scope for career progression. All contracts are on a permanent basis, and as an Equal Opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all sections of the community and are committed to promoting equality of opportunity.

You will be joining an inclusive, busy, supportive, and growing team where you will have an opportunity to develop your technical skills, your commercial awareness and your people skills. We support peer to peer learning and commit to providing you with a development review during the initial term of the contract.



Position requirements:

Supervisors – Supervisors typically have the experience and skill set to run smaller infrastructure projects from evaluations and excavations as well as watching briefs. They may also provide support to fieldwork directors on site and will typically step in for them when needed. At this grade the expectation is the direction and delivery of projects and tasks, leading and directing a team, supporting and developing the performance of staff under their supervision, providing mentoring, advice and guidance, and dealing with poor performance.

Officers – The ideal candidates will be experienced heritage professionals with demonstrable fieldwork experience, in a professional commercial archaeological environment. Applicants for the position must have a proven track record in directing medium to large teams in the field and must provide evidence of good report writing skills. A publication portfolio would be beneficial. You will be expected to be able to work independently when required and demonstrate a professional approach to work, colleagues, other professionals and clients.


Key attributes:

Essential skills for all successful applicants will be:

  • To have a valid CSCS card – we can provide help and advice on obtaining these;
  • A full clean Driving Licence;
  • To have the ability to work with self-awareness and the confidence to ask questions; and
  • Able to manage their own time and work to deadlines.

Highly desirable attributes will include:

  • SMSTS/SSSTS or other H&S qualifications;
  • Valid First Aid at Work, CAT & Genny and Plant Marshalling (banksmen) certification; and
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists or another appropriate professional body.


Whilst having a good degree in archaeology or a related subject will certainly be of benefit, at Wessex Archaeology we also recognise that there are many very capable archaeologists both within our Company, and across the sector as a whole, who do not have university qualifications. We will therefore welcome applications from all who wish to join our South Region fieldwork team, graduates and non-graduates alike.



What we offer:

In addition to our highly competitive salaries, we are also able to offer a host of additional benefits to working for Wessex, not least including:

  • Pension and life assurance schemes;
  • 30 days (including bank holidays) annual leave increasing with seniority of post and length of service;
  • Starter hand tool kits for early career technicians;
  • A company Employee Assistant Programme – confidential external advice on health and wellbeing;
  • Staff discounts for local businesses; and
  • Bike2work scheme.



What you must do:

If you think you’re the right person for us, please submit a completed application form, which is available from the vacancies page on our website https://www.wessexarch.co.uk/vacancies, together with a copy of your CV and any other information that will support your application. The deadline for return of applications via e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk is close of business on 21st January 2022, but for the right candidates immediate offers of employment will be made. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged.

Whilst Wessex Archaeology welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, it is essential that the successful candidate must by the start of their employment have permission to work in the UK. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.