Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Fieldwork Archaeologists 

Senior Technician / Assistant Supervisor / Supervisor 

Fixed term contracts, 6 months initially

Based in Bristol


Senior Technician/Assistant Supervisor £21,585 - £23,201

Supervisor £22,652 - £25,726

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 for up and coming fieldwork archaeologists to join our Bristol-based team for work on a range of projects in the Bristol and Gloucestershire regions. We are confident that we can offer you a challenging and rewarding role, with excellent scope for career progression. Please note, the forthcoming fieldwork programme through to Autumn is all within the commutable WA Bristol office region and, therefore, no accommodation is provided.   


The opportunity

You will be joining a busy, supportive, and growing team where you will have an opportunity to develop your technical skills, your commercial awareness and also 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 which will be extended on the basis of performance and commercial need.  


Position requirements:


Senior Technician – We are seeking archaeologists with experience who want to develop further and are able to apply a depth and breadth of knowledge and practised techniques to assist with the efficient delivery of projects and tasks. You’ll need an ability and willingness to pass on knowledge and skills and a key attribute for this role is contributing to the development of others through the sharing of techniques and knowledge – skills sharing is really important to us and a founding principle of the team.


Assistant supervisors – This grade is suited to those of you with a bit more fieldwork experience who are wishing to step up to supervising and gain experience in supporting site directors on large sites or undertaking smaller projects such as watching briefs. It may also involve undertaking supervision of tasks within larger infrastructure projects. You’ll need to be good at communicating, prioritising, anticipating and identifying risks and again, as with all team members, be happy to collaborate with and support others as they develop.


Supervisors – This role is for those of you who are ready to take the first step on the road to leadership and management. Supervisors are really important in our team as they set the example for the less experienced of the group and support the senior leaders. Supervisors typically have the experience and skill set to run smaller infrastructure projects from evaluations and excavations as well as watching briefs.  It is necessary to have a good understanding of UK developer funded archaeology. 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.


Essential skills for 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;
  • Able to manage their own time and work to deadlines.


Highly desirable attributes will include:

  • SSSTS or other H&S qualifications.
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists



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.



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form, along with a CV and covering letter which sets your reasons for applying, the skills and knowledge you have that make you suitable for the position and we’d also really like to learn something about you as a person!   

Email your application to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk. Applications must be received by close of business on 5 March 2021. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged.

Interviews will be held via Teams (or phone) in the week commencing 8th March – start date is ASAP.

Application form and full role profile are available to download below.


Wessex Archaeology is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK without restrictions. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.