Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Geomatics Technician / Assistant Supervisor



£19,373 to £22,401 (plus £870 p.a. London weighting for Maidstone staff)

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, Bristol, Sheffield, Maidstone and Edinburgh, and are involved in some of the most high-profile developments in the UK.

We are seeking two new talented individuals to join our growing Geomatics team, with opportunities available working out of any of our offices. We believe in the power of high-quality data to transform our understanding of the world, get people excited about heritage and enable people to do their jobs better.

Tasks will include (but are not limited to) survey equipment setup, data processing, use of AutoCAD and other mapping software, admin tasks and occasional site work, all contributing to the successful delivery of projects across the Company. Whilst some office and field-based working will be involved, flexible homeworking is a possibility.

The ideal candidate will have professional archaeological fieldwork experience, although recent graduates are also encouraged to apply. Training will be provided, however, existing knowledge/experience of survey techniques including topographic, walkover, photogrammetry, UAV, laser scanning and remote sensing would be a significant advantage, as would experience of associated software packages.

Initial appointment will be on a one-year fixed-term contract with a six-month probationary period, to be extended assuming performance expectations are met, and Company workloads continue. Grade and salary are commensurate with skills and experience. 



  • Open to learning and receiving direction
  • Ability to work with self-awareness and the confidence to ask questions
  • Good written and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong organisational skills; able to manage own time and work to deadlines
  • An eye for detail and a commitment to quality
  • An interest in archaeological survey



  • Experience of using survey grade GPS to record archaeological sites
  • Experience or knowledge of other metric survey techniques
  • Experience of using CAD or other mapping software
  • A good knowledge of photography
  • A UAV pilot qualification
  • A degree in archaeology or a related subject
  • A full, clean driving license


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, HSE certification, mentoring, annual appraisal and career progression maps;
  • Life assurance scheme;
  • Bike2Work scheme.



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form available to download below, with a copy of their CV, and return it by e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk. Please indicate which office you would be interested in working from. Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 7 August 2020. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. 


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.