Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Heritage Inclusion Officer

Based in Salisbury Office


£27,698 to £32,131

Salary commensurate with skills and experience


Wessex Archaeology believes in the value of cultural heritage. We demonstrate this by enriching lives through heritage and by working to leave a positive legacy of social cohesion and wellbeing within local communities. We are creating a program of work designed to engage with all aspects of our communities, through social engagement, inclusion and accessibility.   Cultural Heritage Inclusion is to engage and involve individuals in a collective experience of common interests, traditions, cultures and stories that speak directly to their history, their present and their identity.

The Position 

Wessex Archaeology are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and creative individual to help them to develop and deliver their heritage and archaeology inclusion projects. This exciting role involves working with community partners, individuals and groups to co-create inclusive and accessible bespoke projects that bring heritage and archaeology to life. We are looking for someone who loves working with people from all backgrounds and experiences.  This role requires a creative innovative individual.  Someone who thrives on creating work that engenders a sense of curiosity, improves wellbeing and has lasting impact.   This is not a 9-5 job, and the role will occasionally involve out of hours working at evenings, weekends and bank holidays. Wessex Archaeology delivers activities across the UK so the successful applicant will be expected to travel and stay away from home as necessary. Wessex Archaeology reimburses out of hours working with time off in lieu and provides travel, accommodation and allowances when working away. The Heritage Inclusion Officer role in a hugely rewarding and important one, that will see you working with a range of individuals, partners, key stakeholders and members of the community.  People are at the heart of what we seek to do and as such, you should be confident in working alongside people, in the co-creation of bespoke projects that speak to their interests. 

As a Heritage Inclusion Officer, your role will include: 

  • Creation and delivery of heritage / archaeology wellbeing projects
  • A ‘boots on the ground’ approach to community engagement - becoming a positive and active member of the communities in which we are working. 
  • An awareness of what is happening in the communities in which we are working in terms of community need, underserved and underrepresented communities and other heritage/arts/cultural engagement work taking place. 
  • Making viable connections with other heritage / arts / cultural organisations in the area
  • Making viable connections with 3rd sector and voluntary organisations in the locality
  • Identifying potential partnerships with other organisations; 3rd sector, voluntary and heritage/arts based
  • Looking for opportunities for co-creation of heritage projects with individuals and community groups 
  • Identifying possibilities for future heritage inclusion projects in the locality
  • Having a ‘seat around the table’ on any networks / forums that exist who work in support of wellbeing engagement, arts and heritage inclusion and representing Wessex Archaeology at these meetings
  • Establishing where the heritage inclusion / wellbeing work Wessex Archaeology can deliver, might compliment / support / fill a gap in good work already taking place in the locality
  • Championing Wessex Archaeology’s commitment to delivering heritage and archaeology inclusion and engagement for wellbeing in the locality.
  • Working with commercial clients as well as community groups 
  • Supporting the Heritage Inclusion Manager in the delivery of events and projects 


Person Specification 

Knowledge & Experience: 

  • Experience of creating/delivering/facilitating inclusion engagement projects
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding 
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluating projects 
  • An interest in heritage, archaeology and the arts
  • Ability to work with staff, partners, stakeholders and the community
  • Experience of report writing 
  • Experience of working independently as well as part of a team 

Skills: An ability to inspire and engage with a wide range of people  A curious, creative and strategic mind  A flair for spotting possibilities and potential projects and partnerships  An ability to deliver heritage inclusion projects to people from all backgrounds and cultural experiences  Ability to work under pressure on a variety of different projects at the same time and prioritise work, ensuring deadlines are met  Strong administrational, budgeting and organisational skills Strong communication skills – an ability to share knowledge and learning in a way which is inspiring and informative A team player and an innovative problem solver

Based in the southwest, ideally near to Salisbury.  Travel will be required, a full clean driving licence is desirable.


How will you benefit?

As our Heritage Inclusion Officer, we want you to thrive in this role, bringing to it the skills you currently have and taking the opportunity to develop and grow these, gaining more experience and skills in other areas as the role matures. 


Employee Benefits include:  

  • Training and development opportunities 
  • 22 days of annual leave per year (plus bank holidays), rising to 27 after five years  
  • Flexible and hybrid working arrangements are encouraged  
  • Laptop and equipment provided 
  • A generous 5% employer pension contribution  
  • Life assurance scheme (3x basic salary)  
  • Generous maternity and paternity options  
  • Bike2Work scheme  
  • 100% of professional membership costs reimbursed  
  • Company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) offering a free and confidential service 24/7, 365 days per year to the employee and immediate family, in the form of counsel and assistance for personal problems such as work-life balance, legal and health concerns and child and elder care support.   



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form (which can be downloaded from the Vacancies page on our website (www.wessexarch.co.uk/vacancies), along with an up-to-date CV and a covering letter by e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk by close of business on Monday 30th May. With a view to filling the role from the beginning of July. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged.

For an informal chat about the post, please contact Leigh Chalmers – Heritage Inclusion Manager on l.chalmers@wessexarch.co.uk

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 provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK prior to commencement of employment.