Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Historic Environment Researcher

Location: Bristol or Salisbury office (with home/hybrid working options)


£22,232 to £26,498

Salary commensurate with skills and experience


Wessex Archaeology is one of the largest commercial archaeological and heritage practices in the UK. We are a registered charity with a remit to deliver public benefit by gathering and creating knowledge about the past, interpreting, and sharing it. We recognise that our employees are paramount to our success and aim to foster a working environment that protects the physical and mental well-being of our people.

We are seeking to enhance our historic environment planning and assessment service with a bright and motivated individual interested in commercial historic environment research and report writing. Our client base and projects are many and varied with everything from large-scale infrastructure EIA through to working with private clients on their historic properties; because of this diversity the ability to adapt and to tailor our work to meet the needs of the client is at the core of what we do. 

To join us, you will need a good degree in archaeology, historic buildings, or a related subject, have a keen and clear interest in documentary and archive research, have a good understanding of the use and application of GIS in heritage and an awareness of historic environment legislation and planning policy in England. Whatever your level of experience, you will have to demonstrate aptitude in historic environment research, be accurate and precise in your written work and show that you are motivated by and comprehend the challenge of managing the effects of change to the Historic Environment. Your work will include undertaking accurate and robust research, writing historic environment desk-based assessments and impact assessments. There will also be opportunities to develop skills in settings assessments and develop a well-rounded understanding of current guidance on this matter. 

With support from experienced colleagues, the successful candidate will develop and hone the skills to write robust and accurate desk-based assessments covering all aspects of the historic environment across the UK. Whilst the role is envisaged to support projects in our central southern/west regions you will be part of a much larger service team based in offices across the country and there is a strong ethos of collaboration and team working. You will also fulfil a role supporting your colleagues with research and reporting on their projects; it very much is a team effort!

This role is offered a full-time appointment to our core staff. You should be at least a non-accredited member of the CIfA with a view to obtaining accredited membership at Practitioner Level within the first 12 months of employment. You will hold a valid full UK driving licence. All relevant H&S training will be provided. 

You will be expected to visit sites and documentary archives within and around the south of England with occasional travel further afield, with some overnight stays required.  



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form (available to download below) along with a CV and covering letter. Applications to be emailed to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk. Applications must be received by close of business on 18 June 2021. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. 

Interviews will be held via Teams or telephone on Friday 2nd July 2021.

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 legal 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.