Terrestrial Geophysics Project Officer

Salary range: £31,019 – £35,984

Location: Salisbury or Sheffield (flexible working supported)

Permanent Contract

Reference: UKGEOP.06.24

Closing date:23/07/2024

Why join us? 

Bringing together leading minds and practitioners in the sector, Wessex Archaeology is a trusted archaeology and heritage service provider and educational charity. From our network of international offices, we work in partnership with our clients to deliver sustainable solutions to manage the historic environment - above ground, below ground and underwater. We are committed to our social impact. This means using the knowledge and connections we make through our commercial activities as a catalyst to engage the communities in which we work.

Join us and you’ll be part of a collaborative team committed to shaping a better future for our staff, the sector and the world. As well as having knowledgeable and dedicated colleagues, you’ll have an opportunity to access a variety of fascinating and high-profile projects and develop your skills and knowledge along the way.

The role – what’s involved? 

An opportunity has arisen for an additional geophysicist to join the Geoservices Team. You’ll be leading and motivating teams working on a range of large-scale, significant infrastructure projects across the UK. You’ll be responsible for inspiring your team to achieve the highest possible standards. 

You’ll have an excellent understanding of health safety and wellbeing policies and a firm commitment to ensuring safe working practices. As well as managing and supervising surveys, you’ll play a critical role in communicating with colleagues and stakeholders. With strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise, you’ll be confident in preparing and checking survey data and reports.

Main responsibilities will include: 

  • To be responsible for the delivery and management of a comprehensive range of geophysical surveys (gradiometer, resistivity, GPR, EM, ERT) across the UK.
  • To aid in the design and set up of surveys.
  • To prepare, check, edit, collate, and process digital data.
  • To interpret the geophysical data and produce an informed and considered technical report based on the results.
  • Quality control of data from sites as well as the interpretation and reports by peers.
  • To ensure the preparation of client reports is carried out in accordance with relevant legislation, planning policy, and current national guidance.

Essential requirements:   

  • Educated to at least degree level in an appropriate subject or to hold demonstrable experience at an equivalent level and ideally a post-graduate qualification in Geophysics or a related discipline.
  • Experience processing, interpreting, and reporting on geophysical data.
  • A comprehensive understanding of all aspects of health & safety associated with fieldwork.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills.


  • Experience providing quality assurance and editing of project deliverables.
  • Technically astute and have experience in tendering, design, planning, management, and delivery of projects.
  • Have membership of an appropriate accredited professional body and have a full UK Driving Licence.

What can you look forward to? 

Our focus is on creating a collaborative culture where people can thrive, develop and where safety and wellbeing come first. From anonymising candidate data in our recruitment process to continuous improvements in our benefits, we’re committed to creating a safe, fair and inclusive working environment. 

We offer:

  • 22 days of annual leave per year plus bank holidays rising to 27 after 5 years of continuous service.  
  • Option to buy up to 5 days holiday per year.  
  • Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme, Wessex Archaeology employer pension contribution 6.5%.
  • Life assurance scheme of three times your basic salary.  

Wellbeing and family-friendly benefits 

  • Our maternity, adoption and shared parental pay is 100% for 12 weeks, 90% for 21 weeks and 6 weeks statutory, day 1 eligibility.  
  • Enhanced paternity leave, up to 4 weeks from day 1. 
  • 5 days of carers leave.  
  • Paid sick leave from the start of a contract, with the number of days dependent on length of service.  
  • Hybrid and flexible working arrangements where applicable. 
  • Company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - free and confidential service in the form of counselling and assistance in areas such as health and stress. 
  • AIG SmartHealth – round-the-clock support for you and your family. 

Sustainability and other benefits 

  • Electric Vehicle Salary Sacrifice Scheme.  
  • Bike2Work scheme.  
  • 100% Professional membership costs reimbursed. 
  • High-quality personal protective equipment (PPE) provided.  
  • Free transport from regional offices to sites.  
  • Time in lieu or paid time for drivers.  
  • Subsistence allowance.  

How to apply

Interested in working with us? 

Email your completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form by 23 July 2024 wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk All applications will be acknowledged within 2 weeks of the closing date. If you have questions about the role, then please contact Tom Richardson t.richardson@wessexarch.co.uk  

We welcome applications from people with disabilities and aim to be supportive in our recruitment and employment practices. Please let us know if you need any special arrangements or adjustments in the application or interview process. 

Successful candidates must have proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK by the start of their employment.