Terrestrial Geophysics Supervisor

Salary range: £28,066 – £31,453 

Location: Salisbury or Sheffield

Permanent Contract

Reference: UKGEOS.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? 

This is an opportunity to join our geophysicists and be part of the Geoservices Team based in Salisbury or Sheffield. This is great opportunity to advance, develop and improve your existing geophysics skills with the opportunity to work on some of the highest profile and most interesting development projects in the UK today. While primarily a survey-based role, there will be regular rotation into the office to develop skills in data processing, interpretation, and report writing. 

Main responsibilities will include: 

  • Leading teams on site. 
  • Assisting with the delivery of a comprehensive range of geophysical surveys (gradiometer, resistivity, GPR, EM, ERT). 
  • Undertaking and assisting other members of the team with project-specific research to support and inform the preparation of reports.
  • Helping to prepare client reports 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. 
  • Experienced in leading teams to complete a range of survey techniques within deadlines.
  • An understanding of health & safety associated with fieldwork, preferably backed up with qualifications and accreditations.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Works as part of a team, supports and assists others.
  • Flexible in their approach, working hours and working away from home to meet project needs and the requirements of the role.
  • Full UK Driving Licence.


  • Experienced in processing and quality controlling geophysical data.
  • Membership of an appropriate accredited professional body.

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.