Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Trainee Archaeological Illustrator

Based in Sheffield


Entry level/Technician Grade - £19,693 to £22,455

Salary commensurate with skills and experience


About us

Wessex Archaeology is one of the UK’s leading providers of archaeological and heritage services, and an educational charity seeking to promote the education of the public in science, the arts, culture, and heritage.

Our Studio comprises of an exciting and innovative blend of archaeological illustrators, designers, 2D and 3D artists, who provide a comprehensive and professional illustration, interpretation and design service, constantly developing new and creative ways to bringing the past to life.  


The position

We are offering a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic junior artist to join the team. The successful candidate will receive archaeological illustrator training within a working environment. Based in our busy Sheffield office, they will learn how to use a range of software to create a variety of graphics outputs and illustrations. They will also be taught measured hand drawing and photographic skills, to accurately depict artefacts for publication.

As a member of our Studio team, the successful candidate will receive the training and support required to develop their existing artistic abilities and launch their exciting new career. Working alongside a diverse, innovative and experienced set of creatives, they will be encouraged to explore new forms of visual engagement within the heritage profession.  

Wessex Archaeology is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity.

This permanent post is a full-time appointment. A relocation package may also be available.    


About you

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about presenting heritage to a wide audience, through a variety of visual media. They will be open to learning and thrive when working in collaboration with other likeminded artists.


Essential skills:

  • Creative artist; 
  • Passionate about heritage; 
  • Good collaborative worker;
  • Good communication skills; 
  • Open to learning and receiving direction;
  • Good time keeping and organisational skills; 
  • The ability to learn new software and gain new skills;
  • To show a systematic approach with attention to detail; 
  • Show demonstratable good composition and layout skills; 
  • Responsible and accountable for their work, actions and decisions; 
  • Enthusiastic about increasing access to heritage through visual means;
  • Confident, innovative and show good judgement in problem solving and decision making; 
  • Able to work independently if required and demonstrate a professional approach to others.


Additional skills an advantage:

  • There are no formal academic requirements for entry into the archaeological illustration profession, but fine art, illustration, graphic design or archaeological qualifications are an advantage;
  • Experience of design and typesetting;
  • Experience in analogue or digital painting;
  • Experience in photography or video capture; 
  • Working knowledge of graphics and design software; 
  • Experience of artefact illustration or measured drawing;
  • Experience creating web content or digital engagement materials;
  • Be both analytical and creative, with problem solving and interpretative skills;
  • Driving licence.


What will we provide?

The successful candidate will receive:

  • Training to become an archaeological illustrator;
  • an opportunity to learn heritage interpretation skills;
  • an opportunity for continuous professional development;
  • an opportunity to work for the largest archaeological company in the UK;
  • an opportunity to join one of the largest Studio teams in the heritage profession;
  • an opportunity to help develop new workflows and products within the profession;
  • an opportunity to expand their portfolio.  


Our commitment

The pressure of an increasingly demanding work culture in the UK is perhaps the most pressing challenge to the mental health of the population. At Wessex Archaeology, we are committed to promoting a healthy work-life balance, and many of our staff work flexibly, whether that be part-time, remote or home-working, term time arrangements, compressed hours etc. Please talk to us about the flexibility you’ll need. We can’t promise to be able to give you exactly what you want, but we absolutely promise to listen and provide what we can.


Employee benefits

  • Competitive salary range in line with CIfA salary guidelines. 50% contribution towards CIfA (or comparable professional association) 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);
  • 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, personal development plans and career progression maps;
  • Life assurance scheme;
  • Bike2Work scheme;
  • Financial assistance with relocation;
  • Staff discounts for local businesses.



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form, which is available to download below, along with a copy of their CV and examples of their work; and returned by e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk 

Applications must be received by close of business on 31 January 2022. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. Candidates invited to interview will be expected to present their portfolio in an online interview via Microsoft Teams. For all queries, please contact Karen Nichols, Studio Manager k.nichols@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 the successful candidate must by the start of their employment have permission to work in the UK. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.