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Graduate Archaeologist

  RSK Group plc in Manchester, Helsby, Hemel Hempstead or Oxford offices
   Competitive salary (BAJR Approved)
  Apply before: 28/05/2017
Responsibility Level:  Trainee   L 2  L 3  L 3/4  L 4  L 4/5  L 5  L 5/6  L 6  L 7
  01928 728156
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RSK Environment Ltd, a member of RSK Group plc, is a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. RSK’s Archaeology Team provides a comprehensive range of historic environment services throughout the UK and abroad. We undertake archaeological research and investigations, providing advice to our clients across a range of energy, residential, commercial and public sectors, and make judgements which shape the future of the past.
We are seeking a graduate archaeologist to join our growing team based in Manchester, Helsby, Hemel Hempstead or Oxford offices. You will provide support to our team of archaeologists and colleagues from allied disciplines in the preparation of technical documentation and execution of fieldwork. We expect you to be enthusiastic about the historic environment, interested in understanding the regulatory context within which commercial archaeology is undertaken and keen to develop your abilities to make good archaeological judgements.
This position require both field and office work, and the successful applicant will be expected to travel to sites across the UK with a potential to also participate in our International projects.
Graduate Archaeologist – Manchester
We would expect you:

  • to be enthusiastic about the historic environment;
  • to understand how archaeological data is generated;
  • to be able to make good archaeological judgements;
  • to communicate with non-archaeologists to help build our business;
  • to be interested in understanding the regulatory context within which commercial archaeology is undertaken,
  • to understand the priorities of our clients; and
  • participate in the RSK graduate programme receiving training across the company’s technical services.
This position will be office-based, but will involve archive research, client meetings and site visits. The successful applicant will be expected to travel to sites across the UK.
Key Tasks:
  • A Graduate Archaeologist is responsible for supporting colleagues in their work as directed by the project manager;
  • A Graduate Archaeologist is expected to be able to identify key sources and collect data for the preparation of archaeological desk based assessments and Environmental Impact Assessments;
  • to prepare clear, well-written text for technical reports
  • to be able to use Microsoft Office and GIS software to assemble and interrogate digital information; and
  • Liaise with local authority curators, clients, archaeological contractors and members of the public in the course of their work;
 Skills and experience
  • A minimum of 6 months of professional archaeological experience (in fieldwork, consultancy or curatorial role, or combination thereof);
  • Ability to recognise archaeological features in the rural and urban landscape;
  • To understand archaeological data collection methods;
  • To have an area of interest/specialism within the historic environment to reinforce/supplement those within the existing team (desirable);
  • Basic skills in GIS,
  • The ability to work well within a team
  • Driving license (essential).
  • Degree in Archaeology, or related subject and/or additional post graduate/masters qualification in the historic environment or applied methods;
  • Membership of the professional body (Chartered Institute for Archaeologists): to be a Practitioner or working towards Practitioner grade. Membership of IHBC would be considered as a suitable alternative; and
  • A full UK driving licence.
Salary and benefits:
  • Competitive salary (i.e. £20,000+ per annum)
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays, childcare vouchers and private health care
  • Regular training and career development
  • CIfA subscriptions paid by RSK
We operate an open and relaxed management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation. This also enables us to achieve a staff turnover rate that's consistently below the industry average. Adopting a proactive growth strategy helps us to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all.

As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining RSK, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to accelerate your professional development, including opportunities for a promotional fast track.

Further, retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation. As a company, RSK wants to ensure you maintain a healthy work life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.

The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential. Having been recently placed within the top 10 UK environmental consultancies (Environmental Analyst, December 2015) and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fast Track 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join. 
All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. Candidates should confirm this when applying with their CV and covering letter.

For more information please call Kate Pine, HR Advisor on 01928 728156 or email

RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.

If you would like an informal discussion of the role, feel free to contact the RSK archaeology team Leader, Andy Towle ( 07753 895 123).
The deadline for applications is May 28th 2017.
RSK Group plc is an Equal Opportunities Employer.




Please quote BAJR in your application.

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