Geoarchaeological officer/ Senior Geoarchaeological officer (GARCH20)
Salary: from £24,720–£30,179 (depending on experience and level of expertise) + generous benefits package
Hours: Full time, 37.5h/week – we are open to discussion on flexible working including part-time hours
Locations: one of our regional offices in Edinburgh, Cleckheaton (Leeds), Silsoe or Hereford of the appointees choosing
Contract Type: Permanent, subject to 6 month probation period
Closing Date: 5pm on 2nd November 2020.
Headland Archaeology is offering an excellent opportunity for an experienced geoarchaeology specialist or senior specialist to join our expanding environmental team.
Why Should You Apply?
We are a privately owned archaeological business, part of the RSK Group, a leader in integrated environmental, engineering, and technical services. We provide heritage services to the development and construction sectors in UK and across the world. With four offices in England and one in Scotland, we offer our employees:
- Unique knowledge and expertise. For more than 20 years, Headland has provided not only business-focused archaeology but also people-focused business. We are highly respected within our industry for our achievements in innovation, tailor-made development coaching and training, and our expertise in commercial archaeology.
- Strong pioneering spirit. Our corporate culture is characterised by a healthy appetite for originality and development.
- Stable company with excellent growth. Over the years, we have demonstrated steady, positive economic development and formed successful partnerships.
- Good work environment. You will be surrounded by colleagues who are pleasant, professional, and enthusiastic about their work.
- Opportunity to influence. You get to work in an open climate, close to decision makers and with the possibility of making a difference.
- Part of RSK group. You will have further opportunities to become involved in nationally and internationally prominent projects with exciting prospects for career development. The group has c.3500 employees and c.80 environmentally lead companies.
We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic geoarchaeologist with expertise in the interpretation of site formation processes, landscape evolution and deposit modelling. This will be appointed at specialist level, or at senior specialist level for those with exceptional experience and expertise. The appointee will have a thorough understanding of how geoarchaeology fits into the design of evaluation and excavation strategies as part of the broader planning process. Applicants should have significant and demonstrable geoarchaeology experience, preferably within a commercial setting, and a firm grasp of current academic research trends. We are looking for a passionate specialist who will drive forward geoarchaeological approaches within Headland Archaeology.
You will work on projects and with colleagues from across the organisation, with a strong component of fieldwork alongside office-based work based at a regional office of your choice. Key responsibilities will include:
- Advise and liaise with colleagues on appropriate techniques and procedures for geoarchaeological sampling, recovery, processing and subsequent stages of work, including dating
- Undertake and supervise specialist sampling, including auger and borehole surveys embedded within archaeological and geotechnical teams
- Conduct and/or have knowledge of predictive deposit modelling of geoarchaeological data in accordance with Historic England (2020) Deposit Modelling and Archaeology: Guidance for Mapping Buried Deposits.
- Devise geoarchaeological strategies for all stages of investigation, including advising on issues of geoprospection, site formation processes and landscape change
- Co-ordinate field work and environmental teams within specific projects, including freelance specialists and those from other commercial organisations
- Develop and deliver training on geoarchaeology techniques and best practice
- Prepare cost estimates and provide specialist advice for the production of tenders
- Produce and edit, including the work of others, specialist reports and publications
You must have the following essential criteria:
- A degree in archaeology/geosciences or related subject
- A post-graduate qualification in geoarchaeology or Quaternary science
- Reasonable practical experience in geoarchaeology
- Archaeological field work experience preferably on sites of various periods and types
- Driving licence and willingness to drive company vehicles in UK
- Ability to carry out prolonged manual work in an outdoor environment in all weathers
- Willingness to travel to work on projects across the UK
- Up to date CSCS card (Academically Qualified Person or Professionally Qualified Person), or willingness to acquire one
- A thorough understanding of the health and safety requirements relevant to the role
- Good organisational & communication skills
- Ability to work under pressure and use your own initiative
- Embrace inclusion and diversity
- Willingness to develop your people skills and attend mental health awareness course
- Substantial knowledge of MS Office & English language
- Be passionate, motivated and excited about what you do!
We welcome applications from those with expertise in complementary palaeoenvironmental specialisms (e.g. palynology, soil micromorphology). Experience and understanding of British commercial archaeology, and a SSSTS card and CIfA membership are also a plus.
Benefits we offer you:
- Relocation package for accommodation and expenses
- Paid subsistence
- Paid travel time when applicable
- Regular offers through RSK Group (e.g. Tastecard, Gym membership, Holidays and Entertainment)
- Time off in lieu or you will be paid for time worked above standard hours
- Annual profit discretionary bonus & performance-related bonus schemes
- Monthly clothing allowance
- 28 days annual leave, rising based on service length
- 5%-6% employer contribution to pension scheme
- Income Protection Policy, after a year with Headland
- Health support scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme (advice on finance, mental health etc)
- Paid CIfA membership, CSCS card
- Paid SSSTS card where is required
- Leadership and management training and workshops
- Constant H&S training
- Cycle to work scheme
- Extra annual leave purchase scheme
How to apply
You must have the right to work in the UK without restrictions. Proof of eligibility will be required prior to your commencement.
Send CV and covering letter to Michael Wallace at email@example.com quoting reference GARCH20. Postal applications will not be accepted.
Informal inquiries concerning the role can be made to Michael Wallace, Environmental Archaeology Manager – tel: 07923 159 850.
Headland is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
COVID19: We have wide-ranging COVID-19 plans in place and are following all current official guidance on maintaining a safe working environment during COVID19. We are in constant communication with our clients to ensure all staff can continue to work and operate safely while travelling and working on site and/or in the offices. All inductions include a comprehensive COVID19 brief, and all projects have a daily H&S COVID19 update.