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Archaeological Illustrator

  Wessex Archaeology Ltd in Meopham, Kent, UK
   £22,652 - £25,726 plus £870 London fringe payment
  Apply before: 01/02/2021
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Archaeological Illustrator
Ref: MEODO.02.21
Supervisor Grade £22,652 - £25,736 (plus London Fringe Payment £870)
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 of bringing the past to life.
The Position
We are offering a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic Archaeological Illustrator to support our busy London & SE Region. Based in our Meopham office, you will work alongside colleagues in our fieldwork, post-ex, heritage and geomatics teams. During the current COVID crisis, we are happy to offer homeworking if you have the requisite broadband connection.
The successful candidate will create a broad range of engaging products using both traditional and digital illustration skills. As a member of our Studio team, the post holder will receive support to develop their existing skills, expand their knowledge, and will be encouraged to explore new methods and specialisms.  
This permanent post is an office-based full-time appointment, with an option of some homeworking depending on circumstances. A relocation package may also be available.
Position Requirements
The successful candidate should have at least three years’ experience working as an archaeological illustrator within a commercial environment and have a good understanding of professional standards for archaeological practice.
Essential skills:

  • Education to Degree level in an appropriate subject or demonstrable experience to an equivalent level;
  • Must have a good working knowledge of Adobe CCS and either GIS or Cad;
  • Be able to prepare illustrations for all levels of client reports;
  • Have demonstratable experience in preparing publication illustrations;
  • Have demonstratable experience of artefact illustration to publication standard;
  • The ability to learn new software and gain new skills;
  • Show demonstratable good composition and layout skills;
  • Be both analytical and creative, with problem solving and interpretative skills;
  • The ability to advise project staff of the best methods to achieve the desired aims;
  • Show a systematic approach with attention to detail;
  • The ability to check, combine and clearly present pre and post-excavation data.
Additional skills an advantage:
  • Experience creating promotional material for web content and community engagement;
  • The ability to capture and edit video;
  • Experience of design and typesetting:
  • Experience creating reconstructions;
  • Driving licence.
To be successful in the role, you’ll be:
  • Open to learning and receiving direction;
  • Approachable in providing support, guidance and advice;
  • Able to communicate appropriately and respectfully;
  • Responsible and accountable for your work, actions and decisions;
  • Confident, innovative and show good judgement in problem solving and decision making;
  • Able to work collegiately across all departments and regional offices.
  • Able to work independently when required and demonstrate a professional approach to work, colleagues, other professionals and clients.
What will we provide?
The successful candidate will receive:
  • an opportunity for Continuing Professional Development;
  • a chance to expand their heritage interpretation skills;
  • an opportunity to work within our busy London & SE regional office;
  • an opportunity to work within 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.

Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form (which can be downloaded from the Vacancies page on our website ( along with a copy of their CV and examples of their work; and returned by e-mail to   

Applications must be received by close of business on 1st February 2021. 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)

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

All applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK without restrictions. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.



Please quote BAJR in your application.

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