British Archaeological Jobs & Resources

GIS Officer/Junior Civils Technician

  Headland Archaeology in One of Headland Archaeology Ltd or RSK’s offices
   £25,338.00 – £27,977.38
  Apply before: 10/12/2021
Responsibility Level:  Trainee   L 2  L 3  L 3/4  L 4  L 4/5  L 5  L 5/6  L 6  L 7
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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.
The Role
We are strengthening our project design, CAD and GIS capabilities to provide better support to our contracting teams.
You will be self driven with a positive outlook. You will be experienced in CAD and GIS drawing production work and capable of working to a number of projects at the same time, often with fast turnaround times. You must have a good working knowledge of construction project design as you will be asked to compile and check project constraints such as land ownership, services, ecology and access and adapt our compound and worksite designs around these. You will be a good team worker who learns quickly, can promote new ideas and new ways of working, and help our team to deliver projects to programme and to budget.
You will be responsible for providing project design and working drawings to support our contracting team, as well as preparing field survey data for post-excavation work. This includes the application of procedures; training and support; data security and processing; quality assurance and data presentation. You will be expected to work as part of a small team of skilled technical staff and project-based assistants, and provide hands-on site support where extra resources are required. The work will be primarily office-based but may periodically require site-based work providing CAD and GIS services to larger projects or assisting other team members. Your work will be managed and supported by the Senior Surveyor, Senior Data Officer and the Technical Services Manager.
As a commercial company there is plenty of scope to use existing skills, discover new ones and develop your strengths. You will encounter numerous opportunities for personal development and promotion. With a proactive Technical Services department we are developing our systems and capabilities constantly; our dedicated training team (CIfA accredited) will help support your work and RSK provides a wealth of opportunity to broaden the range and nature of the experience enjoyed by our staff.
You must meet the following essential criteria:
  • Experience of using AutoCAD or equivalent for project design work
  • Able to produce high quality drawings quickly in GIS
  • Experience of providing CAD and GIS user support
  • Demonstrable understanding of civils project design
  • Working knowledge of utility providers and how to access and use their data
  • Attention to detail and ability to work to standards
  • Ability to work under pressure and use your own initiative to achieve targets
  • Good organisational skills
  • Embrace inclusion and diversity
  • Willingness to develop your people skills and attend mental health awareness course
  • Experience of providing training, feedback and support
  • Full clean UK driving licence and willingness to drive company vehicles
  • Willingness to travel and work on projects across the UK periodically
  • Advanced use of Microsoft Office packages, particularly Excel
Desirable experience
  • Use of survey equipment including GPS and/or total station
  • Survey data processing
  • Advanced QGIS usage
  • Python Programming
  • Database management
  • Degree in relevant subject
  • SSSTS qualified
  • Proqual L3 certificate in utility mapping and surveying
  • CSCS card
Benefits we offer you:
  • 28 days annual leave, rising based on service length 
  • Extra annual leave purchase scheme
  • 5%-6% employer contribution to pension scheme
  • Annual profit discretionary bonus and performance-related bonus schemes
  • Time off in lieu, or pay for time worked above standard hours
  • Monthly clothing allowance
  • Paid subsistence
  • Paid travel time when applicable
  • Leadership and management training and workshops
  • Paid SSSTS card where required
  • Constant H&S training
  • Income Protection Policy, after a year with Headland
  • Employee Assistance Programme (advice on finance, mental health etc)
  • Paid CIfA membership and CSCS card
  • Health support scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Finder’s fee for new employees you introduce to us
  • Regular offers through RSK Group (e.g. Tastecard, Gym membership, Holidays and Entertainment)

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 Postal applications will not be accepted.

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.




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