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Fieldwork Archaeologists - Snr Tech/Ass Sup/Supervisor

  Wessex Archaeology Ltd in Bristol
   £21,585 - £25,726
  Apply before: 05/03/2021
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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Senior Technician/Assistant Supervisor £21,585 - £23,201
Supervisor £22,652 - £25,726
Salary commensurate with skills and experience
Wessex Archaeology is one of the UK’s largest and most comprehensive heritage service providers, and a market leader in the provision of fieldwork archaeological services in the UK. 
We are looking for up and coming fieldwork archaeologists to join our Bristol-based team for work on a range of projects in the Bristol and Gloucestershire regions. We are confident that we can offer you a challenging and rewarding role, with excellent scope for career progression. Please note, the forthcoming fieldwork programme through to Autumn is all within the commutable WA Bristol office region and, therefore, no accommodation is provided.
The opportunity
You will be joining a busy, supportive, and growing team where you will have an opportunity to develop your technical skills, your commercial awareness and also your people skills.  We support peer to peer learning and commit to providing you with a development review during the initial term of the contract which will be extended on the basis of performance and commercial need.  
Position requirements:
Senior Technician – We are seeking archaeologists with experience who want to develop further and are able to apply a depth and breadth of knowledge and practised techniques to assist with the efficient delivery of projects and tasks. You’ll need an ability and willingness to pass on knowledge and skills and a key attribute for this role is contributing to the development of others through the sharing of techniques and knowledge – skills sharing is really important to us and a founding principle of the team.
Assistant Supervisors – This grade is suited to those of you with a bit more fieldwork experience who are wishing to step up to supervising and gain experience in supporting site directors on large sites or undertaking smaller projects such as watching briefs. It may also involve undertaking supervision of tasks within larger infrastructure projects. You’ll need to be good at communicating, prioritising, anticipating and identifying risks and again, as with all team members, be happy to collaborate with and support others as they develop.
Supervisors – This role is for those of you who are ready to take the first step on the road to leadership and management. Supervisors are really important in our team as they set the example for the less experienced of the group and support the senior leaders. Supervisors typically have the experience and skill set to run smaller infrastructure projects from evaluations and excavations as well as watching briefs.  It is necessary to have a good understanding of UK developer funded archaeology. They may also provide support to fieldwork directors on site and will typically step in for them when needed. At this grade the expectation is the direction and delivery of projects and tasks, leading and directing a team, supporting and developing the performance of staff under their supervision, providing mentoring, advice and guidance.
Essential skills for successful applicants will be:

  • To have a valid CSCS card – we can provide help and advice on obtaining these;
  • A full clean Driving Licence;
  • To have the ability to work with self-awareness and the confidence to ask questions;
  • Able to manage their own time and work to deadlines.
Highly desirable attributes will include:
  • SSSTS or other H&S qualifications.
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Whilst having a good degree in archaeology or a related subject will certainly be of benefit, at Wessex Archaeology we also recognise that there are many very capable archaeologists both within our Company, and across the sector as a whole, who do not have university qualifications. We will therefore welcome applications from all who wish to join our West Region fieldwork team, graduates and non-graduates alike.
Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form, along with a CV and covering letter which sets your reasons for applying, the skills and knowledge you have that make you suitable for the position and we’d also really like to learn something about you as a person!
Email your application to Applications must be received by close of business on 5th March 2021. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged.
Interviews will be held via Teams (or phone) in the week commencing 8th March – start date is ASAP.
Application form and full role profile can be found at:

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 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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