Closing date: 
Friday, November 25, 2022
£24,696 to £28,047 Geoarchaeologist (Supervisor) £27,698 to £32,131 Geoarchaeologist (Project Officer) £31,402 to £35,963 Senior Geoarchaeologist £35,970 to £41,170 Principal Geoarchaeologist
Based in Salisbury, other offices and hybrid working will be considered
Ref: SALGEO/2.11.22


Wessex Archaeology is amongst the UKs leading and most comprehensive archaeological service providers, with a market leading geoarchaeology team servicing both terrestrial and marine projects.

Due to the continued success of our Geoarchaeology team, we are seeking additional team members on a permanent basis to further support and develop our growing capabilities and capacity. We are confident that we can offer you a challenging and rewarding role with access to a wide variety of interesting projects and with excellent scope for career progression.

About us

Our current team includes geoarchaeologists at all stages of their career from supervisor through to team manager, with specialists in Holocene and Pleistocene geoarchaeology, Palaeolithic archaeology, submerged palaeolandscapes, deposit modelling and palaeoecology. Our objective is to pursue projects which engage the curiosity and expertise of our teams, working on behalf of our clients to find innovative and creative solutions to complex problems while providing positive social benefits and legacies.

The role

You can expect to be involved in a wide range of specialist-led projects relating to terrestrial, near-shore and offshore environments, which will include specialist desk-based assessments, borehole surveys and monitoring of Ground Investigation works, Pleistocene and Palaeolithic evaluation and mitigation works, palaeoenvironmental assessments, submerged palaeolandscape assessments and much more.

Also, you will work closely with and provide advice to our colleagues across our Geoservices (including Marine Geophysics, Terrestrial Geophysics and Geomatics), Fieldwork, Coastal and Marine and Heritage teams on some of the most exciting and high-profile archaeological sites and projects in the UK.

Day-to-day activities will vary by grade and specialisms – further details are provided in the role specification.

About you

We are looking for candidates with experience in geoarchaeology or a related earth science discipline including Quaternary Science and Physical Geography to take on roles at all grades, depending on skills and experience.

We are keen to hear from geoarchaeologists already working in commercial archaeology or with experience working in a closely related discipline. Or perhaps you are an archaeologist who has some initial experience of geoarchaeology and/or environmental archaeology, has a willingness to learn and a desire to develop a career path in geoarchaeology? We are also interested in recent graduates or postgraduates in relevant subjects who want to start their career in geoarchaeology.

Candidates will ideally have a degree/post-graduate degree in geoarchaeology, archaeology, Quaternary science, or a closely related Earth Science subject. Candidates should have a solid skillset together with good reporting and communication skills. Previous experience of working in a commercial environment is desirable but not essential as training will be provided.

Experience in Pleistocene Pleistocene/Palaeolithic archaeology and/or a palaeoenvironmental specialism would be advantageous but not essential. Existing experience in British Archaeology and deposit modelling is not essential as opportunities will be provided to build expertise in this area. A publications record would be advantageous but there will be opportunities to develop your publication portfolio while in post.

We offer

  • 22 days leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 27 after 5 years’ service
  • 5% employer pension contribution
  • Paid sick leave and generous life assurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme, a confidential independent counselling service
  • Generous maternity and paternity options
  • Time off in lieu, subsistence payments, CSCS cards and PPE (depending on tasks & role)
  • Individual training and development, mentoring, annual appraisal, personal development plans and career progression maps;
  • Bike2Work scheme;
  • Potential for hybrid working, with agreed time shared between the office and home with IT support;
  • Relocation allowance 

Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form, along with a CV and covering letter. Applications to be emailed to Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 25th November 2022. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged.

Application form and full role profile can be found at:, and potential applicants are welcome to contact Alex Brown, Geoarchaeology Manager ( with any queries.

Whilst Wessex Archaeology welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, it is essential that the successful candidate must by the start of their employment have permission to work in the UK. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.

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