Geoarchaeologist: Supervisor/Project Officer

£23,565 – £30,659 – Salary Commensurate with skills and experience
Based in Salisbury/Sheffield, other offices will be considered

About us

With 320+ employees and offices in Salisbury, Bristol, Meopham, Sheffield and Edinburgh, Wessex Archaeology is one of the UK’s largest archaeological service providers with over 40 years’ experience working on some of the most exciting and high profile archaeological projects in the country.

Wessex Archaeology is a market leader in the provision of geoarchaeological services across terrestrial, intertidal and marine environments. Our current team includes geoarchaeologists at all stages of their career from Supervisor through to Geoarchaeology Manager, including specialists of international standing in marine geoarchaeology and submerged prehistoric landscapes, Pleistocene geoarchaeology, Palaeolithic archaeology and Holocene geoarchaeology.

Due to continuing levels of demand for our specialist services, we are looking for talented, driven and enthusiastic people to contribute across our established team and further support and develop our growing capabilities and capacity.

The role

We are seeking to employ a talented professional to the role of Geoarchaeologist at either Supervisor or Officer grade, dependant on experience, to join our Geoarchaeology team and contribute to the successful delivery of our varied portfolio of projects

You can expect to work on some of the most exciting projects covering all time periods of human occupation across the UK, including submerged palaeolandscapes, terrestrial and riverine sites with the potential for Palaeolithic archaeology covering the last 800,000 years, in addition to investigations on the some of the most important post-glacial prehistoric and historic landscapes.

The roles and activities will vary by grade and specialism, but will involve the successful candidate conducting geoarchaeological fieldwork, recording, reviewing and interpreting Ground Investigation data, undertaking deposit modelling and contributing to a range of client reports. Contributions to reports will include but are not limited to method statements, desk-based assessments, borehole surveys, Pleistocene/Palaeolithic evaluations and mitigation works, and submerged palaeolandscapes.

In addition, at Officer level you will act as lead geoarchaeologist on smaller projects, supervising and supporting junior colleagues, and providing advise to both colleagues and clients.

About you

We are looking for candidates with experience in geoarchaeology or a related discipline. Are you currently a geoarchaeologist working in commercial archaeology and looking to further develop your skills and experience? 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 confident that we can offer a challenging and rewarding role with opportunities across an exciting range of project types.

Candidates should have a solid skillset and knowledge base together with good reporting and communications skills, and a familiarity with commercial practice. You will ideally have a degree/post-graduate degree in geoarchaeology, Quaternary science or a closely related subject.

Experience in deposit modelling and British Archaeology is not essential as there will be opportunities to build experience in these areas.


Wessex Archaeology’s Geoarchaeology team operates nationwide. The post would ideally be based at either our Salisbury or Sheffield offices, but we would be happy to consider candidates who would want to be based at one of our other regional offices.

The role will require attendance on site, including supervising and monitoring boreholes and Ground Investigation works. In such cases, good quality of accommodation, travel and subsistence are covered by Wessex Archaeology as a matter of course. A clean UK driving license is essential.

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 Monday 7th March 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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