Senior Geoarchaeologist

£29,963 – £34,316 – Salary Commensurate with skills and experience
Based in Salisbury, 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, Pleistocene/Palaeolithic and Holocene geoarchaeology.

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

The role

We are seeking to employ a talented professional for the role of Senior Geoarchaeologist (Senior Officer grade) to join our Geoarchaeology team and play a lead role in contributing to and leading on projects in both marine and terrestrial environments. Senior Geoarchaeologists play an important role in supporting the Principal Geoarchaeologists and Geoarchaeology Manager in 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 role comprises, but is not limited to, project set-up/logistics, production of method statements/project designs, leading on fieldwork (including borehole surveys and Ground Investigation monitoring), recording and interpretation of GI data, deposit modelling, production of client reports, provision of specialist advice and client liaison.

You will liaise with Technical Specialists and the Geoarchaeology Manager on projects, supporting and supervising junior colleagues as well as providing advice to teams across Wessex Archaeology and our external clients. In addition, you will contribute to tender documents under the supervision of the Geoarchaeology Manager, contribute to technical peer review and quality assurance and act as a subject matter expert in defined areas of expertise. The post will involve an element of away work.

About you

We are looking for candidates with experience in geoarchaeology or a related discipline. Are you currently a geoarchaeologist working in commercial archaeology, or do you work in a closely related industry and/or discipline and are looking for a new challenge and 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 good post-graduate degree in geoarchaeology, quaternary science or a closely related subject. Candidates with experience in marine geoarchaeology/geosciences, submerged landscapes and Pleistocene/Palaeolithic archaeology are highly encouraged to apply. A palaeoenvironmental specialism would also be advantageous but is not essential. Existing experience in British Archaeology is not essential and opportunities will be provided to build experience in this area. A publications record would be advantageous but there will be opportunities to develop your publication portfolio while in post.


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

The role will include attendance on site and in such cases, good quality of accommodation, travel and subsistence are covered by Wessex Archaeology as a matter of course.

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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