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Senior/Principal Archaeological Consultant

Location Central London – between 3 months and 2 years, after which the post will revert to one of Headland Archaeology’s regional offices: Edinburgh, Hereford, Silsoe, Leeds, Manchester.

Closing Date 31/01/2020 (immediate start)

Salary £30,000+ – subject to negotiation

Contract Type Permanent

Application Ref.  SAC-0120


As a company that has just merged with a major environmental and engineering consultancy (the RSK Group), we are looking to recruit a career-minded archaeologist at Senior or Principal Archaeologist level to join our consultancy team working with all our offices on a range of exciting projects.

Are you someone who:

  • is self-driven with a positive outlook, good understanding of British Archaeology and looking for a challenge?
  • is willing to travel and work away from home?
  • Is very experienced in managing archaeological projects and making sound judgements?
  • has a degree or post graduate qualification in Archaeology or a related subject?

If so, Headland Archaeology (UK) Ltd is the place to further your career.

As a commercial company there is plenty of scope to use existing skills, discover new ones and develop strengths you perhaps didn’t realise you had. You will encounter opportunities for personal development and promotion.

The successful candidates should expect to receive from Headland:

  • Continuous support from a proactive and approachable management team
  • Training in specific archaeological & other skills
  • Periodic discretionary additional payments by way of company bonus schemes (look on social media for more information)


We have a training programme for all levels of staff across the company (CIfA accredited – and highly commended by the Archaeology Training Forum) that you will benefit from. It will also help you understand the skill levels of those working on your projects.


Other benefits include:

  • A monthly clothing allowance
  • Contribution to pension scheme
  • Subscription to the CIfA
  • Paid subsistence and travel time on field projects
  • Death in service benefit
  • Medicash insurance


Key responsibilities with client:

  • Technical document review
  • Identification of heritage risks, commitments and constraints
  • Provision of advice to the client’s environmental team, engineers and client liaison
  • Negotiation with statutory consultees and stakeholders
  • Preparation of technical specification, quality review and overseeing fieldwork implementation
  • Clerk of works-type oversight and ensuring compliance

Key responsibilities on joining regional office:

  • Preparation of technical documents such as DBA, WSI and EIA Chapters
  • Archaeological clerk of work
  • Project Management
  • Preparation of tenders

The following criteria are essential:

  • Experience in having sole responsibility for archaeological projects of significant scale
  • Being able to support senior managers in their duties and assist with overseeing projects, producing paperwork and providing input to tenders
  • Experience and understanding of UK commercial archaeology
  • Experience of working with main contractors on site
  • A demonstrable portfolio of reports/publications including DBA and EIA
  • Ability to liaise with various stakeholders
  • Degree level or higher qualification in a relevant subject
  • Current CSCS card (preferably PQP or AQP)
  • Good organisational skills
  • Use of Microsoft Office packages
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Full Clean driving licence and willingness to drive company vehicles

The following criteria are desirable:

  • Understanding of how change management works
  • Experience in writing publications
  • First aid at work qualification
  • Membership of the CIfA
  • GIS skills
  • Experience of managing and mentoring junior colleagues


In the first instance please send an application quoting reference SAC-0120 to Applications must include a short cover letter or email, an up to date CV and the contact details of at least two referees.

Informal inquiries concerning the role can be made to Andy Towle, Director of Consultancy 07753895123

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Senior Archaeobotanist/Environmental Manager

Location: Edinburgh, Silsoe, Leeds or Hereford

Closing Date: 3rd February 2020

Salary £27,500 to £30,000 (Senior Archaeobotanist)/£30,500 to £35,000 (Environmental Manager) based upon a 37.5 hour week (depending on experience and position)

Contract Type Permanent

Application Ref. AB-Jan20


Headland Archaeology are looking to recruit either a Senior Archaeobotanist or an Environmental Manager to join our environmental team within the expanding post-excavation department. Headland is one of the largest archaeological contractors in the UK, and has recently joined forces with RSK, a leading environmental and engineering services consultancy. We work on a wide range of exciting archaeological projects of all scales throughout the UK. Headland has a strong tradition of environmental archaeology and the environmental team provides a range of specialist services including archaeobotany, zooarchaeology and osteology, contributing to consultancy, fieldwork and post-excavation from assessment to publication.

Either position would be based in your choice of one of our regional offices, but the appointee would be working on projects and with colleagues from across the organisation. While much of the role is office/lab-based, undertaking specialist work, the post-holder is also expected to undertake site-based work, including implementation of environmental training, curator/science advisor liaison, development of site sampling strategies and undertaking specialist sampling.

The applicant should have extensive archaeobotanical experience, preferably within a commercial environment, though also with a firm grasp of current academic research applications within environmental archaeology. We are looking for someone who can take ownership of either role and push it forward with enthusiasm and energy.


Senior Archaeobotanist:

  • To identify, record, assess, analyse, interpret and report on botanical assemblages (including seeds and fruit from waterlogged, charred and mineralised contexts) within defined project objectives
  • To complete all work on time and within budget and contribute to the successful commercial operation of Headland Archaeology
  • To co-ordinate environmental teams within specific projects, including freelance specialists and those from other commercial organisations
  • To work to established standards, procedures and guidelines as set out by the Headland manuals, CIFA, HE, and other professional bodies
  • To check, proof-read and edit work, including the work of others, to established standards, procedures and guidelines
  • To liaise with colleagues during excavation and post-excavation on appropriate techniques and procedures for sampling, recovery, processing and subsequent stages of work
  • To prepare estimates and project designs for archaeobotanical work
  • To be aware of regional, national and international research agendas and undertake academic research as part of major projects
  • To maintain and develop reference materials and databases
  • To line-manage and assist in the training and development of junior staff


Environmental Manager (as above, with additional) 

  • To manage the environmental team across all offices including work programmes (specialist and processing)
  • To liaise with the Head of Post-excavation to set and implement strategic goals for the team
  • To set and manage environmental team financial budgets and training
  • To contribute to, and liaise with, the environmental consultancy of the wider RSK Group
  • To promote the environmental team within Headland and externally



  • Senior Archaeobotanist:
  • A degree in archaeology or a related subject and post-graduate qualification in archaeobotany / environmental work or a related subject
  • Considerable and demonstrable experience of identifying seeds and other plant remains in waterlogged, charred and mineralised states, assessing and analysing archaeobotanical assemblages and reporting on the results
  • Understanding and awareness of current academic research within the specialism and preferably archaeobotanical publications
  • Knowledge of current legislation and guidelines
  • Sound general knowledge of British Archaeology
  • Ability to write reports, publications etc clearly and concisely
  • Solid IT skills, including MS Office, especially Excel
  • Experience of editing reports
  • Good communication and mentoring skills
  • Ability to work unsupervised and strong decision-making skills
  • Adherence to briefs and budgets while displaying good time management skills
  • Diving license (or commitment to obtain one)
  • Be passionate, motivated and excited about what you do!


Environmental Manager (as above, with additional)

  • Demonstrable experience of managing people and finances
  • Sound publication record in archaeobotany
  • Ability to produce budgets for projects
  • Capability to explore integrating our work with research projects in academic institutions
  • Innovative and forward-looking style



  • Specialism in any other area of environmental archaeology (charcoal, faunal remains, pollen, geoarchaeology etc.)
  • Excavation experience
  • Experience of working in a commercial environment
  • Membership of the CIfA.


This is a great opportunity to join a progressive and growing company engaged with a constant stream of exciting archaeological projects. The company is passionate about archaeology and very focussed on training, so not only can you expect to receive training, but you will be expected to help develop other staff, particularly to improve their environmental specialist skills.

A relocation package can be considered if applicable. Interviews are planned for the week beginning 10th February, if you are unable to attend during any part of that week, please make this clear in your covering letter – it may be possible to arrange an alternative. There are many benefits to working with Headland

Informal inquiries concerning the role can be made to Alex Smith, Head of Post-excavation – tel: 0131 467 7748. Send CV and covering letter to Alex Smith at

Your application must state clearly which position you are applying for and contain the names and contact details of at least two referees. The referees will not be contacted prior to offering you the post, and we will inform you when we will do so.