Salary: £26,586.00 + generous benefits package

Hours: Full time, 37.5h/week

Locations: Contracted to Hereford or Silsoe office but working across UK

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date:  5pm on 30th June 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we may fill existing vacancies before the closing date, so you are advised to submit your application as early as possible.


Are you fascinated by the past and looking for a career in commercial archaeology? Do you want to be part of big infrastructure schemes and work on interesting projects?


This is an excellent opportunity if you are looking to expand your knowledge in archaeology, improve your skills and be part of a team delivering high quality archaeological work.


Why Should You Apply?

We are a privately owned archaeological business, part of the RSK Group, a leader in integrated environmental, engineering, and technical services. We provide heritage services to the development and construction sectors in UK and across the world. With four offices in England and one in Scotland, we offer our employees:


  • Unique knowledge and expertise. For more than 20 years, Headland has provided not only business-focused archaeology but also people-focused business. We are highly respected within our industry for our achievements in innovation, tailor-made development coaching and training, and our expertise in commercial archaeology.
  • Strong pioneering spirit. Our corporate culture is characterised by a healthy appetite for originality and development.
  • Stable company with excellent growth. Over the years, we have demonstrated steady, positive economic development and formed successful partnerships.
  • Good work environment. You will be surrounded by colleagues who are pleasant, professional, and enthusiastic about their work.
  • Opportunity to influence. You get to work in an open climate, close to decision makers and with the possibility of making a difference.
  • Part of RSK group. You will have further opportunities to become involved in nationally and internationally prominent projects with exciting prospects for career development. The group has c.12000 employees and c.200 environmentally lead companies.


The Role

We are looking to recruit up to 5 enthusiastic, committed, results-driven individuals, available to start immediately. Ideally you would have at least three months’ experience in commercial archaeology.


This is an intermediary position to help develop future Project Supervisors (Level 2). You will buddy up with existing Supervisors and Project Officers to learn the job which includes to undertake a wide range of tasks for archaeological investigation, and field-based surveys and excavations, as well as research, analysis, and reporting. As part of the fieldwork team you will get involved in several large and exciting projects across central, southern, and eastern England.


Working away and travelling to new places is a normal part of this role; therefore, willingness to travel around the UK is essential. When required you will be expected to work from your contracted office – getting to/from the office will be your responsibility.


You must have the following essential criteria:

  • Minimum of 3 months experience in commercial fieldwork
  • A general working knowledge of the archaeology (all periods and materials) of the British Isles.
  • Archaeology degree preferable
  • Strong willingness to develop
  • Strong aptitude for archaeological fieldwork
  • Up to date CSCS card (Academically Qualified Person or Professionally Qualified Person)
  • Good organisational & communication skills
  • Embrace inclusion and diversity
  • Willingness to develop your people skills
  • Substantial knowledge of MS Office & English language


Desirable criteria:

  • Driving licence and willingness to drive company vehicles in UK
  • Willingness to relocate to one of our regional offices



Benefits we offer you:

  • Competitive paid subsistence when applicable
  • Paid accommodation when applicable
  • Use of cutting edge technology on site, e.g. paperless systems, iPads etc.
  • Ongoing regular training in various areas e.g. Health & Safety, Technical areas and Transferable skills
  • Time off in lieu for time worked above standard hours or overtime paid
  • Annual profit discretionary bonus & performance-related bonus schemes
  • Monthly clothing allowance
  • 28 days annual leave, rising based on service length
  • Extra annual leave purchase scheme
  • 5%-6% employer contribution to pension scheme
  • Income Protection Policy, after a year with Headland
  • Life Assurance Policy, insuring you 4 times your annual salary, after a year with Headland
  • Regular performance, wellbeing & professional development check-ins
  • Referral scheme with generous fee
  • A support group of 30+ Mental Health First Aiders
  • Regular offers through RSK Group (e.g. Tastecard, Gym membership discount, Holidays and Entertainment)
  • Health support scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme (advice on finance, mental health etc)
  • Paid CIfA membership
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Being part of RSK Group


How to apply


You must have the right to work in the UK without restrictions. Proof of eligibility will be required prior to your commencement.


Send CV and covering letter to quoting AS0524. Postal applications will not be accepted.


Headland is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.