Salary: £29,751.00 – £32,541.53 (depending on experience) + generous benefits package

Hours: Full Time 37.5h/week

Locations: Based in Headland Midlands & West (Hereford), South & East (Silsoe), Northwest (Manchester) or Yorkshire & North (Cleckheaton).

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date:  1st July 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, improve your skills and be part of an excellent team.


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

Headland Archaeology work on a wide range of exciting archaeological projects of all scales throughout the UK. The role of the survey team is to ensure the smooth flow of spatial data through the company from data capture to Archive. We build systems, promote skills and provide resources to make this happen. The Survey Officer will play an integral part in implementing Headland’s survey strategy across the business.


You will be self-driven with a positive outlook and good understanding of British Archaeology. You will be experienced in site surveying in archaeology and capable of overseeing these activities on several field projects at the same time. You will be a good team worker who can promote new ideas and new ways of working and help our team to deliver projects to programme and to budget.


You will be responsible for providing survey support to our archaeological sites. This includes the application of procedures; training and field support; equipment care and logistics; data security and processing; quality assurance and data presentation. You will be expected to work as part of a small team of skilled technical staff and project-based assistants and provide hands-on site support where extra resources or advanced recording techniques are required. The work will be primarily field-based and will involve good organisation and a willingness to travel. Your work will be managed and supported by the Technical Services Manager.


As a commercial company there is plenty of scope to use existing skills, discover new ones and develop your strengths. You will encounter numerous opportunities for personal development and promotion. With a proactive Technical Services department, we are developing our systems and capabilities constantly; our dedicated training team (CIfA accredited) will help support your work and RSK provides a wealth of opportunity to broaden the range and nature of the experience enjoyed by our staff.


Key Responsibilities

Project Work

  • Carrying out routine survey work
  • Processing survey and site data as required
  • Presenting survey and site data to the requirements of the Contracting division
  • Application of surveying and data management procedures
  • Ensuring survey and site data is secure, and regularly transferred between sites and offices
  • Carrying out specialist survey work when required

Development and Support

  • Delivering survey, data management and field recording training
  • Delivering survey and data management technical support
  • Contributing to research and development into new or alternate survey and data management methods and processes


  • Communicate regularly with the Technical Services Manager
  • Liasing with the Site Lead about survey requirements
  • Managing a small team of dedicated Survey Supervisors
  • Supporting the other activities of the department

Safety, Health, Environment and Quality

  • Responding quickly to survey and site data quality issues with feedback and other suitable measures
  • Follow the GIS Lifecycle


  • Care for and provide logistics support for our survey equipment fleet, including hire equipment.


Essential Key Skills

  • Substantial GPS and total station surveying experience
  • Sound understanding of archaeological recording; data tidying and presentation. Technical support of tablets and other computer equipment on site.
  • Ability to troubleshoot technical survey issues and challenging working conditions
  • Survey data processing using appropriate software
  • Survey data presentation using GIS software
  • Advanced use of Microsoft Office packages, particularly Excel
  • Clear, friendly communication in person, phone, email or messaging
  • Full clean UK driving licence
  • Valid CSCS Card


Desirable Skills

  • Programming
  • Drone Experience
  • Laser Scanning Experience
  • Photogrammetry Experience
  • 3D modelling Experience


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 reference TSSO2406 Postal applications will not be accepted. For queries regarding the role, email


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