Headland is looking to recruit 100 archaeologists

July 01, 2020

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?  Headland Archaeology (an RSK company) is looking to recruit up to 100 enthusiastic individuals that are looking to expand their knowledge in archaeology, improve their skills and become part of a team delivering high-quality archaeological work. If this sounds like you, submit your application by 5 pm on 28 July.

Headland Archaeology is a privately owned archaeological business and is part of the RSK Group, a leader in integrated environmental, engineering and technical services. It provides heritage services to the development and construction sectors in the UK and across the world. With four offices in England and one in Scotland, Headland offers its employees

  • unique knowledge and expertise. For more than 20 years, Headland has provided not only business-focused archaeology, but also people-focused business. It is highly respected within the industry for achievements in innovation, tailor-made development coaching and training, and expertise in commercial archaeology.
  • a strong pioneering spirit. Headland’s corporate culture is characterised by a healthy appetite for originality and development.
  • a stable company with excellent growth. Over the years, Headland has demonstrated steady, positive economic development and formed successful partnerships.
  • a good work environment. You will be surrounded by colleagues who are pleasant, professional and enthusiastic about their work.
  • a chance to influence. You get to work in an open climate, close to decision makers and with the possibility of making a difference.
  • an opportunity to be 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 about 4000 employees and about 80 environmentally led companies.

Headland’s most recent works, which include well-preserved iron age/Roman Britain and Saxon landscapes, medieval and post-medieval industrial sites in eastern England, prehistoric landscapes on the southern chalklands and industrial archaeology in Birmingham, illustrate the wide range of projects the company has been commissioned to deliver.

The role

Archaeologists (West Midlands region, Lincolnshire, Surrey and Hampshire, all UK)

Salary from £20,600–£21,630 (depending on experience) and generous benefits package

Full-time, 37.5 hour/week, 6-month fixed-term contract with a view to extension

Headland is looking to recruit up to 100 enthusiastic, committed, results-driven individuals, available to start immediately. Ideally, you will have at least three months’ experience in UK commercial archaeology, or relevant European commercial experience. However, Headland also has limited positions on their formal trainee programme.

Your work will primarily involve conducting a range of archaeological evaluations and excavations as well as office-based tasks. As part of the fieldwork team you will get involved in several large and exciting projects across central, southern and eastern England. Headland has interesting projects including waterlogged medieval and Roman urban excavations, and iron age/Roman Britain agricultural and industrial landscapes on linear schemes. Working away and travelling to new places are normal parts of this role. When conditions allow staying away, Headland will provide high-quality accommodation and subsistence during the week.

Headland will support you to meet your goals and train you in specific archaeological and other skills to feel confident and succeed in your role.

You must meet the following essential criteria:

  • genuine interest in archaeology
  • archaeological fieldwork experience, preferably on sites of various periods and types
  • ability to carry out prolonged manual work in an outdoor environment in all weather
  • up-to-date CSCS card (ideally Academically Qualified Person or Professionally Qualified Person) or willingness to acquire one
  • good organisational and communication skills
  • ability to work under pressure
  • substantial knowledge of Microsoft Office and the English language.
  • A degree in archaeology or a relevant subject and membership of the Chartered Institute for Architects are desirable criteria for the role. A driving license is a plus, as is willingness to drive in the UK.


Benefits we offer to you:

  • relocation package for accommodation and expenses
  • resettlement scheme up to £500, subject to eligibility
  • paid subsistence
  • paid travel time when applicable
  • loyalty bonus: £500 for 6 months
  • finder’s fee
  • regular offers through RSK Group (e.g., tastecard, gym membership, holidays and entertainment)
  • Time off in lieu or you will be paid for time worked beyond standard hours
  • Annual discretionary profit-related and performance-related bonus schemes
  • Monthly clothing allowance
  • 28 days annual leave, rising based on service length
  • 5–6% employer contribution to pension scheme
  • income protection policy after a year with Headland
  • health support scheme
  • employee assistance programme (advice on finance, mental health, etc.)
  • paid Chartered Institute for Architects membership and CSCS card
  • continuous training in various areas, e.g., health and safety, technical services, etc.
  • cycle-to-work scheme
  • extra annual leave purchase scheme.


How to apply

You must have the right to work in the UK without restrictions. Proof of eligibility will be required before you start work.

Send your CV and covering letter to jobs@headlandarchaeology.com quoting reference A062020. Postal applications will not be accepted. For queries regarding the role and the trainee programme, email jobs@headlandarchaeology.com.

Submit your application by 5 pm on 28 July 2020. 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.

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

COVID-19: We have wide-ranging COVID-19 plans in place and are following all current official guidance on maintaining a safe working environment during the pandemic. We are in constant communication with our clients to ensure that all staff can continue to work and operate safely while travelling and working on-site and/or in offices. All inductions include a comprehensive COVID-19 briefing, and all projects have a daily health and safety COVID-19 update.


For more information on Headland Archaeology, please visit the website.

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