Archaeological Investigator - Permanent - FULL TIME

Historic England

Location Swindon with the option for hybrid working between home and office.
Salary £29,000 per annum plus generous benefits
Team Policy and Evidence - National Specialist Services
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 17th May 2023 BST

Perks and benefits

Flexible working hours
Work from home option
Retirement benefits
Wellness programs
Employee Assistance Programme
Additional parental leave
Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
Paid emergency leave
Extra holiday
Sabbatical Opportunities
Professional development
Payroll giving
Salary sacrifice
Team social events
Team lunches
Extracurricular clubs
Cycle to work scheme

Candidate happiness

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Job Description


We are the public body that looks after England's historic environment.

We champion historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.

Historic England have an exciting opportunity for you to join our Landscape Archaeology Team as an Archaeological Investigator. You will have the opportunity to work with experienced colleagues on significant survey projects in various parts of the country, to carry out nationally important research and to contribute to the team’s educational and training output.

This is a permanent full-time contract.

The role will be focussed on the South West of England (although projects may involve work in other regions) and regular visits to the Swindon office will be required.

What you will be doing:

You will be responsible for carrying out applied research projects and other tasks relating to the investigation and assessment of the historic environment, as directed, specialising in archaeological recording and the understanding of landscapes and monuments, whether in rural or urban environments. Where appropriate, you will be working as part of an inter/multi-disciplinary research team.

We need you to contribute to projects on landscapes, monuments, and historic places in support of Historic England’s Corporate Plan, including work for the English Heritage Trust, as part of our Enhanced Advisory Services, in support of Heritage at Risk cases, or in other special project areas, as required.

You will be involved in gathering, analysing and interpreting field data and research material, and disseminate the findings in a clear and exemplary fashion, in order to inform the protection and management of the historic environment.

 Who we are looking for:

  • Proven experience of historic environment investigation and analysis and of using documentary and archival sources

  • A high-standard academic and/or professional qualification in archaeology, history, historical geography, landscape studies, or demonstrable equivalent experience

  • Experience of measured survey and production of analytical plans, using traditional or modern methods.

  • Good organisational and self-motivational skills, including the ability to work to tight timetables

  • Clear ability or potential to work as part of an inter-disciplinary team.

Please note that the role will require travel to sites not serviced by public transport, sometimes requiring periods of up to a week away from home. Surveys may be required in remote rural locations or urban areas which offer various challenges depending on weather and terrain. The role may require occasional attendance at academic or community meetings held in evenings or at weekends.

We are an equal opportunity employer which values diversity and inclusion. If you have a disability or neurodiversity, we would be happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the job with you. Having just won the Gold Award from MIND, we also recognise the importance of a healthy work-life balance.

We are an inclusive employer and believe that flexible working options are for everyone. We want to make sure our working arrangements don’t prevent anyone from joining us because of their personal circumstances. We also want to provide you with the best balance in your home and work life that we can.

We are open to considering options including job sharing, part-time working, compressed hours working and different working locations, including hybrid working. Please visit our jobs pages or contact us to find out more.

Why work for Historic England

We offer a wide benefits package including a competitive pension scheme starting at 26% contributions, a generous 28 days holiday, corporate discounts, free entry into English Heritage sites across the country, and development opportunities to ensure you achieve your goals.

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity for everyone. Diversity helps us to perform better and attract more people to support our work. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and candidates with disabilities as they are underrepresented within Historic England at this level.

Historic England want all of our candidates to shine in the recruitment process. Please tell us what we can do to make sure you can show us your very best. You can contact us by email at or telephone 07763387811 if you have any recruitment queries.

Provisional interview dates - week commencing 5th June 2023

Please click on the link below for the copy of the full Job Description

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Wed 17th May 2023


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Applications closed Wed 17th May 2023