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Archaeological Consultant

  1. York
  1. Environment & geoscience

Atkins, Member of SNC Lavalin is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas.

You would be joining a team of heritage specialists that include: heritage managers, archaeologists and buildings archaeologists. We provide expert advice and planning services to clients throughout the world; working on highly sensitive and high-profile projects such as large-scale infrastructure programmes in the UK, high quality urban regeneration and development, and World Heritage Sites in the Middle East. We have a growing reputation for innovation and engagement particularly on large infrastructure programmes, such as HS2, for which we have undertaken a number of bespoke and specialist studies.

We are interested in finding the right candidate to fulfil a Consultant Archaeologist role which is focused on the delivery of archaeological advice across our UK projects. The right candidate will be innovative and imaginative in approaches to delivering historic environment research, assessment, delivery and mitigation. We are not just looking for someone to join our team, but an individual to help drive its growth, and the innovative thinking and technical expertise we are known for.

Applicants with a background in archaeology and the historic environment that have a good understanding of their place within the UK planning system would be welcomed. If you enjoy working on a diverse range of projects and being part of a multi-disciplinary team within a large organisation, then we would be interested to hear from you.

The role would be ideal for an archaeologist at supervisorial/project officer level in commercial archaeology seeking to develop their career towards archaeological and heritage consultancy.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Preparation of and contribution to environmental statements, heritage statements, desk-based assessments, written schemes of investigation and consent applications;
  • Monitoring of archaeological contractor works to ensure works are being undertaken in-line with agreed scopes of work and to the highest quality;
  • Management of small- to medium-scale projects to ensure they are delivered on time and budget;
  • Contribution of key technical expertise and knowledge to the team in order to maintain and improve the quality of our work and the expertise of our people; and
  • Management of sub-consultants and archaeological contractors.



  • A good first degree in archaeology or closely related discipline e.g. history / anthropology; and
  • Relevant Masters level or higher qualification in archaeology or heritage management or considerable experience akin to this level of qualification. 

Essential Criteria

  • Strong background in archaeological fieldwork and reporting;
  • Good working knowledge of the planning process and be fully conversant with the relevant heritage legislation and guidance;
  • Robust knowledge of UK archaeology and history;
  • Willingness to work across the UK in client and Atkins’ offices as fits project requirements;
  • Full, clean, UK driving licence; and
  • CSCS accreditation.

Desirable Criteria

  • Full or Associate Member of the Institute for Archaeologists; 
  • Experience in a commercial consultancy environment;
  • Experience of delivering environmental impact assessments;
  • Technical or specialist subject expert;
  • Commercial skills and experience;
  • Good working knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office packages and GIS.

The Individual

The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Strong technical knowledge and skills;
  • Excellent report writing skills;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Capable of working under pressure with the ability to meet critical deadlines;
  • Flexibility in approach to archaeological and heritage matters; and
  • Willingness to learn and develop professional skills.


Atkins develops individuals through the ‘My Career’ portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Rewards and Benefits

Atkins offers a range of benefits through the ‘My Rewards’ packages, which can be selected annually. Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

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