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Graduate Archaeological Consultant

Job/scheme locations: 
Newcastle, Basingstoke or Croydon
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Closing date: 

We are currently seeking Graduate Archaeological Consultants to support our heritage team. This role will suit a self-motivated individual looking to advance their career in a team that’s growing and has strong links across many disciplines.

This is a fantastic opportunity to further your career in archaeology, gaining valuable commercial experience within an established consultancy and a registered organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA).

Our large, national Heritage team delivers a range of exciting and varied projects across the UK and beyond. We work in dynamic and challenging environments, in multi-disciplinary teams, offering a range of services concerned with design approach, conservation strategy, asset management and planning policy. Our experts work closely alongside designers, planners and other environmental specialists to identify and realise the potential of heritage to support the creation of successful places where people want to live and work.

The Heritage team is part of AECOM’s Environment business which delivers solutions to a broad base of public and private sector clients, including the National Trust, Historic England, Highways England, HS2, the Environment Agency, local authorities and educational institutions.

Job summary

As a member of one of the UK’s largest heritage consultancies, you’ll take a key role on a range of regionally significant projects, including regeneration, masterplanning and infrastructure schemes, as well as important national and international projects.

Your initial role will be to assist with archaeological assessments for a variety of projects and a range of clients. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Archive research, including historic maps, archaeological reports, historic documents and aerial
  • photographs
  • Site walkover surveys
  • Analysis, assessment, interpretation and presentation of archaeological data to contribute to desk-based assessments

More opportunities for developing your skills open after this first phase - from designing and managing fieldwork to advising on scheme development and design, working with larger teams to facilitate new development and regenerate areas. Opportunities will include:

  • Conservation strategy and asset management
  • Pre-application advice
  • Planning and legal compliance
  • Fieldwork design and management
  • Post-excavation and publication strategies
  • Public outreach and engagement

You’ll be supported in expanding your experience and developing your career within a structured, friendly team environment. We’ll pair you with an experienced team member as your guide and mentor as you start working on live projects.

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organisations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital.



  • Degree in archaeology or related discipline
  • Good working knowledge of British archaeology and field techniques
  • Knowledge of UK legislation and planning policy
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Good Microsoft Office skills essential such as Word, Excel & PowerPoint
  • Ability to communicate effectively to internal and external clients, both verbally & in writing with the confidence to engage with a variety of people (clients, colleagues, stakeholders and subcontractors alike) and the aptitude to rationally explain, explore and discuss technical issues and capture feedback
  • Enthusiastic, hard-working, with ambition and drive
  • Ability to structure & prioritise work effectively through close cooperation with the team as a whole
  • Ability to work in a team and independently without losing initiative & focus.


  • Experience of archival research and preparation of archaeological desk-based assessments
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Experience in commercial archaeological sector

In addition to your archaeological skills, you must be able to cope with the demands of a busy office, where deadlines and changing priorities are a constant factor


Our Graduate Development Programme (ADVANCE) along with our huge scope of projects across the globe will challenge and inspire you to make a real difference to the world we live in. Our GDP forms a core part of our business strategy globally, designed to develop the best talent across numerous disciplines to lead our business into the future. We have more than 750 graduates on our programmes across the UK and Ireland from more than 40 different disciplines, each making a tangible difference to the environment in which we live and work.

We’ll provide you with all the tools and support you need to achieve your professional development ambitions, including Chartership with the relevant international professional institution (we have graduates working towards more than 30 professional institutions in the UK and Ireland). We’ll push you to achieve the highest standards and expect our graduates to pass their professional review first time. You will be assigned a mentor to support and guide your development, and you will take regular training modules throughout the programme. There’ll be on-the-job technical development and classroom training where required, and the opportunity to work on live client projects with significant multi-disciplinary exposure.

The professional institute you may work towards is the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)

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