Jobs and Internships

York Archaeology operates from four offices across the UK: York, Sheffield, Glasgow, and also Nottingham. We offer a wide variety of roles at all of our sites. Learn more about the available jobs and internships below.

York Archaeology is dedicated to promoting equality, integrity, mutual respect, creativity, innovation, as well as entrepreneurship in the workplace. We take great pride in our work and are also committed to providing high-quality archaeological research that can contribute to a better understanding of our collective history.

Jobs and Secondment Vacancies

We currently have no roles available. 

Collections and Archives Assistant (Fixed Term one year)

Salary: £24,484

Location: York

Hours: 37 Hours per week

Holidays: 31 days holiday including bank holidays

Key Purpose of Role

To undertake collections and archives tasks with emphasis on core requirements of improved collections care and documentation, and facilitating access to the collection. To support and assist with specific projects such as Museum Accreditation, exhibitions and learning initiatives, in line with York Archaeology’s strategy 2022-2025

Key Tasks

  • Collections audit and documentation at the store as part of the Collection Care Plan. Identify the need for remedial conservation in liaison with the Conservation team. Identify re-packaging needs and implement where appropriate.
  • Collections management tasks relating to artefact displays in our Museum Attractions (JORVIK Viking Centre, DIG, Barley Hall, the City Walls Experience).
  • Assist with compliance with Collections Trust Spectrum 5.1 documentation
    requirements and help implement changes and improvements consistent with Accreditation.
  • Assist with the updating of procedural manuals and the Collections and Archives Management Framework to ensure compliance with Museum Accreditation and other professional standards.
  • Assist with the development of exhibition content, logistics, and installation in York and at touring venues.
  • Assist with the administration and installation of loans.
  • Help facilitate requests for access to the collection for purposes of research, including liaison, documentation, enabling access, and fostering partnerships.
  • Undertake tasks relating to the documentary archive such as digitization, cataloguing, and assisting with access and other enquiries.
  • Work with the Interpretation and Learning team to help develop learning resources.
  • Work alongside volunteers, providing support and supervision as required.
  • Help with occasional public-facing events involving collections.
  • Assist with emergency response as necessary.
  • Compliance with Health and Safety, Environmental Health and other legislation.
  • Drive vans as required for transportation and couriering of finds and related material.

What we offer: Further details on our recruitment, rewards and benefits can be found here.

Closing Date: Closing date for applications is 19th November 2023.

Application: Please email Christine McDonnell [email protected] with your CV and a short covering letter (maximum two pages)

Developing our People

York Archaeology supports the growth and development of all teams and individuals within our organization. Our comprehensive Strategy is regularly communicated and also reviewed with staff. It reflects our vision to create a fulfilling and satisfying work environment by offering valuable job opportunities and volunteering experiences.

An integral part of our Strategy is to foster skilled, trained, and motivated staff and volunteers. This entails continuously improving how we communicate, performance reviews, develop training plans, as well as assessing how we reward and acknowledge our people.

By committing ourselves to a Performance Appraisal process, we can identify necessary training requirements as well as future goals to ensure our people have the right training and clear personal objectives to succeed.

Continuous Professional Development is highly encouraged for all roles. In our Attractions & Events Division, we offer new employees a series of key training courses, including Customer Care, Disability Awareness, Health & Safety, local tourism industry knowledge, and also on-the-job training. This ensures our visitors receive a memorable experience at our attractions and events.

Frequently Asked Questions

Either email the person detailed in the advert to whom completed application forms should be sent or contact HR directly at [email protected].

We will check the references once a job offer has been made and accepted.

If you are successful, you will need to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the UK. For other roles, you may need to provide additional documentation such as proof of relevant qualifications. However, these requirements will be clearly communicated to you.

Following the closing date, invitations will be extended to shortlisted candidates through multiple mediums, such as email, postal mail, or phone call.

York Archaeology offers various volunteering opportunities. For full details visit our Volunteering section.

Rewards and Benefits

York Archaeology provides its employees with a varied range of benefits and rewards:

  • Company pension scheme where the Trust and employee each pay 3.5% of total earnings
  • 31 days paid annual leave (23 days + 8 Bank Holidays), rising to 36 including Bank Holidays after five years’ employment
  • Option to buy back up to 15 additional holidays each year
  • Commuting season ticket loans
  • Loans to purchase bikes to cycle to work
  • Death in Service benefit of twice annual salary for permanent staff
  • Dependant’s leave
  • Compassionate leave
  • Public Duties leave
  • Enhanced maternity pay after two years’ employment
  • Generous sick pay for all staff on permanent or fixed-term contracts
  • 50% Professional membership reimbursement (e.g. CIfA)
  • Free eye tests for computer users and £50 reimbursement for the cost of prescribed glasses
  • Professional independent Occupational Health support for appropriate referrals
  • Access to a free independent and confidential counselling service
  • Free admission for staff plus family and friends to our four York visitor attractions including our JORVIK Viking Centre
  • 25% discount on merchandise at our attractions
  • Discounts to Trust Events at applicable events
  • Travel and generous subsistence arrangements for staff working away
  • Uniform or Personal Protective Equipment for relevant roles

Contact Us

If you want to inquire about a job opening, kindly get in touch with the HR Manager through the options provided below. Additionally, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section as it may already address some of your initial concerns.

+44(0)1904 663007

Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 17:00