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. 

Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Trustees

We are excited to welcome candidates to help shape the future of York Archaeology as the Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Trustees.

York Archaeology combines world famous heritage attractions, with excavation, survey, consultancy, expert conservation services, research and an unmatched commitment to dissemination, engagement and public benefit.

A full job description can be found below. 

Further details on the Trust’s recruitment, rewards and benefits can be found below. 

How to apply
The application process is being overseen by a Nominations Advisory Panel made up of selected trustees, and chaired by the Vice Chair, Professor Ellen Roberts.

If you would like to arrange an informal discussion about the role with the Chief Executive, David Jennings, please write to [email protected].

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter to [email protected] by no later than 10.00 am on Friday 8th March.

We expect to hold interviews for shortlisted candidates on Tuesday 9th April.

Project Manager / Senior Project Manager (Fieldwork)

Salary* £34,792 - £40,723 (dependent on experience)

Location: Nottingham

Hours: Standard 37 hour week

Holidays: 23 days holiday plus bank holidays

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Project Manager or Senior Project Manager (Fieldwork) to join the York Archaeology team at our office in Nottingham (formerly Trent and Peak Archaeology).  

York Archaeology is the trading name for the delivery of commercial archaeological services for York Archaeological Trust (YAT).  York Archaeology combines world famous heritage attractions, with excavation, survey, consultancy, expert conservation services, research and an unmatched commitment to dissemination, engagement and public benefit.

We are building on the vision that led from the Coppergate excavation to the Jorvik Viking Centre, DIG, and the annual Viking Festival , with a pioneering spirit of innovation to deliver benefits from archaeology and cultural heritage. 

To help in our mission we are looking for an additional fieldwork Project Manager with the character and skills to deliver commercial contracts cost-effectively and to the satisfaction of clients. Just as importantly we are looking for someone with the ambition, patience and drive to use this platform of discovery to help build the connections to secure positive social impacts through archaeology/heritage. This extends to exciting opportunities to contribute to new initiatives in public engagement, education, research and publication, via conventional and digital modes, building on the achievements of our world-famous Jorvik Viking Centre.

If you feel you have demonstrable relevant experience and skills, or indeed untapped potential and are ready for a change, get in touch and explore the possibilities.


As a fieldwork Project Manager / Senior Project Manager you will be part of a dynamic, high-achieving fieldwork management team, responsible for the design and delivery of commercial fieldwork for a range of clients across the planning and development sector. You will be able to demonstrate the full range of core skills and abilities required for a project manager of high-profile, small to large scale commercial archaeological fieldwork programmes, including a thorough knowledge of UK commercial archaeology, planning legislation and policy relating to heritage and the built environment; client liaison and relationship management, tender design and preparation, safe working practices, fieldwork project design, programming and delivery; financial management and efficient collaboration with multi-disciplinary project design teams. Expert knowledge of a specialist area of UK archaeology would be advantageous. 

Applicants to the role of Senior Project Manager will also be able to demonstrate experience of and expertise in developing new client relationships to add to a growing client base, and the development of systems for the delivery of medium to large-scale fieldwork programmes.   

We also want evidence of enthusiasm, a questioning but positive mindset, a proactive approach to challenges, and a keen desire to move beyond the conventional limits of commercial archaeology and shape a better future. 

A full, clean UK (manual) driving licence and CSCS qualification are essential. 

As a CIfA Registered Organisation membership is encouraged amongst staff and would be advantageous to applicants. 

A permanent contract will be available for the successful candidate subject to completion of a 6 month probationary period. 

A full job description can be found below. 

Further details on the Trust’s recruitment, rewards and benefits can be found below. 

Closing Date: Closing date for applications is midnight on 26th February 2024.

Application: Please send a CV and Covering Letter to Fiona Moore (Regional Manager, Nottingham & Sheffield) ([email protected])

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