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Development Control Archaeological Officer

  • Reference:orbis/TP/1594/9430
  • Positions:1
  • Salary:£35,382 - £39,246
  • Category:Planning
  • Contract type:Permanent
  • Working hours:36
  • Posted on:20 July 2020
  • Closing date:10 August 2020
  • Directorate:Environment, Transport & Infrastructure
  • Location:Kingston upon Thames

About the role

Are you looking to develop your career in archaeological and planning management? Then look no further! The Historic Environment Planning Team at Surrey County Council (SCC) is seeking to appoint a Development Control Archaeological Officer. This position is for 36 hours a week and is based at County Hall, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2DY.

About SCC and the team

Surrey County Council is a County Planning Authority responsible for dealing with planning applications for minerals and waste development, and for the County Council's own development proposals, which include Education and Highways Management. The Historic Environment Planning Team is part of the Environment, Transport and Infrastructure directorate and provides advice, guidance and heritage-related planning advice to a number of organisations, as well as to the general public.

About the role

Based within the Council's Historic Environment Planning Team at Kingston-Upon-Thames, this role will offer an exciting opportunity for a suitably-qualified archaeological specialist to utilise, develop and grow their skills in the assessment, understanding and management of archaeological sites and project work within the context of the planning process.

You will be working with a busy team managing a varied and challenging caseload which could involve in depth and specialist discussion relating to any period of British archaeology at any given time. You will both contribute to and lead on the development of strategies, briefs, and schemes of investigation to guide archaeological sites through the planning process, as well as provide a wide spectrum of professional advice and support to all archaeological practitioners within Surrey, whether they be involved in large-scale commercial regeneration projects, or local society research.

About you

This is an exciting challenge for a highly motivated and skilled heritage professional who has both an eye for detail and an ability to appreciate the wider context that surrounds it, and is looking to build on their existing expertise in the field to develop their skills in the management of planning-related archaeological projects and heritage engagement.

To be shortlisted for interview your application and personal statement must clearly evidence the following as a minimum requirement:

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject, with a demonstrable passion for the historic environment
  • Have a good knowledge of British Archaeology, and an understanding of the planning process
  • An ability to rapidly assimilate and distil large amounts of information into concise responses
  • Excellent IT skills and be confident at using Microsoft Office and GIS applications
  • Full UK driving licence

For more information, please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job profile.

Additional information

Interested in finding out more?

For further discussion prior to applying please contact Tony Howe, Historic Environment Planning Team Manager, or Nick Truckle, Archaeological Officer,

How to apply?

Please apply via Surrey County Council's recruitment portal by completing a questionnaire, uploading your CV and a supporting statement outlining how you meet the requirement of this role.

Closing date for applications: 10 August 2020 at 23:59.

Interview: 20 August 2020 via remote video link.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.


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  • Updated: 10 Aug 2020