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Development Control Archaeological Officer

Surrey County Council
Closing date
3 Aug 2021

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The starting salary for this position is £35,382 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.

Are you looking to develop a career in archaeological and planning management?

Surrey County Council is seeking to appoint a Development Control Archaeological Officer. Based within the Council's Historic Environment Planning Team in Woking, 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.

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.

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.

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 a detailed 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

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.
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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 22/08/2021 with interviews to follow.

Interested in finding out more?

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


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.

Our Commitment

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 under represented groups.
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