Assistant Historic Environment Consultant - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £28,432 per annum
Closing date: 02 Oct 2023
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 13744
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Assistant Historic Environment Consultant

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £28,432 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

The Opportunity 

Place Services is at the forefront of environmental consultancy in the public sector, and integral to our success are our people. The growth of our practice means we now require an outstanding individual to support our Historic Environment Team. 

Place Services is a traded service of Essex County Council and our success as a consultancy to the public sector is unparalleled. We act as archaeological advisors to 18 local planning authorities largely in Essex and West Sussex. We curate the Essex Historic Environment Record (HER) and undertake a wide range of projects, working jointly with the Built Heritage Team. Our team also administers the long running syllabus of Conservation and Traditional Building Skills Courses. We count organisations such as Historic England, Forestry Commission and the National Trust as regular clients. 

This position is an excellent opportunity to work alongside and learn from our experienced archaeological and historical building consultants. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the post holder will provide support on a range of professional and high-quality client focused historic environment services, helping to realise our on-going commercial success and aspiration for growth, through the delivery of sustainable development. 

The role is hybrid working with a base in our offices in Chelmsford and regular site visits.

Place Services fully supports individual’s professional development with a generous CPD budget and funded membership of CIfA. There are also opportunities to be involved with our own CPD course syllabus: 


The role will include a diverse range of tasks including:

  • Providing specialist development management advice, including monitoring of site-based archaeological investigations;
  • Administration and update of Historic Environment Records, including the Essex HER;
  • Input into Historic Environment Desk Based Assessments and Heritage Impact Assessments;
  • GIS mapping and data interrogation;
  • Desk-based and archival research;
  • Interaction with local authority staff, other heritage professionals and the public; and
  • Field survey and recording. 

The Experience You Will Bring 

  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent by experience, with post-qualification experience of archaeological fieldwork.
  • Knowledge of legislation, planning policy and good practice relating to the historic environment, including office and site-based practices and procedures.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including report writing, publication and presentation, allied with confident and professional interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Skilled in using Microsoft applications.
  • Keen to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Full UK driving license is essential.

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

For an informal discussion or any queries about the position please contact the Historic Environment Manager, Tim Murphy: / 0333 032 0847 

If you would like to see a full role profile / job description for this position please email to request this. Quoting REQ13744. 

To read more about us please visit: Economy, Investment and Public Health

Why Essex? 

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

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