News  |  Posted March 12, 2018

ScARF News: ARCH are looking to recruit a Project Officer

arch_highlandArchaeology for Communities in the Highlands are looking to recruit a Project Officer to work on the Regional Archaeological Research Framework for the Highlands as part of the wider ScARF project supported by Historic Environment Scotland as part of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy.

The successful applicant to the post of Project Officer will need to have good research skills and a familiarity with heritage databases, archaeological publications and other sources which can help build a picture of archaeological research in the Highlands from earliest settlement through to the end of the 20th century.

The main duties of the post will be to identify gaps in data, inconsistencies and issues in HER/CANMORE records (and contribute updates to both where needed), and help to provide good data for the panels.

The main place of work will be Highland Council headquarters in Inverness; occasional weekend work may be required at events.


  • Summarise and assess Highland archaeological research using a variety of sources, providing a high quality assessment of knowledge, gaps and possible research questions
  • Ensure data is submitted to HER and Canmore where appropriate
  • Assist the Project Co-ordinator in organising and running events
  • Assist the Project Co-ordinator in outreach to various parties
  • Assist in the creation of the archaeological summaries for each period, in particular selecting relevant HER, CANMORE and other data in order to be able to link to other resources. This will involve working with the Project Coordinator and the various panels

Reports to: ARCH Project Co-ordinator

Duration: Full time for year 1, part time for year 2. Starting date: April or May 2018

Salary: £19,856 for 35 hour week, with 28 days annual leave and 9 public holidays (pro rata in the second year).

Essential skills:

  1. Knowledge of Scottish archaeological evidence
  2. Demonstrable research skills
  3. Good IT skills, including experience in interrogating databases
  4. Excellent written and oral communication skills
  5. Ability to work as part of a team, and crucially on one’s own
  6. Knowledge of GIS systems

Desirable skills:

  1. Knowledge of Highland archaeological evidence
  2. Knowledge of HBSMR
  3. A working knowledge of Gaelic
  4. Experience of organising events

You can find out more about the vacancy at

Applicants for the post should submit a CV and cover letter to by 29th March 2018.