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Assistant Historic Environment Record Officer

  • Employer: Essex-County-Council
  • Reference: req16990
  • Published: Tue 04/06/2024, 15:43 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 19/06/2024, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: Up to £25,679 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: County Hall Market Road Chelmsford , Essex

Assistant Historic Environment Record Officer


Up to £25,679 per annum

Fixed Term, Full Time

Anywhere Worker


Please note that this is a fixed term contract opportunity for a period of 23 months.


The role can be undertaken almost entirely remotely but has an expectation that the successful candidate will attend the office, in Chelmsford, to spend occasional short periods of time e.g., 5 days once or twice a year, so a willingness to travel to and be based in Chelmsford, Essex occasionally is essential.  


The Opportunity


Place Services is a multi-disciplinary consultancy within Essex County Council providing environmental and planning services to the Council, local authorities and other public bodies. Our purpose is to support the public sector to deliver sustainable development. The purpose of the Assistant Historic Environment Record Officer is to support the management and enhancement of the Essex Historic Environment Record (HER).


The post-holder(s) will support the transfer of data from the National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) to the HER, and the systematic enhancement of the Essex HER in line with national standards and best practice guidance. The role will include training and will provide an opportunity to gain significant experience in heritage data management, including the use of databases and GIS.


The post-holder will be required to clearly, rapidly, and accessibly synthesise and index information related to the historic environment. The role therefore requires a good knowledge of British archaeology of all periods and a good understanding of historic environment information management. These should be complemented by a thorough and methodical approach, excellent written English, strong ICT skills and attention to detail.

Place Services offers a dynamic working environment, with a focus on staff welfare and personal development. To find out more about us please visit our website: www.placeservices@essex.gov.uk

About the role


As an Assistant HER Officer you will be responsible for:


  • Creating new HER database records and GIS data from a variety of sources, ensuring that this new content meets recognised standards and is fit for purpose;
  • Enhancing existing HER database records and GIS data to ensure quality and consistency;
  • Enhancing the HER with information from the National Record of the Historic Environment and ensuring that this process is appropriately documented;
  • Assisting with the maintenance, storage, digitisation and indexing of the HER supporting reference collection, and enhancing its accessibility;
  • Supporting the review and development of HER plans, policies and protocols in line with best practice guidance;
  • Assisting with the development and delivery of improved access to the HER to enhance its recognition and use.


The Experience You Will Bring




  • Educated to RQF level 6 (Bachelor’s degree) in a relevant subject, or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development, ideally working towards membership of a relevant professional organisation.
  • Graduate level technical practitioner with knowledge of British archaeology, historic buildings and landscapes; historic environment information/data management, policy, legislation, standards, and guidance; and related office practices and procedures.
  • Able to work independently, under supervision, and as part of a team, prioritizing across a range of projects and activities, meeting deadlines, and delivering outcomes, with a methodical approach and good attention to detail.




  • Able to communicate appropriately with different audiences, including through supervised clear and concise technical data management, documents and reports for straightforward casework and projects.
  • Able to establish positive working relationships, with awareness of good client service.
  • Awareness of wellbeing and H&S, with ability to undertake simple risk assessments, and to implement safe working practices.
  • Able to use common software packages and, under supervision, specialist software, such as HBSMR and GIS, to record and present a range of historic environment data, and to carry out straightforward research, analysis and interpretation.

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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.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service.  The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate.  This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained.  For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

Please include a supporting statement (maximum 1000 words) which explains how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the requirements and why you think you are suitable for the role.  For a copy of the role profile, or if you have any other queries, please email daniel.warner@essex.gov.uk

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  • Employer: Essex-County-Council
  • Reference: req16990
  • Published: Tue 04/06/2024, 15:43 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 19/06/2024, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: Up to £25,679 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: County Hall Market Road Chelmsford , Essex

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