Working for York Archaeological Trust

York Archaeological Trust operates out of four UK offices: York, Sheffield, Glasgow and Nottingham and is made up of two divisions: Archaeology and Heritage and Attractions and Events. We employ a wide variety of roles in our Archaeology & Heritage offices and York-based Attractions and in this section, you can find out more about the kinds of jobs we do, the people who do them and what we’re all working towards. You’ll also find out how we reward our people, what vacancies are currently available and we’ll help answer those frequently asked questions.
With York Archaeological Trust Trust, you will be joining a unique organisation, committed to illuminating the past’s importance.

Our Vision 

Our strategy is built on our core values – the things that are fundamentally important to us and affect the way we want to work and the things we want to achieve. We are committed to:

  1. Making a difference in people’s lives through open access to a universal past;
  2. Being an open, collaborative, educational charity;
  3. Illuminating the past’s importance, advancing knowledge and protecting archaeology and heritage;
  4. Working seamlessly from archaeological investigation through to compelling public attractions and events, creating authentic, interactive, exciting opportunities for engagement and enjoyment;
  5. Delivering excellence and value to our clients, visitors and colleagues;
  6. Creating a fulfilling work and voluntary environment for everyone based on equality, honesty, mutual respect and a spirit of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship; and
  7. Working sustainably and reducing our environmental impact.

Developing our People

The Trust is committed to help our teams and individuals learn and develop. Our overall Strategy is communicated and reviewed with all staff and reflects our vision for the Trust; to be a great place to work and volunteer providing rewarding workplace jobs and opportunities.

One of our Strategy Aims is to have skilled, trained and motivated staff and volunteers and this means developing and reviewing how we communicate, reviewing performance, develop training plans and how we reward and recognise people.

Through a company–wide commitment to a Performance Appraisal process, we can identify training needs and future aims to ensure we equip our people with role related training and clear personal objectives.

We encourage Continuous Professional Development for all roles. Within our Attractions & Events Division, we actively engage all new employees in a programme of essential training courses, including, Customer Care, Disability Awareness, Health & Safety, local Tourism Industry knowledge and on job training, to ensure our visitors get the best experience at our Attractions and events.

What rewards and benefits do employees of YAT receive?

The Trust provides its employees with a varied range of benefits and rewards:

  • Company pension scheme, where both the Employee and Employer contribute.
  • Annual leave entitlement on joining is 28 days including bank holidays, rising to 33 days including bank holidays after 5 years service.
  • Additional ‘Buy Back’ Annual Holiday purchase scheme of an additional one or two weeks.
  • Free Eye tests for VDU users plus £50 off the cost of prescribed glasses
  • Free access our 5 York Attractions including the JORVIK Viking Centre for our employees, plus family and friends.
  • 25% discount on Attractions retail goods and souvenirs.
  • Discounts to Trust Events, at applicable events.
  • A uniform / PPE for relevant roles.
  • Travel and subsistence arrangements for staff working away.

What vacancies are currently available within YAT?

All current vacancies around the UK with the Trust are advertised here. If you need to contact us about a vacancy please contact the HR Manager Jill Tinsley on 01904 663007 or email Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions section, as this may answer some of your initial questions.

Applying for an Advertised Vacancy

To apply for an advertised vacancy please send us your CV showing your relevant experience, qualifications and skills, and indicate which vacancy you are applying for to:

Your CV and details will be kept on file, and if you are not successful in your application will be removed after 6 months. Should you be successful and join the Trust we will keep your CV and application letter on your personnel file.

The York Archaeological Trust is committed to being an Equal Opportunities employer.

Privacy statement for Applicants.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out about vacancies?

All vacancies in all offices (4 UK locations) and both Archaeology and Attractions Divisions are posted on our websites as well as locally to the area. Please look at the ‘Current Vacancies’ section here to find out more. All job adverts will have a job description to accompany them.

Who do I contact if I have a question about a vacancy on the website?

Either email the person detailed in the advert to who completed application forms should be sent or contact HR directly on the email address.

At what stage do you take up References?

We take up references when a job offer has been made and accepted.

What documentation is needed during the recruitment process?

If you are successful, you will need to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the UK. For some other roles, you may be required to provide other documentation e.g. proof of relevant qualifications. These requirements would be made clear to you.

When will I know about the outcome of my application?

After the closing date, selection for interviews will be made and invites to interview will be emailed / posted or made via a phone call.

Can I request feedback?

Due to high volumes of interest, we can supply feedback only post interview. Please contact the person who you submitted your application to or email and HR will be able to forward your enquiry onto the relevant person.

What kind of roles are available with the York Archaeological Trust?

Please see the section on Types of Roles available at both our Archaeology & Heritage and Attractions & Events Divisions.

Are there opportunities to volunteer with York Archaeological Trust?

York Archaeological Trust offers various volunteering opportunities. For full details visit our Volunteering section.

Staff Testimonials

Learn more about what it’s like to work for York Achaeological Trust and watch some of our employees talk about their roles and their experience of working for us. The Trust employs a wide range of people from Fieldwork Officers, Conservators, Costumed re-enactors and more