Documentation and Survey Archaeologist – Tara (CLOSED)

Nature of Employment: This will be a fixed term, fixed purpose full-time post, for an initial period of 28 months (subject to successful completion of a six-month probationary period).

Salary: In the region of €33,149.00 – €36,132.00 per annum (pro rata) (Point 1-3 Archaeologist Scale 65175(3)), starting point depending on experience.

Current Location: Merchants House, Merchants Quay, D08 K3KD, Ireland.
Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer or their nominee.

Closing date for applications: No later than 12 noon on Wednesday 02 November 2022.

Expected employment start date: No later than Tuesday 03 January 2023.


The Documentation and Survey Archaeologist – Tara will play an important role in helping the Discovery Programme meet its strategic objectives of delivering archaeological and related research, to benefit the community by deepening our understanding of Ireland’s past. Their primary attention be focused upon the Tara landscape, with application to other sites and monuments across Ireland and beyond. This includes developing new knowledge about the Tara landscape as well as increasing understanding and awareness of climate change and its effects upon our built and archaeological heritage. The successful candidate will be responsible for organising and archiving a diverse array of traditional and modern archaeological datasets created over the course of past surveys, including the preparation of materials for publication and outreach activities.

This post is supported through a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Monuments Service. An important focus of activity for this post will be to support the implementation and further progression of the Tara Conservation Management Plan published in 2022. The key work areas and tasks below will support the further development of the information resources concerning the archaeology of that site and its environs. These activities may also be required from time to time on other sites and work areas, including relevant research connected with the UNESCO World Heritage process.

This is an opportunity to work within a national heritage body and gain valuable experience across several areas including working with and archiving digital data, engaging with the public about archaeological research and hands-on archaeological field experience.

The successful candidate will be expected to have sufficient proficiency in the use of the English language to be able to carry out their day-to-day duties.

How to Apply

Applications must be made by submitting an email, with the following title ‘Documentation and Survey Archaeologist’ entered into the subject field of the email, to no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 02 November 2022. Applications received after this time will not be accepted.

Attached to that email, applicants must include Application Form COM_2022_007, along with:

  • A short cover letter / personal statement, no more than 500 words 12pt single spaced text, outlining why you wish to be considered for this post and why you believe your skills, experience and values meet the requirements of the position.
  • A comprehensive CV detailed as relevant to the position but to be no more than three pages in length. The first page of the CV should include a summary biography. NB: Please ensure that your CV does not include any personal information that is not relevant to the post being applied for.
  • Completion of the information fields set out on the application form.


Application Form

Candidate Information Pack