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Job Opportunity: Conservator, National Trust, Bexleyheath

Monday 19th November 2018

This role is a part time (3.5 days per week) maternity cover post for 12 months. You will be based at their Wisley Hub in Surrey and will cover properties across London, Surrey and the South Downs.  There’s no other organisation like the National Trust, Europe’s largest conservation body.  They bring an incredible array of places and spaces to life and are fortunate to have an extraordinary wealth of talent, expertise and insight. And that’s why they’ve created the National Trust Consultancy, home to specialists in every field of their work: from archaeologists, curators, conservators and building surveyors to volunteering, community involvement and commercial specialists.

What you'll be doing

As well as sharing your conservation knowledge and expertise, you’ll have lots of new ideas on interpretation, presentation and exciting ways of bringing collections and interiors to life. By focusing on the big picture, by sharing ideas, insight and expertise, you’ll help them to achieve their bold ambition of balancing conservation requirements with visitor access needs. You’ll be involved in caring for world class collections and interiors. As well as providing conservation advice and input to the properties in your portfolio, you will help develop and deliver specific projects for example the restoration and reinstallation of Maori carvings (Hinemihi) at Clandon.

Who they're looking for

To be successful in this role you'll:

  • Be an enthusiastic, knowledgeable Conservator who is either professionally accredited (ACR) or able to demonstrate that they are working at the accredited level in the preventive conservation of collections, interiors and statuary, including managing programmes of remedial conservation;
  • Be innovative, creative and pragmatic in applying conservation principles and practice, able to deal with material from a variety of cultural contexts including world cultures;
  • Feel aligned to their aims and ambitions, understanding the balance of conservation and access;
  • Be passionate about conserving properties, places and collections and making them ever more relevant and engaging for their diverse audiences;
  • Be able to work collaboratively and within a multi-disciplinary team with varied stakeholders;
  • Have experience of effectively managing and supporting contractors, staff and volunteers;
  • Be well-organised with the ability to balance conflicting priorities and demands;
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and influencing skills, and have experience of engaging with a wide variety of audiences;
  • Have practical experience of providing an effective consultancy service, and be confident in giving advice and working through property staff and volunteers.

Deadline: November 19th 2018

Fixed Term p/t (26.25 hrs pw for 12 mo)

For more information, visit the National Trust website.