IHBC’s latest ‘Jobs etc’ skills review: From private to public sector posts (and both)

logosTo help profile career opportunities across the conservation and heritage sectors, the IHBC now offers regular reviews of job openings and staff appointments featured in our IHBC Jobs etc. service, with many posts still open!

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘As our summary listing below demonstrates, new advertisements posted by employers on the IHBC’s ‘Jobs etc’ service continue to highlight the need for a truly diverse range of conservation-related skills among new staff’.

‘Many posts continue to cover the more familiar public sector conservation and design adviser roles, such as Swindon’s search for a conservation officer.  There is also the less typical ‘dual’ role offered by Publica, in the form of its ‘(Senior) Conservation and Design Officer’ which is ‘based in Cirencester and working on behalf of Cotswold District Council.’

Publica describes itself as a ‘Council owned company delivering services on behalf of Cotswold District Council’, in an arrangement that is becoming increasingly common.  Of course, regardless of the technicalities of employer, the obligations and duties on a public servant carrying out the role of conservation officer – both in terms of practice and ethics – are consistent, and must remain focused on public good and interest.’

‘In such ‘Conservation Officer’-type roles too, by extension, skills must be closely aligned with the international ICOMOS standards and interdisciplinary conservation models.  ICOMOS offers the core international statements that underpin the IHBC’s interdisciplinary conservation accreditation.  These in turn represent uniquely well the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to carry out the relevant statutory duties competently and effectively, for the UK and beyond.’

‘Well represented in the list below too are roles that need softer but still core interdisciplinary conservation skills sets.  These include Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust’s ‘Skills Training Officer’, and the Diocese of Oxford’s ‘Assistant Church Buildings Officer’.

‘More striking in this recent listing is the emphatically proactive role described by the Lake District National Park Authority for its ‘Strategy and Partnership Adviser: Conservation Officer’.

This aim of the role is to ‘take forward conservation area enhancements, managing the conservation area appraisal and management plan process whilst working with consultants to deliver them’.

Self-evidently, this requires a skills set particularly focused on regeneration and development, and needs core competences often dangerously sidelined in current training and policy initiatives from some national heritage agencies.’

The full recent listing is as follows:

The IHBC Jobs etc service reaches a uniquely diverse heritage network of practitioners and advisers from different specialist backgrounds, including architects, planners, engineers, archaeologists, historians, builders, contractors, academics and many more!

IHBC Jobs etc offers:

  • Special reductions for posts specifying skills in conservation (10%) and heritage (5%)
  • Additional reductions for charities (25%)
  • Even more reductions for bulk sales (just ask!)
  • Free cross-promotion in IHBC’s HESPR ‘Weekly News and tender Alert’, where relevant
  • Weekly IHBC Jobs etcfeature on the ever popular IHBC NewsBlogs
  • Circulation data feedback as standard.

IHBC Jobs etc reaches:

  • 2000+ specialist interests (IHBC members and non-members) by personal email
  • Feature page, illustration and summary on the IHBC Jobs etc website, with c.34,000 page visits/month
  • IHBC website homepage scroll (c.300,000 page visits/month)
  • IHBC’s social networks (c.16,000 core users; c.25,000 extended links)

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See the full list on the IHBC Jobs etc service

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