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ICS Sydney - International Conservation Services

heritage trades specialist


A full-time position is available for commencement in October 2018. Applications close on Tuesday 9 October 2018, and will be reviewed upon submission.

We are seeking a highly organised Heritage Trades Specialist to join our Objects and Outdoor Heritage Team, based at our labs in Chatswood, Sydney.


Responsibilities include developing appropriate conservation methodologies in collaboration with team members, quoting and undertaking all technical aspects of conservation.  Other key responsibilities include project planning and implementation, budget management, subcontractor coordination, writing project reports, guiding other team members, and liaising with clients.  The Heritage Trades Specialist supports the preparation of tenders and submissions, and advises on the management of site-based WHS risks.  In addition, they develop and maintain excellent relations with clients, and contribute to smooth team functioning. 

Conservation work undertaken by the Objects and Outdoor Heritage Team includes a wide range of work for public institutions and private clients covering heritage sites, sculptures, monuments and memorials, artworks, metal objects, organic and plastic objects, ceramics, stone and glass objects, and archaeological and industrial artefacts. The team also regularly consults on and writes condition assessments, maintenance plans and treatment proposals.


Site based conservation and heritage projects will form a significant component of the work, with a requirement for both project management and hands-on technical skills. On-site projects are focussed on the conservation of heritage objects and materials in or on buildings, engineering structures, monuments, outdoor artworks, ruins, etc. 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • minimum 5 years experience working in a heritage trade or closely related field
  • hands-on skills in one or more heritage or conservation disciplines (a strong background in a building conservation trade will be highly regarded)
  • strong organisational and time management skills
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team environment
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • ability to foster client relationships and engage in networking to promote future work opportunities
  • membership of an appropriate professional organisation, or eligibility to apply for membership
  • qualification in a relevant field
  • Australian citizenship or residency is required
  • NSW drivers licence (or eligible)

What we offer:

In return for your hard work and professionalism, you will be entitled to a range of benefits including:

  • annual professional development allowance
  • mobile phone
  • great working environment and people
  • flexible working arrangements 

Salary will be commensurate with experience in the range of AUD $68,040 to $90,840 plus 9.5% superannuation.

Please visit our website at www.icssydney.com for more information about our business.

Download a detailed position description:

Submit your application using this online application form 

Your application must include a detailed resume, two referee contacts from current or previous employers, and a covering letter outlining why you believe you are suited for this job. Please refer to the selection criteria on the final page of the position description.

For further information email Cecily Bickersteth, Finance and HR Manager.

Applications close Tuesday 9 October 2018, and will be reviewed upon submission.  

Posted September 2018.