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ICS Sydney - International Conservation Services

objects conservator


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 Objects Conservator to join our Objects and Outdoor Heritage Team, based at our labs in Chatswood, Sydney.


This role has a strong focus on the project management of conservation projects, and may suit applicants with transferable skills from other professions. 

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 Objects Conservator 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. Site-based projects include conservation of heritage objects and materials in or on buildings, engineering structures, ruins, monuments and outdoor artworks.  

The ideal candidate will have:

  • minimum 1 year experience as an Objects Conservator (an additional 5 years of relevant work experience in another profession will be highly regarded)
  • hands-on skills in one or more heritage or conservation disciplines (a strong background in building conservation or objects conservation 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 $55,320 to $75,672 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.