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objects conservator - melbourne


We welcome applications for this role on an ongoing basis, for either short-term or permanent employment. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

We are seeking a highly organised Objects Conservator with archaeological conservation experience to join our Objects and Outdoor Heritage Team.  This position is based at our lab in Abbotsford, Melbourne.


This role has a strong focus on archaeological conservation, the project management of conservation projects, and broader objects conservation opportunities from time to time.  The Objects Conservator coordinates a small Melbourne-based team of casual conservators, which varies in size according to project requirements.  

Responsibilities include developing appropriate conservation methodologies in collaboration with team members, quoting and undertaking all technical aspects of conservation.  The Objects Conservator is involved in project planning and implementation, budget management, subcontractor coordination, writing project reports, guiding other team members, and liaising with clients.  They support the preparation of tenders and submissions, and advise on the management of WHS risks.  In addition, they develop and maintain excellent relations with clients, and contribute to smooth team functioning. 

The role requires the ability to maintain excellent communication with the Sydney-based team. 

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 hands-on technical and project management skills. Site-based projects include conservation of heritage objects and materials in or on buildings, engineering structures, ruins, monuments and outdoor artworks.
This Melbourne-based role currently has a strong focus on archaeological conservation, with opportunities to work on a broader variety of conservation projects from time to time. 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • minimum 4 years experience as an Objects Conservator
  • hands-on skills as an Objects Conservator, with a strong background in archaeological conservation
  • 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 preferred; ICS may consider visa sponsorship of an appropriately qualified international applicant
  • Australian 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 $66,560 to $77,112 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 Ruth Thompson, Operations Manager.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.  

Updated May 2019.