Serious about your staffing plans or career direction? Stay ahead with ‘IHBC Jobs etc.’: Roles like HES Designation Head call for conservation-related skills across UK’s public, private and third sectors!

To help employers and practitioners the IHBC regularly updates NewsBlog readers on the diverse career opportunities advertised on our ‘IHBC Jobs etc.’ service, and recent posts include a rich variety of roles from Scotland’s HES Head of Designation to a flurry of conservation-specific roles, so sign up for free alerts and ‘stay ahead’ with the IHBC’s ‘Jobs etc.’ service!

 … diverse career opportunities…

IHBC Director Sean O’Reilly said: ‘Our recent Jobs etc service posts again capture a familiarly wide spectrum of roles that range across all the skills areas encompassed in the IHBC Areas of Competence and the Conservation Cycle.  These areas are detailed in our MATE application support sessions and guidance, and reflect the integrated model we use to assess interdisciplinary competence in line with international conservation practice standards.’

… integrated model we use to assess interdisciplinary competence…

‘As well as the substantial and critical post of Head of Designations at HES to replace the IHBC member (and membership application assessor) Elizabeth McCrone, we can especially welcome a flurry of conservation-specific roles.’

… specific skills sets needed to secure conservation with confidence…

The striking titular focus on posts citing ‘conservation’ duties in this round is a useful re-affirmation and recognition of the specific skills sets needed to secure conservation with confidence.  It is also a welcome balance to some more generic titles that can distract from the specific skills that actually underpin so many roles tied to sustainable outcomes.

Specific references to conservation in posts of course centre on the title of ‘Conservation Officer’ (CO), as sought by Basingstoke and Deane, but also ‘Principal’ CO for South Kesteven and ‘Lead’ CO for Croydon.’

‘The wide spread of conservation skills across practice areas is also usefully captured in post titles such as the Heritage and Conservation Officer at Growth Lancashire; the Planning Officer – Conservation at Oldham; Dorset’s call for a Conservation and Design Officer, and Guildford’s less familiar use of it as a qualifier to a more mainstream planning post: ‘Policy Officer – Conservation’.

Unsurprisingly these jobs are from the public sector, and continue to show that the classic interdisciplinary Conservation Officer-style roles loom as large as ever, and so continue the demand for skills reaching right across the IHBC Areas of Competence.

… project-linked roles also remain important…

As we see so regularly these days too, project-linked roles also remain important – understandably in a time of restricted finance and a pandemic-heightened focus on outcomes supported by more interventionist approaches.  Such, for example, are the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) Project Officers sought for Lancaster City and at ‘King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

Softer connections to core conservation skills sets – and no less important in securing sustainable conservation outcomes – can be appreciated in the RPS call for an ‘Associate Director – Heritage Planning’, at Swansea Council’s ‘Senior Placemaking and Heritage Officer’, and Liverpool’s call for an Urban Design Officer.  This last is a promotion that is not common on our Jobs etc. service, but clearly its presence there acknowledge the unique multidisciplinary practice principles that tie the two areas so closely together, as well as the great value and reach it offers.

Two other posts deserve mention for the way they build on this same recognition of our combination of reach and value. Covent Garden Area Trust’s call for a part-time Planning & Heritage Consultant, which represents well both the flexibility needed in such roles (especially in our heritage thread of the construction sector that is so consistently under-valued and irregularly populated.  Kay Pilsbury Thomas Architects’ call for an Architect or Architectural Technologist/Technician also recognises the potential reach of the service across practice levels and areas.

And three other posts deserve special mention for the way they build on this same recognition of our combination of reach and value. The building inspector role in Stirling City Heritage Trust; Covent Garden Area Trust’s call for a part-time Planning & Heritage Consultant, and Kay Pilsbury Thomas Architects’ search for a suitably skilled Architect or Architectural Technologist/Technician all represent well the role our jobs service plays in the mainstream construction sector.

… very interesting early career opportunity…

Posts seeking more general roles in ecclesiastical contexts are also continuing, and include the call for a Diocesan Churches Inspector at the Diocese of St David’s, and the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) which seeks an ‘Assistant Support Officer – Church Historic Buildings’, a very interesting early career opportunity, and the only one at this level in this round of advertisements.

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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!

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