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Project Conservator - Petersfield

The National Trust
Petersfield, Hampshire
38,961 pa
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Project Conservator - Petersfield


We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Project Conservator to join our consultancy team working at Uppark House and Garden. A key member of the project delivery team, you'll provide support and expertise in all aspects of preventive conservation throughout a complex programme of works at Uppark, from June 2024.

Hours: Full time 37.5 hours per week, there will be an opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements which strike the right balance for you and the Trust.

Salary: £38,961pa

Contract: 12 month fixed term contract

Interviews: 22nd Maywe would prefer to conduct face to face interviews, however we can accommodate virtual interviews for those who would like to apply but live outside of the area and would relocate for this role. We may interview earlier for the right candidate so we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about this role please contact:

Please include a covering letter (no more than 1 page of A4) with your application outlining what key experience and practical skills make you the ideal candidate to take our aspirations forward. 

What it's like to work here

Working closely with project, property and regional consultancy teams you'll help to deliver a sustainable and long term vision for this beautiful site that sits deep within the South Downs National Park. In this role you'll be line managed by General Manager but you'll work most closely with the Project Manager and colleagues as part of a multi-disciplinary project team, including collections and facilities managers, building contractors, engineers, architects.

Your contractual place of work is Uppark House and Garden.

What you'll be doing

You’ll lead on the project's conservation aspects, commission and supervise internal and external conservation services and expertise as required.

You’ll make sure that standard processes are followed for any works to historic interiors, and that all collections are protected throughout. You’ll develop positive and productive working relationships with all relevant parties and stakeholders. And you’ll apply your technical expertise, creativity and innovation to support and achieve the aims of the project, while championing conservation throughout.

You'll connect with and be supported by the Trust's conservator job family, with the opportunity to contribute to the long term conservation work of the Trust and build relationships across the organisation.

Who we're looking for

We’d love to hear from you if you’re:

  • an Icon (Institute of Conservation)-accredited conservator, or you have relevant experience gained while working towards accreditation
  • able to work quickly and make clear, pragmatic decisions to prioritise tasks in complex situations
  • confident using document management systems and processes to monitor programmes
  • able to commission, support and monitor remedial conservation work
  • a confident communicator, good at working with a wide range of people both internally and externally
  • focused on giving a great service to your clients, using your skills to understand, influence, negotiate and find solutions
  • adept at managing your time, costs and quality with a busy and varied workload, with some experience of managing small projects
  • a champion of inclusion, who helps support everyone to feel welcome.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

• Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

• Free entry to National Trust places for you, a guest and your children (under 18)

• Tax-free childcare scheme

• Rental deposit loan scheme

• Season ticket loan

• EV car lease scheme 

• Perks at work discounts such as gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts

• Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.

• Flexible working whenever possible

• Employee assistance programme

• Free parking at most Trust places

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.


The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.

Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.

The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.

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