Conservation Advisor

Historic Environment Scotland
Full Time
Edinburgh EH9
£43,960 - £49,953 a year
Posted 1 day ago
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£43,960 - £49,953

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Edinburgh, Scotland, EH9 1SH

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Job summary

Thank you for your interest in the post of Conservation Advisor (Grants Team) with Historic Environment Scotland, based at Longmore House. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment.

As the technical adviser for the Grants Team’s repair grants activity, the Conservation Advisor will play an integral role in enabling grantees to deliver high-quality conservation and repair outcomes whilst ensuring that we deliver excellent customer service. To be successful in this role, you will be a Conservation Accredited Architect with strong technical expertise and a collaborative, customer-oriented approach.

Job description

The Grants Conservation Advisor will be based in the Grants Team within the External Relations and Partnerships Directorate. The team and wider Directorate has a remit that includes strategy and policy development, research and intangible cultural heritage, international working, equalities, community engagement and economic development, grants, fundraising, the Chief Executive’s Office and the delivery of Our Place in Time – a strategy that sets out a 10-year vision for the historic environment of Scotland to 2024.

This in an exciting time to join the Grants Team. Having recently launched a suite of new grants programmes, our grants capacity is more accessible and flexible than ever before. Key changes we have made include a provision for grant awards for emergency and ancillary works, where up to £25,000 can be made available for small works packages that would not have been prioritised for funding before. More information is available here:

The Conservation Advisor will be responsible for providing expert advice on both these small-scale awards and on awards of up to £500,000. Working alongside our highly-experienced Grants Officers, the Conservation Advisor will be expected to work in a collaborative, pro-active and professional manner that ensures best value for HES’ investment.

This post will build upon years of successful collaboration between the Grants Team, our District Architects and other technical colleagues to assess applications and support grantees in developing successful projects that build the resilience of Scotland’s historic environment whilst delivering wider social, economic and environmental outcomes.

The Conservation Advisor is a dynamic role that will require a combination of technical expertise and effective communication and stakeholder management skills. As the Grants Team’s technical expert, you will provide technical advice, support and leadership relating to our repair grant activity. This will involve a significant amount of collaborative, cross-directorate working to oversee the technical expert advice process as well as regular communications with grantees and their professional advisers.

In line with our requirement for grantee professional advisers to be Conservation Accredited, the Conservation Architect is required to possess Conservation Accreditation.

Person specification

Key responsibilities, duties and objectives

  • Providing expert advice and undertaking the Technical Advisory process directly for a defined caseload of repair grant applications and live projects, including emergency and ancillary works.
  • Providing advice and support to Grants Team in handling/communicating technical information to grantee professional teams
  • On complex cases at the top level of grant aid, acting in collaboration with HES’ District Architects to provide technical advice
  • Developing and maintaining and library of internal and external guidance, policies and templates relating to repair grants and the Grants Technical Advisory process
  • Monitoring and reporting on performance targets relating to repair grants and the Technical Advisory process
  • Playing a key advisory role for repair-related project under wider grant programmes, including Heritage & Place, City Heritage Trusts and the Partnership Fund


We welcome applications from all nationalities, ensuring that they have the right to work in the UK and applying for a job with us could open the door to a unique work environment. It could also give you job satisfaction and excellent development opportunities, plus a competitive salary, 25 days paid holidays (rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service) and 11.5 public holidays a year – pro rata for part time staff.

In addition, we offer a great benefits package to our employees which includes:

  • flexible working hours (where appropriate)
  • special leave
  • maternity/paternity leave
  • adoption leave
  • reimbursement for relevant professional subscriptions
  • support for further education and personal development
  • study leave for work related courses
  • access to a learning resource centre

Health and welfare

We offer you access to:

  • our Employee Assistance Programme – for confidential advice and counselling
  • an occupational sick pay scheme
  • discounts at some local authority leisure facilities
  • interest free loans for bicycles and annual travel passes (see ‘season ticket’ below)
  • reasonable adjustments when needed, as part of our Equalities policy

Staff discounts

You will receive:

  • free entry to all of our properties (with up to three guests)
  • free entry to English Heritage, Manx and Cadw properties
  • 20% off purchases in our retail outlets

Season tickets

You can receive an advance to help with the cost of buying an annual season ticket for travel between home and work. The advance is then repaid from your salary over the life of the season ticket. Available to all permanent and fixed-term staff.

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Selection process details

You can apply on-line by visiting our website at

Guidance on completing the application can be found in the ‘Guidance notes for applicants’ document, also available at the above website, which we recommend that you read, in conjunction with this Job Description.

Your application must arrive by the advertised closing date. Please note that when applying online, we will only be able to see your application once you fully submit it.

If you are unable to complete an online application form, please email [email protected], quoting the job title and recruitment reference, and we will arrange for an application form to be sent to you.

Please note that, as we operate an electronic recruitment system, we will contact you via the email address that you provide in your application to inform you of the outcome of your application.

For further information about the post, please contact Susan O'Connor, Head of Grants, via email at susan.o’[email protected]

We welcome all applicants from under-represented groups within HES. We know from our equality monitoring that we need to increase our diversity in terms of ethnicity and disability. We also want to address occupational areas where the ratio is disproportionately in favour of women or men. We ask all applicants to complete the Equality Monitoring section of the recruitment paperwork to help us pursue a diverse and inclusive workforce. In support of our Gaelic language plan we welcome applications from Gaelic speakers.

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Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
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