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Job Title:     Project Conservator
Organisation:     Clandon Park - National Trust
Salary:     £36,880 p.a.
Type:     Full-Time Position
Location:     Wisley, Surrey, England
Closing Date:     Monday, July 24th, 2017
Job Ref No:     IRC53887
Job Description:
Project Conservator
Contract: Permanent, f/t (37.5 hrs pw)
Location: Wisley

Since the devastating fire at Clandon Park in 2015, our team have been working tirelessly to protect and plan the restoration of this Grade 1 listed house. The salvage of the collection and architectural material is now complete and in safe storage. Following the completion of the Conservation Plan, we are now looking for a permanent Project Conservator to support the major and complex task of conserving the collection and the restoration and reconstruction of Clandon Park, the largest and most significant restoration project ever undertaken by the National Trust.

What it's like to work here
Clandon Park, an 18th-century mansion, originally built by a Venetian architect for Lord Onslow in the 1720s, was hit by a devastating fire in April 2015. The fire caused extensive damage but luckily some of its significant features and items survived the blaze. Our plans for Clandon are ambitious, but they will honour its history as well as breathing new life into it. This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in this property to share the story of with the thousands of people who have supported Clandon, both before and since the fire.

What you'll be doing
As a key member of the project team, you’ll be working with a large team of specialists, internal and external, all collaborating closely to bring about this unprecedented and highly planned project. Working alongside the Project Manager, Project Curator, and visitor engagement specialists, you’ll advise on treatment options and prioritisation primarily of collection objects. Commissioning of specialist reports and feasibility studies from conservation consultants and contractors and the monitoring of their work on and off site. The work will also involve the writing of some specifications and the reviewing of tenders.

Our project aims to deliver the highest standards of conservation, protection, care and advice for not only the paintings and decorative art collection at Clandon, but also the historic fabric of the building. You’ll work with others to deliver this aim to the highest standards, such as the Arts Council England Museum Accreditation to ensure we are working to the highest level possible. You’ll need to work as part of a team of multi-disciplinary specialists, managing internal and external communications to ensure the project is collaborative. You’ll need to ensure we reach wider than the National Trust, so you’ll share your passion and work with our visitors and wider heritage community in a variety of engaging and inspiring ways.

Who we're looking for
It’s a big challenge, and in order to be successful in this role you’ll need to have the right attitude, skills and experience. In order to be considered, we’d like you to be:

• An enthusiastic, experienced and knowledgeable conservator of cultural heritage with up-to-date understanding of innovations in preventive and remedial conservation
• Professionally qualified, with knowledge and experience of conservation philosophy and in the conservation of historic collections and building fabric
• Aligned to our aims and ambitions, understanding the balance of conservation and access
• Comfortable challenging conventional thinking and be proactive in championing bold ideas
• Passionate about making our properties, places and collections – with a particular focus on Clandon - ever more relevant and engaging for our diverse audience
• Experienced in treatment conservation of objects and furnishings, particularly interiors
• Experience of working collaboratively on a large scale project, or within a multi-disciplinary team with varied stakeholders
• Management skills relating to contractors, staff and volunteers
• Excellent organisational skills with an ability to balance conflicting priorities and demands
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with a wide variety of audiences, making use of different channels / media, including online publication

The Package

Looking after you
• Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
• Pension contribution match up to 10%
• EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
• Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career
• Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
• Develop your skills with an internal secondment
• Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
• Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us
• Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
• Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
• 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
• Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking
Application Instructions:
Closing date: 24th July 2017
Interview date 9th August 2017

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