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Advert Date:   Tuesday, 2nd November 2021
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Job Title:   Conservator (Aviation and Technology)
Organisation:   National Museums Scotland
Salary:   £31,534 - £34,291 p.a.
Type:   Full-Time Position
Contract: 2 years
Location:   Edinburgh, Scotland
Closing Date:   Friday, 10th December 2021
Job Ref No:   NMS21/67
Other Benefits:membership of Civil Service pension scheme
  Job Description
We have an exciting opportunity at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian, Scotland for a competent Conservator, with a background in aviation conservation and restoration this post will support our Aviation Conservator and volunteers with the ongoing care and maintenance of our external aviation collection.
  Required Skills / Qualifications
As the successful candidate, you will have experience of working on aircraft and associated aviation collections. You will have an excellent understanding of material issues and treatments. As part of the conservation / restoration process you will be competent at dismantling and re-assembling complex objects with many mechanical parts. You will be aware of professional conservation standards and best practice. With a degree in a relevant subject, you will likely have a conservation qualification, or in the absence of formal qualifications you will be able to demonstrate relevant experience in an aviation context within the cultural heritage sector. You will be adept at problem solving, able to manage your time and work alone or with others, to meet deadlines. You will have experience of working with volunteers and leading and guiding them on practical projects. You will have strong communication and ICT skills.

This post is predominantly based at the National Museum of Flight, but the successful candidate will be expected to work at the other NMS sites when necessary. This post will involve occasional working at heights in an outdoor environment and a degree of manual handling. A driving licence will be required to operate the aircraft tug on site.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who enjoys practical projects and takes pride in their work. We would welcome applications from individuals looking for a secondment to broaden their knowledge and experience.
  Application Instructions
You will be required to produce a “relevant” portfolio of previous experience; this will be used as part of the interview process. For this interview we will expect an electronic copy of your portfolio 24 hours in advance of the interview. Interviews will be carried out in person at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, Haddington, East Lothian EH39 5LF.

You are provided with a job description and person specification for further detail about the post. To apply visit

The closing date for completed applications is 10th December 2021 at midnight. Please state reference number NMS21/67.

It is anticipated that the selection event will take place on 20th January 2022.

Please note that CVs are not considered as part of applications and will not be forwarded to the shortlisting process.

Please apply online via our website where you can find the Application Form and the Recruitment Pack.
Contact Name:   Martyna Klimek
Contact Tel:     0131 247 4094
Contact Fax:   0131 247 4314
Contact Email:
Address:   Chambers Street, Edinburgh.