Careers advice

Although developing a career in historic building conservation can sometimes be challenging, it can lead to hugely satisfying and varied work. Many job roles rely on a particular skill set and often require specific training or qualifications.

The types of jobs available in historic building conservation can be broadly categorised as follows:

  • Specialists, e.g. building surveyors, architects, conservators, engineers, conservation officers, building archaeologists, consultants, caseworkers, estate/facilities managers etc.
  • Crafts, e.g. masons, carpenters, plasterers, roofers, bricklayers, thatchers, ironworkers, glaziers, timber framers etc.
  • Support, e.g. project management and administration, HR and finance, fundraising and grants, education and training, PR and Communications, Media and IT, visitor services, volunteer management etc.
  • Education, training and research, e.g. researchers and buildings/material scientists, lecturers, tutors on training courses, education staff at heritage sites etc.

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