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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Institute of Historic Building Conservation
Chartered Institute of Building
Royal Institute of British Architects
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Conservation Accreditation Register for Engineers
The Institute of Conservation
The Institution of Civil Engineers
The Institution of Structural Engineers
The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists
Council on Training in Architectural Conservation
Construction Industry Training Board
National Heritage Training Group
The Heritage Skills Initiative (run by the North of England Civic Trust) careers guide
Generation H - a Europa Nostra project bringing together young professionals working in the heritage sector
The National Association of Women in Construction