We are seeking a highly organised Objects Conservator to join our Objects and Outdoor Heritage Team, based at our labs in Chatswood, Sydney.  Use your hands-on conservation and project management skills in a wide variety of site-based heritage and art projects.  Salary commensurate with experience in the range of $62,808 - $78,672 plus 9.5% superannuation.  This full-time position is available in January 2021.

International Conservation Services (ICS) is Australia’s largest private conservation practice.  We conserve a wide range of cultural and heritage objects and artefacts including paintings, furniture, textiles, paper, sculpture, archaeological artefacts and wall finishes in buildings.


This role requires a combination of hands-on conservation skills and project management of conservation work.  It may suit applicants with transferable skills from other related professions.

The main responsibilities are for developing conservation methodologies in collaboration with team members, quoting, and undertaking all technical aspects of conservation.  Other responsibilities include project planning and implementation, budget and time management, subcontractor coordination, writing project reports and liaising with clients.  The Objects Conservator supports the preparation of tenders and submissions, and advises on the management of site-based WHS risks.  In addition, they develop and maintain excellent relations with clients, and contribute to smooth team functioning.


Conservation work undertaken by the Objects and Outdoor Heritage Team includes a wide range of work for public institutions and private clients covering heritage sites, sculptures, monuments and memorials, heritage interiors, artworks, metal objects, organic and plastic objects, ceramics, stone and glass objects, and archaeological and industrial artefacts.  The team also regularly consults on and writes condition assessments, maintenance plans and treatment proposals.


Site-based conservation and heritage projects form a significant component of the work, with a requirement for both hands-on technical and project management skills. Site-based projects include conservation of heritage objects and materials in or on buildings, engineering structures, ruins, monuments, and outdoor artworks.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Hands-on skills as an Objects Conservator, with a strong background in outdoor heritage (experience in public art or building conservation will be highly regarded)
  • At least 2 years experience as an Objects Conservator after graduation with a relevant degree (additional work experience in a related profession will be highly regarded)
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to foster client relationships and engage in networking to promote future work opportunities
  • Membership of an appropriate professional organisation, or eligibility to apply for membership.
  • Australian citizenship or residency is preferred; ICS may consider visa sponsorship of an appropriately qualified international applicant.
  • Drivers licence (or eligible)

What we offer:

In return for your hard work and professionalism, you will be entitled to a range of benefits including:

  • A generous annual professional development allowance
  • Mobile phone for business and personal use
  • Great working environment and people
  • Flexible working arrangements

Salary will be commensurate with experience in the range of AUD$62,808 - $78,672 plus 9.5% superannuation.

Download the Position Description and Selection Criteria:  PD Objects Conservator 201124

Submit your application using the online application form.

Your application must include a detailed resume, two referee contacts from current or previous employers, and a covering letter outlining why you believe you are suited for this job. Please refer to the selection criteria on the final page of the position description.

For further information contact Ruth Thompson by email: r.thompson@icsconservation.com

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

Objects & Outdoor Heritage
Full time
Early-mid career
$62,808 - $78,672

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