We are seeking a highly organised Senior Conservation Manager Conservator to join our Melbourne Team, based at our labs in Abbotsford, Melbourne.  This role will suit someone with a background in heritage conservation, who likes to do hands-on work with a variety of materials and projects, and who enjoys working outdoors with occasional travel. Salary commensurate with experience in the range of 102,228 - $114,096 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.


The Senior Conservation Manager manages and mentors staff in the Melbourne division of ICS.  You will be responsible for building trust, communication, team cohesion and productivity.  You work with minimal supervision, in consultation with the ICS Executive Team.  Along with delivering profitable outcomes for the ICS Melbourne business division, you will also contribute to business development.

An important aspect of this role is to maintain an active and productive working relationship between the Melbourne and Sydney offices.  There is a strong focus on maintaining a good flow of internal and external communication.

Day to day activities include coordinating and advising on technical aspects of jobs, managing complex or difficult jobs, planning projects, authorising quotations and invoices within their delegation, budget management, and writing or reviewing project reports, and business development.  Preparation or oversight of complex quotations is a key responsibility, which includes advising on risks and contract deliverables.


Our Melbourne Team has a strong focus on archaeological conservation, as well as covering a broader range of projects including metal objects, sculptures, monuments and memorials, heritage interiors, organic and plastic objects, ceramics, stone and glass objects, and industrial artefacts.

Conservation work is conducted for a wide range of work for public institutions and private clients covering heritage sites, sculptures, monuments and memorials, 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.

In-house work is carried out on movable objects in a wide variety of materials and conditions.  On-site projects are focused on the conservation of heritage objects and materials in or on buildings, specialist finishes in buildings, engineering structures, outdoor artworks, monuments, ruins, etc.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum 8 years experience in heritage or conservation project management, or a closely related field
  • hands-on skills in one or more heritage or conservation disciplines (a strong background in building conservation, outdoor heritage or objects conservation 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
  • qualification in a relevant field
  • 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$102,228 - $114,096 plus 9.5% superannuation.

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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.

Melbourne Conservation Division
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$102,228 - $114,096

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