We have an opening for an experienced Senior Objects Conservator to join our Objects and Built Heritage Team in a full-time role.  Based at our labs in Chatswood, Sydney, use your hands-on conservation, small team management and project management skills in a wide variety of site and lab based projects.  Salary commensurate with experience in the range of $88,920 – $102,228 plus 11% superannuation.

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 features a combination of hands-on conservation and project management of conservation jobs in a variety of settings.  Projects include conservation of heritage objects and materials in or on buildings, industrial structures, ruins, monuments, individual objects and public art.

You will be responsible for developing and advising on 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 Senior 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, corporate 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.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Hands-on skills as an Objects Conservator (experience in public art or building conservation will be highly regarded)
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team environment
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills, including detailed report writing
  • 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:

  • Huge variety of type and scale of projects
  • 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 $88,920 – $102,228 plus 11% superannuation.

Download the position description and submit your application using the online application form on the ICS website.

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 Richard Silink by email: r.silink@icsconservation.com

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

Objects & Built Heritage
Full time, ongoing
$88,920 – $102,228 plus 11% superannuation
Currently open

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