Preventive Conservation Internship

National Trust for Scotland, United Kingdom

Reference: IIP1602

Stipend: UKP17,000

This 12-month internship is hosted by the National Trust for Scotland, supported by the Trust's Bute Memorial Fund and managed in partnership with Icon.

The Bute/Icon internship is an exceptional opportunity for an emerging professional. The Trust is Scotland's leading conservation charity, with an extensive portfolio of built heritage sites, from castles and country houses to cottages, working historic environments and modern museum facilities. Material culture collections are on open display at more than 50 of these properties,and their care is the responsibility of the Trust's Collections Conservation Service. Our emphasis is on a collaborative approach rooted in strategy, preventive conservation principles and practice.

The Trust is currently in the process of delivering an Emergency Planning for Collections project and the Bute/Icon intern will work closely with the Project Manager to deliver and embed sound emergency management strategies such as collections-focussed plans and training. There will be opportunities to develop and build on emergency support networks with other heritage organisations in Scotland and the UK. This is a rare opportunity to gain deep knowledge of Emergency Planning and Management and exists for this year only.

Alongside this project work the Bute/Icon intern will have the opportunity to be involved with the delivery of preventive conservation activities (light management, IPM, environmental monitoring and control etc.) to further embed and raise standards at Trust properties. An important and stimulating part of the internship will be to help deliver conservation training events for Trust staff and volunteers.

The Bute/Icon intern will be based at the Trust's Head Office in Edinburgh. From here, they will join conservation projects and activities throughout the Trust according to a mutually agreed workplan. Overnight stays in various parts of Scotland should be anticipated, and will be funded separately by the Trust.

Requirements: The successful applicant will have a recognised conservation qualification and will actively be seeking a career in preventive conservation or conservation management. S/he will relish working in Scotland, and be a highly-motivated, reliable and resourceful individual with outstanding interpersonal skills.

Strong IT and sound personal organisational skills are essential, as well as an ability to work at heights. A full UK / EU driving licence and vehicle are essential.

Application deadline:
01 July 2016

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