Conservation Assistant, National Trust


What it's like to work here

A rare gem of a Jacobean country house, Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant as an impressive statement of wealth and power. Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the interiors and contents gradually succumbed to the ravages of time.

What you'll be doing

As a Conservation Assistant, you’ll be working with a great housekeeping team in an incredible place, helping with the day-to-day cleaning and care of the collections. No detail will go unnoticed, and you’ll keep a keen eye on everything from the environmental conditions in a room, to signs of wear and tear. You’ll keep accurate records too.

In this visitor facing role, we’d love you to talk to visitors about the work you’re doing, and the collections we have. You'll also be part of the wider team of employees and volunteers, helping to cover where necessary.

Who we're looking for

We'd love to hear from you if you have;

    • A keen interest in history, historic properties and conservation of their collections

    • Previous experience as a Trainee Conservation Assistant or equivalent

    • A good understanding of preventive conservation

    • Knowledge of the approach required when working with fragile historic collections as well as Health & Safety and emergency procedures

    • Good manual dexterity and eye-to-hand skills and ability to work from ladders and tower scaffold

    • The ability to support volunteers to perform at their best

    • Good interpersonal and communication skills, and are a great team player

    • A willingness to undertake continuing professional development and personal skills development and have an enthusiasm to learn

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