Graduate Trainee Position at Historic Scotland

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Historic Environment Scotland’s Heritage Directorate is offering the opportunity for an enthusiastic and self-motivated graduate to become involved in the following areas of activity over a 12-month period:

  • Evaluating the significance of Historic buildings, archaeological sites and landscapes for statutory designation.
  • Advising owners, local communities and public bodies about how to manage listed buildings and scheduled monuments
  • Planning responses, regulation and legislative work, such as Listed Building Consent applications, Environmental Impact Assessments and/or evaluating Scheduled Monument Consent applications on archaeological sites
  • Research and management for HES’s archaeology grants programme
  • Identifying, recording and curating historic environment information

They are looking for a self-motivated and organised individual, who works well as part of a team and has a good general understanding of Scotland’s historic environment, its protection and management. The Graduate Trainee Heritage Officer post is a 12 month fixed term appointment. This is a development opportunity for a graduate with an appropriate degree in a field directly relevant to heritage management, such as archaeology, planning, conservation, architectural history or architecture, who wishes to gain work experience in the historic environment.

The salary for the post will be £20,063 per annum.

The successful candidate will be expected to start in December 2019.

How to Apply

Applications should be made by emailing your CV along with a short test paper as outlined below to: HMEnquiries@hes.scot. Please title your email as “graduate application”. Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 8 November 2019. Please send any enquiries about this opportunity to the same email address.

Test paper:

Question 1:

Historic Environment Scotland published a new policy in April 2019, titled Historic Environment Policy for Scotland (HEPS). This document sets out 6 polices for managing the historic environment. In no more than 200 words please provide an example of a how your studies and experience contribute or relate to the approach to decision-making set out in HEPS.

Question 2:

The drafting of Historic Environment Policy for Scotland (HEPS) was informed by public opinion from the What’s Your Heritage? campaign and stakeholder engagement. In no more than 200 words please provide an example of an aspect of heritage such as a building or monument that you feel strongly about and discuss what it personally means to you.

About the Organisation

Historic Environment Scotland is charged with the objective of ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation in building a successful future for Scotland. Its functions include management and presentation to the public of over 300 monuments in its own care, and also helping other owners to preserve and maintain their properties.

Overview of the Team

The Heritage Directorate is responsible for assessing historic environment assets for designation and for advising on the management of change to them. Designation encompasses listed buildings, scheduled monuments and historic marine protected areas, the Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and the Inventory of historic battlefields. They also provide advice and make decisions on proposals which might affect important elements of the historic environment. This can be advice to owners, land managers, developers and the public, as well as advice and decision-making within statutory regimes, especially the planning process. Staff in heritage Directorate also run the Archaeology Programme (grants and contracts), play a lead role in delivering Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy and are responsible for surveying recording and collecting information, including curation of the National Record of the Historic Environment and the National Collection of Aerial Photography.

Their staff come from a wide range of backgrounds, including archaeology, planning, architecture and architectural history.