The job of a Conservation Officer
Those involved with Conservation ensure the heritage assets of the local authority are preserved, managed, enhanced, and promoted to the best of their capabilities.
Conservation professionals often act in an advisory capacity (both written and verbal) to inform and influence different audiences such as their colleagues, landowners/ managers, local authorities, planners, neighbourhood planning groups, and members of the public.
The role of a Conservation Officer involves:
- Offering pre-application advice on the location
- Raising issues that may affect listed buildings
- Defining and protecting conservation areas
- Providing technical advice on planning applications
- Involvement with regeneration projects
- Planning and supervising long-term environmental projects
- Assisting with enforcement action to protect threatened buildings and conservation areas
- Preparing conservation reports
Qualifications & Experience
To enter the conservation sector you will need a relevant degree in order to become a conservation officer and then move up the career ladder.
- HND or degree in architecture, history, conservation or similar subjects.
- IHBC Chartership – Institute of Historic Building Conservation
Another way to enter the profession without a degree is to build up a substantial amount of work experience as a volunteer for example.
Salary & Benefits
Permanent contract: £22k – 60k
Contractors: £22 – £50 per hour
Our Conservation Officer jobs
We work with various Public Sector organisations across the UK providing Local Authorities with Conservation Officers and other industry professionals.