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Vacancy: Conservation Projects Officer

Nicholas Hotham

11th March 2019

Nicholas Hotham

Edinburgh World Heritage is looking to appoint a Conservation Projects Officer to play a key role in the conservation of our remarkable historic city.

Our Conservation Funding Programme, funded by Historic Environment Scotland, helps to retain the authenticity and integrity of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. We offer grants to owners and organisations to help improve the condition of their building or public space. The programme also supports traditional skills, empowers communities and improves people’s sense of ownership for the historic environment.

We are involved in a diverse range of projects including tenements, shopfronts and major historic set- pieces as well as a programme to future-proof our heritage against the effects of climate change and poor maintenance. The Conservation Projects Officer will support the delivery of these projects, as well as work with people and communities to ensure that they are fully engaged.

We are an independent charity with the aim of ensuring the city’s World Heritage status is a dynamic force that benefits everyone. Our mission is to connect people to their heritage in everything we do – whether through the conservation of historic buildings, delivering improvements to the public realm, or engaging people directly with the rich heritage of their city.


To support the successful delivery of the Conservation Funding Programme projects.


1. Support the delivery of key conservation projects

2. Advance the future-proofing our heritage programme

3. Strengthen engagement with people and communities

4. Ensure high level of quality control on all project grant documentation


Full-time for a fixed term to 31st March 2021



Annual leave

25 days

Main Duties

  • Provide organisational support to the EWH Conservation Architect & Grants Manager and EWHGrants and Projects Team.
  • Ensure that all project grant management aspects, including grant offers and legal documents, arecompliant at every stage of the project cycle.
  • Support the Grants Manager with programme management and develop appropriate systems tofacilitate monitoring of multiple individual CFP projects.
  • Prepare project progress reports and evaluation to inform Board Committee, funders and strategy.
  • Build relationships with the community and provide advice and support.
  • Assist the Grants Manager to guide professional advisors, contractors and other stakeholders onscope of works and specification of conservation work.
  • Ensure before and after photos are up-to-date.
  • Advance future-proofing our heritage programme.
  • Assist EWH colleagues to prepare communications, publicity and events around the projects.
  • Contribute to the wider EWH agenda by applying expertise to other parts of our organisation.

Skills & experience

  • Educated to a degree level in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience of supporting delivery of projects, ideally involving built heritage.
  • Knowledge of project administration or grant management systems and processes.
  • Experience of providing clear, accurate advice, ideally to wide range of stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of traditional building skills and materials would be an advantage.
  • Understanding of maintenance of historic buildings would be an advantage.

Behaviours & abilities

  • Passionate about Edinburgh’s built heritage.
  • Exceptional organisational and planning skills, able to maintain administrative systems andprocesses for managing documentation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage effectively with a broad range of peopleface-to-face and in writing.
  • Resilient, able to solve complex problems by identifying creative solutions.
  • Able to compile and analysis data.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Excellent time manager, able to manage a number of complicated tasks simultaneously and deliver to deadlines.

Full job description

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5pm on Friday 29th March 2019

Please complete the Application Form and send it to us with a CV and covering letter in support of your application.

Applications should be sent by email to Kay Marwick, Business & Office Manager at

Further details are available by contacting