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Conservation Officer, Maidenhead - 1 Year post

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is the international organisation responsible for preserving the many cemeteries and memorials that commemorate the sacrifices made by the Commonwealth forces in the two world wars. Our work extends across 150 countries around the world.

As we reach our centenary , and the construction of our iconic cemeteries and memorials, we are looking for a Conservation Officer, based at our Head Office in Maidenhead, to provide assistance and support to the Director of Works and the Consultancy Services department. Their 1 year role will be to deliver the organisational change required across the Commission to enable us to manage our estate in line with conservation philosophy and practice.

Knowledge and understanding of conservation Charters, legislation and current  philosophy is required, together with a relevant degree or equivalent qualification. The successful candidate will use their experience of working in the Conservation sector  to assist with the delivery of the Consultancy Services business plan. A sound knowledge of the maintenance needs of historic structures would be desirable and the ability to prioritise and problem solve is also key to the role.

Excellent verbal , written communication skills and a strong administrative and organisational ability will help to build productive working relationships, whilst working both independently and as part of a team.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

To assist with the delivery of the Consultancy Services Business plan, including:
• providing technical and administrative support in the development and writing of policy and guidance;
• writing practical guidance material for CWGC Works staff, following conservation principles
• support the training programme for Area staff (based across our international estate);  including presenting workshop sessions/toolbox talks on new guidance.
• assist with the planning and delivery of the annual Works Conference, including arranging facilities, liaising with staff attending etc.
• collect and present data on the condition of the Estate, from the Condition surveys carried out by Area staff.

To provide administrative and technical support to the Consultancy Services team in the delivery of the Conservation Management Plan (CMP) programme.  Including: 
• Assisting with tendering and selection process for CMP consultants;
• co-ordinate CMP meetings with consultants and CWGC stakeholders;
• monitor progress of CMP against programme, including following up consultants and staff for feedback, documentation etc. to ensure deadlines are met;
• Provide technical and practical support to Areas in the production of Conservation Statements; including undertaking research in CWGC archive; 
• Provide technical support and advice to Areas in regards to conservation queries and matters arising from the Area Condition Survey programme.

To co-ordinate and manage the Heritage Champion network.  Including:
• arranging meetings, taking minutes, circulating documents;
• maintaining regular contact with Heritage Champions;
• gathering and sharing 'best practice' information with the group;
• writing articles for the CWGC internal Intranet (The Hub).

Project Management

• Providing technical and administrative support to the Director of Works in the planning and delivery of Conservation Projects. 
• Liaising with specialist consultants, architects and stakeholders.

Other duties

• Set up and manage the library of policies and information on the Hub.
• Establish a database of CWGC protected sites across the world.
• Network and build effective relationships and contacts internally and externally to the Commission.
• May be required to travel abroad and in the UK.

Salary starts at £27,820 with excellent Group Pension Plan, generous annual leave and childcare voucher scheme.

A full job description can be found here and a fact sheet is also available here.

To apply for this new and exciting role  please send your application letter, stating what you feel you bring to the post , together with your CV to

The closing date is  1st July 2016 at 9 a.m. and interviews will take place in Maidenhead the week commencing 4th July.