Heritage officer

Heritage officers support teams to take care of buildings, monuments and places valued for their cultural and historical importance.

Potential salary
£18,500 to £48,000
Working hours
37 to 40 a week
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • administration skills
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

In a typical day you may:

  • inspect historic buildings and monuments to assess work to be completed
  • respond to queries and give advice to members of the public and organisations
  • research information using archives, heritage legislation and conservation standards
  • review building plans and engineering drawings
  • attend public events and present project proposals
  • write reports and produce project plans
  • make sure work meets project deadlines, budgets and conservation standards
  • communicate with conservation and planning officials
  • give technical advice to teams working on conservation projects

You could work in an office or visit sites.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and you may spend nights away from home.

With experience and continuous professional development you could become a heritage project manager, a senior inspector or heritage consultant.

To get promotion you may need to relocate to a new area or move between organisations in the public and private sector.

There are lots of opportunities for in-service training through organisations like the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

Data from National Careers Service.
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