Built Heritage Consultant, Place Services - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £36,779 per annum - pay award pending
Closing date: 10 Apr 2023
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 11855
Role: Environments and Public Services
About the role

Built Heritage Consultant, Place Services

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £36,779 per annum - pay award pending

Location: Countywide

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 10th April 2023

Place Services is at the forefront of environmental consultancy in the public sector, and integral to our success are our people. Our purpose is to support public sector organisations to deliver their role in sustainable development. The growth of our service means we are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and versatile historic buildings specialist to join our Historic Environment team.

The growth of our service means we are seeking a highly-motivated, enthusiastic and versatile historic buildings specialist to join us. We are looking for resourceful and creative people, who will relish the opportunity to develop and share their ideas and expertise, contributing to the collective intelligence of our team, and our clients.

The key responsibility of this role is to contribute to the effective technical delivery of our built heritage specialism. We offer a unique post which is one of the most diverse in the sector, providing a range of experience across a broad geographic area. You will form part of a team operating out of Chelmsford, which act as conservation advisers to local planning authorities in Essex, London, Hertfordshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire. As well as providing conservation advice to local planning authorities, you will undertake a diverse range of project work.

Reporting to the Principal Built Heritage Consultant you will assist in ensuring effective technical and commercial delivery of our built heritage specialism. You will help deliver a varied workload including the provision of conservation advice to local planning authorities, and a diverse range of built heritage project work.

We offer the opportunity for you to develop your expertise as part of a performance-driven team of dedicated professionals, in a region with a rich and varied historic environment. We invest in and are committed to the development of our staff, fully funding membership of both the IHBC and CIfA, as well as providing funded training to individuals throughout the year.

The role will involve flexible working and potentially home-based working.

Typical aspects of this role include:

  • Provision of conservation advice (role of conservation officer) to at least one local authority through written responses and meetings (including on site and virtually);
  • Production of/contribution to conservation area appraisals and design guidance;
  • Cross working with our archaeological specialists;
  • Joint working with our Natural and Built Environment teams within Place Services;
  • Production of/contribution to Built Heritage Statements and Conservation Management Plans and contribution to our diverse project work.

Essential Criteria:

  • Educated to postgraduate level in building conservation (or related discipline) with demonstrable professional experience, or to degree level in building conservation (or related discipline) with significant built heritage experience;
  • Has or working towards full membership of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC);
  • A minimum of two years relevant work experience as a built heritage specialist in either the private or public sector;
  • Good knowledge of guidance, legislation and planning policy pertaining to the historic environment;
  • Good level of technical experience and knowledge of building conservation/historic buildings, including: site analysis, researching and preparing evidence base reports, and experience of development management and listed building consent proposals;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, including report writing and presentation, allied with confident and professional interpersonal skills; 
  • Good project management skills, including ability to prioritise work whilst maintaining focus on key projects or activities, within tightly defined timescales.

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Comprehensive CPD is available with the role, including access to our annual programme of Traditional Building Skills, Conservation courses and lectures: https://www.placeservices.co.uk/courses/

For an informal discussion please contact the Historic Environment Manager, Tim Murphy tim.murphy@essex.gov.uk / 0333 032 0847.

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

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