Just over a year ago I posted about an exciting opportunity to gain paid work experience AND gain a heritage management qualification, all courtesy of the Prescot THI.
I’m back again to offer this same opportunity for another person who is looking to start a career in heritage management. The post is ‘Historic Environment Intern’ and the contract is a one-year paid training post at Knowsley Council. The Historic Environment Intern will work closely with me, the THI Officer, and the Principal Conservation Officer on all things heritage-related. The advert is here.
Our present Intern, Chris, is six months into his post with us (how time flies!) and is a good way through his course at the University of Central Lancashire: an MSc in Building Conservation and Regeneration.
He has also been a massive help with the Council’s conservation area appraisal and management plan programme, compiling the Borough’s first-ever ‘Local List’ of Buildings of Historic or Architectural Interest and on planning enforcement issues. There is still plenty of work for the next Intern to take on for 2015/16.
For the next internship we are looking for someone starting out in the field of conservation who would really benefit from both the work experience and gaining a qualification in the heritage field, and can manage their time to undertake both. We’re looking for the person who would benefit most from the training and experience to kick-start a career in conservation.
We feel that the qualification and work experience will provide a big boost to finding employment in the field of conservation. After about 3-4 years of there being hardly any heritage jobs advertised – public or private – outside of London and the Southeast, there has been a recent surge in heritage jobs being advertised across the country. The whole heritage sector seems to be getting back on its feet and there could well be exciting career opportunities on the horizon again. Our Internship is the third heritage job in Merseyside to be advertised this year!
The job advert doesn’t give a starting date, but that’s because we are quite flexible and can fit the start date to follow on from any full-time course or similar that you might already be committed to. Ideally you would start in August with your course starting in mid-September.
So what are you waiting for?! Get applying! Closing date: FRIDAY 6TH FEBRUARY