Vacancy -- Conservation and Collections Adviser

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Economy, Skills and Natural Resources
CyMAAL (Museums, Arts, Archives, and Libraries)
HEO - £29,850 - £36,500
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Mid Wales, Pan Wales

Purpose of Post:

The purpose of the post is to act as a specialist adviser on collections and conservation issues to local museums, archive services and libraries, many of which do not have access to specialist conservation expertise, and to support and enable them to achieve professional standards. The post holder will also provide expert advice to colleagues within Welsh Government, and contribute to the development of policy and strategy in relation to collections.

Key tasks:

  • To provide sector support in relation to conservation and collections management to museums, archives and libraries across Wales
  • To provide museums and archive services with bespoke advice in relation to applications for Museum and Archive Service Accreditation; and to work with colleagues to review and assess applications for Museum and Archive Service Accreditation
  • To work closely with the Workforce and Skills Development Officer to deliver and/or commission specialist training events and activities related to collections care and management for staff and volunteers
  • To contribute to the development of future policy and strategy on collections care and management, including commissioning research and evaluation projects and storage solutions
  • To manage and administer the Welsh Government and the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust partnership, and advise on other funding issues as required
  • To foster and maintain a network of contacts in Wales and beyond and to facilitate knowledge exchange and sharing in relation to collections care and management, acting as first point of contact for collections issues within the Welsh Government, and represent Welsh Government on sector bodies and professional working groups
  • To support the administration of Government cultural property schemes in Wales e.g. the Government Indemnity Scheme, the Acceptance in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and Cultural Gifts schemes, and Conditional Exemption (training will be provided)
  • To prepare ministerial advice, corporate returns, and responses to Ministerial and other correspondence which relate to collections issues, and to attend Ministerial visits
  • To undertake appropriate professional development activities  to maintain the status of an  accredited conservator
  • To act as a line manager if required and to contribute to team management
  • Other duties, as agreed, as required appropriate to this post and grade

Development opportunities:

This is an interesting, demanding, exciting and rewarding role for a qualified conservator.  It provides the opportunity to work with local libraries, museums and archives services across Wales, many of which do not have access to in-house conservation services, and to support them to achieve high standards of collections care and management, and meet the requirements of professional standards including Museum and Archive Service Accreditation.  The post offers the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of local services each of which hold unique and varied collections, and to gain broad experience of the challenges faced by these organisations in caring for their collections. 

The role also provides the opportunity to contribute to the development of Welsh Government policy in relation to collections for the museums, archives and libraries sector, and to gain experience in managing UK-wide cultural property schemes.

Closing Date:

20/01/2020, 16:00

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria


  1. Changing and Improving - Actively encourage ideas from a wide range of sources and stakeholders and use these to inform own thinking
  2. Making Effective Decisions - Identify a broad range of relevant and credible information sources and recognise the need to collect new data when necessary from internal and external sources
  3. Leading and Communicating - Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner with all stakeholders and stand ground when needed
  4. Leading and Communicating - Role model enthusiasm and energy about their work and encourage others to do the same

Job Specifics:

  1. A recognised and relevant professional qualification in conservation by the time you start and to have achieved, or be willing to achieve, the Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers (PACR) qualification, administered by Icon
  2. Recent professional experience in a collections management/collections care role
  3. Experience of developing and implementing collections management/collections care policies and strategies for cultural organisations

Assessment Process

Other Information

Mary Ellis - - 0300 062 2105

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

This vacancy is closed to applications.