Category Archives: Placements

Working Holiday 2016 : Restore a historic fort on île de Cezon, Brittany

Participants are sought for a working holiday organised by REMPART, a union of 170 heritage organisations throughout France.

The working holiday provides opportunity to take part in the restoration of the remains of the Vauban Military Fort on the magnificent île de Cezon, c. 30km from the historic maritime city of Brest. Originally built in the late 1600s to protect the city from British forces, the fort was expanded during the reign of Napoleon III and occupied by Germans forces during the Second World War.

Participants will be part of a team working on the fort’s stonework and tasks will include stone removal, cleaning and masonry. Accommodation will be in dormitories inside the fort and participants will require a sleeping bag, pillow and torch. The site is ecologically-protected, with rainwater showers, etc, and all products used must be fully biodegradeable. There will be opportunity to explore the surrounding area, sample the local cuisine and enjoy activities including swimming.

Dates:  4-15 July 2016; 18-29 July; 1-12 August; 15-26 August.
Price:  215€ (approx. £170, based on exchange rate on 13/06/2016)

For more details please email stating your preferred date.
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The Prince’s Foundation’s Building Craft Apprenticeship

The Prince’s Foundation’s Building Craft Apprenticeship is designed for craftspeople looking to bridge the gap between basic qualifications and becoming a master craftsperson working within the heritage sector. Students build practical experience in traditional building crafts, with the opportunity to gain a Heritage Skills NVQ Level 3. Hear what it’s like from programme alumnus, Ben Collyns.


Kew Royal Botanic Gardens Apprenticeships

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London are currently undertaking a major restoration of Temperate House, the main glass house in the gardens.

Four specialist restoration apprenticeship work based training opportunities have arisen. The majority of the work is in the restoration of the ironwork, although there is some stonemasonry and also smaller amounts of lime plasterwork, painting and decorating and carpentry.

Ideal candidates would be currently undertaking a Level 3 heritage apprenticeship and are seeking a career in hertiage and restoration. Funding is available, please contact Peter Kelly on or telephone 07773 477241 to find out more and apply.

Trainee Heritage Officers

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) is currently seeking to recruit three Trainee Heritage Officers based at our Head Office, John Sinclair House, Edinburgh.

This traineeship has been created a as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Skills for the Future programme to enable people from a wide variety of backgrounds to develop their skills for future employment within the heritage sector. The project based at RCAHMS – ‘Building Curatorial and Learning Skills for the Heritage Sector’ – will provide 40 traineeships over six years, focussing on a series of inter-related skills involving the documentation and dissemination of archive collections as well as site-based heritage education.

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The Canal & River Trust

The Canal & River Trust is the charity that cares for England and Wales’ legacy of 200-year-old waterways, holding them in trust for the nation forever.

The Trust is among the UK’s biggest charities, with responsibility for 2,000 miles of canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings.

As part of our commitment to the long-term maintenance and restoration of the waterways, we are looking to recruit 14 Waterways Heritage Trainees to be based around the country.

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Church of England

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York in consultation with the Appointments Committee of the Church of England wish to appoint a new Chair of the Church Buildings Council to succeed Mrs Anne Sloman OBE, who is standing down at the end of September 2014.

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ICE Yorkshire and Humber

ICE Yorkshire and Humber are seeking a new voluntary regional representative on the Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW).

The role involves visiting regional sites, recording/checking details and submitting reports to the archives section in London. In Yorkshire and Humber there are just over 200 recorded Historical Engineering Works (HEWs), and the representative would continue to update the information on these, as well as identifying additional works that are worth recording.

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Volunteer Placement Description – Events Assistant

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust

Deadline: 25 April

This placement has been developed to act as a transitional role for those seeking employment in the heritage and events industry, by providing the opportunity to gain the necessary experience, skills and understanding of all or some of the aspects involved in organising a heritage festival and working within a heritage organisation. Your role will support the Events & Development Coordinator with the planning, delivery and evaluation of Glasgow Doors Open Day.

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Work Placements – Montagu Monuments, Northamptonshire

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Edmund’s Church and the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust (BLHT) have secured significant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve the Montagu Monuments in St Edmund’s Church, Warkton, Northants. The project will also set in place permanent access and learning arrangements for the public, professionals, pupils, students and the local community.

These four monuments are outstanding marble sculptures produced between 1750 and 1830 and set in a beautiful 18th century chancel purpose-built as an extension to a medieval Parish church.

Two work placements are being funded through the project

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US National Park Service Internships

Research Assistant, Architecture & Engineering at National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

The National Center for Preservation Technology & Training (NCPTT) is an office of the U.S. National Park Service. NCPTT advances the application of science and technology to historic preservation. Working in the fields of archeology, architecture, landscape architecture and materials conservation, the Center accomplishes its mission through training, education, research, technology transfer and partnerships.

Summer internships at NCPTT provide students and recent graduates an opportunity to undertake laboratory or field research in archeology, architecture, engineering, collections management, historic landscapes, and materials science.

Positions will begin on or about June 2, 2014 and end August 8, 2014. Applications will be accepted through February 16, 2014 and positions will be announced at the beginning of March.

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Heritage Skills HUB & The Prince’s Regeneration Trust

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust have secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve the fabulous Montagu Monuments and aspects of Warkton Church in which they reside. Hugely important, the project will include two unique work placement opportunities – but time is short, so we are looking for interested people NOW!

Heritage Skills HUB is working with the Trust to manage the following work placements:

1) Digital (video) record – Someone to undertake a digital record project of the process to dismantle, clean and re-assemble the most important monument – to John, Duke of Montagu. Work is to start in February, so this placement is required as soon as possible. This would be an ideal project for a digital media student or recent graduate with an interest in the historic built environment or building conservation graduate with strong digital media skills.

2) Conservation Experience – The opportunity to gain exposure to other elements of the project including the exterior works to drainage, ironworks and hands-on cleaning of the monuments. This placement will start later in the Spring, although expressions of interest are sought now. This project will be of interest to a building conservation student or recent graduate or post-graduate looking to enhance their specialist work portfolio.

Site management will be undertaken by Skillingtons who are the contractor responsible for the project, although Project Management of the work placements will be managed by the Heritage Skills HUB with support from the Prince’s Regeneration Trust and Skillingtons.

Funding is available for accomodation, transport and sustenance. In the first instance, please email

2014 YCW Applications

Last year, Heritage Canada The National Trust assisted in the creation of 63 student jobs and 3 internship positions in such areas as historic research, heritage site interpretation, Doors Open events, and much more.

Applications for both YCW in Heritage Organizations and YCW at Building Careers in Heritage will be accepted until February 3, 2014.

The Young Canada Works program is a joint collaboration between Heritage Canada The National Trust and the Department of Canadian Heritage designed to provide students and recent graduates with work experience in the built and natural heritage sectors. YCW is also set up to aid employers in creating and funding jobs and connecting them with a pool of eligible students from around the country who are looking for work.

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