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Antarctic Heritage Trust

Conservation Ambassador, Antarctica

Emerging conservator opportunity for newly qualified conservator (within five years of graduation) to work on heritage project in Antarctica.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand) is offering a unique and exciting professional development opportunity for a conservator to travel to Antarctica to participate in our project to conserve the expedition bases of Scott, Shackleton, and Hillary.

The Conservation Ambassador will take part in the Trust’s Antarctic On-Ice Summer Work Programme from late October to mid-December 2017, working with a small and close-knit team of experienced heritage professionals in challenging conditions.

The Ambassador will have opportunities to develop their planning and logistics skills, take part in both preventive and interventive conservation activities, learn more about materials deterioration and preservation in uncontrolled environments, and challenge themselves both professionally and personally in the most stunning yet hostile environment on the planet.

In return the Ambassador will use their networks to communicate and share their experience to inspire current and future conservators.

To be considered you must:

  • be a newly qualified Conservator in the five year period immediately following graduation (from a recognised tertiary conservation programme)
  • have strong experience in working with organics and inorganics, particularly metals
  • have experience with uncontrolled environments
  • have a sound understanding of object packaging
  • be a good communicator and team player
  • be flexible and adaptable
  • have a high comfort level living in remote outdoor locations
  • have robust health (there are no age restrictions but you will need to pass a medical exam)
  • be fluent in English (written and spoken)

Benefits include fully funded travel to Antarctica from the Ambassador’s usual place of residence  and a financial grant towards living costs while in Antarctica.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is a New Zealand-based not-for-profit organisation with a vision of ‘Inspiring Explorers’.  Through its mission to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration the Trust cares for the remarkable expedition bases of early Antarctic explorers Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Carsten Borchgrevink and Sir Edmund Hillary. It shares the legacy of exploration through outreach programmes and encourages the spirit of exploration through expeditions to engage and inspire a new generation.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 28 May 2017 (New Zealand time).

For more information and the application form please visit:

ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee
Phone: +44 01223 336564

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