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Ancient Monuments Officer

  Historic Environment Scotland in Edinburgh
   Starting salary £26,341 per annum
  Apply before: 25/01/2022
Responsibility Level:  Trainee   L 2  L 3  L 3/4  L 4  L 4/5  L 5  L 5/6  L 6  L 7
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We are recruiting an Ancient Monuments Officer to support our work in relation to scheduled monuments. The postholder will assess and present new cases coming into the team, research and advise on proposals for Scheduled Monument Consent and planning consent, and work with monument owners and managers to improve the condition of scheduled monuments.

Initially, the post will cover the Argyll & Bute, Highland, Eilean nan Siar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands Council areas, as well as both National Parks, but offering support as required across the whole of Scotland.

The postholder will be at Pay Band C and will work in our Heritage Directorate. The post is based at Longmore House in Edinburgh, but staff are currently working from home while the pandemic continues. Working hours are full time (37 hours per week). PLEASE NOTE: There is one permanent post but additional short fixed term appointments may be available.

Key responsibilities, duties and objectives:
  • General advice on historic environment issues and casework
  • Preparing and presenting cases for triage and casework allocation
  • Assisting with Scheduled Monument Consent applications and other monuments related enquiries/consultations
  • Assisting with planning, agri-environment and other related consultations
  • Assisting with consultations relating to Inventory Battlefield sites
  • Assisting with planning and other related consultations
  • Co-ordinating and providing general advice on the historic environment as necessary
  • Researching and collating historical, architectural/archaeological information
  • Background research and administration for the preparation of briefings, Merit Assessments for grants, site visits, letters to public etc
  • Deputising for senior Ancient Monuments Officers as required
  • Supporting the work of the Heritage Directorate more widely, particularly through the provision of advice to developers, owners and planning authorities and the assessment of impacts from development proposals on the historic environment
  • Such other appropriate duties as may from time to time be allocated by line managers
You will be assessed against the post competencies during our selection process. More information is available on our website.

Knowledge, skills and experience
You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the requirements and qualifications below as part of the selection process.
Essential requirements:
  • Strong working knowledge of Scotland’s historic environment, and particularly its archaeology, in its wider context
  • Good working knowledge of Historic Environment legislation and policy, and its application within the planning system
  • Experience of working in the historic environment sector, particularly within archaeology, and cultural resource management
  • Experience delivering professional expert advice based on strong knowledge of Scotland’s historic environment, and archaeology in particular
  • Ability to work with a range of external partners and stakeholders
  • Driving licence or access to independent means of transport in order to travel throughout Scotland, including to remote, rural locations
Desirable requirements:
  • Knowledge of GIS
  • Experience of dealing with the public in relation to heritage management issues
Qualifications & Professional Memberships:
  • An undergraduate degree, preferably first- or second-class honours, in archaeology, architecture, conservation, planning or a related subject; or an equivalent qualification is essential. Relevant experience may be taken into account.
What we offer
We welcome applications from all nationalities, assuming that they have the right to work in the UK: applying for a job with us could open the door to a unique work environment. It will give you job satisfaction and excellent development opportunities, plus a competitive salary, 25 days paid holidays (rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service) and 11.5 public holidays a year – pro rata for part time staff.
In addition we offer a great benefits package to our employees which includes:
  •  flexible working hours (where appropriate)
  • special leave
  • maternity/paternity leave
  • adoption leave
  • reimbursement for relevant professional subscriptions
  • support for further education and personal development
  • study leave for work related courses
  • access to a learning resource centre
We also offer you access to:
  •  our Employee Assistance Programme – for confidential advice and counselling
  • an occupational sick pay scheme
  • discounts at some local authority leisure facilities
  • interest free loans for bicycles and annual travel passes (see ‘season ticket’ below)
  • reasonable adjustments when needed, as part of our Equalities policy

How to apply for this post
You can apply on-line by visiting our website at
Guidance on completing the application can be found in the ‘Guidance notes for applicants’ document, also available at the above website, which we recommend that you read, in conjunction with this Job Description.
Your application must arrive by the advertised closing date. Please note that when applying online, we will only be able to see your application once you fully submit it.
If you are unable to complete an online application form, please email, quoting the job title and recruitment reference, and we will arrange for an application form to be sent to you.
Please note that, as we operate an electronic recruitment system, we will contact you via the email address that you provide in your application to inform you of the outcome of your application.
For further information about the post, please contact Joss Durnan, Senior Ancient Monuments Officer, via email at
We welcome all applicants from under-represented groups within HES. We know from our equality monitoring that we need to increase our diversity in terms of ethnicity and disability. We also want to address occupational areas where the ratio is disproportionately in favour of women or men.  We ask all applicants to complete the Equality Monitoring section of the recruitment paperwork to help us pursue a diverse and inclusive workforce. In support of our Gaelic language plan we welcome applications from Gaelic speakers.





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