Cultural heritage officers are involved in the identification, assessment, conservation and interpretation of places and objects that have cultural heritage value.
Duties & Tasks
Cultural heritage officers may perform the following tasks:develop conservation policy and guidelinescheck and administer legislationcompile and supply educational information on cultural heritage and conservation seek and arrange funding to support heritage applicationsidentify, assess and compare the heritage value of objects, places, events and practices, and determine how they acquired their heritage value provide advice on proposed projects or activities that may affect cultural heritage sitesprovide advice about the interpretation, conservation and management of places and objects of cultural heritage significanceprepare thematic histories (studies based on a particular theme in history).
Cultural heritage officers must also develop and regularly update their knowledge of Australian history, Indigenous history and culture, urban/environmental design and one or more areas of specialisation such as prehistory, archaeology, geology, ecology, architecture, visual arts or popular culture.
- interest in objects, events, places and practices of the past and their significance for the present and the future an enquiring mind and a capacity for detailed observation and accurate research good written communication skills able to work independently or as part of a team interest in other people and cultures able to prioritise and work under time constraints.