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 guidelines
check and administer legislation
compile and supply educational information on cultural heritage and conservation
seek and arrange funding to support heritage applications
identify, 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 sites
provide advice about the interpretation, conservation and management of places and objects of cultural heritage significance
prepare 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.