Yvette with HES plaque

New Year is often a time for reflection, and many people might decide in January they want a new challenge, or to change the direction of their career. But have you thought about the heritage sector?

Scotland’s heritage sector supports around 55,000 jobs and contributes over £2.3 Billion to the economy per year. Nearly 15 million tourists visited historic attractions in 2015 – they were met and looked after by visitor facing staff. According to a recent survey, 89% of adults agreed “it’s important to me that heritage buildings and places are well looked after” – and this is done by heritage conservation experts, planners, architects and archaeologists.

Our historic environment boasts over 56,000 protected sites and places, and around 1.6 million pieces of heritage information are held by organisations like us, National Records of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, museums, galleries, local authorities and more. It takes a workforce of passionate people to curate and care for this information.

Here at Historic Environment Scotland, we have a key role to play within that wider heritage sector picture. Our people care for more than 300 of Scotland’s historic places from Shetland to Stranraer, bringing to life more than 5,000 years of history for millions of visitors every year.

We also look after more than 5 million manuscripts, photographs and drawings relating to Scotland’s archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage, and are constantly working to improve public access to these using tools like Canmore. We give technical advice and support to the owners of over 47,000 listed buildings. And there are all kinds of support roles too, from HR to finance, and from administration to communications. As of today (Friday 20th January 2017), we’re advertising:

Benefits of working with us include competitive salary, 25 days’ paid holiday a year and a great package of employee benefits – including free entry to all of our Historic Scotland monuments for you and up to three guests.

We also offer a stimulating and varied work environment, wherever you’re based. Each of our locations has its own particular attractions, but our entire organisation is engaged in the same worthwhile and exciting agenda. In the face of threats like climate change, we strive to protect and promote Scotland’s historic environment for current and future generations to enjoy. By working with us you can make a real difference to how well we manage to preserve the nation’s most precious assets.

If you’d like to find out more or apply, please take a look at the jobs pages on our website.


About Author


Sean Gallen

Sean is an HR Business Partner, working closely with all areas of HES to ensure they have the appropriate staff resources needed to undertake their interesting work. He is fascinated by the complexity and specialisms within the organisation, and is amazed at some of the career paths/opportunities available. He often visits sites, but with over 70 across the country doesn't get to as many as he would like!