Visitor Services Supervisor - Collections Care

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £25,603 - £27,318 pro-rata, per annum

Location: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

The collections and interiors held by the National Trust for Scotland are historically significant and an intrinsic part of the visitor experience at many properties and for many members.
The VSS Collections RBBM is an exciting new role and the post-holder will be responsible for ensuring the highest standards of collections care, preventive conservation, documentation, access and engagement for the collections, archives & historic interiors across the cluster. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, they will ensure the properties remain well presented, well cared for, well protected, well documented, engaging and relevant for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone.
The RBBM cluster includes the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum & extended site, Bachelors Club and Souter Johnnies Cottage, although there will be opportunities to travel beyond this cluster on occasion for development and to support and assist other staff across the Trust.
The role will be based at RBBM, with some travel to the cluster properties as required; some flexible home working will be considered.
• Conduct cluster-wide Integrated Pest Management checks; monitor & maintain the Environmental Monitoring & Control Systems; create, manage & develop Housekeeping Plans, conduct collections handling training and install and improve collections protection; proactively action reported recommendations for treatments and improvements.
• Work closely with the Regional Conservator to improve and develop the collections care and preventive conservation practices & processes across the cluster, assist in remedial conservation planning and conduct conservation cleaning as required; improve storage and access of collections & archives.
• Assist the Regional Conservator in property wide projects, supervise contractors/crew on site, ensure the collections and interiors remain protected & cared for during building, filming and other events that impact on the collections as required.
• Assist with the recruitment, training, and coordination of relevant property staff across the cluster to plan, deliver, maintain and conduct the conservation cleaning and care of the collections, the museum galleries, cases, collections stores and historic interiors to a high standard.
• Use of Trust systems to monitor the condition, security and location of the collections and interiors across the cluster ensuring any damage, deterioration or threats to the collections are promptly reported and mitigated; assist with object loans, acquisitions, and disposals; administration of collection enquires.
• Work closely with the relevant property staff across the cluster to achieve the collections objectives ensuring clear channels of communications are maintained at all times.
• Work closely with the Regional Curator to assist with the research, access, exhibition, presentation, and interpretation of collections and interiors; facilitate & supervise external research and access requests/visits.
• Work closely with the Collections Management Staff, to ensure that the Trust’s object movement and location procedures are maintained, updated and adhered to, so that location inventory information remains accurate.

Application Deadline: Sunday 30/07/2023