Conservator (Organic Objects), Heritage Conservation Centre at the National Heritage Board of Singapore

Job Summary

Heritage Conservation Centre/National Heritage Board
Heritage Conservation Centre in Singapore
Contract Type
5000 SGD
Closing date

Job Details

The National Heritage Board of Singapore (NHB) is recruiting a Conservator / Assistant Conservator (Organic Objects) for the organic objects conservation team. The preferred areas of specialisation are wood and plastics. The team is part of the Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC) under NHB which is located at 32 Jurong Port Road.

Description of collections:

Artworks and artefacts are part of the National Collection and are under the custody of the National Heritage Board (NHB), Singapore. NHB preserves, presents and promotes the cultural heritage of Singapore, for the purpose of education, nation-building and cultural understanding.

HCC is an institution of NHB with purpose-built facility for the storage and conservation of all artworks and artefacts under the care of NHB. The collections include socio-historical, cultural, ethnographic, modern and contemporary art materials. HCC Conservation Services is constituted by a team of over 35 conservators and comprises 6 specializations: organic objects conservation, inorganic objects conservation (including maritime archaeology), paintings conservation, paper/photo/digital media conservation, textiles conservation and conservation science.

Job Objectives/Purpose:

You will provide and manage comprehensive conservation work on collections with a focus on but not restricted to organic material, especially wood and plastics, by applying, developing, and researching on collection related issues, including existing and new techniques and procedures. You will also contribute to the smooth operation and delivery of exhibitions, loans and events at the institutions under NHB and Visual Arts Cluster.

The is a contract position for 2 years, with possible renewal.

Key Responsibilities & Duties:

· Carry out conservation assessments, documentation and treatments on artworks and artefacts from the National Collection according to HCC and NHB procedures, instructions and guidelines for exhibits, loans and events at the institutions of NHB and partners.

· Manage exhibition projects as liaison officer to cover conservation related as well as administrative aspects of exhibition preparations including preventive conservation.

· Perform relevant conservation analysis and tests in contributing to the preservation and conservation knowledge of the NHB collections.

· Might participate in conservation study or research projects including publication.

· Contribute to upgrading and maintenance of conservation lab.

· Might provide close supervision and training on the job to subordinates and others as required.

· Might participate as a member in work groups to work on specific topics related to conservation or institutional excellence.

· Might participate in outreach activities that cater to a wide variety of audience groups, special interest groups and the public to promote awareness of conservation.


· A Master's Degree in Conservation from a recognized training institution. An equivalent proven combination of training and experience will be considered.

· Preferably 6 to 8 years of relevant practical experience in organic objects conservation. Institutional/public experience is preferred. Professionals with lesser experience may be considered as Assistant Conservator.

· Ability to carry out comprehensive and complex treatments with a high degree of manual dexterity and aesthetic sensitivity.

· Ability to develop and execute heritage science and conservation research in line with HCC's research strategy around sustainability.

· Keep up to date with current conservation development through self-directed learning and training. Evidence of continual professional development.

· Familiarity and experience with cultural materials in Southeast Asia and Asia preferred.

· Possess a wide exposure in handling multi-cultural materials with sensitivity and demonstrate relevance in making sound contextual judgements in applying conservation principles and practices, while collaboratively working with all relevant stakeholders.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills that facilitate teamwork and the ability to work across departments and institutions.

· Possess initiative with ability to multi-task, organise and prioritise work in given timeline.

· Ability to work unsupervised as well as being a cooperative member of staff and strong team player.

· Ability to coach and impart conservation skills and knowledge effectively.

· Ability to adapt in a multi-lingual and multi-racial environment.

Work Location
The conservators shall mostly be based at HCC, 32 Jurong Port Road, Singapore 619104.

Salary Range: est $5,000 - $7,000 (Singapore Dollar) with attractive Relocation and Benefits Package

To apply, please click link to submit your application.

All interested applicants should follow the instructions at the Careers@Gov website to submit their application.

Deadline for submission is 27 June 2024

Should you have any questions or difficulties with the application, please contact:

Birte Koehler

Senior Conservator (Organic Objects)

Heritage Conservation Centre