AHS has expanded, and we have uncovered some of the State’s brightest new talents in the incredibly competitive field of heritage consultancy during our recent recruitment program.
With a record 85 highly skilled candidates vying for our unique 12-month graduate program, we’re delighted to announce Damien Wood and Samantha Stephens have secured two part-time positions with us as we settle into another very busy year.
Damien and Samantha are pictured above, from left, with Archaeologist Owen Budd and Senior Archaeologist Amy Aitken who have completed the program in the past five years and are now in full-time positions with us.
They will be joined by Aidan Hughes, Mary Louise Lambourne, Rory McLennan, and Zoe Bridge in casual roles. We’ve also expanded our administration team in Brisbane with the appointment of our fantastic new Administrative Co-Ordinator Tess Moloney.
In the past 12 months alone, Australian Heritage Specialists has worked on more than 150 assignments – large and small – right throughout the country.
Traineeship a first for Queensland
Our graduate program is unique, and not surprisingly, we are very proud of it.
AHS has developed a 12-month graduate program that’s the only one of its kind in Queensland – with very few Australian heritage consultancies offering such long and comprehensive training.
We view it as a sound investment not only for the industry but for our own business – with many of our previous trainees progressing to permanent positions with us once they have completed the graduate program.
While heritage consultancy is a rapidly growing field, it is a highly specialised one. AHS stands out as an industry-leading company in Australia because of our multi-disciplinary team of historians, archaeologists, landscape architects, building conservators, designers, and more.
Each project we work on also sees us joining multi-disciplined teams of architects, engineers, planners, environmental and project managers working together. We also work with a range of Traditional Owners as our clients.
There is currently no single qualification available to practise effectively as a heritage consultant, with each project having different needs to the one before and requiring experience and knowledge that is stems from multiple disciplines.
Competition for jobs is fierce.
Our graduate program was open to applicants with a tertiary qualification in history, archaeology, architecture or planning who demonstrated an understanding of Australia’s history and held a passion for preserving cultural heritage.
For those continuing with post-graduate studies or considering employment in the cultural heritage industry, our program ensures that graduates receive wide-ranging training spanning research, fieldwork, pictured above, and experience in managing Aboriginal, historic, and natural places of heritage significance.