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We have created a new public body, Historic Environment Scotland. While we work on shaping our future we can reassure you that all services and products will continue as normal. Please follow our progress and find out more about our new organisation.


A steward with visitors
Working in Historic Environment Scotland you will enjoy excellent working conditions including a competitive salary, flexible working hours, access to pension schemes and 25 days holiday rising to 30 days after 5 years.

Flexible working

In Historic Environment Scotland we feel that a work/life balance is essential and to help our staff we offer:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Emergency/special leave
  • Maternity/paternity leave
  • Adoption leave
  • Child care vouchers


Our new pension scheme offers a choice of valuable pension arrangements including Civil Service pension or stakeholder pension, giving the option to choose the pension that suits you best.


All staff are entitled to 25 days holiday rising to 30 days after 5 years continuous service, and 11.5 public and privileged holidays per annum.

Training and development

Historic Environment Scotland believe learning is part of your development. This year we have an in house Training and Development department which organised 7150 training days which equates to 6.5 days per person.

We also offer

  • Relevant Professional subscriptions paid
  • Support for further education and personal development
  • Study leave for work related courses
  • Access to a Learning Resource Centre

Health & Welfare

Our employee’s health and welfare are important to us. There are various services available;
  • Employee Assistant Programme – this service offers free access to confidential advice and counselling.
  • Occupational sick pay scheme
  • Discount at Edinburgh Leisure Pulse Centre gyms
  • Interest free loans for bicycles and travel passes

Staff discounts

The following discounts are available to staff;
  • Free entrance to all our monuments (and also up to 3 guests)
  • Free entrance to English Heritage, Manx and CADW properties
  • 20% discount in Historic Environment Scotland shops

Season tickets

If you need help to purchase an annual season ticket for travel between home and office, Historic Scotland may grant you an advance which must be recovered within the life of the season ticket. The scheme is open  to all permanent/fixed term staff.


New entrants normally have to pay their own relocation expenses when they are first appointed. Where, exceptionally, assistance is available, this will be stated in the recruitment memorandum/advert. To qualify you will have to satisfy Historic Environment Scotland that you have to move house to live within reasonable daily travelling distance of your new place of work and you must obtain Historic Environment Scotland’s permission before committing yourself to any expense. Historic Environment Scotland will make payment after you have started work and if you resign within 2 years, will ask you to agree to re-pay a proportion of the sum involved.

Contact us

Human Resources
Historic Environment Scotland
Room 3.10
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8600

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