Heritage Buildings Conservation Specialist

A volunteer role for a conservation specialist working with the Yangon Heritage Trust to help protect the city’s historic cityscape.

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A role for a conservation specialist, working to maintain Yangon’s distinctive character and merge it with the infrastructure and amenities of a modern city.

“A hundred years ago, Yangon was one of the great trading cities of Asia. In the downtown area, pagodas, a synagogue, a madrasa, churches, and Hindu and Hokkien temples are found close together. This architectural history confirms the rich and diverse nature of Myanmar. As Myanmar opens to international investment capital, new commercial, retail and residential development will put pressure on city planners and decision-makers, in particular in Yangon,” wrote Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr recently, after a walking tour of Yangon.

The Yangon Heritage Trust is a non-government organisation founded in January 2012. Its main aim is to preserve the built heritage of Yangon, in conjunction with Government, and protect Yangon’s historic cityscape. The Trust is supported by architects, members of the business community, individuals and other non-government organisations both locally and internationally.

The organisation has requested an Australian Volunteer to work alongside the board for twelve months to:

  • Complete the current listing of buildings and built areas in Yangon deemed in need of preservation
  • Support the management and board of YHT to articulate a full urban heritage conservation policy on the basis of this listing

The volunteer for this assignment should bring with them extensive expertise in heritage and conservation planning, policy development, promotion and communication. In addition to professional expertise, volunteers need skills in training and developing others, applied awareness and sensitivity to cross-cultural communication, patience, tolerance and flexibility. You should be able to manage with good humour the daily challenges of working with very limited resources.

Volunteers are provided with living and accommodation allowances, airfares and insurance.

Applications close 6th September. To find out more and how to apply, read the Position Description at
Contact Sue Baker +61 3 9279 1743

AVI works in several countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. AVI volunteers work in partnership with local people and organisations. The Australian Government is working in partnership to send Australian volunteers overseas through the Australian Volunteers for International Development program.

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