Conservator and Preventive Conservation Specialist (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)

We are seeking a full-time Conservator and Preventive Conservation Specialist with a specialization in paper, photograph, or book conservation to work with our clients in the Southeastern United States. This is a grant-funded two year position, which CCAHA expects will become a permanent position at the end of the grant period. Working closely with CCAHA’s senior management team, the selected candidate will be responsible for identifying and cultivating clients in the Southeast by carrying out surveys and assessments, educational programming, business development activities, examinations and estimates, and conservation treatments. After a training period at CCAHA’s main office in Philadelphia, the Conservator and Preventive Conservation Specialist will work remotely but can expect frequent communication, collaboration, and in-person contact with the Philadelphia-based staff.  Frequent travel is a requirement of this position.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Works with clients in development, planning, and execution of conservation treatment projects, on-site consultations, preservation assessment projects, training workshops, and other special projects.
  • Promotes and markets CCAHA’s services by taking an active role in planning CCAHA’s business development strategy in the region, making regular visits to current and potential client institutions, representing CCAHA at public events, and building awareness of CCAHA.
  • Develops written informational/educational materials as needed and presents education programs.
  • Collaborates with CCAHA staff in preparation of proposals and conceptualization/planning of grant-funded programs.
  • Provides technical information via telephone and email.
  • Independently evaluates collections materials for conservation and prepares condition reports and treatment estimates.
  • Carries out conservation treatments, following AIC’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
  • Stays current on best practices in the field.
  • Works collaboratively across departments to help achieve CCAHA’s strategic goals.


  • Master’s degree from a recognized conservation training program, or equivalent experience, with a specialization in paper, book, or photograph conservation and a minimum of two years of professional experience.
  • A thorough understanding of preventive conservation principles and familiarity with conducting assessment and planning projects with cultural institutions.
  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation/public speaking, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Willingness to travel as necessary.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • The exceptional candidate will have comfort and experience with business development for conservation and consulting services.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. CCAHA offers an excellent benefits package that includes health and dental coverage, short-term and long-term disability coverage, paid time off, retirement plan, and professional development funds. All applicants must have a valid driver’s license and applicants that are not US citizens must have a valid work visa.

Please send letters of interest and resumes to:

Laura Hortz Stanton
264 S. 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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