This is a full-time, hands-on role requiring framing experience, practical project administration skills, confidence using workshop tools, care and attention to detail, and enthusiasm for supporting lab maintenance and site-based projects.

International Conservation Services (ICS) is Australia’s largest private conservation practice.  We conserve a wide range of cultural and heritage objects and artefacts including paintings, furniture, textiles, paper, sculpture, archaeological artefacts and wall finishes in buildings.

We are seeking a highly organised Conservation Technician & Framer to provide framing, hands-on conservation assistance and technical support.  Based at our labs in Chatswood, Sydney, this role is suitable for someone with a passion for heritage or the arts who has both practical and administration skills.


Reporting to the Senior Conservation Framer, the Conservation Technician & Framer provides conservation framing and technical support for a wide range of conservation projects at ICS labs and on site.  Framing and reframing of artworks are major components of the role, along with contributing to technical problem-solving and providing hands on assistance.  They will work closely with conservators in the Fine & Decorative Arts Division to support both conservation treatments and ancillary functions such as photo-documentation, purchasing, research, art handling and transport.

This is a challenging role that requires excellent time management, and great admin and communication skills.

Day to day activities may include:

  • Framing and reframing
  • Lab maintenance and safety
  • Handling and movement of art, objects and materials
  • Lab administration
  • Conservation treatment support, eg. photo-documentation, packing objects, preparing treatment workspaces and site equipment, routine preparation of consumable materials, basic research and records maintenance
  • Support for building and lab equipment maintenance

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal
  • Artwork framing experience, or relevant transferable skills
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Able to use hand tools and artists materials with accuracy
  • Able to use a variety of basic workshop tools and equipment, eg. lifting equipment, woodworking tools, drill
  • Great interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team
  • Sound working knowledge of, and commitment to, safe work practices
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Initiative and willingness to learn
  • Outcomes-focused, with a level-headed approach, helpful attitude and excellent work ethic
  • Confidence using business technology including Microsoft Office and digital cameras
  • Australian citizenship or residency
  • Drivers Licence (essential)

What we offer

In return for your hard work and professionalism, you will be entitled to a range of benefits including:

  • Generous annual professional development allowance
  • Mobile phone
  • Great working environment and people
  • Flexible working arrangements

The salary will be commensurate with experience in the range of $59,016 - $68,016 plus 11% superannuation.

Download the full position description and submit your application online, including a detailed resume, two referee contacts, and a covering letter outlining why you believe you are suited for this job.

For further information contact Ruth Thompson by email:

Applications close Monday 15 April 2024

Chatswood, Sydney
Fine & Decorative Arts
Full time
$59,016 - 68,016 + 11% superannuation
Monday 15 April 2024

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