This full-time position is available for commencement in March 2020.  Applications close Friday 21 February 2020, and will be reviewed upon submission.

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 have a vacancy for a Paintings & Paper Conservator at our conservation laboratory in Chatswood, Sydney.  This is a multidisciplinary role, with conservation treatments being undertaken in both the Easel Paintings and the Paper Teams.

Work in the Easel Paintings Team covers a wide variety of conservation treatments on all types of paintings and painted surfaces including oil paintings, acrylic paintings, tempera, old masters, murals, painted signs, miniatures, icons and frames.  The work includes treatments ranging from maintenance cleaning, infilling and inpainting, through to executing complex treatments.

Work in the Paper Team covers treatments on archival and library material, maps, plans, posters, photographs, wallpaper in historic buildings, documents, books, and artworks on paper including watercolours, gouache, prints, pastels, ink, pencil and oil on paper, and mixed media works.  The work involves a wide range of treatments from routine cleaning and stabilisation, through to executing complex treatments on both contemporary and historical works.

Both teams consult with clients and write condition assessments, maintenance plans and treatment proposals. Disaster response is an important component of the work, which covers health and safety planning and recovery of items damaged by fire, flood and other emergency events

Day to day activities include developing conservation methodologies in collaboration with team members, quoting and undertaking all technical aspects of conservation.  Other responsibilities may include project planning and implementation, job budget management, time management, subcontractor liaison, disaster response, and report writing.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 3-6 years work experience in both the paintings and paper conservation disciplines (after graduation)
  • Excellent hands-on technical skills for a variety of project situations
  • Strong communication skills in English, both written and verbal
  • Ability to make positive contributions in a team environment and also work independently
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Sound working knowledge of, and commitment to, Work Health and Safety practices in the workplace
  • Commitment to providing excellent client service
  • Membership of the AICCM (Australian Institute for Conservation of Cultural Material) or equivalent other professional organisation, or eligibility to apply for membership
  • Proficient computer skills including MS Office and basic photo applications
  • Drivers Licence

What we offer:

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

  • Generous annual professional development allowance
  • Great working environment and people
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Salary commensurate with experience in the range AUD$65,496 to $73,368 plus 9.5% superannuation.

Download the position description:

PD Paintings & Paper Conservator 200122

Please refer to the selection criteria on the final page of the position description, and submit your application online.  You must include a detailed resume, two referee contacts from current or previous employers, and a covering letter outlining why you believe you are suitable for this job.

For further information contact Ruth Thompson by email:

Applications close Friday 21 February 2020

Chatswood, Sydney
Easel Paintings and Paper Teams
Mid Career
$65,496 - $73,368 + 9.5% superannuation

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