Conservation Technician

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Expressions of interest are invited from experienced museum and gallery professionals wishing to register as a service provider on the National Galleries of Scotland’s Professional Register. Registering allows the potential offer of freelance assignments to work alongside NGS Conservation Technicians to deliver technical support for the care of the NGS collections and those works on loan to the NGS.

The standard NGS rate for freelance Conservation Technicians is £150 per day.

Please note registering will not guarantee offers of service assignments as there will be no obligation on National Galleries of Scotland to provide assignments, or where offered, for the service provider to accept.


To register you must have proven skills and experience in all of the following areas:

  • Woodworking and joinery skills

  • Use of machine shop equipment, power and hand tools

  • The safe handling and movement of works of art within a museum/gallery environment

  • Awareness of conservation issues including ethical considerations surrounding the treatment of artworks

  • The foresight of and dedication to health and safety issues

You must also possess at least two of the following specialist skills:

  • Mounting works to conservation standard

  • Cutting complex mounts including cutting by hand and by machine

  • The framing of artworks including constructing simple frames and producing decorative finishes

  • Working with cushioning and insulating foams

  • Fitting out crates for 3D works

The following formal qualifications in the following would be highly advantageous:

  • ICON Conservation Technician qualification

  • Machine Shop / Joinery qualifications

How to Apply

Apply directly on our website

Posted on October 28