Book Conservator

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia is seeking a full-time entry level to mid-career Book Conservator. The candidate should have demonstrated ability in treating a broad range of materials, from rare books to archival collections, as our client base provides varied and challenging treatment opportunities. Ability to work with peers and support staff in a collaborative environment is essential, as is the capability to independently plan and structure one’s time to meet deadlines and billable goals. 

This position reports to the Director of Conservation. This position also works with the Lab Operations Manager, Director of People and Operations, Registrar, and other staff members as needed. 


  • Write condition reports and treatment proposals. This includes estimating hours for these proposals. 

  • Carry out conservation treatments in accordance with AIC’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. 

  • Build relationships with clients, meeting with them both virtually and in-person to discuss treatment options and goals, while also working with our Housing and Imaging departments, and Preservation Services department to articulate other services offered by CCAHA. 

  • Travel for on-site projects, and survey assessments as needed. 

  • Participate in outreach through one or more of the following: presenting talks and / or workshops, working with the Manager of Marketing on social media posts, publishing journal articles or CCAHA technical leaflets. 

  • Involvement in CCAHA subcommittees and execution of various lab duties will be requisite and matched to one’s interests and skills. 


The candidate should be/have: 

  • A graduate of a recognized conservation training program, with a specialization in library and archives. 

  • A thorough understanding of preventive conservation principles and familiarity with designing and conducting assessment and planning projects with cultural institutions. 

  • A working knowledge of historical book structures. 

  • Exceptional hand skills, excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. 

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite. 

  • Experience in mentoring interns a plus. 

  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. We are currently not offering sponsorship. 


This is a full-time, exempt position. A generous benefits package that includes time-off, medical, dental and vision, FSA, and retirement matches are included. The minimum salary for this position is $47,875. The salary offered will be based on experience. 

 To Apply 

Please send a letter of interest, CV / résumé, and three sample treatment reports to Jessica Silverman, Director of Conservation to  All documents should be sent in PDF file format. 

Questions about the position may be directed to Jessica Silverman, Director of Conservation: Applications received at this address will not be considered. 

About CCAHA  

CCAHA was founded in 1977 and has grown to be one of the largest nonprofit conservation centers in the country. Its wide array of services, sophisticated treatment facilities, innovative approaches, and highly trained and experienced staff have earned it a prominent and respected place in the conservation field. We serve nonprofit cultural institutions, private individuals, and other collecting organizations in the preservation of works on paper, archival documents, photographic materials, and books through conservation treatment, collection surveys and consultations, housing & framing, and digital imaging services. Our preventive conservation and preservation services staff focuses on capacity building for collecting institutions through fundraising support, strategic planning and assessment projects, emergency planning and response initiatives, and in developing educational programs and conferences. CCAHA’s mission is to provide expertise and leadership in the preservation of the world's cultural heritage. 

 CCAHA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff and our clients.