Photo Conservation Technician

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia is seeking a temporary Conservation Technician. The Conservation Technician contributes to the mission of CCAHA by assisting with project-based treatment and housing tasks. The technician will be clearning slides in preparation for digitization and assembing custom 4-flap enclosures for cased photos. The term for this full-time position is expected to be six months with the potential for an extension.


This position is in Philadelphia. Due to the nature of the work performed by this position, applicants must be prepared to work 100% on-site at CCAHA.

Major Responsibilities

• Carries out minor conservation treatments under supervision
• Rehouses client objects
• Creates custom housings
• Lab maintenance duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications

• Undergraduate degree in museum studies, art history, studio art, BFA or related field
• Good hand skills and experience handling objects
• Studio art experience is preferred
• Strong organizational skills, precision, the ability to work effectively as part of a team, excellent communication, and customer service skills


This is a full-time, temporary nonexempt position with pay based on an annual salary between $32,000 and $34,000. CCAHA offers a generous benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick and personal time, medical, dental and vision benefits.


CCAHA requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine by your employment start date. CCAHA will consider requests for exemptions from the vaccination policy due to medical condition or religious belief. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination at the time of hire and/or on your first day of employment. Our vaccination protocols are subject to applicable laws and will be updated from time to time to reflect evolving conditions and federal, state, local, and other applicable health and safety guidelines.

To Apply

Send letter of application, resume, and the names of three references via email with the subject line “Conservation Technician Application” to Position is open until filled.


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.