Senior Conservation Technician (Paintings & Frames)

Organisation: National Galleries of Scotland

Salary: £27,119 - £29,582

Location: Edinburgh

Full-time, Permanent
Salary £27,119 – £29,582 per annum, pay award pending
Plus generous benefits package
Flexible working

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Conservation Technician (Paintings and Frames) to join our small,
dedicated team of paintings conservators and conservation technicians at the National Galleries of Scotland. The
role is based within the Conservation Department and will report to one of the Senior Paintings Conservators. It
sits alongside and complements the other conservation specialisms of paper, frames, and time-based media
within the department. The Conservation Department is a busy and dynamic workplace, where everyone strives
to keep abreast of recent developments within the wider profession and we encourage a culture of research and
In this role you will make a vital contribution to the work of the National Galleries of Scotland. You will help
deliver an ambitious exhibition schedule across our galleries and a generous lending programme from our diverse
and exceptional collections. In addition, we regularly process new acquisitions as our collection expands, and we
provide baseline care across all the collection.
As a Senior Conservation Technician, you will be resourceful, self-motivated and above all, enthusiastic. You will
be passionate about working with the NGS collection and committed to continuing your own professional
development. You will be able to juggle several projects at any one time. You will be highly organised, proactive
in approach and a clear communicator. You will enjoy being part of a team, as well as having the opportunity to work independently.

To succeed in this role, you’ll need the following range of knowledge, skills, and experience:
• Educated to higher level or equivalent.
• Considerable experience in handling and packing art works, fitting paintings into frames and making new
frames, where necessary using innovative solutions to resolve complex and unique problems.
• Excellent joinery skills and the ability to use and maintain woodworking machinery and equipment.
• Awareness of conservation issues including ethical considerations.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to produce clear and accurate
• Time-management and planning skills, with the ability to well under pressure and prioritise workload to
meet deadlines.
• Ability to work effectively as part of a team, sometimes in a leading role, with a proactive approach to
sharing information with colleagues.
• Willingness to continually develop technical skills with regards to new methods and techniques, actively
engaging in professional development.
• Knowledge of relevant Health and Safety regulations.
• Good IT skills, including MS Office.
• Experience of working in a museum or gallery.
• Conservation/Museum Technician Qualification or Diploma or willingness to work towards this.
• Experience of using a collections management database.
• Experience in completing risk assessments and method statements.
• Driving licence.

Application Deadline: Monday 31/07/2023