Fellowships are paid term positions that have an educational component. They generally last 1–3 years and are designed specifically for recent graduates of a conservation master’s program. Fellows participate actively in the operations of the conservation department, learn from more experienced colleagues, and complete advanced conservation treatments. Fellowships may also include a research component.
Career Path: Fellowships provide an opportunity for recent graduates of conservation programs to gain important work experience. Many fellows also complete and publish a research paper, which can enhance their profile within the field.
Conservation departments may receive funding to complete a specific project, creating a term position. These positions are project-based, focused on completing a particular initiative, and may or may not provide opportunities for research and/or publication.
Career Path: Term positions provide conservators with professional-level work experience, strengthening a conservator's resume and network.