About Conservation
Conservation is the preservation of cultural heritage for future generations. Find a conservation professional, learn about the field, and discover resources to help preserve the objects that are important to you.

Post Graduate

Graduates of conservation degree programs are considered to be conservators; however, additional training and experience may be desired. Many permanent conservator positions require a few years of experience after graduate school. Fellowships and contract positions can provide that conservation experience, as well as give an opportunity to work in a variety of settings and with professional mentors.


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.

Contract/Project Positions

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.

Find an Opportunity

Post-graduate fellowships and contract/project opportunities are typically advertised on the Global Conservation Forum, our Career Center, the AIC Member Community (become a member to join), or our specialty group online communities.

Other links to help connect to opportunities include: