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Conservators help preserve art and other important historical items by preventing deterioration and repairing damage.


Conservators with one to five years' experience usually earn

$55K-$70K per year

Conservators with more than 10 years' experience usually earn

$70K-$82K per year

Source: Museums Aotearoa, 2018.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a conservator are poor due to low turnover and the small size of the occupation.
Anna Whitehead stands over a light table fixing a badly damaged map

Conservators preserve and repair valuable items (Photo: Sarah Drake, Archives New Zealand)

Last updated 6 August 2018