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The Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) works to create and maintain a forum and network for AIC members who are entering the field of conservation. This includes: undergraduate students, pre-program individuals, graduate students, and conservators with fewer than seven years experience including graduate school or other training. ECPN also encourages participation from established conservators and allied professionals. This page includes some of the resources developed for emerging conservation professionals.

To learn more about ECPN:

  • The formal charge and structure of ECPN and list of current officers is found on the Network’s page on the AIC website, as well as our current ECPN flier.
  • File:ICOM Building a Community Poster.pdf poster presented by ECPN at ICOM-CC 2014 explains the projects and demographics of the Network.
  • Blog posts written by ECPN can be found on the AIC blog by entering “ECPN” in the search box or by clicking this link.
  • For more information on how to get involved with ECPN, visit the Emerging page in Careers in Conservation on the AIC website.

Getting Started in Your Career

Conservation Education and Training

AIC's Guide to Conservation Education and Training describes options for training to become a conservator with a focus on the North American graduate programs and post-graduate opportunities.
Association of North American Graduate Programs in the Conservation of Cultural Property

Internships and Fellowships

Choosing a Specialty

Sharing Your Work


Research and Publishing

Connecting with Conservators


Outreach and Advocacy

Mentoring Program

Getting out on Your Own

Private Practice