Trainee Art Handling Technicians

Organisation: National Galleries of Scotland

Salary: £21,055

Location: Edinburgh

Full time, Fixed Term
2 x roles from April 2023 for 5 months
Salary £21,055 per annum pro rata (Band 8)
Plus generous benefits package


Are you looking for a job with a difference where no two days are the same? Discover our exciting opportunities to gain some experience as a Trainee Art Handling Technician. Whilst it would help if you like art and are interested in it, it’s not essential. You’ll work across all four of our stunning Galleries based in the heart of Edinburgh as well as our arts store at Granton Art Centre handling our incredible art and being part of the team installing exciting exhibitions.

The Art Movement Team works to national standards supporting complex national and international programming in the handling, packing, movement, installation and location tracking of a wide variety of artworks, including NGS Collection works and those on loan to NGS.

In this role you will ensure the safe movement, transportation and installation of all artworks within the NGS, including collections from and returns of artworks to lenders. You will also assist in maintaining the upkeep of the storage areas, exhibits, tools and equipment.


In all that you do you will be part of a small, dedicated team supported by the Art Handling Technicians and the Senior Art Handling Technicians. Reporting to the Art Movement Manager your responsibilities will include:

Providing safe and efficient movement of art works, packing and unpacking objects.

Maintaining location records and relevant paperwork following NGS procedures.

Sharing responsibility for the care and maintenance of equipment, including highlighting any concerns as appropriate.

Developing an awareness of and commitment to health and safety compliance and best practice.


In answering our quick questions tell us more about you, how you meet the requirements, and what you will bring to the role. This will be your opportunity to stand out as well as tell us what you are looking for from us. To succeed in this role, you’ll need the following range of knowledge, skills, and experience:

You must have excellent manual dexterity and high standards of accuracy and attention to detail.

Some experience in the safe handling and movement of works of art would be advantageous.

Calm and methodical approach to work.

You will have a helpful manner and flexible approach, great communication skills and enjoy working flexibly as part of a team and committed to getting the job done.

An ability to recognise potential issues and consider when to seek advice.

Apply sound judgement with regards to maintaining confidentiality.

Good IT skills.

Commitment to updating skills and knowledge.

The following knowledge and experience would also be desirable:

Awareness of Health and Safety issues in the workplace.

Some experience of working at height and manual handling.

Current Driving License.

Application Deadline: Tuesday 28/02/2023