- Conservation Manager, University of St. Michael’s College
- Textile Conservator, ThePeople’s History Museum
- Book Conservator, Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium
- Preventive Conservation Intern: Endeavour, Royal Museums Greenwich
- Short Term Conservator Position, Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
- Assistant Conservator, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology – Harvard University
- Special Collections Conservator, Hesburgh Libraries – University of Notre Dame
- Executive Director, TheIntermuseum Conservation Association
- Historic Buildings Researcher, The Tavernor
- Architectural and Sculpture Conservator, Kreilick Conservation
- Program Assistant, The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC)
1. CONSERVATION MANAGER, University of St. Michael’s College (Toronto, Canada)
- Closing Date: March 23, 2017
- Department: John M. Kelly Library
- Compensation: $60,000 – $65,000 depending on qualifications
This position reports to the Chief Librarian and is responsible for establishing, maintaining, and leading the conservation and preservation program for the circulating, rare book, and archival collections of the John M. Kelly Library and the University of St. Michael’s College Archives.
The Kelly Library is the largest federated college library at the University of Toronto. It is also one of more than 40 libraries at the university. The Collection is strong in the humanities, including Catholic theology, the Middle Ages, book history and media, Celtic Studies, and English, French, Italian, Slavic and German literature.
PRIMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION
Reporting to the Chief Librarian, the incumbent performs duties related to the conservation and preservation of library materials, particularly book and paper conservation, using specialized techniques to restore, repair and conserve rare and precious material. The position is responsible for contributing to and carrying out conservation policies, implementing treatment procedures, assessing, evaluating, and prioritizing items for treatment. Maintains and monitors proper storage and handling of materials. Ensures adherence to rules for the access to and use of rare materials. Acts as resource person and instructs others.
- Oversees the daily operations of the conservation studio (newly built 1,032 square foot studio, ready for use March 13, 2017);
- Develops and implements policies for internal staff use of the conservation studio;
- Working closely with the Chief Librarian and staff from Finance, assists in the development and implementation of a business model for the conservation studio for rental use and for repairing/restoring materials from external institutions;
- Uses specialized techniques to repair, bind, clean and preserve materials, including leather, cloth and paper; 5. Conducts all aspects of book and paper conservation;
- Determines and executes appropriate physical treatment of items, assessing and evaluating materials to determine whether repair work can be completed internally or requires an external expert;
- Maintains and monitors proper storage and handling of materials;
- Manages adherence to applicable health and safety regulations and guidelines in the studio space.
- Acts as resource person, resolving problems, providing information, and instructing others on matters related to conservation, preservation, handling & display of library materials, including digitization plans;
- Assesses and monitors collections and their physical spaces;
- Prepares and delivers presentations about the Library’s Conservation activities;
- Maintains close working relationships with the special collections staff;
- Assists with the Exhibit Program, advising on best practices for access and exhibits and assisting in mounting physical materials for exhibitions;
- Manages and trains staff including full-time and part-time staff members, students, volunteers and other assistants;
- Use performance management techniques to monitor and demonstrate achievement of agreed service levels and to lead on improvement;
- Maintains Kelly Library Disaster Plan for the collections and provides leadership during emergency or disaster situations and disaster preparedness activities;
- Establishes and maintains a record-keeping system;
- Maintains supplies and equipment for conservation and preservation;
- Develops and maintains efficient workflow patterns;
- Documents in writing and with photographs the current condition of rare and intrinsically valuable material;
- Responsible for own professional development and is active at the regional and local levels; keeps up-to-date on state of the art practices and new developments;
- Performs other conservation and preservation functions as required.
- Master’s degree in Conservation from a recognized university or college.
- Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills
- Technical and ethical knowledge of conservation issues relating to the conservation of books and paper;
- Adaptable, flexible, and able to work with a team;
- Minimum of 1 year supervisory experience.
- Experience working in an academic environment;
- Minimum of three years? experience with book and paper conservation work post degree; Experience working with a wide variety of staff and faculty.
- Physical Requirements:
- Excellent hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity;
- Able to work standing up for many hours;
- Able to operate light machinery (board shear, backing press, standing press);
- Able to lift and carry moderate (12 kilos) weight;
- Must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when required.
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of St. Michael’s College is committed to equity in employment and diversity. If you require accessibility accommodation, please contact Suzanne Ramnauth, Human Resources Officer at 416-926-7118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your application to email@example.com, to the attention of Suzanne Ramnauth, Human Resources Officer. Please include position title in subject line of email when submitting resume and cover letter.
Applications should address the selection criteria with a letter of interest and curriculum vitae that includes the names and contact information for three references. Please submit these items as a single PDF with a file name that begins with applicant’s last name.
2. TEXTILE CONSERVATOR, The People’s History Museum (Manchester UK)
- Closing date: April 4, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.
- GBP20,661 (plus employer pension contribution 21.6%, salary cost GBP25,100)
- Initial two-year contract with possible extension
- Based at Textile Conversation Studio, People’s History Museum, Manchester
The People’s History Museum is the home of ideas worth fighting for – where our radical past can inspire and motivate people to take action – to shape a future where ideas of democracy, equality, justice and co-operation are thriving.
In 2010 the Museum re-opened following a ?12.5 million redevelopment project which included the development of a state-of-the-art, purpose-built conservation studio. Since 2010 the museum has attracted national and international press coverage, is embedded as a key cultural attraction in Greater Manchester, and has achieved annual visitor numbers of over 100,000.
The Museum is looking for a dedicated conservation professional to join its small and proactive Collections and Engagement Team, supporting the Senior Conservator and delivering our ambitious Business Plan for 2016-2020 and beyond. The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience of textile conservation, packing and storing textile collections and monitoring collections environments – either through paid or voluntary experience.
With a good understanding of the current challenges to the conservation sector, textile handling and their care, the successful candidate will become a part of the Museum’s renowned Textile Conservation Studio (TCS) and contribute to its ongoing work and development. The successful candidate will be committed to engaging visitors and stakeholders with the work of TCS including contributing to the public programs, for example by providing behind the scenes tours.
For more details about TCS please visit our website www.phm.org.uk/our-collection/textile-conservation-studio/ or search for ‘phmconservation’ on Instagram.
For enquires relating to the Conservator role and the Textile Conservation Studio, please contact Jenny van Enckevort, Senior Conservator, firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone +44 0161 838 9190.
For further information download the job description & person specification from www.phm.org.uk/about-us/vacancies/.
Please submit your completed application form to Jenny van Enckevort, Senior Conservator, email@example.com, or post to People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER.
Interview date: Tuesday, April 11 , 2017. We will ask you to bring along a portfolio of your work to date to discuss at interview.
3. BOOK CONSERVATOR, Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium (Cambridge, UK)
- Closing date: April 7, 2017
- Interviews will be held in the week commencing April 18, 2017
Corpus Christi College is offering a full-time post for a Book Conservator with comprehensive experience of book, paper and parchment conservation practice to join the small teamworking in the Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium studio based at the College.
The studio has a busy schedule of work, carrying out interventive conservation treatments and providing preservation advice and support on both library and archive materials for the fourteen members of the Cambridge Colleges? Conservation Consortium.
The position provides the opportunity to work on a wide range of materials from incunables and rare books to modern archives, and to cover paper, parchment and binding conservation. Experience of historical binding structures and the ability to carry out high quality interventive conservation work is essential.
The successful applicant will have a proven record of excellent practical skills and be looking to develop their professional experience. They will be dedicated and self-motivated, able to work both on their own and as part of a small team. Excellent communication and report-writing skills as well as a diplomatic approach are essential. The postholder will have a degree or diploma, preferably with postgraduate conservation training or equivalent experience, as well as a passion for the subject.
In return, you will receive a competitive salary, excellent benefits and conditions of employment, including a pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, car parking and use of College facilities.
HOW TO APPLY
- Complete our application formand equal opportunities form
- Enclose your current Curriculum Vitae.
- Explain your interest in the position and how you fit the role as described in the Job Description/Person Specification, using the Suitability for Employment section of the Application Form, or a covering letter.
- Your application forms must be accompanied by a portfolio of recent work including photographs (maximum three projects) These should be sent electronically as PDFs.
- Send your completed application to: HR Manager, Corpus Christi College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RH.
4. PREVENTIVE CONSERVATION INTERN: ENDEAVOUR, Royal Museums Greenwich (Greenwich/Kidbrooke, London, UK)
- Closing date: April 9, 2017
- Interview date: 20 April 2017
- 12-month fixed term contract
- GBP 19,200
This post is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Do you have a keen interest in cultural heritage and a desire to learn, develop new skills and play an active role in the preservation and care of our collection? With three historic museum locations and the Cutty Sark set within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can look forward to a genuinely inspiring place to work and discover your potential.
This will be a varied role encompassing all aspects of preventive conservation and assisting with the delivery of four new permanent galleries where an additional 1000 objects from our collection will be displayed.
It is a work-based learning opportunity where you will be trained, supervised, and mentored by a senior specialist. To enable an inclusive recruitment process, the application will assume no prior work or academic experience of conservation, or the museum sector, but focus on the ability to demonstrate those key skills given in the job description.
For a full job description and details of how to apply, please visit: www.rmg.co.uk/jobs.
5. SHORT TERM CONSERVATOR POSITION, Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (St. Leonard, MD, USA)
- Closing date: April 10, 2017 no later than 5:00 p.m.
- Salary: Not to exceed $7,200; $15/hour Employment
Conservation Project at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory – Maryland Department of Planning/Maryland Historical Trust/Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum.
The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), a sub-program of the Maryland Historical Trust (Maryland Department of Planning) located at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard, Calvert County Maryland, is seeking an entry-level Conservator of archaeological materials for a short-term project.
The Conservator will work under the direction of the MAC Lab’s Head Conservator on a collection of Native American petroglyphs, housed at the MAC Lab. The 12-week project will include a detailed inventory and condition survey, surface cleaning of the petroglyphs, the development of a conservation strategy, and rehousing.
The position is open to current graduate students and recent graduates of an accredited Conservation graduate program. Experience in stone conservation is desirable, but not required. The applicant must be able to lift 50 pounds, work on ladders or in crouching positions, have experience with taking and processing photographs, and experience with computers operating the Windows Office Suite (Work, Excel, and Access), or other equivalent computer software programs. Prior training in health and safety and the use of lifting and moving equipment is desired. The applicant must be a US citizen or have a currently valid work visa.
The conservator will receive compensation in an amount not to exceed $7,200, based on the number of hours worked during the 12-week project period at a rate of $15.00 per hour.
The following must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date above in order to be considered for this position:
- Cover letter explaining your interest in this position.
- Resume containing academic and professional histories.
- Contact information for professional references.
If submissions are incomplete, the application may be removed from consideration. Submissions received after the closing date will not be accepted.
All items should be send by email to, and all inquiries directed to Nichole Doub, Head Conservator, MAC Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +1 410.586.8577.
6. ASSISTANT CONSERVATOR, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology – Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA)
- Applications are being received March 10 through April 15, 2017
This position is responsible for care and conservation of fragile three-dimensional objects that are part of the Museum’s collection. As a member of the Museum’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) team, the Assistant Conservator is responsible for completing detailed conservation condition assessments; cleaning and deinfesting objects as needed; undertaking object conservation stabilization and treatments; developing housing prototypes for complex composite objects; and working in collaboration with collections assistants in moving heavy large and/or very fragile objects.
This is a term position for two-years beginning July 1, 2017.
For detailed position description, requirements, and to apply for this position, see http://hr.harvard.edu/search-jobs, position No. 41867BR.
7. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS CONSERVATOR, Hesburgh Libraries – University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)
- Review of applications will begin on April 24, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled
The Special Collections Conservator stabilizes and preserves rare and unique library and archival collections in support of the Hesburgh Libraries active teaching, research, digitization, and exhibition programs.
This work principally involves the design and execution of specialized treatments to stabilize individual items and collections of items. Positioned within the Specialized Collection Services Program, the Special Collections Conservator works as part of the Conservation and Analog Preservation Unit under the direction of the Unit Head, in support of the departments of Rare Books and Special Collections, University Archives, and Digitization.
- Performs a broad range of specialized treatments to stabilize and preserve books, manuscripts and other library and archival collection objects for use, including the creation of custom protective enclosures and other preventative solutions.
- Performs condition and vulnerability assessments; collaborates to develop and prioritize strategic treatment solutions for individual items and collections; and prepares written and photographic treatment documentation.
- Provides oversight for a Gladys Brooks-funded Conservation Fellow.
- Collaborates on digitization projects, including project planning, assessing materials’ vulnerabilities, and facilitating collection preservation during imaging. Provides preventative solutions and remedial stabilization treatments as appropriate.
- Supports exhibitions through collaborative assessments, stabilization treatments, and the development of display solutions.
- Aids in the provision of care and handling protocol and education to support active use of the collections, including class use, digitization, and exhibitions.
- Participates in the Libraries Collections Emergency Response Team.
- Develops and participates in preservation outreach and training initiatives.
- Assists with the development of conservation staff, interns, and volunteers.
- Participates in the planning and development of the Libraries conservation facilities and services.
- As a member of the library faculty, this position also contributes to the Hesburgh Libraries, the University of Notre Dame, and the profession through activities such as committee work, publishing, and service in professional organizations.
- Extensive knowledge of current and emerging library and archival book and paper conservation principles and practices, as evidenced by a graduate degree in conservation or equivalent
- Minimum of one year of experience specifying and performing specialized conservation treatments in a research library or archives setting
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- In depth understanding of the physical and chemical nature of books, paper, and other collection artifacts
- Appreciation for the evolving context of modern research libraries and archives
- Creative and flexible problem-solving skills
- Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a highly collaborative team
- 3-5 years of professional conservation experience
- Experience supervising of students or interns in a conservation lab setting
For more details on this position and to apply, visit: http://apply.interfolio.com/41222.
Any questions related to the job, send them to:
Head, Conservation and Analog Preservation Services
Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame
Tel: +1 (574) 631-4643
8. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, The Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA) (Cleveland, OH)
- Application deadline: May 15, 2017 or until the position is filled
The Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA), located in Cleveland, Ohio, is currently seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director. Reporting directly to the board, the ED is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.
Resumes with cover letters will be accepted until May 15, 2017 or until the position is filled. Email cover letters and resumes to the search committee at: email@example.com.
For a detailed position description and application information, please see www.ica-artconservation.org/about/career/.
9. HISTORIC BUILDINGS RESEARCHER, The Tavernor (London, UK)
The Tavernor Consultancy provides advice and produces reports on design issues and planning policy related to developments in historic contexts. Most of our projects are in London and many are large scale, high profile schemes. We work closely with leading architects (see our website www.tavernorconsultancy.co.uk).
We are looking for someone who may have experience, or is willing to learn how to research the history of buildings and sites through on-line, library and archive sources, contribute to the writing of Townscape, Heritage and Visual Impact Assessments, and to undertake administrative tasks in support of the directors.
You will preferably have a degree in either architecture, history or the humanities, and a demonstrable interest in the built environment. You will be able to interpret a variety of information, write clearly and work independently. Knowledge of the UK planning system and/or IHBC membership is desirable, and familiarity with photoshop.
- Starting salary £27,000 pa (subject to review after 3-month probationary period)
- Appointment fulltime (subject to a 3-month probationary appointment) starting as early in April 2017 as possible.
Please do not phone us. If you are interested please email your CV and contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject header, ‘Historic Buildings Researcher.’ We will contact suitable candidates for interview.
10. ARCHITECTURAL AND SCULPTURE CONSERVATOR, Kreilick Conservation, LLC (Oreland, PA, USA)
- Position open until filled
Kreilick Conservation, LLC, is a private firm specializing in the conservation of architecture, sculpture, monuments, industrial artifacts, and objects. We are seeking a qualified candidate with 3-5 years of experience to fill one full time position with our Philadelphia-area based firm.
Responsibilities may include conducting condition assessments, research, field investigation and testing, treatment design and implementation, and report writing, as well as project management.
Qualifications for this position include a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from an accredited graduate program, preferably with a focus in conservation of metals and masonry. Strong analytical skills, flexibility and resourcefulness are necessary, as is proficiency in standard software including Microsoft Office Suite. Strong graphic skills also preferred, including proficiency in design software such as Adobe Photoshop, Sketchup and AutoCAD, or equivalent. Ability to work at heights (i.e. scaffolding and high-reach) is required. The Conservator is expected to work independently and as a team member; and must display both excellent hand skills and strong communication skills. Travel is required.
Kreilick Conservation, LLC offers a salary/benefits package commensurate with experience and skill level.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to: T. Scott Kreilick, email@example.com.
Kreilick Conservation, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
11. PROGRAM ASSISTANT, The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (Washington DC, USA)
The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) seeks a part-time Program Assistant for its Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program. The CAP program provides assessments of collections and buildings at reduced rates for small and mid-sized museums in the United States. In 2016, FAIC signed a three-year cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop and manage the program.
The CAP Assistant will work with the CAP Coordinator to provide program support, which includes managing the application process; providing support for museums and assessors; promoting the program; and assisting with program evaluation and financial reporting. Please see the position description below for a more complete list of duties and desired qualifications.
This is a part-time position (20 hours per week), with an annual salary of $22,000, located in Washington, DC.
To see the full job description, visit: www.conservation-us.org/our-organizations/work-for-us.