- Digital Preservation Librarian, James Madison University Libraries and Educational Technologies
- Conservation Scientist, Canadian Conservation Institute – Canadian Heritage
- Project Conservator, Glamorgan Archives
- Pictorial Art Conservator, The British Museum
- Mellon Fellowship 2017- 2018, Historic New England
- Conservation Officer, Telford & Wrekin Council
- Conservator-Restorator, The University of Leuven
- Project Conservator, High Life Highland
- Internship in Textiles Conservation, Bowes Museum
- NEH Fellowship in Painting Conservation, Chrysler Museum of Art
- Photography Conservator, M+
- Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator, Center for Creative Photography – University of Arizona
- Executive Director, Ica Art Conservation
- Conservator of Paper, The Balboa Art Conservation Center
- Paintings Conservator, ARTEX Fine Art Services
- Kress Fellowship, University of Virginia Library
- Junior Objects Conservator, Conservation Ltd
1. DIGITAL PRESERVATION LIBRARIAN, James Madison University (JMU) Libraries and Educational Technologies (Harrisonburg, VA, USA)
- Review date: April 19, 2017
- Closing date: Open Until Filled
- Full-time, tenure track
- ALA-accredited MLS or international equivalent.
- Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation issues, strategies, standards, and best practices.
- Familiarity with national and international collaborative digital preservation efforts.
- Demonstrated experience with preservation metadata standards.
- An understanding of digital objects in various formats and best practices and standards associated with each format.
- Knowledge of tools and technology standards used in digital library environments.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills.
- Demonstrated project management, problem-solving and analytical skills.
- Strong service orientation.
- Demonstrated ability to work with library and university constituencies, faculty, and staff.
- Ability to work creatively and collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment.
- Ability to adapt to and lead change.
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate, schedule and handle extensive and complex workloads.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively prioritize work to ensure departmental and library goals are realized.
Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with:
- Digital repository management systems such as Hydra, Fedora, and DSpace.
- Digital preservation tools such as BitCurator, Archivematica, Preservica, BagIT, and JHOVE.
- Application of emulation technologies for digital preservation strategies.
- Markup languages such as HTML and XML.
- Style sheets such as CSS and XSL.
- XML-related technologies and RDF.
- Application of Linked Data URIs in metadata records.
- Digital preservation systems in an enterprise-scale environment.
- Agile project management methodologies.
- Professional work experience in the field of digital preservation, digital libraries or digital repositories.
- Success in acquiring and developing grant-funded projects.
To see a full job description and to apply, visit: https://joblink.jmu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1492106818687.
2. CONSERVATION SCIENTIST, Canadian Conservation Institute – Canadian Heritage (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
- Closing date: April 23, 2017 at 23:59 p.m. Pacific Time
- $65,551 to $78,522
Conservation scientists carry out research and provide scientific services to assess the chemical and physical properties of historic and artistic objects, natural history specimens and related materials. In this position, you will develop new, or modify existing, techniques, methodologies or instrumentation pertaining to the study, scientific examination and physical and chemical analysis of cultural property through scientific research. You will also communicate concepts, ideas and research results through written reports and publications or oral communications.
Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
For more information about the job posting, click here.
3. PROJECT CONSERVATOR, Glamorgan Archives (Cardiff, UK)
- Applications closing date: April 24, 2017
- Grade 6 (GBP23,398 – GBP27,668)
Glamorgan’s Blood: Dark Arteries, Old Veins – Cataloguing and Conserving the Records of the National Coal Board
Glamorgan’s Blood: Dark Arteries, Old Veins is a project funded by the Wellcome Trust to catalogue and conserve the records of the Glamorgan area of the National Coal Board (NCB).
The NCB collection is one of the largest held by Glamorgan Archives, comprising 344 boxes, 575 rolls and 707 volumes, and ranging in date from 1799 to 1989. It includes both paper records and photographic media. Despite the inadequate finding aids, the collection is our fifth most frequently consulted. It includes pre-vesting date colliery records for Glamorgan, records of pits operated by the NCB, and plans and photographic collections relating to the whole South Wales Area. There are records of previously privately owned companies, subsidiary industries and miners’ welfare, including hospitals, pit baths, cottage rents and rescue associations.
Working with a Project Archivist, the Project Conservator will establish conservation priorities for the Collection, carry out remedial conservation work, address the storage requirements of the Collection, supervise staff and volunteers in cleaning and repackaging work, and plan for the future digitization of unusable material. You will work together with the Glamorgan Archives team and other stakeholders to ensure that this ambitious project fulfils its objective to support diverse research audiences and engage fully with the public.
The successful candidate will hold an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in paper conservation, a diploma or Society of Archivists/ARA certificate in conservation or equivalent qualification. You will be an excellent communicator who can liaise effectively with staff and volunteers as well as planning and delivering community engagement activities.
This is an excellent opportunity to help us ensure the future preservation and continued accessibility of a varied and significant archive collection, to work in a large and well-equipped studio in a modern purpose-built environment within Wales’ largest local authority archive service, and to address a variety of materials including paper, maps and plans, and photographic media.
This is a fixed-term post available for 2 years from appointment.
For an informal discussion please contact Rhian Diggins, email@example.com, Tel: +44 029 2087 2299.
This post is temporary until May 31, 2019.
Internal candidates who wish to apply for this position on a secondment basis must obtain approval prior to application using Form SEC1 (4.C.081). Requests may only be approved by the relevant Director/ Assistant Director/ Chief Officer or senior nominated officer graded no lower than OM2 or in the case of schools based staff the Headteacher / Governing Body.
We welcome applications in both English and Welsh. Applications received in Welsh will not be treated less favorably than English applications.
To apply candidates will need to visit www.cardiff.gov.uk/jobs.
4. PICTORIAL ART CONSERVATOR, The British Museum (London, UK)
- Application deadline: April 27, 2017
- Full time
- Fixed Term: Fixed Term: 6 months in duration from 6 June 2017, with the possibility of extension up to 13 months
- GBP 25,872 per annum pro-rata
The British Museum has an opportunity for a Conservator to care for the collection through a combination of interventive and preventive measures, specifically relating to pictorial art. The Department of Conservation works to preserve the Museum’s collection for present and future generations, as well as providing a greater understanding of the materials, the meaning and the context of each object.
The post-holder will utilize their specialist knowledge in the area of East and South Asian paintings and calligraphy to support the Museum’s loan and exhibition program. You will be based at the Hirayama Studio and will contribute to the conservation of East and South Asian pictorial art on paper and silk and assist with the care of the collection through dedicated projects on collections in store.
With a recognized professional conservation qualification to degree level, or equivalent, you will have practical museum, gallery library or archive sector experience. You will have a demonstrable interest in the conservation of East/South Asian material and will be knowledgeable about contemporary principles and practice in preventive conservation.
We are looking for a motivated and collaborative individual, who can thrive as part of a team but also work independently to set deadlines. As this role involves presenting work publicly, you will be an effective communicator and will maintain strong attention to detail.
To apply, please visit our website.
5. MELLON FELLOWSHIP 2017- 2018, Historic New England (Boston, MA, USA)
- Application deadline: April 28, 2017
Historic New England is seeking applications for a 12-month postgraduate fellowship in the conservation of objects/ wooden artifacts beginning in the fall of 2017.
This fellowship provides an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the examination, care and treatment of objects held in the collection. Historic New England is the oldest and largest regional preservation organization in the United States, and owns and operates 37 historic house museums in five states, from Rhode Island[i] to mid-coast Maine. With more than 123,000 objects, Historic New England has the most comprehensive and best documented collection of New England decorative arts and household furnishings in the country. These collections, which date from the mid-seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, include a range of domestic items including European and American decorative arts, furniture, textiles, wallpaper and paintings, as well as cooking, lighting and heating equipment.
The successful candidate will work closely with the objects and wooden artifacts conservators in a spacious, productive and well-equipped conservation laboratory and will participate in all aspects and duties of the conservation lab including the examination, care and treatment of collection objects, preventive conservation, risk management and Integrated Pest Management, both within the collection facilities and on-site at Historic New England houses around New England.
Projects for the year include treatment and preparation for the upcoming exhibition -From Head to Toe: Four centuries of Hats and Shoes from Historic New England’s Collection, and a focus on IPM assessment of several target properties. Additional projects may include collections surveys, addressing environmental issues, speaking at public programs, and preventive care activities at individual house museums.
Candidates must be graduates of a conservation training program or have equivalent experience. International candidates will not be considered unless they currently possess a visa to work in the United States. The stipend for the fellowship is $27,500 a year plus health care benefits. Additional funding is available for travel and research. The fellowship is based at Historic New England’s Conservation Laboratory located in the Haverhill facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts, approximately 45 minutes north of Boston.
Applications will be accepted through April 28, 2017. Please send curriculum vitae and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to Historic New England, 151 Essex Street, Haverhill, MA 01832, Attn: Michaela Neiro, Objects Conservator.
Historic New England is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
6. CONSERVATION OFFICER, Telford & Wrekin Council (Telford, UK)
- Applications deadline: April 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
- Interview Date: May 5, 2017
- £29,854 – £32,164 pa
- 37 hours per week, full-time
The postholder will work to formulate and implement policies for the promotion of good design and the protection and enhancement of the built environment of the Borough with an emphasis on Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings, archaeology and other areas of historic and architectural interest particularly in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. There will also be opportunities to work with clients and projects located outside of the Borough.
Working to the Development Team Group Manager the post holder’s duties will include:
- To be a senior professional officer within the Development Management Unit giving conservation advice to develop, shape and influence the policies of the Council and external organizations which relate to the World Heritage Site and other Conservation Areas/Listed Buildings. To seek to ensure the protection, enhancement and interpretation of the Borough’s built heritage.
- To formulate a Council wide strategy for the conservation and enhancement of the built environment and provide specialist input into the Council’s Statutory plans.
- Provide detailed specialist conservation and design advice for the Development Management Service Area and external bodies as appropriate.
- To negotiate with developers, architects, owners and other groups on development proposals and schemes and the need for planning and other applications as necessary.
- To act as the Council’s representative at appeals and inquiries, providing proofs of evidence and appearing as expert witness as required.
- To prepare leaflets, advice notes, design and development briefs to promote appropriate new development and the sensitive and correct care, repair and maintenance of buildings and structures of architectural or historical interest.
- Applicants will have:
- A recognized post graduate qualification in conservation or equivalent
- Significant post qualification experience related to specialist conservation practice and design issues.
- A qualification in architecture, urban design or town planning.
To see a job description and person specification, and to apply online, visit: https://www.wmjobs.co.uk/job/13325/conservation-officer/. Sorry but CV’s will not be accepted.
For an informal discussion please contact Keith Harris, Group Manager on +44 01952 384601.
7. CONSERVATOR-RESTORATOR, The University of Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)
- Apply no later thanApril 30, 2017
The University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Book Heritage Lab, is looking for a conservator-restorator for the Khirbet Mird Papyrus Project (contract part-time, 10 months). The papyrus fragments (7th-8th century AD) are originating from Khirbet Mird, near Qumran at the Dead Sea Desert.
More information and full job description can be read at: https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/54084496?lang=en.
8. PROJECT CONSERVATOR, High Life Highland (Inverness, Scotland)
- Applications closing date: May 5, 2017
- Interview date: June 6, 2017
- Ref HLH/1703/11
- 12 months’ contract
The date for the post has been put back a month, due to a small number of applications.
Inverness, the gateway to the Highlands of Scotland where there is a wonderful array of outdoor activities, both relaxing or challenging (something for everybody), with reputably the cleanest air in the British Isles, surrounded by lochs and mountains.
High Life Highland is seeking an experienced Conservator to undertake practical preservation and conservation work on materials including paper & parchment documents, books & maps.
This is an opportunity for a Project Conservator to be employed on a full-time basis in the Highland Archive Services Conservation Studio in Inverness. The post holder will support the Senior Conservator on a variety of current and upcoming grant awarded projects. The ability to prioritize tasks, meet tight deadlines and to work on own initiative is essential.
If the current work flow continues, the contract may be extended.
- To support the Senior Conservator in the operation of the Conservation Studio external contract deadlines.
- To undertake and maintain professional conservation and preservation work to national and international standards.
- To support the external conservation services offered by High Life Highland.
Key duties and responsibilities include:
- Survey the conservation needs of any documents requiring treatment, assess the nature of the damage and determine suitable repair treatment.
- Undertake practical preservation and conservation work to stabilize and preserve material being worked on, including paper & parchment documents, books & maps.
- Maintain a comprehensive record of all fragile documents and conservation work completed, noting methods and materials employed during treatment with the aid of CALM software.
- Assist in the promotion and development of the external conservation service.
- Maintain current awareness of professional developments in the conservation profession.
Essential attributes: In order to be able to carry out the duties of this post effectively and safely, candidates will be able to provide evidence of the following:
Experience: You will have an excellent knowledge of the appropriate conservation methods, preservation and collections care for a wide range of physical media including paper, parchment, maps, bindings, seals and photographs.
Education and Qualifications:
- You will have a recognized qualification in paper conservation covering the conservation of books and documents (for example: Archives & Records Association Certificate in Archive Conservation, BA or Diploma in Archive Conservation, PACR via ARA (UK & Ireland) or ICON) or equivalent.
- You will be accredited or working towards accreditation.
- The ability to understand and implement technical solutions.
- You will be able to lift and carry awkward and heavy objects. Specialist equipment such as trolleys will be provided where necessary.
- The ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and to work on own initiative.
Skills/Abilities Specific to the Post:
- You will be a methodical, accurate and tidy person with extensive knowledge of the relevant professional standards, guidelines and equipment used in archival conservation and preservation.
- You will be able to communicate effectively in person, by telephone and in writing and be confident in the use of ICT packages, including Microsoft Office and CALM.
Interpersonal and Social Skills
- The ability to work alone and as part of a team.
- Good interpersonal skills.
For more details about the post please contact Richard Aitken, Senior Conservator on +44 01463 256438, or email@example.com.
To apply, please follow this link http://highlifehighland.com/recruitment. Use the job description & person specification to apply using Application Form A.
9. INTERNSHIP IN TEXTILES CONSERVATION, Bowes Museum (Barnard Castle, UK)
- Applications closing date: May 8, 2017 at 12:00 midday
- Interviews will be held on May 29, 2018 TBC
- Ref IIP1702
- 12 months Internship starting June / July 2017
- Educational Stipend: GBP16,000
- Internship will commence: July TBC
The Bowes Museum, in partnership with Icon, and with the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund is offering a program of Textile Conservation internships from 2014 to 2019. The intern to work within the conservation department, and alongside the department of textile and dress.
The Bowes’ formed one of the earliest collections of European textiles in Britain, including tapestries, embroideries, furnishing textiles, lace, quilts and carpets. The costume collection includes haute couture from the 1860s onwards, with an important group of costume and accessories which belonged to Empress Eugenie of France. More information is available at www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk
The intern will join the Textile Conservator in working towards the re-display of the Textiles and Dress Gallery though conservation assessments, treatments and mounting. As part of the conservation team, the interns will gain practical, preventive and workplace skills, tailored to help them develop their careers in conservation.
Other projects throughout the year will include:
- Temporary exhibitions and displays
- Pest management program in the textile and dress stores
- Care of textiles on open display, including upholstery and carpets
- Ongoing improvements to the textile and costume stores, including of the Blackbourne Lace Collection
- Regular contributions to The Bowes Museum blog
- Assisting with conservation-related enquiries
- Publicizing the work of the department through networking with other professionals, attending conferences, publications, etc.
Candidates will be asked to present a portfolio with evidence of their conservation work and/or related textile skills, at the interview.
You can apply for this placement if you have a recognized qualification in conservation, preferably specializing in textiles. Applicants wishing to pursue a career in textiles conservation, without formal training, but with a demonstrable interest in museums conservation and heritage, and able to demonstrate a high level of manual dexterity will also be considered. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Please apply using the application form on the Icon website only: http://icon.org.uk/what-is-conservation/internships.
Have questions? Write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. NEH FELLOWSHIP IN PAINTING CONSERVATION, Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, VA, USA)
- Deadline for applications: May 15, 2017
The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia is offering a one year fellowship in the conservation of paintings.
The Fellowship will focus on the study, examination, and treatment of paintings. The successful candidate will gain experience working on a wide range of paintings, from ancient to contemporary in the museum’s conservation laboratory. They will participate in all departmental activities including documentation, analysis, and research on the Chrysler’s extensive collection. The conservation fellow will also be involved in planning installations, changing exhibitions, assessments and loans as well as interacting with the public through gallery talks and demonstrations.
Fellowship will be available beginning in the fall of 2017, and will include a $33,000 stipend plus benefits, including health insurance and up to $1500 in travel allowance for research and conferences. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.
Eligibility: Candidates will be considered who are currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from a recognized conservation training program, or who have similar training or experience. The individual selected must be legally entitled to work in the United States. No visa assistance is available.
Interested candidates should submit their resume, two professional references as well as a cover letter. Finalists will be contacted and asked to submit examples from their portfolio of selected treatments. Send application materials to:
Chrysler Museum of Art
One Memorial Place
Norfolk, VA 23510
11. PHOTOGRAPHY CONSERVATOR, M+ (Cyberport Office, Hong Kong)
- Applications deadline: May 5, 2017
A cornerstone of the West Kowloon Cultural District, M+ is Hong Kong’s new museum for visual culture, encompassing twentieth and twenty-first century art, design and architecture, and moving image from Hong Kong, China, Asia, and beyond.
Since 2012, M+ has been presenting diverse public programs and exhibitions, and is amassing a permanent collection, in the run-up to the scheduled 2019 public opening of the museum building designed by Herzog & de Meuron with TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners HK.
The M+ Pavilion, the first permanent building to be completed in WKCD, will serve as the venue for the exhibitions organized by M+ in the run up to the completion of the main M+ building in 2019.
As part of the development of the team we are aiming to create a substantial Conservation team that will deal with the preventative and remedial conservation of the growing M+ Collection. The team will encompass various disciplines amongst which painting, objects, paper, photography and time-based media. For more information about the M+ collection, team and building development, please go to: enews.westkowloon.hk/career/conservators.pdf.
Reporting to the Senior Conservator, you will be an integral part of a growing conservation team to set up guidelines for the adequate development of preservation and conservation activities within M+ for one of the leading collections on contemporary visual culture in the world. You will be responsible for:
- contributing to the preservation of the M+ collection by participating in a wide range of traditional conservation activities such as producing condition reports and treatment proposals which include thorough documentation, performing treatments according to ethical standard, providing expert opinions on the condition of proposed acquisitions and works planned for loans and exhibitions, conducting environmental monitoring and IPM, and ensuring preventive maintenance necessary for the photographic works in the collection;
- playing an integral role to the development of conservation policies, procedures, protocols and workflows within the museum;
- conducting specialized research on the materials and techniques of artists represented in the collection and possibly investigating degradation processes, treatment options and efficacy of treatments;
- participating in extended conservation / preservation efforts such as developing guidelines for storage and display, best practices for conservation treatment, procedure and the proper care and handling of photographic works in the collection;
- playing a leading role in advising and training staff in best practices for the care, handling, display, storage, packing and shipping of photographic works;
- ensuring all other conservation elements such as mount making, environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, collections emergency preparedness and purchase of laboratory supplies, are considered to the highest possible standard;
- playing a fundamental role in supporting the planning for the conservation lab of the Conservation and Storage Facility (CSF) of the future museum and engaging as necessary in conservation and preservation-related special projects;
- communicating on conservation topics, if possible reporting on research results through publications or presentations at professional gatherings, in agreement with the Senior Conservator;
- keeping current on state-of-the-art conservation/preservation methods and techniques by reading relevant literature and attending presentations, seminars or training; and
- supervising conservation volunteers or interns as required.
- possess a master degree or a diploma from a recognized conservation training program with a specialization in photographic materials;
- have at least 5 years of practical postgraduate experience working on photography conservation and with substantial knowledge of traditional and recent photography techniques; institutional / museum experience is preferred;
- have proven experience treating and documenting a wide range of works to a high standard with full consideration of practical and ethical issues;
- have the ability to provide specialist advice for storage, transport and installation of works for display;
- be knowledgeable / interested in modern and contemporary art, architecture and design, photography and film preservation, including materials and techniques, and demonstrate expertise in diverse conservation techniques and theories; familiarity and experience with cultural materials in South East Asia would be advantageous;
- be an innovative and enthusiastic team player with strong critical thinking and applied problem solving skills;
- be able to work in a fast paced and continuously challenging environment;
- be proficient in MS Windows and / or Apple OS platform;
- and have strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills in English and preferably in Cantonese or Mandarin.
For interested parties, please submit your application along with your CV on or before 15 May 2017 via online application, or by mail quoting the name of the position, expected salary and your availability to:
Ms. Agnes Chan
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Units 608-613, Level 6, Core C, Cyberport 3
100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong
Data collected will only be used for job application processing. Applicants not being invited for interview within 4 weeks from 15 May 2017 may assume their applications unsuccessful.
All related information will be kept up to 24 months and all personal data will be destroyed afterwards.
For more information visit: www.westkowloon.hk, or contact Ms. Agnes Chan at +852 2200-0013.
12. ARTHUR J. BELL SENIOR PHOTOGRAPH CONSERVATOR, Center for Creative Photography – University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ, USA)
- Application Deadline: May 15, 2017
The University of Arizona’s (UA) Center for Creative Photography (CCP) seeks an Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator. The Conservator is expected to advance the vision and mission of CCP’s internationally-recognized collections, scholarship, and outreach programs by:
- Overseeing the CCP Conservation Laboratory including workflow, project and budget management, as well as the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of conservators, technicians, fellows, and interns.
- Managing the Arthur J. Bell Endowment, along with collaborating with CCP leadership and UA research units to identify, develop, and secure external funding support for preservation program objectives and projects.
- Maintain current awareness of photograph conservation principles and best practices, and be an active member of the photograph conservation community nationally and internationally.
- Engaging with students and the public through outreach programs that enhance CCP’s visibility and reinforces UA’s position as an arts and culture destination.
- Oversee and implement CCP preservation policies, procedures, practices and protocols in compliance with professional standards.
- Participate in activities that foster interdisciplinary collaboration among UA museums, collections, and allied academic programs to synergize efforts, optimize infrastructure, and develop coordinated programs.
- Master’s degree in Art Conservation with specialization in photographic materials, or equivalent education.
Demonstrated record of expertise in conservation of paper-based materials.
Demonstrated record of museum conservation experience.
Demonstrated record of scholarship in conservation or related field.
Demonstrated record of grant writing and project administration.
Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in art conservation including (2) years in arts-related organizations (museums, collections, non-profits), or position-relevant field.
- Recognized knowledge of Modern American photography.
- Demonstrated record in fundraising.
To submit your application or find additional details related to this position, please visit: https://uacareers.com/postings/17551.
13. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ICA Art Conservation (Cleveland, OH, USA)
- Applications deadline: May 15, 2017
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: email@example.com.
For a detailed position description and application information, please see www.ica-artconservation.org/about/career/.
14. CONSERVATOR OF PAPER, The Balboa Art Conservation Center (San Diego, CA, USA)
- Application deadline: May 15, 2017
The Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) seeks a collaboratively-minded and conservation treatment-oriented conservator of paper to become an integral part of the Center’s conservation staff. The paper department is currently staffed by 1.5 conservators of paper with part-time support of a conservation technician. The department is supported by the BACC Registrar.
BACC is an active, nonprofit, regional conservation center located in the heart of the beautiful and historic Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The Park is home to a campus of cultural institutions such as the San Diego Museum of Art, Timken Museum of Art, and San Diego History Center. Since its founding in 1975, BACC has been devoted to the preservation of material culture held in both public and private collections. The Center’s services cover a wide spectrum including the formulation and implementation of treatments for paintings, frames, and paper artifacts, technical examinations using microscopy, infrared reflectography, and x-radiography, preventive conservation assistance, and environmental, general, and collection specific surveys. Types of paper artifacts treated by BACC reflect the broad range of collections served and are of all periods and constructed with a broad array of materials. As the Center offers internships and fellowships on a regular basis, the working environment emphasizes an atmosphere of learning, collegiality, and cooperation.
The ideal candidate will have a solid background in paper conservation with a minimum of two years of post-graduate experience. They will have highly developed practical skills with ability to accurately assess deterioration and damage, formulate appropriate treatment protocols, and undertake treatments both independently and as part of a team. Innovative thinking is required for challenging projects as are good analytical and problem solving capabilities. Strong attention to detail while working to project deadlines and sound project management experience are essential strengths sought.
Position requirements include a Master’s Degree from an accredited conservation program or its equivalent in paper conservation, excellent writing ability, and good communication and interpersonal skills. Compensation is commensurate with experience while benefits are excellent and comprehensive.
Please submit applications by Monday, May 15, 2017 to:
Balboa Art Conservation Center
PO Box 3755
San Diego, CA 92163
Digital applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “Conservator of Paper Application.”
15. PAINTINGS CONSERVATOR, ARTEX Fine Art Services (Landover, MD, USA)
Reporting to the General Manager, and located at the Headquarters in the Landover, MD office. This position is responsible to carry out the examination, documentation, and treatment of paintings on behalf of ARTEX Fine Art Services.
Specific duties and responsibilities are as follows:
- Carry out physical examination and documentation of paintings on behalf of ARTEX Fine Art Services by:
- carrying out surveys of the physical condition of paintings to assist in the planning of treatment priorities;
- performing detailed examination of the materials, structure, and condition of paintings;
- operating specialized equipment such as stereo binocular microscopes, ultra-violet lamps, during painting examination and analysis;
- preparing written reports on the materials, structure, and condition of paintings, and on treatments proposed for those works and estimated costs;
- performing slide and digital photography as well as image processing;
- adhering to accepted professional standards and to the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice in all aspects of examination and documentation.
- Carry out complete conservation and restoration procedures of minor to major complexity on paintings, by:
- performing such treatments as solubility testing, consolidation, reduction of deformation, facing, lining, lining removal, surface cleaning, varnish removal, overpaint removal, infilling, inpainting, and surface coating application;
- implementing preventive conservation measures, frame modification, re-framing, and others, to prepare paintings for display, exhibition, loan, photography, or storage;
- operating specialized equipment such as the heated suction table, Willard heated spatula and hot air pen, aerosol generator, etc. during paintings conservation and restoration treatment;
- recording photographically the various stages of treatment to create a permanent documentary record;
- maintaining accurate records and preparing written final reports of the treatments carried out;
- maintaining an awareness of hazardous materials and performing duties in accordance with accepted standards of health and safety; ensuring that junior staff and interns follow safe procedures;
- adhering to accepted professional standards and to the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice in all aspects of conservation treatment.
- Contribute to the safe display, storage, and movement of paintings, by:
- recommending framing and hanging systems to ensure the physical safety of paintings;
- recommending safe environmental levels of light, temperature, and relative humidity;
- recommending safe packing methods for art works being stored or transported;
- advising on safe handling procedures.
- Perform other related duties, as required, including but not restricted to:
- participating in periodic inspections of works of art;
- collaboration on projects with other conservators, proposal writing, and site-visits.
- assisting other conservators in the examination and/or treatment of works of art;
- assembling specialized equipment such as humidity chambers, temporary stretchers, work surfaces, etc. and maintaining laboratory equipment and tools as required
The ideal candidate will possess the following as minimum qualifications:
- Master’s degree in Art Conservation, or equivalent combination of conservation training and experience.
- Periodic professional development through attendance of conservation workshops, seminars or professional conferences.
- Five or more years’ experience in the examination and treatment of paintings,
- Advanced skills in: examining paintings to establish their physical condition; distinguishing between original materials and later additions, recommending conservation measures and carrying through to completion restoration operations of minor to major complexity.
- Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the materials and techniques of traditional easel paintings on canvas, wood, and related supports.
- Thorough understanding of the mechanisms of physical, chemical, and biological deterioration of materials making up paintings
- Sound knowledge of the principles, processes, and practices involved in the preservation and treatment of paintings, both traditional and the most recent developments
- Understanding of safe handling, framing, crating, and shipping practices
If you feel that you possess the experience and qualifications outlined, please submit your cover letter, resume and salary history/requirements to our HR department at email@example.com for immediate consideration.
Consideration will be granted ONLY to those who possess the minimum requirements as stipulated above.
An EOE AA M/F/Veteran/Disability Employer.
16. KRESS FELLOWSHIP, University of Virginia Library (Charlottesville, VA, USA)
The University of Virginia Library seeks a thoughtful and talented candidate for a nine-month Graduate Conservation Fellowship at the University of Virginia Library. The fellowship is being made possible by a generous grant from the Kress Foundation.
The Graduate Fellow will work primarily with special collections materials from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, developing conservation treatment proposals, executing the approved treatment plan and maintaining documentation throughout. Given the UVA Library’s academic mission, the items prioritized for conservation treatment will support the instruction and outreach activities of the Library and treatment will facilitate access for research and classroom use. The Graduate Fellow will report to the Senior Book Conservator for UVA Library but will collaborate with other library staff as appropriate.
The salary from the grant is $32,000. The successful candidate will receive an additional $9,000 from the University Library, since benefits are not included.
To apply, please see UVa website: https://jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1491500559343
17. JUNIOR OBJECTS CONSERVATOR, Conservation Ltd (Christchurch, New Zealand)
This is a temporary full time position in a private practice for 6 months working for a tiny but busy private conservation practice working on a large number of different types of objects. Involves both practical treatment and documentation of objects from archaeological items to modern sculpture.
The position will involve working on site in various locations in Christchurch. Training opportunities will be given.
The position is only open to New Zealand or Australian Citizens or those holding a valid New Zealand work permit (This may include a working holiday visa).
The position will be allocated to the first suitable candidate. The position would be to start June 2017.
- Recognized graduate qualification in Conservation
- Must be qualified to become a full member of New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials (NZCCM) and willing to adhere to their code of ethics
- Experience working as an objects conservator in a Museum or Lab environment
- Familiarity with OSHA regulations and Health and Safety
- Reliable and responsible
- Full, Clean Driving License
- No criminal convictions
- Ability to work at heights and in small spaces and wear a mask if required
- Must be able to lift and carry
- Excellent English both written and spoken
- Excellent color vision and manual dexterity
- Confident in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
For further information or to apply please send a CV and covering letter to Emily Fryer, +64 3 9812598, firstname.lastname@example.org.