Assistant Conservator, The Ringling

Job Title: Assistant Conservator
Location: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art – Sarasota, FL
Job ID: 37069
Full/Part Time: Full-Time                                                                            Regular/Temporary: Regular
Application Deadline: This position is being advertised as open until filled.
Anticipated Salary: $35,000/year with Florida state benefits available.
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The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, in its affiliation with Florida State University, is one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation. Located on an impressive 66-acre Sarasota bay front estate, it preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling, educating and enabling a large and diverse audience to experience and take delight in a world-renowned collection of fine art and special exhibitions; Ca d’Zan, the Ringling historic mansion; the Circus Museums; the Tibbals Learning Center; the Historic Asolo Theater; and historic architecture, courtyard, gardens and grounds overlooking the Sarasota Bay. An Education Building – opened in 2006 – houses our state-of-the-art conservation facility, library, classrooms, and staff offices.
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Art Conservation or an equivalent degree with a specialization in painting conservation; or a combination education and professional training and experience in the field of Art Conservation equal to six years.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices of collections management to include proper handling, installation, display, storage, preservation and/or maintenance in accordance with the guidelines of the American Association of Museums and the American Institute for Conservation.
  • Experience applying the principles, processes, practices and ethics involved in the preservation and treatment of paintings.
  • Experience preparing detailed written condition and treatment reports.
  • Experience using photography to document object condition and treatments.
  • Experience completing, under supervision, complete conservation and restoration procedures from minor to major complexity while adhering to AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice in all aspects of examination, documentation, conservation treatment, and analysis.
  • Knowledge of the technology of paintings in various mediums and on a range of support types.
  • Knowledge of the causes of damage and deterioration of museum collections-physical, chemical, and biological.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • This position requires successful completion of a criminal background check to include fingerprinting.


  • Master’s Degree in Art Conservation and two years of related experience.
  • Experience applying the principles, processes, and practices involved in the preservation and treatment of objects and works on paper.
  • Knowledge of integrated pest management.

Position Description Competencies:

  • Knowledge of and ability to safely operate machinery, tools, equipment and employ materials used in area of work.
  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply related federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of and ability to identify safety hazards and necessary safety precautions to establish a safe work environment.
  • Skill in preparing clear and concise reports, policies, procedures, correspondence, and other written materials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to prioritize, organize and perform multiple work assignments simultaneously.

Position Overview:
The Assistant Conservator works as a member of the Collections and Conservation department. Under the supervision of the Chief Conservator and in accordance with the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice, the Assistant Conservator conducts examination, documentation, and conservation/restoration procedures, primarily on paintings, and other objects as required.
Responsibilities include:

  • Object Safety and Preservation: Collaborates within Collections team, with other Institutions, and with Ringling departments to ensure the safe display, cleaning, storage, and movement of art objects. Implements preventative conservation measures. Completes frame modifications/reframing, prepares paintings/objects for display, exhibition, loan, photography, or storage.
  • Condition Reporting: Conducts physical examination and documentation of the Ringling’s permanent collection and new acquisitions. Completes physical condition surveys of objects and assists in treatment planning. Participates in periodic work of art inspections.
  • Object Conservation: Carries out complete conservation and restoration procedures of minor to major complexity under the supervision of the Chief Conservator: Performs treatments such as solubility testing, consolidation, reduction of deformation, facing, lining/lining removal, surface cleaning, varnish removal, overpaint removal, infilling, inpainting, and varnishing.
  • Documentation & Records Maintenance: Prepares detailed written and photographic documentation of the materials, structure, condition and conservation treatments. Prepares treatment proposals including time estimates for works of art. Photographically records various stages of treatment to create a permanent documentary record.
  • Laboratory Administrative Support: Assists with the administrative functions of conservation laboratory. Ensures work and environmental safety laws, policies, and procedures are followed.

How to Apply:
If qualified and interested in applying for the Assistant Conservator position as advertised, apply to Florida State University at:
Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include work history and all education details (if applicable) even if attaching a resume.
If unable to access the link above:

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For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at (941)359-5700 ext. 2605 or
Schedule: If not otherwise specified, work schedule is Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.
Pay Plan: This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.
Equal Employment Opportunity: An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: