Senior Conservator-Textiles, MNM-Conservation

Senior Conservator-Textiles (DCA #061746)
MNM-Conservation, unit of Museum Resources Division
725 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM
The MNM-Conservation unit invites applicants for our position of Senior Textile Conservator.  You will join a seven member mixed specialty conservation unit in a full time permanent position.  MNM-Conservation is a centralized function, part of the larger Museum Resources Division.  We have two conservation laboratories in Santa Fe, a centralized office and digitization area, and a scientific analysis unit attached to the larger and older laboratory on Museum Hill.
The conservation unit dates from the mid-70’s and now cares for the collections and exhibit needs of:

  • The Palace of the Governors (oldest continuously occupied building in the continental U.S.)/the New Mexico History Museum
  • The New Mexico Museum of Art
  • The New Mexico Museum of Indian Art and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology
  • The International Folk Art Museum
  • The Office of Archaeological Studies
  • The New Mexico Historic Sites (6 open, 2 nascent)
  • The International Textile Center (now in planning and development stage)

The Senior Textile Conservator will be responsible for the treatment of a wide variety of textile, costume and related materials. In addition to treatment, this position will work with collection managers, staff and volunteers throughout the Museum of New Mexico System to preserve the collections of the State of New Mexico.  The candidate must have excellent manual skills, the ability to operate a vehicle, possess a good knowledge of conservation theory and the standards of professional practice.  A self starter is required but the ability to work within a team is also needed.
Salary is commensurate with experience and training and is evaluated within the New Mexico State Personnel guidelines.  This is a permanent state position with full benefits.  The salary range is from $13.44 through $23.90 per hour, $27,955 to $49,712 plus benefits.
The applicant should have a comprehensive portfolio of completed projects and be prepared to present it during the interview process.  A presentation before the MNM-Conservation unit staff will be required.
The URL for the State of New Mexico Personnel Office job applicants site is:
If you have questions or wish more information please contact me.
Mark MacKenzie, Chief Conservator
Director of Museums of New Mexico – Conservation,
Museum Resources Division,
725 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505