Conservator-Paintings Specialist – Asian Art Museum

Fixed Term Position through June 3, 2015. Part-Time: 2 days (16 hours) per week
The Asian Art Museum offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional paintings conservator to conserve and restore Asian paintings in this world-renowned collection.
This part-time position will assist the Conservator of Paintings in the conservation of Asian paintings on paper and silk, prints and drawings, including stabilizing collections and preparing for upcoming exhibitions. The position requires the ability to perform skilled conservation work in the preservation and restoration of works of art on paper by preparing condition reports, performing treatments, and completing all necessary documentation to the standard of the American Institute for Conservation’s Code of Ethics.  Work may also include assisting other conservators.
The duration of the position will be through June 3, 2015.
The nature of this highly skilled work requires manual dexterity, intense concentration, and aesthetic sensibility in addition to a background in paintings conservation. The Conservator must have the ability to prioritize work and sequence projects in order to meet agreed upon deadlines. Equally important is the ability to take direction, and work well as part of a team.
Minimum Requirements
Master of Arts or Master of Science degree in Art Conservation specializing in Paper Conservation from a recognized college or university, OR:  Master of Arts degree in Art History with a Certificate in Conservation from a recognized Conservation Training Program;  AND
Three (3) years of verifiable conservation experience, beyond the degree or certificate, with the techniques, materials and equipment used in the conservation of Asian paintings on paper and silk, prints and drawings; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Knowledge of the technology and materials of Asian paintings on paper and of the chemical and physical processes of their deterioration.
Knowledge of the procedures relating to the examination and the preventative and corrective treatment of Asian paintings on paper and silk, prints and drawings.
Knowledge of the environmental requirements and of controls for handling, storage, exhibition and travel of Asian paintings on paper and silk, prints and drawings.
Ability to write technical reports in an understandable, clear and concise manner, utilizing appropriate punctuation and grammar.
Ability to examine works of art and determine their current state of preservation for new acquisitions, loans, and exhibitions.
Ability to maintain ongoing effective working relationships with Museum staff, colleagues in the field and the public; demonstrate good judgment, flexibility and resourcefulness.
$ 1,007 biweekly
Note:  Due to the temporary nature of this position, it does not include a benefits package.
Application Procedure
Apply online at:
Or send a letter of interest and resume ASAP to:
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
FAX: 415.861.2359
The Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art and culture. Home to more than 18,000 works of art from over 40 Asian countries, we strive to be a catalyst for discovery, dialogue, and inspiration. With Asia as our lens and art as our cornerstone, we spark connections across cultures and through time, igniting curiosity, conversation, and creativity.
The Asian Art Museum embraces diversity in its mission, programs, and staff.