Job Posting: Senior Conservator – Organic Material/Ethnographic Objects


Permanent, Full time

The Royal Ontario Museum is seeking a skilled and experienced Senior Conservator specializing in the treatment of organic materials, particularly ethnographic objects, to join the museum’s multi-disciplinary conservation team.
The ROM’s ethnology collection is comprised of more than 50,000 artifacts representing indigenous communities around the world including from Africa, North and South America, Asia, and Oceania. The diverse organic and composite materials and techniques presented are broad in scope with artifacts ranging from early 20th century canoes; to feathered Kayapo headdresses; to Tuareg leathers; to beadwork from the Blackfoot Nation.
Conservation care of the collections at the ROM is largely program driven and includes conservation assessment and treatment, research, documentation, and work with curators and collections technicians on preventive conservation measures.
Participation in the full range of Museum activities including public consultation, programming, the training of interns and engagement in social media are also important aspects of the job.


  • Master’s degree in Conservation and a minimum of eight years of experience with organic materials, including ethnographic objects conservation OR an acceptable equivalent in education and experience. At least three years work in a museum setting is preferred. The ability to work in Canada must be secured by the commencement of the contract.
  • Proven knowledge of and experience with the wide range of organic materials, including ethnographic materials and techniques as outlined above; their physical, chemical and biological deterioration; and current practices in their examination, treatment and preservation in storage and on display.   Awareness of the significance of cultural and historical contexts and sensitivities.  Extensive experience in assessment and treatment of these materials.
  • Knowledge of “Code of Ethics and Guidance for Practice” of the Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC) and the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators (CAPC).
  • Good judgement, initiative, creativity, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrably excellent hand skills in ethnographic conservation treatment techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team, to enlist the cooperation and involvement of others, and to
  • provide supervision when required.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven time and resource planning management abilities.
  • Photographic and computer skills are required.

How To Apply

For full information on deadlines, salary and how to apply visit the ROM website.