Job Posting: Paper Conservator – NY State Archives (Albany, NY)

Paper Conservator Position at New York State Archives

New York State Archives, Office of Cultural Education, State Education Department

Archives Conservation Specialist 1 SG-14 (PEF)

Location:  Albany, NY

Salary: $41,993

Application deadline:  February 5, 2016

Incumbent must begin work by April 7, 2016

The Office of Cultural Education (OCE), is seeking to fill an Archives Conservation Specialist (ACS) 1 position in the New York State Archives.  Under the direction of the Archives Conservation Specialist (ACS) 3, the incumbent will carry out duties of this position in accordance with the American Institute for Conservation Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. Other duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Participate in the examination, treatment, documentation, and housing of high priority paper-based collections of the State Archives, State Library, and State Museum. Treatments may include but are not limited to, surface cleaning, washing, deacidifying, flattening, mending, and lining. Housing may include encapsulation, mounting, matting, and framing;
  • Prepare paper-based collections for exhibition, including evaluating condition, documentation, treatment, housing, packing, transport, installation/de-installation, and post-exhibition review;
  • Participate in OCE collections stewardship activities and teams;
  • Assist in the delivery of presentations and demonstrations illustrating conservation principles, techniques and results for visitors to the OCE conservation lab and other audiences;
  • Provide preservation and conservation advice to cultural institutions and the public. Provide advice, assistance, and training to staff as needed.
  • Participate in disaster response outreach activities;
  • Participate in OCE lab management activities, including maintaining inventory of supplies, and maintenance and use of OCE equipment.
  • Supervise Historic Conservation Technician, interns, and support staff, as assigned; and
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned and appropriate for the ACS1 title.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: For provisional appointment, candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in paper conservation, OR a Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience as a conservation technician with duties including one or more of the following: assisting conservator with conservation lab treatments, such as washing, lining and deacidification; independently carrying out conservation lab treatments, such as dry cleaning, mending, or fabrication of custom storage containers; monitoring and recording environmental conditions; overseeing technical components of micrographics or imaging operations; or assisting conservator with preservation training activities.
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