Job Posting: PT Paintings Conservator – The Conservation Center (Chicago, IL)

Part-Time Paintings Conservator
The Conservation Center
Chicago, IL, USA
The Conservation Center in Chicago is searching for a Part-Time Paintings Conservator to assist the Paintings Department on a project basis as needed. The ideal candidate must have the following: working knowledge of materials, techniques, and ethics of painting conservation; extremely fine manual skills; the ability to carry out treatments of minor to major complexity; sound judgment; the ability to meet scheduled deadlines; and the ability to work effectively with colleagues and clients as a positive and productive team member.

  • An advanced degree in art conservation with a specialization in paintings conservation preferred, or an advanced degree with comparable training and a minimum of 3–5 years post graduate experience.
  • Examination and treatment related to the comprehensive range of paintings that The Conservation Center treat on a regular basis, ranging from early European to Contemporary.
  • Thorough understanding of conservation theory and practice.
  • Ability to provide written condition reports, treatment recommendations, and post-treatment reports a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Ability to collaborate with and manage fellow department staff members to execute successful treatments.
  • Ability to perform the physical labor as required for specific treatments.
  • Ability to work in triage based situations.
  • Responsible for seeing projects through from start to completion.
  • Previous experience in private practice strongly preferred.
  • The position involves occasional travel.
  • Art handling, packing, and installation experience a plus.

This is a part-time, contract position. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Conservation Center is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to contact Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, and three professional references which illustrate qualifications.