Job Posting: Conservator of Paintings – Balboa Art Conservation Center (San Diego, CA)

The Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) seeks a collaboratively-minded and conservation treatment-oriented conservator of paintings to become an integral part of the staff of the Center’s painting conservation department.  The department is staffed by conservators of paintings and a conservation technician and is supported by the BACC Registrar.
BACC is an active, nonprofit, regional conservation center located in the heart of the beautiful and historic Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The Park is home to a campus of cultural institutions such as the San Diego Museum of Art, Timken Museum of Art, and San Diego History Center. Since its founding in 1975, BACC has been devoted to the preservation of material culture held in both public and private collections. The Center’s services cover a wide spectrum including the formulation and implementation of treatments for paintings, frames, and paper artifacts, technical examinations using microscopy, infrared reflectography, and x-radiography, preventive conservation assistance, and environmental, general, and collection specific surveys. Types of paintings treated by BACC reflect the broad range of collections served and are of all periods and constructed with a broad array of materials.  As the Center offers internships and fellowships on a regular basis, the working environment emphasizes an atmosphere of learning, collegiality, and cooperation.
The ideal candidate will have a solid background in painting conservation with a minimum of three years of post graduate experience. They will have highly developed practical skills with ability to accurately assess deterioration and damage, formulate appropriate treatment protocols, and undertake treatments both independently and as part of a team. Innovative thinking is required for challenging projects as are good analytical and problem solving capabilities. Strong attention to detail while working to project deadlines and sound project management experience are essential strengths sought.
Position requirements include a Masters Degree from an accredited conservation program or its equivalent in painting conservation, excellent writing ability, and good communication and interpersonal skills. Compensation is commensurate with experience while benefits are excellent and comprehensive.
Interested applicants should apply in writing with a letter of interest, resume, three letters of recommendation, and examples of treatment experience. Please submit applications by March 31, 2016 to:
Janet Ruggles
Executive Director
Balboa Art Conservation Center
PO Box 3755
San Diego, CA 92163
Digital applications should be submitted to with the title “Conservator of Paintings Application”.