Collections Conservator – Mount Vernon (Alexandria, VA)

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association seeks a highly motivated objects conservator to assume the role of Collections Conservator and direct the conservation of the Fine and Decorative Arts Collections at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, a 450-acre historic site, located 15 miles south of Washington, DC, and visited by more than 1 million visitors annually. These collections encompass more than 15,000 items, including sculpture, furniture, ceramics, metals, other decorative arts, paintings, prints, and textiles. Collections are displayed in the Mansion, an 18th-century historic structure; an array of outbuildings; a purpose-built museum facility opened in 2006; and a research library opened in 2013.
Please apply by:  September 23, 2016
Position Specific Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the preservation and conservation of Mount Vernon’s Fine and Decorative Arts collections
  • Prepares objects for exhibition in historic structures and museum galleries, loan and photography in accordance with AIC’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • Coordinates work by contract conservators
  • Plans and implements preventive maintenance
  • Works closely with Historic Preservation and Collections staff and contract conservators, under the direction of the Senior Curator

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from a recognized conservation program, with a specialty in objects conservation, preferably with a focus on decorative arts
  • Minimum of five years post-graduate experience
  • Minimum of three years conservation experience in an historic site or museum setting
  • General knowledge of current museum practices in storage, handling, exhibition display, environmental controls and illumination
  • Familiarity with conservation issues particular to historic house museums and historic sites
  • Excellent hand skills, competence with basic scientific instrumentation, computers, and digital media
  • Attention to detail, creative problem solving, and strong organization skills required
  • Experience with lab management preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership and decision-making abilities
  • Works effectively individually and as part of a team
  • Communicates courteously, professionally and effectively with colleagues, supervisors and the public

Special Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and carry collection objects up to 30 lb.
  • Ability to climb and balance on ladders
  • In addition to regular hours, able to occasionally work early mornings, evenings, or weekends as well as outdoors, as needed for installations or events
  • Safely uses solvents, reagents, and other hazardous materials
  • Practices, maintains and enforces safety regulations and procedures in and out of the lab

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Mount Vernon is an Equal Opportunity Employer