Conservation technician (Tulsa, OK, USA)


Gilcrease Museum/The University of Tulsa
Permanent Full-Time/Hourly Position

The Conservation Technician reports to the Chief Conservator and performs a variety of duties in connection with the preservation and management of the museum’s collection and ensures that proper procedures are followed with regard to the care, conservation registration and documentation files, and exhibition of those works. The duties performed are based and will be revised in accordance with the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Requisite Competencies for Conservation Technicians and Collections Care Specialists.


  • Assists with preparation of objects for exhibitions; dust collection items on exhibit and monitor for condition changes.
  • Under the direction of the Conservator, prepares safe housing for collection items, including constructing boxes, and supports, as needed.
  • Tracks and moves collections to and from Conservation, in conjunction with Registration staff.
  • Assists in all areas of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program including trap collection and replacement on an established schedule; pest identification and monitoring.
  • Maintains the conservation lab (tidiness, workstation order, chemical safety), materials and supply inventory management in collaboration with the Chief Conservator.
  • Provides administrative assistance in the daily collection care and operation of the lab.
  • Monitors and reports on activities concerning the Conservation lab when Conservators are not present.
  • Responsible for inventory and maintenance of Emergency Preparedness kits.
  • Assists in the creation, organization, and maintenance of conservation files for the collection materials.
  • Works with volunteers and interns performing conservation related activities including cleaning and rehousing. Oversees workflow, schedules, and trains other support staff, students, interns, and volunteers in object handling procedures.
  • May serve as a research assistant to the Conservators.
  • Writes condition reports and treatment reports, as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in art, science, chemistry or a related field and at least one year of experience relevant to the position.  Knowledge of conservation principles and techniques; ability to handle delicate or valuable objects and hazardous materials with care; must have excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, and proven track record of working as a team member; ability to neatly construct housing units for museum collections; familiarity with conservation supplies and techniques used; ability to write clearly, meet deadlines, follow specific instructions, ask for clarification or assistance when needed, and to work and communicate effectively with all museum staff.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and skilled with databases and standard office procedures, equipment, and use of a digital camera.

Preferred Qualifications: Proficiency in The Museum System (TMS) or other collections database software. Interest in pursuing a career in Conservation an asset.

Physical Requirements: Dexterity enough to use a keyboard and telephone; occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling up to 50 pounds; may be subject to extended periods of walking, standing, sitting, reaching, balancing, bending, kneeling, handling, feeling, climbing, and twisting; and vision, speech, and hearing sufficient to perform the essential tasks.

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to:  The University of Tulsa, Office of Human Resources, 800 S. Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK  74104, or email to or fax to (918) 631-3543.  The review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tulsa is an Equal Opportunity Employer Disabled/Veteran.