Senior Conservation Librarian, Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library is recruiting a Senior Conservation Librarian  to be based in Doha, Qatar. For more details about Qatar National Library, feel free to visit
To apply for this position, please send your CV to Sandra Montesinos
Job Purpose:
This senior position will be responsible for a program of conservation and preservation of a wide variety of heritage materials, including books, manuscripts, maps, prints, drawings, photographic materials, and other library/archive materials.  Develops standards, policies, procedures, and selection of materials used in the repair and conservation of both rare and non-rare library materials. The position will plan, document, and perform complex conservation and preservation treatments on materials held in the library’s rare and special collections.  Regularly scheduled evening and weekend work may be required

  • Develops standards, policies, procedures, and selection of materials used in the repair and conservation of both rare and non-rare library materials.  Researches specifications and sources of conservation materials or equipment.
  • Plans, documents, and performs complex conservation and preservation treatments on materials held in the library’s rare and special collections, principally bound volumes on paper with additional expertise in related areas such as maps, prints, drawings, and manuscripts on paper, photographic materials, documents on vellum or papyrus, or other library/archive materials.
  • Examines and executes analytical tests on collection materials and helps inform curatorial staff and researchers on their physical makeup or technology of production.
  • Documents examinations and treatments in writing and by photography.
  • Contributes to the maintenance of the conservation unit and lab: prepares materials used for conservation; monitors supply needs; maintains specialized equipment; maintains security for valuable library materials; understands, follows, and enforces safe laboratory practices.
  • Trains, supervises, or coordinates the work of others such as conservation technicians, student assistants, interns, or staff from other units as needed either on a project basis or permanent staff.
  • Advises library staff on the condition of collections, collection storage, handling, and exhibition; performs on-site inspections, recommends appropriate action, and assists with its implementation.
  • Conducts condition surveys of collections.
  • Designs and executes special conservation projects including grant-funded projects, conservation aspects of exhibits or digitization, and loan preparations.
  • May assume responsibility for managing project budgets.
  • Assists in providing disaster recovery services for library materials; may assume primary responsibility for disaster recovery operations.
  • Contributes to the conservation field in areas of specialization through service, research, writing, outreach, presentations, and/or teaching.
  • Serve on designated committees throughout the library.
  • Keep abreast of developments, trends and issues in all areas of responsibilities.
  • Familiarize, understand and implement QF health, safety, and environment policy, procedures, legal regulations and objectives applicable to areas of responsibility. Ensures coordination with HSE department in implementing, monitoring and reviewing of HSE performance to ensure work under his/her control is performed in a safe, healthy and environmentally sound manner.
  • This position includes, but is not limited to, other duties as required and defined by the scope, purpose, and spirit of the institution and are not always indicative of the title and grade of the position.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science accredited by the American Library Association or foreign equivalent.  A second master’s degree in conservation, or equivalent advanced degree and experience is required.
  • 3 years of progressively responsible experience in Conservation and Preservation activities.
  • Extensive experience and an advanced knowledge of the materials science and chemistry of paper and other writing materials; the history of binding, printing, and manuscripts; and current conservation theory and practice.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills in both oral and written English. Arabic language skills will be an asset.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively both independently and within a team.m.

Library Conservator, Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden Job Vacancy Announcement

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Applications remain current for 90 days. Reapplication required thereafter. All resumes and applications are reviewed by a Human Resource Management Division representative before interviews are scheduled. If accommodation assistance is needed for completion of the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact any member of the Human Resource Management Division.



Job # N033
Library Conservator      Apply Now!
Classification:  Full time, Regular
Dept/Div:  Library
Application Deadline:  June 26, 2014

The Conservator of rare and general collections at the Peter H. Raven Library will be responsible for the care and conservation of collections material, preventive conservation, public engagement and outreach, coordination of volunteers and interns, and connecting to the conservation and cultural heritage fields.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Conservator will be responsible for performing item-level conservation treatment on rare and general collections materials. The Conservator must have knowledge of materials science and deterioration mechanisms and be able to recognize various types of damage and their causes. Treatments will include such techniques as mending, washing, deacidifying, board reattachment, attachment removal, encapsulation, rebinding, and others. Many treatment situations will require the modification of “standard” techniques, or the development of new solutions. Therefore, the Conservator must possess strong problem solving skills, as well as a firm knowledge of materials and potential treatment options. The goal of all treatment work will be to return the object to a stable and usable condition while minimizing interference with and damage to original information.
Conservation treatments must be performed according to current best practice standards as understood by the Conservator and the field of library and archives conservation. All treatment work must be done in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). All treatments must be thoroughly documented through digital photography and detailed reports, as in accordance with the Guidelines for Practice as stated by the AIC.
Preventive Conservation:
The Conservator will assist with the design, establishment, and maintenance of various collections care and preventive conservation activities in cooperation with relevant staff and departments. These activities will include, but will not be limited to:
Integrated Pest Management: The careful monitoring of pest levels and swift intervention should an issue arise is essential to the prevention of damage caused by insects, mice, and other pests. The Conservator will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of glue traps and general pest management activities throughout collections storage areas. The Conservator will also be responsible for the inspection of new acquisitions for signs of pest activity. If signs of pest problems are identified, the Conservator will perform appropriate intervention.
Disaster Plan: Disasters such as floods, fires, weather events, etc. should be anticipated, and a comprehensive and effective plan of action will help to prevent unnecessary damage to collections material should such events arise. The Conservator will work with the Director and other staff members to develop a disaster plan for the Library. The Conservator will also be responsible for the establishment, coordination, and training of a disaster response team, which will provide a previously determined list of people who will respond in the case of an emergency. The disaster plan will focus on the protection of collections material in the event of a disaster, but will stress that the primary concern in all such events is the safety of the staff, patrons, and other people involved, and will include parameters to ensure that safety.
Environmental Conditions: The Conservator will be responsible for implementing and maintaining a program to monitor temperature and relative humidity levels in collections storage areas.
Exhibition and Loan: The Conservator will be responsible for preparing materials for exhibition or loan. If necessary, the Conservator will be responsible for supervision during the installation and deinstallation of exhibits.
Grant Writing
The Conservator will be responsible for working with the Library Curator and other staff to identify future projects and to write proposals for grants that will provide funds necessary to complete those projects. The Conservator will also be responsible for monitoring grant opportunities and applying for any that are appropriate for the Library’s work.
Public Engagement and Outreach:
As one of the few institutions in the St. Louis metro area with a conservation facility, the Peter H. Raven Library at the Missouri Botanical Garden will be instrumental in the efforts to inform the public of the nature and importance of the conservation of cultural heritage. The Conservator may be required to engage in public outreach through lab tours, public demonstrations, media presentations (television, radio, newspapers, etc.), or the creation of didactic or exhibition material that demonstrates conservation techniques and philosophies.
Coordination of Volunteers and Interns:
Volunteers: The Peter H. Raven Library has relied on a group of dedicated volunteers who perform basic preservation activities for many years. The Conservator will work to coordinate, train, and supervise volunteers in the performance of basic preservation techniques such as the creation of basic housings, simple repairs, and other tasks.
Interns: The Library Conservator will assist in the education of emerging conservation professionals through the development of an internship program. Interns will work with the Conservator to perform various conservation techniques according to their skill and experience level. The development of an internship program at the Peter H. Raven Library will benefit the Library by providing connections to the rest of the conservation community and bringing in talented emerging professionals whose work will benefit the collection.
Connecting to the Field:
The Library Conservator must stay current with developing techniques and philosophies in the field to ensure that they will be able to perform treatments in accordance with current best practice. The Conservator will be expected to be an active member in the conservation community through participation in professional organizations and meetings in order to maintain a professional network.

• Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years’ directly related experience working in a book conservation laboratory or private practice under the direction of a professional conservator.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the fundamentals, techniques, and history of book-binding, paper treatment, and conservation. A portfolio of successful relevant work and documentation examples is required.
• Knowledge of a wide range of conservation treatments and experience working with a variety of binding materials including fragile and rare and/or high value books and other special collections materials.
• Demonstrated experience working in exhibition preparation of book materials.
• Excellent manual dexterity and sustained concentration with delicate and occasionally repetitive tasks.
• Demonstrated ability to initiate and adapt to change, to analyze and solve problems, to be flexible and work well collaboratively and collegially in a small, but dynamic organizational setting, as well as independently.
• Strong organizational skills, including the ability to establish priorities and achieve goals.
• Experience working collaboratively in a research library and/or archives.
• Demonstrated ability to create various reports and write business correspondence and procedure manuals.
• Exceptional ability to communicate effectively at all levels; must enjoy and feel comfortable interacting and working in close proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions.
• Scheduling flexibility that allows working some evenings and weekends may be required.
• Occasional travel required (local and domestic).
• Bachelor’s degree including significant coursework in related fields such as history, art history, library science, museum studies, chemistry, materials science, and/or studio art is required.
• Extensive education in the physical and chemical nature of books and paper, as evidenced by (i) a preferred graduate degree in conservation, or (ii) the completion of a conservation apprenticeship with an established conservator, or (iii) other verifiable certification of advanced training and education.
• An equivalent combination of skills, education and experience may be considered.
Computer Skills:
• General computer skills for basic work functions, including communication, documentation etc. is expected.
• Requires a strong background in computer applications with experience in database management including Microsoft Office products.
• Solid Internet research skills required.
Language Skills:
Ability to communicate effectively in English (oral/written).
Mathematical Skills:
Proficient H.S. math aptitude – Requires ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; calculate percentages and decimals, etc.
Reasoning Ability:
Requires ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution.
Physical Demands:
• Physical ability to undertake collection care duties such as moving books and materials weighing up to 40 lbs., operating lab machinery and working in sometimes dusty and moldy environments.
• Ability to stand and move about entire facility for extended periods of time; frequent standing, reaching and bending – 50% or more of the workday, at times, may be spent standing on feet.
• Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing).
• Must be able to work both indoors and out.
• May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., climb step stools, ladders, etc.).
• Principally operates standard office equipment to include computers, copiers, files, fax machines.
Work Environment:
• Indoor office setting, shared by multiple staff; noise level is usually moderate.
• Some travel to off-site meetings is required.
• At times, required to work in dusty and moldy environments.
The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.

Senior Paintings Conservator, The Conservation Center in Chicago

The Conservation Center in Chicago is soliciting applicants to join the company’s Paintings Department as a Senior Paintings Conservator. The ideal candidate must have the following: demonstrated 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; using 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 painting conservation preferred, or an advanced degree with comparable training and a minimum of three 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 full-time salaried position. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience – benefits include medical insurance, vacation pay and a 401(k) retirement program. 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.

Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellowship, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

The Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, welcomes applications for a ten-month Advanced Conservation Fellowship, to begin September 2014. The Fellowship is an opportunity for an emerging conservation professional to build and apply the skills, experience, and confidence necessary to address conservation needs in a research library context. Working with the Libraries’ conservator and other library staff, the Fellow will address conservation treatment needs of the Libraries’ rare books and special collections ( The Fellow will perform treatment, including examination, decision-making and documentation; will gain experience interacting with curators on treatment selection and prioritization; and will engage in other activities suitable to the individual’s skills and learning objectives. The Fellow is encouraged to pursue research and may dedicate up to 20% of work time to research and other contributions to the profession.
The ten-month Fellowship is supported by a stipend of $36,500. Additional benefits include health insurance, paid holiday and vacation leave, and $1,500 support for conference participation and/or research. The Fellowship is generously supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, administered by the Foundation of the American Institute of Conservation.
The Fellowship is limited to graduates of graduate conservation programs in the U.S. and Canada, or to U.S. citizens graduating from graduate-level conservation programs abroad. Qualifications include a strong knowledge of the history, manufacture, and chemistry of books and paper; understanding of conservation ethics and preservation theory; excellent hand skills and attention to detail; demonstrated written and oral communication skills; effective interpersonal and team collaboration skills; and the ability to manage time effectively.
To apply, please include a letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references. Please submit all application documents electronically to Michelle Savoie, Senior Personnel Operations Coordinator: Review of applications will begin July 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.
The University of Notre Dame ( is a highly selective international Catholic research university located in northern Indiana about 90 miles from Chicago. The University of Notre Dame is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer strongly committed to diversity in its staff, faculty, and student body. As such, we strongly encourage applications from members of minority groups, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who will enhance our community ( The University supports the needs of dual career couples through a Dual Career Assistance Program ( For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame visit

Project Manager/Staff Conservator, Clerk of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans

Project Manager/Staff Conservator       Orleans Parish Clerk of Civil District Court
The Clerk of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans seeks a full or part-time Project Manager/Conservator to oversee and manage a grant-funded conservation project for oversized volumes of original documents.

Duties: Conductall aspects of book and paper conservation as primary resource in the organization.  Work effectively and constructively both independently and as part of a team.  If part time, must have flexible work patterns to meet organizational needs.Plan, manage and implement conservation treatments for archive collection including loose and bound documents.  Implement high level written and photographic documentation as needed for projects.
Maintain existing plan and protocol for project, manage resources, order materials. Develop and maintain efficient workflow patterns, gather, analyze and present information accurately for the purpose of recording, planning and reporting conservation treatments.
Train and supervise staff of four or more full time conservation technicians as well as interns when applicable.
Maintain a close working relationship with the archivist and management team.  Uphold a high standard of written and verbal communications with staff and patrons on all levels.    Produce written reports as needed by the archivist, management staff and outside granting agencies.
Competency with Microsoft Office, Access, digital photography, and associated software.
Serve as a member of the Disaster Response Team as needed.
Qualifications: Degree in Conservation Studies.   Bachelor’s degree in History, Art, Humanities, Library Science or related field and equivalency.  MLS or MLIS or additional archival training is desirable.Experience Requirements: Demonstrated experience working with special collections material.  Demonstrated communication experience working with a wide variety of staff and faculty.  Preferred experience supervising book and paper conservation tasks.
Preferred minimum of one-year previous experience, or equivalency, performing library book conservation within a research library or archive setting.
Physical Requirements: Excellent hand-eye coordination. Able to work standing up for many hours. Able to operate light machinery (board shear, backing press, standing press). Able to lift and carry 30 pounds.  Able to comply with archive and conservation guidelines on health and safety.

This is a full time or part time contract position.  Pay is commensurate with experience.
Applicants send resume with cover letter to:
Sally Reeves, Archivist,

Conservation Technician, Office of the Clerk of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans

Conservation Technician Position
The Office of the Clerk of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans is seeking qualified individuals to perform general conservation treatment and perform condition surveys of archival collection materials.  This is a technical position following well established national conservation guidelines to evaluate the condition of archival materials and perform repair and preservation techniques to stabilize materials.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Candidate should have experience in book or paper conservation, experience using conservation tools, and knowledge of conservation equipment and handling techniques. Experience with digital photography is also desirable.
Candidate should be able to handle, humidify, flatten, and mend damaged and possibly moldy archival documents and bindings.  Minor to advanced book repair will be assigned and performed as needed.  Candidates should be able to create custom enclosures including phase boxes, “tuxedo boxes,” post bindings and additional unique housings as directed by supervisor.  Batching skills are necessary.
Conservation technicians must be highly organized, self-motivated, and able to work under pressure.  One must utilize excellent oral and written communication skills to interact with team members and to convey changes in scope of work that may affect multiple project deadlines.  Applicants must support the mission to preserve archival materials for public use and be able to perform quality control of in-house repairs and contracted library binding.  Technicians must have the ability to follow instructions and to establish and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers and the public.
Successful candidates have good time management skills, ability to multitask, ability to meet deadlines while organizing and prioritizing daily treatments in addition to compiling accurate statistics on work performed.  Technicians need to work independently and consult supervisors to resolve problems, set protocol and perform work as needed.  Candidates must have the ability to maintain and manage tools, equipment, and conservation supplies and to be flexible with changes in work location and tasks.
Training and Experience Requirements
High school diploma or equivalent needed, along with training in conservation or equivalent field.  Two years additional education preferred. Must be 18 years of age and degrees must be from appropriately accredited institutions.
Physical requirement
The tasks demand the ability to work for long periods while standing, to lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds and to perform repetitive activities.  Applicants must have excellent manual dexterity, be able to push book carts between building floors and be able to work in an environment with dust.
Preferred Requirement:  Experience working in a library or archive, awareness of archival terminology and functions and previous experience performing collection condition surveys and designing repairs is preferred.
The position is full time and salary is commensurate with experience.   Applicants send resume with cover letter to: Sally Reeves, Archivist,   (

Temporary Conservator — Objects Specialist, Asian Art Museum

Temporary Conservator-Objects Specialist
The Asian Art Museum offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional objects conservator to conserve and restore Asian objects in this world-renowned collection. 
This full time, temporary position will provide assistance to the Acting Head of Conservation pending the recruitment and hiring of a new Head of Conservation for the department.  The duration of the position will be through January 18, 2015. 
The Objects Conservator will perform professional conservation duties related to the examination, preservation, restoration, exhibition, and storage of three-dimensional works of art including sculpture, decorative arts, and arms and armor, as well as materials on loan.  The incumbent prepares a variety of reports to document conservation activities; performs research; keeps abreast of expertise in the conservation community; acts as resource person concerning area of specialty to the museum, collectors, and the public; develops innovative conservation methods as necessary; and performs other duties as required.
The nature of this highly skilled work requires advanced conservation ability and familiarity with radiography, UV, SWIR, and PLM imaging as well as image processing using specialized software.  Manual dexterity and intense concentration are required as well as excellent organizational and writing skills. The incumbent must have the ability to coordinate and consult with curators, preparators, and other museum professionals, prioritize work, and sequence projects in order to meet agreed-upon deadlines. Equally important is the ability to take direction, and work well as part of a team.
Minimum Qualifications

  • Master of Arts or Master of Science degree in Art Conservation from a recognized college or university, OR:  Master of Arts degree in Art History with a Certificate in Conservation from a recognized conservation training program;  AND
  • Three (3) years of verifiable conservation experience, beyond the degree or certificate, with the techniques, materials and equipment used in the conservation of Asian three-dimensional art and artifacts; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Knowledge of the technology and materials of three-dimensional art and artifacts, of their chemical and physical processes of deterioration, and of the procedures relating to their examination and preventative and corrective treatment
  • Knowledge of the environmental requirements and of controls for handling, storage, and exhibition
  • Ability to write technical reports in an understandable, clear and concise manner
  • Ability to examine works of art and determine their current state of preservation for new acquisitions, loans, and exhibitions
  • Ability to maintain ongoing effective working relationships with museum staff, professional colleagues and the public; demonstrate good judgment, flexibility, and resourcefulness
  • Ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds

Compensation: $2,518 biweekly
Note:  Due to the temporary nature of this position, it does not include a benefits package.
Application Procedure 
Apply online at
Or send a letter of interest and resume ASAPto:
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
FAX: 415.861.2359
The Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art and culture. Home to more than 18,000 works of art from over 40 Asian countries, we strive to be a catalyst for discovery, dialogue, and inspiration. With Asia as our lens and art as our cornerstone, we spark connections across cultures and through time, igniting curiosity, conversation, and creativity.
The Asian Art Museum embraces diversity in its mission, programs, and staff.

Research Scientist, Mellon Foundation MFAH

Title: Mellon Foundation Research Scientist
Reports To:  Director of Conservation
Date Needed:  August 2014
Pay Type: Full-Time, Regular, Exempt, 35 hours/week
Salary:    Stipend
Benefits:   Group Medical and Dental Insurance, Life and Long Term
Disability Insurance, Pension Plan, Credit Union, Flexible
Compensation Plan, Paid Time Off, Reserved Time Off, and Holiday Pay
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Work Location  Rosine Building, a non-smoking facility
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), through the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is offering a five-year appointment for a Research Scientist. The appointment is shared with the Menil Collection, Houston and it is intended that the Scientist will lead research programs that illuminate the wide-ranging, world-class collections of both institutions. He/she will report to the Director of Conservation for the MFAH and will be based at the MFAH, with additional access to the facilities and staff of the participating institutions.
The MFAH is in the process of designing and building a new Center for Conservation on the museum campus, which will open during the term of this appointment. The Scientist will play a central role in planning state-of-the-art scientific and analytical resources in the new building and, as a result, will help to shape the whole future of conservation science in Houston.
The basic duties of the job are to provide analytical support to conservation and curatorial staff of the MFAH and The Menil Collection: but, in consultation with senior colleagues at both institutions, the Scientist will also be able establish new research priorities in both the investigation of traditional and new conservation materials and processes, and in the ever-expanding field of technical art history. The collections in Houston provide outstanding opportunities for new avenues of technical research. It is expected that the Scientist will publish results in appropriate journals, will speak at national and international conferences, and will play a leading role in disseminating information to the Houston community through lectures, publications and museum websites.
The Scientist will serve as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Rice University and will have access to analytical equipment at Rice as required until the MFAH Center for Conservation is fully equipped. The Scientist will also co-teach courses in the Chemistry and Art History departments at Rice.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
The scientist will have up-to-date knowledge of the structure, properties, and behavior of the materials used in the creation and conservation of works of art. He/she will have
experience with various methods used in their analysis and identification, including, but not limited to: FTIR, GC-MS, RP-HPLC, XRD, XRF, and SEM w/EDS.
Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and research skills will be required and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. An interest in and a demonstrable knowledge of the range of the collections in Houston would be an advantage.
Education and Experience:
The Scientist will have a Ph.D. in a physical science, and experience and ability in research and teaching at the graduate level, including a substantial record of publication. He/she will have experience in studying art and artifacts of an encyclopedic museum collection, and in analyzing their constituent materials. The Scientist will have worked alongside practicing conservators in a museum or university department, understand the range of conservation materials and techniques currently in use, and contribute to technical advances in the field.
How to Apply:
Send cv and letter of interest to Human Resources, Job 14-112CON, P.O. Box 6826, Houston TX 77265-6826; Fax 713-639-7508 or email:
Please Note: Deadline for accepting application is June 21, 2014

Senior Project Specialist

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts—broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The Institute serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field.
The GCI Field Projects Department is seeking a Senior Project Specialist (Built/20th-century Heritage).
The Field Projects Department’s objectives are:

  • Advance conservation practice through the development and implementation of model projects which incorporate strong research, planning and educational objectives.
  • In all projects, develop strong collaborative relationships so as to build local expertise, ensure sustainability, evaluate work in progress and broadly disseminate information resulting from projects.
  • Disseminate our findings through professional publications and conferences; and contribute to the advancement of the field of conservation through the organization of seminars, symposia and workshops.

Overview: Explores, develops and manages potential projects that address thematic areas in the context of conservation of twentieth-century heritage and specifically modern architecture. This includes designing, implementing and monitoring projects that apply and test new research and practical approaches. Demonstrates a broad knowledge of the issues and best practices associated with the conservation and management of historic buildings and sites, specifically twentieth-century heritage. Provides advice and guidance about these issues to staff from other departments of the GCI.
Responsibilities:  Conducts needs assessments, identifies strategic issues, develops, interprets, communicates and executes project plans and budgets to meet international needs. Provides direction to project staff, external partners and consultants related to built and urban heritage. Undertakes research, teaches, writes, publishes or presents results at professional venues.
Qualifications: 7-10 years combined practical and management experience in the areas of either architecture and historic building technologies, urban planning and preservation. Master’s degree or equivalent graduate education in architecture or architectural conservation. Knowledge and demonstrated engagement in conserving twentieth-century heritage also required. Must be adaptable, analytical, a positive problem-solver and a creative thinker. Skill and experience in designing, initiating and managing projects with multi-disciplinary teams is essential. Experience in working in broad contexts including the international sphere an advantage. Knowledge of the international organizations working in the fields of twentieth-century heritage needed. Excellent oral and written communication skills are also necessary. Must be available for frequent international travel. An ability to read, write and speak a foreign language is preferred.
An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided. International candidates welcome. EOE
To apply, please see:  All applicants should be prepared to upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae as a single file (either a PDF or a Word document) when prompted to upload a Resume online. Candidates who successfully complete the online application process will receive an automated message from “”.  If you have specific questions about the Senior Project Specialist (Built/20th-century Heritage) position, please email Deadline for applications has been extended to May 22, 2014.

Head of Conservation, Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute.

The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is seeking a Head of Conservation, who is an accomplished conservator with a specialization in ethnographic and/or archaeological conservation, including field conservation. The Head of Conservation will supervise a staff of conservators whose mission is to conduct research and treatment in collaboration with MCI’s technical studies and scientific research groups and with staff from the 19 Smithsonian museums and 8 other research centers.  The Head of Conservation will provide guidance and oversight to the conservation group to ensure that MCI meets the needs of our clients, which may include examination of works art, historic and archaeological artifacts, and natural history specimens; performing conservation treatments; conducting research; advising and selecting research fellows, interns, and volunteers; and reviewing the final reports and results of studies. The successful candidate must have professional experience in developing, organizing, and leading an international training program on the preservation and/or conservation of cultural heritage and a demonstrated background in management.
MCI is a scientific research center of the Smithsonian Institution with the mission to increase and disseminate scientific knowledge that improves preservation and conservation of museum collections and related material, with an emphasis on the collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums. For a more detailed description of the MCI’s programs please see
For a complete application package and instructions please access USAJOBS or the Smithsonian website and retrieve announcement numbers 14A-MP-299462-MPA-MCI and 14A-MP-299462-DEU-MCI. The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Vacancy closes June 2, 2014. Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National.