Willman Spawn Conservation Internship

The Library of the American Philosophical Society (APS) is seeking applicants with significant previous paper and/or book conservation experience for this year’s Willman Spawn Conservation Internship. The successful candidate will report to the APS Conservation Department and will gain practical experience in a professional conservation laboratory through conservation treatment of manuscripts, books, documents, and other graphic materials on paper, as well as environmental monitoring and rehousing of materials. The intern’s special interests and specific goals will be considered as part of the internship. The intern will also be expected to write a blog post about the internship and to give an informal talk to library staff.

Founded in 1743, the Library of the American Philosophical Society, located near Independence Hall in Philadelphia, is a leading international center for research in the history of American and European science and technology, early American history and culture, and Native American languages and cultures. The Library houses over 13 million manuscript leaves, 275,000 volumes and bound periodicals, thousands of prints and maps, and large audio, video, and digital holdings. Outstanding historical collections and subject areas include the papers of Benjamin Franklin (14,000 letters and documents); Jefferson’s holograph of the Declaration of Independence; western scientific expeditions and travel, including the original journals of Lewis and Clark; polar exploration; history of physics and 20th-century medical research.

The APS Conservation Department currently has a staff of two conservators: Head of Conservation Anne Downey, a paper conservator, and Assistant Conservator Renée Wolcott, a book conservator. An Assistant Paper Conservator will be joining the department in October. Together the conservation staff is responsible for item-level conservation of library materials, surveying the collections for conservation and preservation needs, monitoring the library environment, and preparing library materials for loan and exhibition.

This year’s internship is designed for college graduates who are now in the process of applying to graduate programs in art conservation, graduate students who are currently pursuing studies in an accredited master’s program in art conservation, and conservators who have graduated from such a program within the last 12 months. The internship may be full time or part time, and the length and start date of the internship are negotiable. The internship is temporary and will pay $16–$20 per hour based on the intern’s previous conservation experience. Pay is capped at a total of $8,786 for the internship period, and no benefits are offered with this position. Preference will be given to applicants who have previous library conservation treatment experience and can work independently with little supervision.

Applications will be accepted through August 24, 2018.

The American Philosophical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Successful applicants will be asked to show proof that they legally can work in the United States.

To apply, upload CV or résumé, a cover letter explaining qualifications for and interest in the position and three references (not letters of reference, please) to http://apply.interfolio.com/52258.

Please direct any questions to Renée Wolcott, Assistant Conservator, at rwolcott@amphilsoc.org

Preservation officer (Wake County, NC, USA)

  • Job class title: Archivist supervisor
  • Position number: 60083389
  • Department: Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Division/section: Archives & Records / Collections Services/Collections Management
  • Salary range: $48,051.00 – $81,686.00 annually
  • Recruitment range: $48,051 – $58,033
  • Salary grade / salary grade equivalent: GN13
  • Competency level: Not applicable
  • Appointment type: Permanent full-time
  • Work location: Wake County
  • Opening date: 07/23/18
  • Closing date: 08/10/18 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The State of North Carolina invites applications for the position of: Preservation officer

“This is a repost and previous applicants must reapply to be considered”

  • Salary Grade:  GN13
  • Recruitment Range:  $48,051 – $58,033
  • Position location:  Downtown Raleigh, E. Jones Street

Department Information: The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state’s history, conserve the state’s natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.

Division InformationThe vision of the Division of Archives and Records is to be a national leader in providing quality guidance on information stewardship in North Carolina and in creating simplified and integrated access to authentic information. The State Archives of North Carolina’s mission is to collect, preserve, manage and provide access to information that protects citizen rights, documents North Carolina history and culture, promotes transparency, and encourages stewardship of government records.

The Collections Management Branch of the Division of Archives and Records is responsible for a wide variety of conservation, preservation, imaging, micrographic, and photographic functions. Among its responsibilities are creation of security images of public records for state, local and municipal agencies; protection of the State Archives’ security microfilm holdings in its vaults; photographic and microfilm duplication services; conservation treatment of documentary material; preservation reformatting of collections; photography services; and preparation of original collections for exhibits.

Description of Work: Work will involve some travel, as well as occasional nights, weekends and Saturday work in the Search Room on a rotating basis. Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Oversight of all activities of the branch, including the conservation lab, photography lab, and imaging unit.
  • Supervises branch employees, manages branch orders for supplies, equipment, and maintenance contracts.
  • Oversees all preservation programming within the division, including disaster response plan, environmental monitoring and policies regarding care, handling, and storage of records.
  • Works closely with division management on issues such as records management, electronic records preservation, and outreach, including division tours.
  • Works with other units of department and state government to protect cultural assets of state before and after a disaster.
  • Serves on division management team and provides input on development of policies, workflows and programs for records management, digitization of collections, preservation needs and outreach programming.

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES / COMPETENCIES: To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.

  1. Demonstrated experience in preservation and conservation of paper and non-textual media and must have knowledge of current developments and practices in archival preservation.
  2. Required knowledge of archival and records management principles.
  3. Knowledge of digital imaging, micrographics, and traditional photography including knowledge of records and information management principles as they relate to micrographic and digital reformatting, preservation and conservation, and application and use of imaging systems.
  4. Demonstrated experience in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating projects; developing and administering budgets; and overseeing programs across division lines.
  5. Demonstrated experience in overseeing preservation projects, collection inventories, and collection surveys to determine conservation or preservation needs for collections.
  6. Demonstrated experience in using software packages, such as MS Word, Access, and Excel, and specialized preservation software for environmental monitoring.
  7. Must be able to lift at least 40 lbs. and can unpack, shelve, and shift large quantities of archival materials, unassisted. May be required to stand for long periods of time.
  8. Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to chemicals, dust, and mold is possible.

Management preferences:

  1. Preferred previous experience conducting treatment of special collections, including rare or valuable book and paper materials in a library/ archives setting or in a private conservation lab.
  2. Preferred coursework in library and archival studies specializing in preservation and care of historical materials

Master s degree in history, public history, public administration, library science, or a related social science from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of progressive experience in archives and records work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Contact Information:
The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.

Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  “See Resume” or “See Attachment” will NOT be accepted.

Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application. To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.

Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.

Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.

Please refrain from submitting multiple applications, however; If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are “Under Review” and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).

N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone:  919-807-7373

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: http://www.oshr.nc.gov/jobs/index.html

NOTE: Apply to the department listed on posting An Equal Opportunity Employer, NC State Government

  • Position #18-08367 AH60083389
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Nigel Seeley Fellowship (Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent, United Kingdom)


Knole Conservation Studio, located in Sevenoaks, Kent, Knole is a unique piece of cultural heritage that sits in a beautiful and well-used deer park just off Sevenoaks High Street. Built as an Archbishop’s palace and transformed into a lavish Jacobean country house by the Sackville family, six centuries of history are contained in one of the largest houses in England. Knole has been in the National Trust’s care since 1946.

The Inspired by Knole project began in 2012, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is one of the National Trust’s largest ever conservation projects. The purpose of this project is to protect Knole and its collection “forever for everyone” and also demonstrate to visitors to Knole how conservators preserve history through conservation, both preventative and interventative.

During the last four years, Knole has been under-going a program of essential repairs. The Inspired by Knole project, running through 2018, includes building an on-site conservation studio and learning space to conserve and share Knole’s fragile collection; opening up new spaces in the house; restoring and improving the Brewhouse cafe; and transforming the visitor experience within the showrooms. This project will broaden the National Trust’s community engagement work, creating new opportunities for local people to engage with the property through volunteering, programmed activity, and an enhanced and more diverse visitor experience.

The new Conservation Studio sits at the heart of Knole. This facility is an important asset for the National Trust, Kent and the South East region. From the summer of 2016 to 2019, the studio will conserve a large percentage of the collections from Knole House. Gilded frames and furniture form a very large component of these collections.

The 2018 fellowship assignment
The assignment will be a 12-week project focused on textile conservation. The fellow will work alongside Heather Porter, Senior Conservator, on historically significant upholstered furniture from the 17th- and 18th-century Knole collection.

The main element of this project will be to provide interventive conservation work to stools from a suite of furniture dating from 1640 that retain their original upholstery. The stools were originally part of the spectacular Spangled Bedroom, alongside the stunning Spangled Bed, which has been lovingly and painstakingly conserved at Blickling Textile Conservation Studio.

The chosen individual will work in the new conservation studio in front of visitors to Knole. The Fellow will be engaging in the future of conservation by sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for the profession with visitors, students and volunteers. Additionally, the Fellow will be immersed in the National Trust’s decision-making processes and approaches to treatment to deliver high quality treatments during the next phase of the collection’s history.

Fellowship benefits

  • $8,000 stipend
  • $1,500 travel subsidy
  • $1,500 housing subsidy OR complimentary housing depending on project location
  • Opportunity to work in the UK with senior National Trust staff in fine art conservation. Experience working with specialist National Trust staff at Knole, Sevenoaks.
  • Participation towards developing significant skills working directly with senior staff of the National Trust’s conservation studio.
  • Visits to additional NT sites throughout the UK.

Supervision and location
The Fellow will be based at the National Trust’s Conservation Studio at Knole, Sevenoaks and work directly with Heather Porter and Michaela Hall.

Equipment Requirements: All equipment necessary for the completion of the fellowship will be supplied by the National Trust.

Candidate requirements

  • Graduate in recognized conservation course and 1-3 years work experience (or equivalent)
  • Good organizational and communication skills;
  • American citizenship, with a passport remaining valid until July 2019
  • The Fellow will work as part of a team, and should have the ability to work well under pressure and communicate complex issues clearly. The Fellow will submit written reports to both the National Trust and The Royal Oak Foundation. The Fellow must be comfortable engaging with members of the public visiting the Knole Conservation Studio, and be willing to share his/her experience on The Royal Oak Foundation website.
  • The Fellow should carry health insurance.

Start date
After October 2018 with flexible start date.

Who should apply
Applications are welcome from individuals at any career point, with 1 to 3 years of professional experience. Applicants should hold graduate degrees or certificates in art conservation with a focus on furniture, decorative arts, and/or objects.

Fellowship stipend
For the fellowship period, the fellow will receive an educational stipend of $8,000.00 to be paid in two installments. The fellow will also receive complimentary housing or a $1,500.00 housing subsidy depending on the location of the project, and a travel subsidy up to $1,500.00 for international and any train travel.

Fellow will be responsible for travel arrangements, food and other personal expenses associated with the fellowship. Each applicant must also pay a $40.00 fee, payable by becoming a Royal Oak Student/Young Professional member. You can become a member by visiting the website: www.royal-oak.org/join. When joining, write “Nigel Seeley Fellowship” in the comment field before completing the checkout process.

Application deadline
The application deadline is August 15 and the Fellowship will take place after October 2018 in the U.K. Successful applicants will be notified in early September.

How to apply
Click here to download and complete the application. To submit your application, please email materials to seeleyfellowship@royal-oak.org. Please include the downloaded and signed form with your email.

More about the Nigel Seeley Fellowship
Established in 2016, the fellowship provides training and educational opportunities for individuals with a professional interest in the preservation of historic interiors, finishes, and collections. The fellowship will enrich young professionals’ lives by offering first-hand experience of the National Trust’s world-class techniques, houses, and collections.

Named for the former National Trust’s Head of Conservation, Dr. Nigel Seeley (1989-2002), the fellowship is awarded to professionals spanning careers from conservators, heritage craftsmen, collection managers, to environmental engineers, lighting specialists, and pest specialists.

The fellowship joins Royal Oak’s established Damaris Horan Fellowship. Both fellowships provide talented Americans the chance to gain hands-on experience through the National Trust’s expertise and renowned educational training. Fellowships will be offered biennially, alternating years between each prize.

Painting conservator (New York, NY, USA)

Amann and Estabrook Conservation Associates, a New York City-based conservation studio specializing in modern and contemporary art, is seeking a full-time painting conservator, available immediately. This position offers potential for professional growth through varied and challenging treatments. The candidate should have demonstrated ability in treatment of modern and contemporary paintings and the ability to work under tight deadlines. Working with peers as part of a team is essential.

The candidate should be a graduate of a recognized conservation training program or have equivalent apprenticeship training, with at least two years additional experience. Salary is commensurate with experience. Health benefits and 401k plan are offered.

Interested applicants should e-mail a resume with the names and contact information of three professional references, three sample treatment reports, and three sample condition reports to:

Sandra Amann and Elizabeth Estabrook
Amann + Estabrook Conservation Associates
435 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

Collections Internship (Washington, DC, USA)

Newseum Fall Collections Internship – Washington, DC Are you looking for an exciting internship that will provide you with the skills necessary to help you obtain full-time museum employment? If so, the Newseum’s Collections Internship is for you!

The Newseum, a revolutionary 250,000-square-foot museum that promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment, offering visitors an experience that blends five centuries of history with technology and hands-on exhibits.  At the Newseum, we pride ourselves on creating up-to-the minute exhibits and actively collecting modern and historic print news materials. As a Newseum intern you will work at our museum downtown and have the opportunity to work at our storage center in Laurel, Maryland once a week (with Newseum provided transportation from DC). Internship hours are flexible and can be arranged to fit individual’s schedules – this can include morning work. You will be a member of the small, dynamic Collections team and will be able to make an enormous contribution to the work we do. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain Collections experience and be involved in the day-to-day operations of one of Washington, D.C.’s most popular museums!

Intern responsibilities will include, but are not limited to assisting the Registrar and Collections Specialist with the following tasks:

  • Daily monitoring and recording of environmental conditions (temperature, relative humidity, lighting, etc.) in gallery spaces
  • Processing donations and incoming loans, including cataloging artifacts in database
  • Monitoring and reporting on exhibition conditions as they pertain to exhibited collections
  • Assisting with the cleaning of exhibits and artifacts on display pre-opening
  • Aiding in the installation and de-installation of exhibited artifacts
  • Compiling information for the new Standard Facilities Report particularly regarding the environmental conditions/calculations for each of the galleries
  • Helping with basic artifact conservation

Candidates should be currently enrolled in or should have recently finished a museum-related graduate or undergraduate program, possess basic computer skills, an interest in collections/registration work, and the ability to lift 30 pounds.

Internships last for a minimum of 12 weeks beginning in early September 2018 and may be part or full time. Interns must work a minimum of 2 ½ days/week with an 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (full day) and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (half day) schedule. This internship position is primarily for college credit.

Application Deadline: July 27, 2018

Application Process
Please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to:
Human Resources Department
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
E-mail: jobs@newseum.org

Icon internships, textiles conservation (UK)

  • Icon Internships, Textiles Conservation
  • The Bowes Museum HLF Skills for the Future Internship
  • 12 months Internship starting September 2018
  • Location: The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham Educational Stipend: GBP16,000 plus GPB1,000 training allowance

The Bowes Museum, in partnership with Icon, and with the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund is offering a program of Textile Conservation internships from 2014 to 2019. The intern to work within the conservation department, and alongside the department of textile and dress.

The Bowes’ formed one of the earliest collections of European textiles in Britain, including tapestries, embroideries, furnishing textiles, lace, quilts and carpets. The costume collection includes haute couture from the 1860s onwards, with an important group of costume and accessories which belonged to Empress Eugenie of France. More information is available at www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk.

The intern will join the Textile Conservator in working towards the re-display of the Textiles and Dress Gallery though conservation assessments, treatments and mounting. As part of the conservation team, the intern will gain practical, preventive and workplace skills, tailored to help them develop their careers in conservation.

Other projects throughout the year will include:

  • Temporary exhibitions and displays
  • Pest management programme in the textile and dress stores
  • Care of textiles on open display, including upholstery and carpets
  • Ongoing improvements to the textile and costume stores, including of the Blackbourne Lace Collection
  • Regular contributions to The Bowes Museum blog
  • Assisting with conservation-related enquiries
  • Publicizing the work of the department through networking with other professionals, attending conferences, publications etc.

Candidates will be asked to present a portfolio with evidence of their conservation work and/or related textile skills, at the interview

You can apply for this placement if you have a recognized qualification in conservation, preferably specializing in textiles. Applicants wishing to pursue a career in textiles conservation, without formal training, but with a demonstrable interest in museums conservation and heritage, and able to demonstrate a high level of manual dexterity will also be considered. Applicants must be self-motivated and proactive. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Please apply using the application form on the Icon website only. https://icon.org.uk/what-is-conservation/internships.

  • Closing date: 5:00 p.m. on July 12, 2018
  • Interviews will be held on during the week of July 23, 2018.

Questions: pwhife@icon.org.uk.

Conservation Technician (Tucson, AZ, USA)

The Center for Creative Photography (the Center) is seeking a Conservation Technician to assist the Senior Photograph Conservator with a wide range of duties in support of the preservation and conservation of the Center’s Fine Art and Archive collections. This is an extended temporary employment position (6 to 24 months.)

The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) is the premiere research collection of American photographic fine art and archives, promoting creative inquiry, dialogue, and appreciation of photography’s enduring cultural influence. The Center for Creative Photography is a world- renowned leader in preservation, teaching, learning, scholarship, and the appreciation of archival material and works of art by North America’s greatest photographers.

This position requires thorough knowledge of professionally accepted preservation and collection management practices and procedures including but not limited to: preventive conservation, rehousing, fabricating custom storage enclosures, conducting collection surveys and laboratory maintenance. The ideal candidate is highly organized and detail oriented and processes excellent hand skills. The candidate is able to prioritize multiple projects, skillful at problem solving, and an interest in mentoring UA students and interns.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact:

Dana Hemmenway
Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator
Center for Creative Photography
1030 North Olive Road
Tucson, AZ 85721
E-mail: hemmenwayd@ccp.arizona.edu
Tel: 520-626-5222

Applications will be reviewed starting June 19th, but the posting will be held open until the position is filled.

For more information about the Center for Creative Photography please visit: https://ccp.arizona.edu/.

For more information about the position and to apply please visit: https://uacareers.com/hr/postings/29762.

Object conservator (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

KCI Conservation, a busy object and sculpture conservation practice in Minneapolis, MN is seeking a full-time Object Conservator for a one-year contract (with potential for longer-term extension). KCI Conservation provides professional conservation services for a wide range of materials, but we have become especially well known and respected for the conservation of modern and contemporary art, as well as outdoor sculpture and public art. The diverse repertoire of artworks treated by KCI include traditional sculptures, decorative arts objects, ethnographic objects, monuments, fountains, mosaics, multi-media art, and kinetic art. Our clients include museums, private collectors, cities and government agencies, and corporate clients. For more information about our firm, please visit our website at: kciconservation.com.

Job Description
The successful candidate will contribute to all aspects of the conservation practice, including: completing condition assessments of objects; writing treatment proposals and reports; providing cost estimates; conservation treatment of artworks in the conservation lab and in situ; performing treatments for outdoor sculpture; completing collections surveys; supervision of conservation technicians; and interacting with clients.  The position requires the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Completion of graduate level training in objects conservation from a recognized art conservation program; 3+ years post-graduate conservation experience is preferred; Highly organized with good time management skills and the ability to work within deadlines; Excellent written and oral communication skills; Demonstrated ability to work well in a group and with individuals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines; Experience supervising technicians or interns is preferred; Experience working with outdoor sculpture and public art is optimal.

Terms and Compensation
This is a one-year contract position with competitive hourly pay and a stipend toward moving expenses, purchase of conservation tools, etc. The contract may be extended or be converted to a permanent staff position. Please contact Kristin Cheronis and Laura Kubick for more information at 612-564-3176 or kciconservation@gmail.com.

Cover letter and C.V. with three conservation-related references may be emailed with the subject heading “Object Conservator Position” to kciconservation@gmail.com by July 15, 2018. Please include 2 examples of condition and treatment reports and associated photographs.

Museum conservator (St. Mary’s City, MD, USA)

Historic St. Mary’s City Commission
St. Mary’s City, MD USA

Historic St. Mary’s City is seeking a Conservator to care for its collection of approximately six million archaeological artifacts.  Applications are being accepted now.  Review of applications will begin August 15th. Salary range is US$55,000-$62,000.

Please send a cover letter and resume with the names and contact information for three professional references to: Porzia Purves: PorziaP@digshistory.org (240) 895-4960

Organization Description
Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) is a museum of living history and archaeology located on the site of Maryland’s first capital (1634-1695).  Decades of research are the foundation of outdoor exhibits constructed in a beautiful tidewater landscape.  Recreated structures in the historic town center, a Woodland Indian hamlet, a tall ship, and a tobacco plantation staffed by costumed or uniformed interpreters help visitors understand the stories of Maryland’s founding. Reconstruction of the Brick Chapel of 1667 stands a symbol of the religious freedom established by the Lords Baltimore in the seventeenth century.

HSMC is one of Southern Maryland’s leading tourism attractions and hosts an active school tour program.  The museum’s collections are a resource for professional archaeologists, scholars, and college students.  The HSMC colonial archaeology field school, the longest running field school in the nation, attracts students from all over the United States as well as from other countries. The museum is an independent agency of the State of Maryland, within the Office of the Governor.

Job Summary
Reporting to the Director of Research and Collections, the Conservator will undertake the direct treatment and preventive conservation care of objects in consultation with the Curator of Collections. This individual will work closely with other museum personnel to conserve the museum’s archaeological artifacts and archives to prepare them for exhibition and/or long-term storage.

Essential Functions:

The Conservator accomplishes examination, preventive maintenance, and treatment of the Museum collections

  • Conducts examination, documentation, analysis, and artifact treatment within the collection following established conservation procedures, methodologies, and professional ethics.
  • When necessary, based on the conservation needs of an artifact, develop new conservation techniques and procedures in consultation with the Curator of Collections and Director of Research and Collections.
  • Maintains detailed before, during, and after treatment records including both written and photographic documentation. All photography and imagery will be kept in digital format according to professional  procedures and standards.
  • Promotes the importance of conservation within the museum and in an outreach capacity whenever possible.
  • Responsible for completing associated documentation, analysis, and research as well as working with curatorial and collections staff on handling, storage, exhibition, and loan of the collections.
  • Contributes to outreach efforts and also mentors and supervises interns and volunteers.
  • Performs examination of non-archaeological museum objects as required and prepares documentation, including written and photographic reports.
  • Performs preventive conservation and maintenance in coordination with the Curator of Collections, including Integrated Pest Management, environmental monitoring, and emergency planning for collection galleries, exhibitions on the property of HSMC, and storage areas.
  • Performs technical study and analysis of materials and methods of manufacture, including imaging and analytical techniques related to research by the collections and archaeological staff.
  • Collaborates with Curator of Collections on organization and maintenance of storage and objects on display including routine cleaning procedures for objects out of display cases.
  • Plans exhibition mounting with Exhibition Design as needed.
  • Ensures maintenance of lab equipment and supplies.
  • Establishes lab procedures following professional standards
  • Conducts objects handling training with staff, students, volunteers, etc.
  • Pursues professional development and maintains participation in professional organizations.
  • Participates in relevant museum meetings.
  • Adheres to professional standards for ethical practice in accordance with the American Institute for Conservation.
  • Identifies and suggests methods to improve standards related to department or museum practices or procedures.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities:

The incumbent should possess

  • Working knowledge of acceptable practices for conservation and maintenance of objects.
  • Working knowledge of archaeological methods and practices.
  • Continuing professional development in the conservation field.
  • Working knowledge of analytical equipment and methods, including but not limited to FT-IR, SEM, XRF, digital radiography, optical microscopy, chloride analysis, metals sample preparation, and film/digital photography.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Development of educational materials/activities for public outreach.
  • Familiarity with accepted practices for achieving and insuring safety in the laboratory.
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of materials including metals and organics as well as knowledge of archaeological conservation methods pertaining to excavated finds.
  • Ability to work productively with senior staff who have highly specialized knowledge of their areas of responsibility; a team builder.

Education and Professional Experience

  • A master’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited conservation training program in the United States or abroad. A Conservation degree with specialization in objects, particularly archaeological and ethnographic materials, or related field is preferable, and four years of experience beyond internship level.
  • The candidate must be a good standing member of the American Institute for Conservation, and be able to demonstrate the required professional experience required for this position. The candidate must be able to show that they are working toward or have gained their professional associate status with the AIC in the next few years.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of established and emerging methods for treatment, preventive care, and analysis of museum objects.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications, and competitive with comparable  positions at other regional non-profit organizations of comparable size.  The museum offers a generous benefits package as well the opportunity to inspire and enlighten visitors and staff.

Historic St. Mary’s City is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including minority candidates.

Internship in Paper Conservation (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The Rijksmuseum is the largest museum of the Netherlands. The collection contains 1.1 million (art) objects from and relating to the Netherlands from the Middle Ages until the 20th century. The museum receives over two million visitors a year with a stunning building, surprising decor, beautiful exhibitions, lively events and many pleasant facilities for young and old.

The Rijksmuseum’s dynamic and diverse Conservation Department is housed in the Ateliergebouw, or Studio Building, across the street from the main museum. In addition to the six conservation studios and laboratories of the Rijksmuseum, the building hosts the conservation training program of the University of Amsterdam, the Scientific Department of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and the newly formed Netherlands Institute of Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS). The strong collaboration between conservators, scientific researchers and art historians in the three institutes makes for an interdisciplinary and inspiring environment.

The department of Paper Conservation consists of a core team of three paper conservators, two photographic materials conservators and three conservation technicians and is supplemented by many other conservators working on different projects, as well as researchers and scientists. Together they are responsible for the conservation of the collection of the Rijksprentenkabinet: the largest museum collection of prints, drawings and photographs of the Netherlands.

The Rijksmuseum is inviting applications for: Internship in Paper Conservation.

The position is full-time (36 hours per week) for the duration of 3 to 6 months, to be scheduled in 2019, in accordance with the interns training program and the department schedule.

The intern will be given the opportunity to carry out conservation treatments on works of art on paper and conduct research on their materials, techniques and condition. The intern will also assist the paper conservators with monitoring the condition and maintenance of the collection, preparing prints and drawings for loans, writing condition reports, (de-) installing exhibitions, and assisting with on-going research projects. The Paper Conservation department works closely with the Curatorial Department, and the intern will be expected to participate in discussions about on-going treatments and research projects. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend regular talks organized by the three institutions mentioned above.

Requirements: For the duration of the entire internship applicants must be students enrolled in an MA-level conservation training program with a specialization in paper conservation. Applicants should possess:

*   Sufficient knowledge and skills to carry out practical conservation treatments
*   Interest in integrating scientific research into conservation practice
*   Basic knowledge of analytical methods useful for research
*   Fluency in Dutch or English, spoken and written
*   The ability to work in a team

Terms: The internship is unpaid. A modest monthly stipend of 250 euros a month based on a 36-hours working week is offered. Special requirements are in place for students coming from outside the European Union.

Information: The application requires a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation, by sending to vacatures@rijksmuseum.nl. For further information, please contact Idelette van Leeuwen, Head of Paper Conservation, tel: +31(0)20-67474113. For questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Lieke Boers, Personnel Officer, tel. +31(0)20-6747304.

The closing date for all applications is August 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET). No applications will be accepted after the deadline. All applications must be submitted in Dutch or in English by email: vacatures@rijksmuseum.nl. Applications or related materials in any other form will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified by September 1, 2018.