Job Posting: Rosa Lowinger and Associates in Miami

Rosa Lowinger & Associates is seeking to hire a conservator of sculpture and objects to be based in our Miami office. RLA provides professional conservation services for a wide range of materials and types of objects, with a longstanding reputation for excellence in conservation of contemporary art and large scale outdoor sculpture.

Preferred candidates will have a graduate level degree in objects or architectural conservation. We are particularly looking for strong candidates who are emerging professionals, however individuals without a conservation degree may also apply if they have at least 6 years of experience in the field of conservation, an MA in a related field and excellent references. We are a close knit group of committed professionals who are looking to expand our team with someone who has good hand skills, excellent writing and verbal communication skills, and the ability to think critically about conservation problems involving new materials and large scale works. The position involves travel, field work, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

This is a full time permanent position with a competitive salary, vacation and benefits.

Please send a cover letter and resume to: actisue [at] rosalowinger [dot] com

Job Posting: Conservator of Photographs, Williamstown Art Conservation Center

The Williamstown Art Conservation Center is seeking a full-time, photograph conservator to manage and run the photograph conservation division within the paper conservation department. The conservator will participate in all departmental activities including documentation, analysis and treatment for the photograph collections of the WACC’s and the AACC’s (Atlanta Art Conservation Center) member institutions and will assist with projects in the paper conservation lab as work load and deadlines fluctuate.

The candidate should have a degree in graduate-level studies with a specialization in photographic materials or equivalent education and work/life experience demonstrating expertise in the analysis, documentation, conservation treatment and preventive care for all types of photographic materials. The conservator should demonstrate knowledge of the history of photography, the evolution of historic and contemporary photographic techniques and skill in the use of non-destructive analytical examination techniques for photographs.

Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, computer proficiency and strong organizational abilities will be required. The candidate should be willing to travel periodically to carry out site work for member institutions.

The WACC offers a full benefits package including an annual research stipend. Title and salary will be commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience.

For further information contact: Leslie Paisley, Paper Conservator/Department Head at lpaisley [at] williamstownart__org.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and contact information for three references to

Thomas Branchick
Director, Williamstown Art Conservation Center
227 South Street
Williamstown MA 01267

Conservation Fellowship at Northwestern University Library

Northwestern University Library is offering an advanced post-graduate conservation fellowship for a two year appointment, September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2014. The conservation fellowship allows a conservation professional the opportunity to work on diverse special collections, including rare books, paper, and parchment documents.  The conservation fellowship includes a research component ideally leading to publication or presentation at a national conference.  The fellowship also offers the unique opportunity to visit and interact with conservators at other Chicago-area conservation labs that work with a broad range of material including paintings, works of art on paper, objects, textiles, and natural history specimens.

The conservation fellowship provides practical experience in a busy academic library conservation lab balancing treatment responsibilities with professional research activities.  The Conservation Fellow will develop an understanding of the functions and responsibilities of a research library conservation lab working with special collections materials.  There will be the opportunity to gain bench experience, develop skills in treatment decision making, and participate in the management of a complex workflow.

In addition, Northwestern’s unique holdings allow the possibility to gain experience in assessing and evaluating a variety of library and museum objects including paintings, ethnographic objects and textiles. Research topics will be developed in consultation with the Special Collections Conservator at the beginning of the fellowship and could include treatment techniques, materials identification, or historical studies. In addition, there is the potential for project work including needs assessment surveys and other preventive preservation activities.

Recent Conservation Fellowship projects have included the treatment and rehousing of a collection of 10th century parchment documents, the repair of a 19th century atlas, and the rebinding of a set of early 20th century photo albums from western Africa.  The current Conservation Fellow’s research project focuses on identification and treatment of photoreprographic processes and will be presented at the American Institute for Conservation’s 2012 Annual Meeting.  Anticipated projects for the 2012 Conservation Fellow will include repair of a collection of early 20th century scrapbooks related to the Brazilian coffee trade, a book illustrated by Joan Miró, and board reattachments on a 1669 volume of Katherine Philips’ poetry.

Working in the Preservation Department under the supervision of the Special Collections Conservator, the Conservation Fellow evaluates and treats special collections materials.

In consultation with librarians, curators, and archivists, the Conservation Fellow examines and develops treatment specifications for special collections materials. The Conservation Fellow performs a broad range of conservation treatments on rare books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, maps, and other unbound archival and special collections materials on paper and vellum.  Treatment includes the preparation of condition and treatment reports with an appropriate level of photo documentation.

The Conservation Fellow conducts condition surveys and assists in the development of action plans for special collections.

The Conservation Fellow stays current with new developments in the field of library conservation and conducts research related to an area of interest identified at the beginning of the fellowship.  Research should be of a quality that would result in a publishable paper or presentation at a national conference and would ideally include collaboration within Northwestern or with staff at one or more of the many Chicago-area conservation labs.

The Conservation Fellow may assist other professional staff in the department, including the Department Head, Preservation Librarian, and Conservation Librarian, with additional surveys, preservation education and outreach initiatives, exhibits-related projects, and disaster response initiatives.

Required:  Master’s degree in library science or associated field, with an emphasis on conservation training, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.  Knowledge of current conservation principles and practices, materials science, and the history of bookbinding and conservation.  Demonstrated ability to perform high quality conservation treatments on special collections materials, primarily book and paper, and to communicate effectively about treatment options and decisions.  Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of recent conservation treatments.

Preferred:  Work experience in a recognized research library conservation program.

Salary:  Annual stipend of $45,000. Northwestern University offers a comprehensive benefits plan, including health care and tuition benefits.

Send letter of application including current research interests and resume, including names of three references, to Scott W. Devine, Head of Preservation, Northwestern University Library, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, Illinois 60208-2300 or s-devine [at] northwestern [dot] edu

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.  Interviews may be scheduled at the AIC 2012 Annual Conference.  Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.



Conservation Technician at The University of Pittsburgh (12 month Appointment)

Position  #0129543, Preservation, Thomas Bl.

The University of Pittsburgh is hiring for the position of Conservation Technician (Library III) to assist the Project Conservator in treating rare and unique hardback coal mine maps. This is a twelve month appointment from the start date with the possibility of extension contingent upon funding from the Office of Surface Mining.

Reporting to the Project Conservator, the Conservation Technician will support the continuation of stabilizing over-sized coal mining maps for digitization as part of the CONSOL Energy Mine Map Preservation Project. The Conservation Technician will be heavily involved in executing conservation treatments including, but not limited to, dry cleaning, tape removal, adhesive reduction, washing, humidification and flattening, backing removal, re-lining, mending and construction of custom storage enclosures for over-sized coal mining maps.

Requirements include:

  • Bachelors Degree and/or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience
  • Aptitude for detailed handwork and superior manual dexterity
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work well with students and a diverse staff
  • Prefer relevant educational background or specialized training/experience
  • Ability to perform required tasks as required
  • Experience in library preservation or paper conservation preferred.

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Archaeological Conservator at The National Museum of Iceland

The National Museum of Iceland is soliciting applicants in archaeological conservation to join the Conservation Department for a period of 6 months or longer from early 2012 or by agreement.

Responsibilities: Treatment of archaeological finds including iron, copper alloy, ceramic, glass, leather, bone and wood.

Other activities: Active and passive conservation of museum collection including cleaning, packing, recording, investigating, stabilisation, and documentation of objects. Preparation of exhibitions, monitoring, consulting for other museums.


  •     The candidate should have a university degree in conservation (M.Sc or B.Sc) with specialization in archaeological objects or experience in that field.
  •     Experience required in conservation of archaeological material, both organic and mineral.
  •     The candidate should be fluent in English, both written and spoken language.
  •     Computer knowledge is necessary: Office Windows programs, Photoshop, as well as basic knowledge in digital photography.
  •     The candidate should demonstrate good abilities in working in a team as well as independence in his own work. The conservator  will be part of the Research and Collections Division, but work closely with the leader of the Conservation Department.

Working Place: Conservation Department in Kopavogur, Iceland

Application Deadline: 1 December 2011.

Salary: Depending on education and experience, approximately 275.000-315.000 ISK/month (exchange rate in Iceland in Nov 2011: 159 ISK/EUR).

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Enquiries and application (c.v., copies of degree certificates,
letter of motivation, referees) should be sent to

Anna Lisa Runarsdottir
Head of Research and Collections
National Museum of Iceland
Sudurgata 43
101 Reykjavik


Anna.Lisa [at] thjodminjasafn__is,
+354 5302200,
Mobile: +354 8242031
Fax: +354 5302201

Senior Book Conservator at Sheridan Libraries and Museum, Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and Museum is seeking an experienced Senior Book Conservator. This positions reports directly to the Associate Director for the Department of Conservation and Preservation.

The Senior Book Conservator responsibilities include:

Bench Responsibilities: (60%) serves as primary lead for book conservators; performs a wide range of intermediate and advanced     conservation treatments for both special and general collections; advances book conservator’s and department’s core competencies through formalized advanced training; documents and manages all treatments according to department’s protocols; maintains conservation equipment and lab; participates in exhibitions preparation and installation; implements treatment goals and priorities.

Administrative Responsibilities: (25%) manages conservation statistics; provides written reports as requested; works with the Director to identify, develop and implement conservation goals and initiatives; with Director, Paper Conservator, and
Senior Scientist participates in bridging conservation research with conservation needs; serves on appropriate library committees, task forces or groups, including the Department’s’ disaster recovery and response team.

Supervisory Responsibilities: (15%) Supervises and evaluates book conservators/conservation technicians; may supervise Interns and Fellows; and ensures quality and quantity of productivity of staff.


  •     Masters Degree in Conservation from recognized program and five years experience or combination of 10 years of demonstrated  advanced book conservation experience and training.
  •     Demonstrated technical proficiency in a wide range of advanced book conservation treatments and techniques.
  •     Evidence of contributions to the field
  •     Ability to self-manage and manage staff and projects, with evidence of meeting deadlines, prioritizing and meeting production quotas.
  •     Experience working in a library or archive and a team environment
  •     Strong written and oral communication skills
  •     Professionally active in AIC (American Institute for Conservation) and ACR MIPC (Accredited Member of the Institute of Paper Conservation).
  •     A portfolio of conservation work will be required at the time of application. Portfolios will be returned after process is completed.  If selected for an onsite interview, candidate will be expected to demonstrate several book conservation techniques.

For further details visit: JHU Jobs Online, Req. 49718 at

Imperial War Museums (Maternity Cover-Fixed term, 6 months)

Imperial War Museums (IWM) are looking to recruit a Conservator in a 6-months fixed term (Maternity Cover) position. The post holder will primarily be responsible for interventive work and condition reporting of Museum objects for exhibition and display, loan and the preserve collections. The Museum has five branches; the role will therefore require travel between branches and some weekly work at IWM North (Manchester) and Duxford branches (Cambridgeshire).

The closing date for the receipt of applications is Friday 25 November 2011.

For further details please see

Imaging Scientist at British Library (2 year fixed term contract)

Grade B: UKP30,768 to UKP34,853 per annum

This is an excellent opportunity to join The British Library and to have an immediate impact on the ways in which our collections are preserved, accessed and interpreted. We are the UK’s national library and our collections, comprising over 150 million items, from
3,000 year old oracle bones to current electronic journals, are consulted by 16,000 people every day both in our reading rooms an online.

You will be part of one of the largest Collection Care departments in the world, working with preventive specialists, conservation scientists and conservation practitioners to bring the collections to life in new and exciting ways.

Based within the Conservation Research Unit, you will use your expertise to develop innovative ways of applying imaging techniques that will increase understanding of our collections and provide new avenues of interpretation and scholarship.  You will also develop a network of contacts and partnerships in the Higher Education Sector and across the industry, building collaborative approaches that encourage and enable leading-edge analysis of archive material in a wide variety of formats

To be successful you will need a relevant degree-level qualification. Exceptional interpersonal skills and considerable experience of using multi-spectral imaging and polynomial texture mapping (or similar) to study books, manuscripts or works of art are essential.

You will also have strong written skills and excellent oral presentation skills, and be able to present your research and projects effectively to a broad range of audiences.

For an informal discussion, please contact Dr Barry Knight on +44 20
7412 7229

Closing Date:  Midnight, Monday, 14 November 2011

To apply for this role, please visit:

Book Conservator at British Library (One year fixed term contract)

Salary UKP24,582 – 27,986 p.a.

Job Reference: S&C00279

The Collection Care department of the British Library is responsible for the preservation and conservation, of the collections. The department, is offering a fixed term contract position for one year as part of the Adopt-a-Book programme in its conservation studios in Central London.

This is an opportunity for an experienced conservator trained in paper/book disciplines to work in a team of conservators, carrying out conservation treatments on a range of collection items, reflecting the breadth of the BL’s collections and from a range of cultures. You will be expected to work with minimal supervision and to have the skills and knowledge to plan and manage your work to ensure that production deadlines are met. You must be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels, and be able to keep clear, detailed and accurate records of all treatments undertaken.

You need to have either a degree in conservation or equivalent knowledge and skills sets, and recent practical hands-on experience in conservation of paper/books. A broad knowledge of available conservation treatments within the field of paper/book conservation together with the ability to diagnose conservation problems and to develop and evaluate options for solutions. You should also have a high level of manual dexterity and the ability to treat fragile and delicate materials, together with knowledge of materials chemistry and the properties, behaviours and interaction of a wide range of organic and inorganic materials.

The British Library supports PACR accreditation and welcomes applications from accredited conservators.

For an informal discussion please contact Rick Brown ext. +44 207 412 7898.

Closing date: Midnight, 15 November 2011

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Archaeological Conservation Summer Internships (2 internships) Agora Excavations American School of Classical Studies at Athens

The Conservation Lab of the Agora Excavations is offering 2 archaeological conservation internships for the 2012 summer excavations.

The internships will give students an opportunity to treat freshly excavated archaeological finds and to participate in an active on-site conservation laboratory. An introduction to the re-treatment, preventive and long-term care of archaeological collections will also be provided.  For more information about the excavations please visit the Agora Excavations’ website on and the website of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens on

Applicants must currently be enrolled in a graduate or equivalent conservation program. Successful candidates enrolled in North American programs and American citizens enrolled in foreign programs may be eligible for funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Interns who do not qualify for or do not receive a Kress award are required to provide their own funding. All successful candidates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and are required to obtain their own medical insurance for the duration of their internship.

Applications must include: a signed letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of reference. Internships may vary in length from 6 to 9 weeks and are undertaken from early June to early August. Applicants should indicate in their letter their approximate preferred dates within this time frame. Referees are requested to write letters of recommendation on letterhead and give a signed copy in a sealed envelope to the applicant. All application materials should be sent as hard copies, together in a single envelope, to the address below. Received applications will be acknowledged by email.

Application deadline:  Monday, 19 December 2011

Karen Loevn
Head of Conservation
Agora Excavations
American School of Classical Studies at Athens Souidias Str. 54
10676 Athens