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


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

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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

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: (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.

Head of Objects Conservation (Cleveland, OH, USA)


Full time, Exempt, Benefits Eligible Position

ICA seeks a mid to senior level objects conservator to head its objects conservation laboratory, located in Cleveland’s revitalized, lakeside, near-west neighborhood of Ohio City. The conservator will examine and treat of a wide variety of objects both at the ICA facility and off site. S/he will participate in the implementation and oversight of conservation projects which involve staff colleagues and subcontractors and will manage departmental affairs, an assistant objects conservator, and several technicians. The conservator will interact professionally with board members, all ICA staff, clients, and the public and will agree to abide by current AIC standards. The Head of Objects Conservation will report directly to the Executive Director of ICA.

Carry out examinations and conservation treatments on works from the collections of public institutions, corporations, government agencies, and private collectors

  • Conduct research to gain an understanding of objects to inform recommended treatment and care
  • Prepare time and cost quotes for conservation projects
  • Perform consulting, examination, and treatment on and off site
  • Participate in and/or act as lead in interdepartmental projects
  • Supervise staff (assistant conservator, technicians, preparators, interns, volunteers)
  • Manage and oversee subcontractors for commercial and industrial processes
  • Assemble bids for Request for Proposals (RFPs) and materials for grant applications
  • Coordinate with the Registrar to communicate with clients
  • Stay current with theoretical discourse and best practice through literature review and attendance at presentations and conferences

Education and outreach duties and responsibilities:

  • Interact professionally with a range of individuals concerning conservation and preservation in person, over the phone, and in writing
  • Collaborate in the creation of education materials and programs
  • Participate in ICA’s educational programs, teaching learners of all ages and levels.
  • Represent ICA in meetings with potential clients, donors, collection stewards, and others

Qualifications duties and responsibilities:

  • A Masters’ degree from a conservation training program or equivalent experience
  • Significant experience working in the field either in an institutional or private practice setting.
  • Experience leading a conservation lab and supervising others
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required, Adobe Photoshop preferred
  • Travel to onsite projects in surrounding region is required

The salary will be commensurate with experience; there is an excellent benefits package. The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will begin in early June 2018.

Please send a cover letter and CV to: or ICA-Art Conservation, 2915 Detroit Road, Cleveland, OH 44113. To discuss the position, contact Julie A. Reilly at 216-658-8700, at the email address above, or at the 46th Annual AIC Meeting in Houston May 30th to June 3rd.

Conservator and Preventive Conservation Specialist (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)

We are seeking a full-time Conservator and Preventive Conservation Specialist with a specialization in paper, photograph, or book conservation to work with our clients in the Southeastern United States. This is a grant-funded two year position, which CCAHA expects will become a permanent position at the end of the grant period. Working closely with CCAHA’s senior management team, the selected candidate will be responsible for identifying and cultivating clients in the Southeast by carrying out surveys and assessments, educational programming, business development activities, examinations and estimates, and conservation treatments. After a training period at CCAHA’s main office in Philadelphia, the Conservator and Preventive Conservation Specialist will work remotely but can expect frequent communication, collaboration, and in-person contact with the Philadelphia-based staff.  Frequent travel is a requirement of this position.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Works with clients in development, planning, and execution of conservation treatment projects, on-site consultations, preservation assessment projects, training workshops, and other special projects.
  • Promotes and markets CCAHA’s services by taking an active role in planning CCAHA’s business development strategy in the region, making regular visits to current and potential client institutions, representing CCAHA at public events, and building awareness of CCAHA.
  • Develops written informational/educational materials as needed and presents education programs.
  • Collaborates with CCAHA staff in preparation of proposals and conceptualization/planning of grant-funded programs.
  • Provides technical information via telephone and email.
  • Independently evaluates collections materials for conservation and prepares condition reports and treatment estimates.
  • Carries out conservation treatments, following AIC’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
  • Stays current on best practices in the field.
  • Works collaboratively across departments to help achieve CCAHA’s strategic goals.


  • Master’s degree from a recognized conservation training program, or equivalent experience, with a specialization in paper, book, or photograph conservation and a minimum of two years of professional experience.
  • A thorough understanding of preventive conservation principles and familiarity with conducting assessment and planning projects with cultural institutions.
  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation/public speaking, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Willingness to travel as necessary.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • The exceptional candidate will have comfort and experience with business development for conservation and consulting services.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. CCAHA offers an excellent benefits package that includes health and dental coverage, short-term and long-term disability coverage, paid time off, retirement plan, and professional development funds. All applicants must have a valid driver’s license and applicants that are not US citizens must have a valid work visa.

Please send letters of interest and resumes to:

Laura Hortz Stanton
264 S. 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Or via email to

Objects Conservator (San Francisco, CA, USA)

SF Art Conservation seeks to recruit a full time objects conservator for a one-year contract, with the possibility to renew for the correct candidate.

Focused on objects, sculpture and paintings conservation, the company has studios located in San Francisco and Oakland and serves a range of clients that include museums, City institutions and major private collections.

Responsibilities will include conservation assessment, treatment, and documentation of objects and sculpture, and some supervision of technicians and conservation assistants.

The conservator will undertake individual treatments as well as be involved in team projects, and work with a broad range of materials from different periods, both in the studio and onsite. We have a particular focus on contemporary and modern objects, sculpture and public art. Experience with outdoor sculpture and concrete will be beneficial. Please see the website to view the range of projects –

The company prides itself on providing a creative, positive and supportive environment. Within a collaborative setting, we encourage employees to develop and expand their skills, and produce their best work.

A Master’s degree in Conservation and a minimum of three years of recent experience with objects and sculpture is required.

Apply to:
Rowan Geiger
Director of SF Art Conservation
1189 Tennessee Street
San Francisco CA 94107

Please include a letter of intent, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Only individuals eligible to work in the United States will be considered.

Conservator of Paper (Atlanta, GA, USA)


The Atlanta Art Conservation Center is seeking a full-time, paper conservator to manage and run the paper conservation division within the regional conservation facility in Atlanta. The conservator will work alongside two paintings conservators and an object conservator. The paper conservator will manage all activities including documentation, analysis and treatment for the paper based fine art collections of the AACC’s member institutions, will supervise interns and will assist with team projects within in the conservation center as work load and deadlines fluctuate.

The candidate should have a degree in graduate-level studies with a specialization in paper materials and a minimum of five years of  post-graduate experience or equivalent education and work/life experience demonstrating expertise in the analysis, documentation, conservation treatment and preventive care for all types of paper based art and historic artifacts. The conservator should demonstrate knowledge of art history, art fabrication and conservation practices for fine and contemporary art as well as the use of non-destructive analytical examination techniques.

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 AACC 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

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.  Tel: 413-458-5741.

Head of Conservation and Preservation (Los Angeles, CA, USA)


The Getty Research Institute (GRI) seeks an experienced conservator to lead conservation and preservation for the Research Library. The Head of Conservation and Preservation will be responsible for the care and treatment of the library’s special and general collections. In collaboration with colleagues at the Getty and in the broader conservation community, the Head will assume a vital role in institutional initiatives and research projects. In addition to strategic and administrative leadership, the Head will provide expert conservation of collection materials with a focus on books and paper and/or photographs.

The Head will supervise a staff of 6 FTE responsible for a broad range of activities including conservation assessment and treatment of collections, support for ambitious exhibition, loan and digitization programs, disaster planning and response, and environmental monitoring. Reporting to the Head, Special Collections Management within the Research Library, the Head of Conservation and Preservation will work closely with staff throughout the GRI to ensure the smooth integration and timely completion of conservation and preservation activities.

Located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts and their histories. Serving an international community of scholars, the Research Library is one of the largest art and architecture libraries in the world, with holdings of more than one million books and periodicals. Special collections consist of rare and unique materials documenting art history and visual culture: rare books and journals, rare photographs, prints dating from the 15th century to the present, architectural drawings and models, audiovisual recordings, and extensive manuscript collections and archives.


  • With a focus on special collections, plan, perform and document conservation treatments for a broad range of materials
  • Supervise the activities of the unit, set goals, foster staff development and review performance
  • Establish priorities in consultation with curators, registrars, archivists, librarians, and exhibition coordinators
  • Coordinate workflows and manage daily operation of the conservation laboratory
  • Prepare condition assessments of items and collections; advise on conservation needs and options
  • Make recommendations regarding objects proposed for exhibition and loan, including review of facilities reports from borrowing institutions
  • Train and provide guidance for GRI staff in materials handling, preservation decision-making and physical care workflow
  • Coordinate preventive care, including IPM and environmental monitoring programs
  • Maintain an effective disaster/emergency response and recovery plan; may lead recovery activities
  • Ensure compliance with industry standards and best practices
  • Maintain program metrics, prepare reports, and contribute to funding applications
  • Oversee research, evaluation, recommendation and procurement of specialized equipment, supplies and services
  • Contribute to space planning and collection storage initiatives
  • Remain current in conservation practices and trends in the profession
  • Perform advanced scholarly research in the conservation field
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with local, national, and international colleagues
  • Serve as a member of the library management team and as a resource for the GRI


  • MA in conservation or equivalent degree
  • 7 years of experience in conservation
  • 2 years of lead or supervisory experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and direct teams
  • Advanced knowledge of chemical and physical properties of conservation materials and deterioration processes
  • Expert knowledge of conservation history, ethics and methodology
  • Advanced knowledge and demonstrated experience with complex conservation treatment of paper, photographs and/or three-dimensional objects
  • Advanced knowledge of preservation issues in cultural institutions preferred
  • Demonstrated accomplishment in conservation research and writing preferred
  • Expert knowledge of emergency preparedness and emergency response procedures
  • Experience with emerging technologies in conservation practice preferred
  • Knowledge of art history preferred

Position Status: Regular Full-Time
Targeted Hiring Range: $85,145 – $110,695 annually
Salary commensurate with experience and internal equity

To Apply:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications received on or before June 8, 2018 will receive priority consideration.

Preservationist Frame Fitter (Houston, TX, USA)

Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing, LLC in Houston, Texas is seeking an experienced preservationist frame fitter for a full-time position. Applicants must have technical experience in all aspects of matting, museum hinging, and glazing along with more specialized solutions for safely securing artwork with preservation methods.  Prefer 5 years experience fitting matted and floated works on paper, paintings on canvas and panel, textiles and objects with custom armatures. Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing’s collaborative staff is respected in the art world as a provider of period appropriate frames and preservation framing for collectors, museums, curators, galleries and consultants.

Job requirements:

  • Experience in preservation frame fitting
  • Use of computerized mat cutter
  • Use of glass and acrylic cutter
  • Museum hinge (rice paste and washi) application
  • Hand sewing
  • Use of hand tools
  • Meticulous attention to detail and perfection in work
  • Careful and conscientious handling of work
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds, stand while working, bend and climb ladder

Please send your cover letter, resume and 3 references via email to

Daniel Han, Fitting Manager
Sarah Balinskas Fine Framing, Display Alternatives, Art Services
1114 Taft
Houston, Texas 77019
Tel: +1 (713) 630-0030

Compensation and benefits will be given job offer.

Full-time 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Guest Lecturer ( Buffalo, NY, USA) – PASSED DEADLINE

Guest Lecturer, Library and Archives Conservation Education (LACE) Garman Art Conservation Department, SUNY Buffalo State

The Garman Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State seeks a qualified, experienced lecturer to travel to Buffalo three times each semester (2.5 days each visit) to lecture, lead seminar/studio exercises, and supervise graduate student treatment projects on bound materials. Compensation includes honorarium plus travel, accommodations, and expenses. The guest lecturer position will begin Fall Semester, August – December 2018.

Lecturer supervises the book conservation treatments of second-year students specializing in library and archives conservation (1-3 students), and introduces all ten first-year students to the history, technology, and conservation of the book.

The lecturer visits Buffalo for two-and-a-half days, three times each semester. These visits are designed to fit within the existing curriculum and course schedule, and must occur on a Thursday-Friday-Saturday sequence. On Thursdays, the lecturer works with second-year students specializing in book conservation to supervise their book treatment projects and Master’s projects (in conjunction with the professor of paper conservation). On Fridays, the lecturer presents to first-year students for 1.5 hours in the morning, followed by a 3-hour lab or studio exercise in the afternoon. On Saturday morning, the lecturer generally consults with students from both classes. On the third visit each semester, the lecturer works primarily with the second-year students on all three days. The 3 visits will be scheduled in advance of each semester, at the lecturer’s convenience.

The lecturer will have considerable leeway in the structure of lectures, presentations, and workshops. Past successful programs have included a lecture on the history of bindings coupled with a visit to the rare book room of the University at Buffalo or the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library; a lecture on the history of sewing styles, with a lab on the sewing of pamphlets and simple textblocks in case bindings; a lecture on the major damages that occur in books, and how to best support them on display, with a studio exercise on building book cradles or custom boxes; making historical book models from kits; “medium-rare” and circulating collection repairs such as fan adhesive rebinding for paperbacks and rebacking; book identification exercises, etc. Over the course of the lectures and studios, students learn the specific terminology used for describing books, and the special care books require. Ethics and standards of practice are stressed. Second-year book conservation students rely on the guest lecturer for primary supervision of their book conservation projects and may consult the lecturer between visits via phone or email. Between visits, supervision is provided by the paper conservation professor. The guest lecturer and paper conservation professor co-supervise the students’ Master’s projects.

The guest lecturer will have full access to a purpose-built paper conservation suite, with a dedicated area for book treatment, a comprehensive library, and the support of the faculty, including two scientists and an imaging specialist. We have the ability to augment our equipment, tools, and supplies for book conservation as reasonable needs arise.

Buffalo has a congenial faculty that shares a commitment to providing the best instruction possible to our students, and we want to continue our success in graduating respected book conservators. We welcome letters of interest in this important position from conservators who have a passion for books and book conservation, experience in lecturing or teaching, and an easy manner with students. Applicants must have a Master’s level degree in conservation, library science, a related field, or equivalent experience.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Theresa J. Smith, by April 23, 2018.

Applicants should be prepared to provide a draft outline of lecture and studio topics upon request.

Theresa J. Smith
Assistant Professor of Paper Conservation Garman Art Conservation Department SUNY Buffalo State
1300 Elmwood Ave., RH 230
Buffalo, NY 14222