Collections Care Assistant (San Francisco, CA, USA)



The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are seeking a Collections Care Assistant to perform skilled work related to the conservation of works of art spanning a wide range of materials and cultures. The primary responsibility of this full-time position is the preventive care of artworks in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco at both the deYoung Museum and the Legion of Honor. The Collections Care Assistant will also have duties related to temporary exhibitions and the lending of objects to other institutions.

Typical duties and responsibilities:

  1. Assists conservators with monitoring and maintaining art work being displayed in the galleries.
  2. Works with objects and textile conservators and technicians to prepare objects for storage, display, and travel. This may include assisting with written and photographic condition documentation.
  3. Assists objects conservators in the regular maintenance and cleaning of outdoor sculptures
  4. Performs pest control duties, including placement, documentation, and monitoring of traps, and preparing artworks for freezing and anoxic treatment.
  5. With direction from Conservators, collects and tracks information on environmental conditions throughout the museums. Maintains monitoring equipment and instructions for use.
  6. Works with conservators to calculate and provide conditioning materials for display cases.
  7. Carries out testing (Oddy Tests) for materials to be considered in display cases or in direct contact with artworks, and provides results and information to conservators for interpretation.

Minimum qualifications:

Education, Training and Experience

  • High School Diploma; Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years of museum or related experience working with art objects; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  • Ability to handle valuable objects, delicate instruments and hazardous materials with extreme care.
  • Basic knowledge of the equipment, materials and techniques used in the conservation and mounting of textiles, costumes and three-dimensional artworks.
  • Familiarity with or ability to acquire the knowledge and techniques used in preventive conservation
  • Computer literate, with an aptitude for learning new software programs. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Filemaker Pro, and collections management software preferred.
  • Ability to use hand tools and artist’s materials.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs and to work comfortably and safely on ladders or lift equipment.

Step 1 of the pay range is $20.75 per hour.

This Union position is full-time, and has a full benefits package including medical, dental, vision and generous vacation, sick, and holiday policy.

Application Deadline: April 6, 2018


The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which comprises the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums, is experiencing an exciting renaissance with the arrival in 2016 of Director Max Hollein. As the largest public arts institution in San Francisco, the Museums welcome more than 1.5 million visitors annually, present an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and education programs throughout the year, house a world-class collection of 151,000 important artworks, and are supported by more than 100,000 members and donors. Under the leadership of Mr. Hollein, the staff is building on these successes to take the Museums to new heights with an exciting new array of innovative and groundbreaking projects.

COFAM is the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums and is the privately funded non-profit corporation which supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a department of the City and County of San Francisco.

COFAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all phases of employment in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws.

Senior Scientist (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI)—located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, and the Getty Villa in Malibu, California—is one of the operating programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust, working internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts—broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The GCI serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, field projects, and the dissemination of information. In all its endeavors, the GCI creates and delivers knowledge that contributes to the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage.

The GCI’s Science Department is seeking a Senior Scientist to join our Built Heritage Research Initiative (BHRI), to develop, manage, and implement scientific research in this area. BHRI focuses on the development and application of scientific research skills to improve conservation of the world’s built heritage from ancient to modern: including developing new techniques to evaluate built heritage environments and materials; holistic, multi-scale approaches to understanding durability and deterioration of built heritage materials; and the evaluation of novel conservation solutions. Current areas of focus include sandstone conservation, nature-based conservation and conservation of concrete.

Reporting to the Head of Science, the Senior Scientist will oversee and develop all the scientific projects within the GCI’s long-term BHRI. He/she must perform to the highest level in terms of scientific standards, research and analysis to promote advancement of conservation science in this area, including: developing and managing complex scientific projects, often collaborative projects with internal and external partners; supervising and managing a team of scientists, post docs and interns; establishing research priorities, monitoring progress, and managing work flow; deciding on the best methods of dissemination; and managing all project resources including budget and staffing.

The Senior Scientist must have a PhD in chemistry, materials science, geoscience or other natural science, and 10–15 years of scientific research experience preferably in a heritage conservation environment. A high level of experience with a range of analytical instrumentation applied to building materials is essential, including field-based NDT methods. A deep understanding of the conservation issues of built heritage is also required. The candidate must have a demonstrated record of managing large and complex scientific research projects, involving numerous research strands, and multiple partners. He/she must be adaptable, analytical, and a creative problem-solver and thinker; able to work effectively in a highly collaborative and variable environment; and possess excellent management, organization, communication, and writing skills.

An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided.

To apply, please see: Please prepare a cover letter and curriculum vitae in a single PDF file. Note: When prompted by the online application system to select or submit your “resume”, please upload your cover letter and curriculum vitae as a single PDF file.

Candidates who successfully complete the online application process will receive an automated message from “”. If you have specific questions about the Senior Scientist position, please email Deadline for applications is May 31, 2018.

Updated: March 14, 2018

Associate Textile Conservator or Textile Conservator (St. Louis, MO, USA)


  • Grade K or M (exempt)
  • Reports to: Head of Conservation
  • Supervises: No one

Specifications: Degree from an accredited conservation program or its equivalent and 6 years conservation experience in textile conservation preferred. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and has a starting range in the low-$50,000s (associate), to mid-$60,000s (conservator) yearly with annual merit raises and comprehensive benefits including support for continuing education and conference attendance. Moving expense assistance is provided.

Job description: The Saint Louis Art Museum seeks a collegial, collaborative, and energetic textile conservator to join its active conservation team. SLAM is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums with collections that include works of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. A growing collection of over 3500 textiles date from Coptic to contemporary arts. Multiple curatorial departments including Decorative Arts, Asian arts, and Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas oversee the textile collection. The museum’s textile gallery hosts two exhibitions per year. As the museum’s textile conservator, the candidate will conduct conservation treatments, address display needs including mount systems, as well as storage requirements. The ideal candidate will have a broad and solid foundation in treatment techniques for a wide range of primarily flat textiles and be capable of collaborating with other conservation staff to solve unique preservation challenges. Knowledge of textile science, fabric structures, sewing construction and needlework techniques required. Experience with costume and historic upholstery conservation treatments are a plus. The candidate must be organized with excellent time and project management skills.

Duties, work performed:

  • Examine and assess physical condition of textiles including deterioration, damage, and potential complications involved in
  • Design and carry out conservation treatment in consultation with the
  • Design and construct mount systems for 2 & 3-dimensional
  • Provide written and photographic documentation to record condition of objects, treatments proposed, and treatments
  • Recommend other Conservators outside their field of expertise and review treatment
  • Examine textile works prior to acquisition to aid the Curatorial staff in determining physical and aesthetic condition, as well as authenticity of
  • Examine works requested for loan to document their condition and to determine suitability for travel and, and advise the Registrar and others on any special packing and shipping
  • Provide guidance to the Collections Care Technician on the maintenance of textiles on display in the
  • Advise the Registrar, Curators, and other museum staff members on the handling, installation, storage, and maintenance of works in the
  • Administer the workflow and assist in preparing, monitoring and controlling the budget of the Textile Conservation Lab.
  • Recommend acquisition of new
  • Monitor and order conservation

The above statements of this job description describe the general duties and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They do not claim to describe all of the functions of this position. Employees may be assigned other duties and the essential functions may change or be changed from time to time.

Applicants should apply through the Museum’s website Additional questions regarding the position or the collection should be directed to the Head of Conservation –

The Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly base on their abilities, achievements, and experience, without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.

Conservator for Special Collections (New York City, NY, USA)

The Columbia University Libraries invites nominations and applications for the Conservator for Special Collections.

Reporting to the Head of Conservation, the Conservator for Special Collections will plan, document and perform complex conservation treatments on ancient, medieval and modern library materials, including rare books, bound and unbound manuscripts, prints, maps and drawings on paper or parchment. Under the general direction of the Head of Conservation, the incumbent will work with liaisons in special collections libraries to select items for treatment and to set annual priorities for conservation of collections; will co‐ordinate workflow of treatments through the Conservation Department and participate in planning for exhibits and loans; will participate in environmental monitoring, testing and ordering of materials and supplies, staff supervision; will participate in management of the disaster response program; and will carry out other duties relating to the preservation of the Libraries’ collections. The incumbent will participate in teaching and training interns and junior staff. The Conservator for Special Collections will assist the Head with developing and documenting procedures for the conservation of rare library materials, and will keep abreast of professional literature and new developments in the field, cooperating with other conservators in performing research and development toward the advancement of conservation.

Minimum Requirements: MLS or PhD or equivalent (such as MA in Conservation).

Further details:

  1. Graduate degree in conservation of books and/or archival library materials or equivalent training and experience (e.g. formal apprenticeship).
  2. Minimum of two years post‐internship professional experience, or an equivalent combination of experience and education, preferably in a research library or similar institution.
  3. Demonstrated ability to identify causes of damage, select appropriate treatments, perform and document the full range of conservation treatments of library materials, including bookbinding of historic significance.
  4. Knowledge of a wide range of conservation practices and procedures.
  5. Knowledge of chemistry as it applies to the conservation of library and museum collections.
  6. Knowledge of the history of the book, the history and techniques of bookbinding and papermaking, and the history of manufacture of other library materials.
  7. Knowledge of environmental monitoring techniques and optimal collection storage environments.
  8. Knowledge of and adherence to professional ethical practice in conservation.
  9. Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).

 Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Minimum 3 years of professional conservation experience within a research library or similar academic setting.
  2. Experience using electronic data loggers and software.
  3. Experience using database software and digital imaging software to document treatments.
  4. Demonstrated successful project management experience.
  5. Demonstrated ability to contribute to the profession through formal teaching, research and/or publication.

Compensation: We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Location: New York City

To Apply:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applications received on or before February 15, 2018 will receive priority consideration.

Potential applicants with questions about the position are encouraged to contact Alexis Hagadorn: ah333_at_columbia_edu

Organizational Information
Columbia University Libraries is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 13 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff and hosts over 4.7 million visitors each year.  The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:

Columbia University has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the curriculum and throughout University life. Columbia welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the University’s educational mission. We invite applicants who have demonstrated creative approaches to empowering and mentoring staff, leading projects, solving problems, and developing user-centric programs, services, or collections. We offer salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Paintings Conservator (London, UK) – PASSED DEADLINE


  • Reference: TG1875
  • Band: 3L
  • Department: Conservation
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Hours: Full-time
  • Reporting to: Conservation Manager, Paintings Frames & Workshop
  • Location: Millbank and Southwark, London

Tate aims to be the most artistically adventurous and culturally inclusive global art museum. We deliver this aim through activities in our four galleries across the UK (Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, Tate Britain and Tate Modern), our digital platforms and collaborations with our national and international partners.  At the heart of Tate is our collection of art, which includes British art from the 16th century to the present day, and international modern art from 1900 to the present day.

Tate is a British institution with an international outlook.  Tate is recognised as one of the leading art organisations in the world, welcoming over 7 million visitors a year to its renowned programs of exhibitions, displays and learning. Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 and the national collection of international modern and contemporary art from 1900, including works of art, library and archival material.

At the heart of Tate is the collection, currently numbering over 70,000 works spanning five centuries and providing a magnificent resource for all four Tate galleries as well as for galleries and museums regionally, nationally and internationally.  The collection is shared with as wide an audience as possible and is constantly being developed and added to, consolidating it historically and tracking contemporary art as it evolves.

Collection Care
Collection Care’s mission is to manage, preserve and enable access to Tate’s collections in both physical and digital format. The division carries out Tate’s legal responsibilities for the care of its collections, for the benefit of the public, now and in the future. Its operations embrace the management and care of Tate’s art, archive and library collections and the facilitation of Tate’s programs of acquisitions, exhibitions, displays, loans and international touring. Collection Care comprises three departments: Collection Management, Conservation and Library, Archive & Collections Access. It manages storage facilities and provides access to art works held in storage, by appointment, and to the Library, Archive and Prints & Drawings collections through its Reading Rooms’ services at Tate Britain.

The Conservation department brings excellence and innovation to the care of Tate’s collections, preventing damage and deterioration and ensuring that the objects in its care are available for future generations to enjoy. The department provides specialist conservation services to support the program across Tate and the long-term care of the collection.  The areas include: Paintings, Frames and Workshop; Sculpture and Installation; Paper and Photographs; Time-based Media; Conservation Science and Preventive Conservation.

You can find further information about Tate on our website:

Purpose of the Job
To provide support and expertise for Tate’s Acquisitions Program, as well as work flexibly across other programs as required. To care for and treat paintings along with contributing to the development of strategies, procedures and workflows for the preservation of the works of art in Tate’s collection.


Technical Examination, Research, Treatment and Documentation of Paintings

  • Assess and analyse the structure and condition of works of art, using a full range of specialist techniques.
  • Apply conservation procedures to formulate treatments ensuring high standards of preservation and presentation; use innovative solutions to solve complex problems.
  • Undertake preparation, treatment and document for paintings in Tate’s collection and care.
  • Carry out and present investigations into artists’ techniques, production methods and conservation.
  • Create and update records for Tate’s collection management system (TMS) and Conservation Records.

 Collections Care and Preventive Conservation Activity

  • Liaise with both Conservation and Art Handling Technicians to ensure works are safely packed and installed. Create case specifications and design specialist storage.
  • Active involvement in the design, development and implementation of long term collection care procedures, including packing, transport, storage, display and installation.
  • Undertake preventive conservation such as environmental monitoring, integrated pest management and events management.
  • Support studio activity and implement Heath & Safety measures.

 Support for Tate’s Programs

  • Participate in Tate’s Acquisitions programs and support other program teams as required; provide advice and recommendations on all aspects of care and use of the collection.
  • Provide accurate time and cost estimates for your activities.
  • Co-ordinate projects and organise/deliver conservation input on time and within budget.
  • Provide display specifications and recommendations for safe transport, handling, installation and display of works of art for Tate sites and acquisitions programs, advising staff as required.
  • Undertake courier activity, oversee transport and installation of art works at Tate and non-Tate sites.
  • Undertake condition checks, preparation, treatment and associated activity in support of programs.
  • Devise maintenance schedules for works on display; monitor and undertake maintenance duties.

Management, Supervision and Training

  • Supervise junior and PR staff.
  • Act as a mentor to junior staff and support the development of professional expertise within the Conservation department.
  • Contribute to programs of training and development for Tate staff, interns, and others.
  • Supervise agreed project teams; plan and supervise the work.
  • Support the Conservation management team to review, improve and implement procedures and policies.

Public and Professional Activities

  • Keep up-to-date on current thinking and best practice within Paintings Conservation through Continuing Professional Development.
  • Share knowledge and expertise within the Conservation department.
  • Liaise with external colleagues to ensure Tate is at the forefront of setting international standards for the conservation profession and collections care.
  • Contribute to raising the national and international profile of conservation at Tate.
  • Support learning activities and initiatives; contribute to lectures, tours and publications.



  • Professional qualification in Paintings Conservation or equivalent experience.
  • Experience assessing condition and preparing paintings for exhibitions, display, acquisitions and loans, providing accurate time and cost estimates and appropriate documentation.
  • Proven experience documenting and conserving a wide range of paintings to a high standard, an understanding of a broad range of conservation methods to formulate appropriate treatments with full consideration of practical and ethical issues.
  • Demonstrable analytical and problem-solving skills where complex conservation challenges arise.
  • Understanding of the long-term care issues within Painting Conservation and ability to provide expert advice for their preservation.
  • Proven experience providing advice for packing, storage, transport, installation of paintings.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Demonstrable organisational, time-management and planning skills with the ability to work well under pressure and prioritise workload to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively within a large and complex organisation, as part of a team or alone.
  • Good end-user IT skills, including image processing and database software to document artworks.
  • An understanding of the principles of equality and diversity in relation to conservation and the ability to apply these in practice at work.
  • An interest in and commitment to the work of Tate.


  • Experience working in a museum or gallery.
  • Experience working with historic and contemporary artworks.
  • Willingness to travel and work out of hours.

Summary of Terms and Conditions of Employment

Type of Contract
This appointment is offered on a permanent contract.

Working Hours
This post is offered on a full-time contract working 36 hours per week – Monday to Friday.

This post is graded on Band 3L of the Tate pay scales.

An appointment to this post will be made at the minimum of the band at £31,120 per annum.

A review of pay is undertaken annually at Tate through negotiation with the recognized trade unions.  Any increases to individual salaries, will be subject to the terms of Tate’s annual pay settlement and will be applied from April 1st.

Annual Leave and Public Holidays
Annual leave is 25 working days per annum rising to 27 working days per annum after three years’ service.  In addition, we offer paid time off for the 8 public holidays and 1 Tate day (on December 24 when the galleries are closed).

Pension Benefits
An important part of the pay and reward package Tate offers employees is the option to join the Civil Service Pension arrangements.  These arrangements currently offer a choice of two types of pension:

  • Alpha. This is a defined benefit occupational pension scheme that currently has a member contribution rate which ranges from 4.6%-8.05% dependent on your salary. As your employer we meet the rest of the cost of the scheme. Further information about this can be found at
  • Partnership pension account.  This is a stakeholder pension with a contribution from ourselves. How much we pay is based on your age. We pay this regardless of whether you choose to contribute anything. You do not have to contribute but, if you do, we will also match your contributions up to 3% of your pensionable earnings. The contributions are in addition to the age-related contribution mentioned above.

 If you have previously worked for an employer who participated in the Civil Service Pension scheme or other Public Service pension schemes different conditions may apply.

Other Discretionary Benefits

  • Interest-free Season Ticket Loan.
  • Cycle to Work scheme – enabling you to buy a bike in a tax efficient way, for travelling to and from work.
  • Rental deposit scheme – an interest free advance to help towards the cost of a deposit for privately rented accommodation
  • Subsidised staff catering arrangements and discounts in the Tate Restaurants and Cafes.
  • Childcare Vouchers Scheme – offering savings on tax and national insurance.
  • Access to Tate Benefits which offers access to discounts in high street stores.
  • Access to a 24/7 Employee Assistance Program to support you with any work, personal or family issues. This includes telephone-based support, as well as comprehensive online resources.
  • Free entry to paying exhibitions at Tate Galleries. Opportunities for family and friends to visit the major exhibitions out–of-hours.
  • Discounts on items purchased in the Tate shops.
  • Free access to a number of other galleries and museums throughout the UK on production of a valid staff pass.

Safer Recruitment
Tate is committed to providing a safe environment for all those who work at Tate and all those who come into contact with Tate as visitors to the galleries, as participants in Tate activities, and online.  The safe recruitment of all those who undertake work on behalf of Tate is the first step to ensuring that we are fulfilling this commitment.

All positions at Tate are offered subject to the following conditions:

  • Receipt of satisfactory references covering the last 3 years of your employment or education.
  • Health clearance
  • A satisfactory Disclosure Check.
  • Proof that you are legally entitled to work in the UK

You can find out more information about our pre-employment checks and what they mean for you in our ‘Guidance Notes for Applicants’ document.

Diversity and Inclusion
Our aim is to become a truly inclusive organisation with a workforce and audience as diverse as the communities we serve. This is fundamental to Tate’s future success and our ability to continue to contribute to culture and society in the UK.

We want our workforce to be more representative of all sections of society at all levels in the organisation. The range of perspectives and experience diversity brings is an asset to our organisation and we want to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for visitors, artists and all those who work at Tate. Tate expects all employees to contribute to this aim as part of their role. More information about diversity and inclusion at Tate can be found on our website.

How to apply
Our opportunities are open for you to apply online – please visit For all opportunities, we ask candidates to complete an online application form for the vacancy they are interested in.  If you need an application form in an alternative format, please call us on 020 7887 4997.

The closing date for the submission of completed application forms is February 22, 2018 at midnight.

Our jobs are like our galleries, open to all.

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Fellowships in Objects and Paintings Conservation, Associate Paper Conservator (Kansas City, MO, USA)

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is seeking two Fellows, one in Objects and one in Paintings Conservation, and an Associate Paper Conservator.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art houses collections encompassing more than 40,000 art objects, including masterpieces from diverse world cultures spanning 5,000 years of history. The Nelson-Atkins has shown a commitment to the preservation of its collections since it opened in 1933, and hired its first full-time paintings conservator in 1938. Today the fully equipped conservation spaces also include objects and photography specialists to promote preservation, research and education. Scientific research on the collection is funded by a generous endowment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Fellowship positions are two-year positions with the possibility of a one-year extension. The Fellows are primarily responsible for the examination, photography, treatment, and research of the museum’s permanent collections. Additional duties include preventive conservation, exhibition-related activities, tours, and public outreach. A graduate degree from a recognized conservation program and minimum of 4 years of relevant experience (which can include training) are required.

Associate Paper Conservator is responsible for a variety of conservation activities including the planning and carrying out appropriate procedures for examining, documenting, treating, surveying, exhibiting, and housing works of art on paper, as well as monitoring in-house exhibition installations and storage environments, and providing guidance on traveling exhibitions. A graduate degree from a recognized conservation program and minimum of 5 years of post-graduate experience are required.

For full descriptions of the positions and application, please visit the museum website.

Assistant Scientist (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI)—located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, and the Getty Villa in Malibu, California—is one of the operating programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust, working internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts—broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The GCI serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, field projects, and the dissemination of information. In all its endeavors, the GCI creates and delivers knowledge that contributes to the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage.

The GCI’s Science Department is seeking an Assistant Scientist to join our Built Heritage Research Initiative. This is a three-year, limited-term position.

This Built Heritage Research Initiative focuses on the development of testing protocols to improve conservation practice of built heritage (buildings, monuments, and sites) from ancient to modern and across the world; and to disseminate our findings through professional publications and conferences. The Assistant Scientist will undertake scientific research and analysis on concrete and other porous heritage building materials to explore their performance and deterioration.

Initially reporting to the Head of Science, the Assistant Scientist will work primarily on evaluating conservation treatments for porous heritage building materials (including concrete) and undertake routine laboratory- and field-based analysis and testing. The Assistant Scientist will: support the development of research strategies to test building materials and their conservation treatments, undertake routine analysis on samples, assess a range of field-based evaluation techniques to provide additional information on treatment effectiveness, compile and interpret analytical data collected, and organize reports and data files.

The Assistant Scientist must have a bachelor’s degree in materials science, geology, or other natural science, master’s degree or PhD preferred; 1-3 years of experience in scientific research, preferably in the field of cultural heritage conservation or a related field. Hands-on familiarity with: taking and analyzing samples; instrumental techniques such as SEM-EDS, XRF, FTIR, mechanical testing, and surface characterization, is strongly desired. The successful candidate must be adaptable, analytical, and a creative problem-solver and thinker; able to work effectively in a highly collaborative and variable environment; and possess excellent organization, communication, and writing skills. Experience working with conservators or other conservation professionals is preferred.

An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided.

To apply, please visit: Please prepare a cover letter and curriculum vitae in a single PDF file. Note: When prompted by the online application system to select or submit your “resume”, please upload your cover letter and curriculum vitae as a single PDF file.

Candidates who successfully complete the online application process will receive an automated message from “” If you have specific questions about the Assistant Scientist position, please email The deadline for applications is March 26, 2018.

Tenure-Track Open-rank Professor in the Conservation of Material Culture (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – CLOSED


The UCLA/Getty Conservation Interdepartmental Degree Program (IDP) seeks candidates for a tenure-track faculty position to begin Fall, 2018 or thereafter. The appointment will be split 50:50 between the UCLA/Getty Conservation IDP and an appropriate home department. Appointments would be at the assistant, associate or full professor level and will be located in Los Angeles. Faculty duties include teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level, research, and supervision of student research and other academic activities, across both the Conservation IDP and the home department.

Candidates should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in the conservation of material culture or a related field and should have teaching experience at the college level. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy,

Interested candidates should submit application materials electronically at Each application should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae – most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
  • Publication #1
  • Publication #2
  • Publication #3
  • We request that each candidate list two individuals along with their contact information. They will receive an automatic request to complete a letter of reference.

Questions should be addressed to Teresa Sanchez, Chief Administrative Officer, at Responses received by TBD (60 days) will be given priority. UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. UCLA is committed to diversity in education, research and practice, and we especially encourage minorities to apply.

Assistant Paintings Conservator (Columbia, SC, USA)

This job announcement was previously advertised on September 11, 2017. To see that ad, click here.

Carolina Conservation is seeking a dedicated and career-oriented Assistant Paintings Conservator for its private practice. Ideal candidates are enthusiastic team players with strong critical thinking and applied problem solving skills. Time management and the ability to meet deadlines while working under pressure will be necessary. Carolina Conservation provides on-site disaster response for fine art collections that have suffered severe damage as the result of a fire, flood, or catastrophic disaster. Applicants please send a cover letter, resume, professional references, and salary requirements to

General responsibilities of the Assistant Paintings Conservator will include the following:

  • Assessment and evaluation of incoming collections
  • Preparation of condition reports, treatment proposals, treatment records, and additional documentation as necessary
  • Execution of treatments under the direction and supervision of the Lead Conservator
  • Perform conservation treatments to easel paintings & other works as directed by Lead Conservator, including, but not limited to: surface cleanings, varnish removals, varnish applications, consolidation, tear repairs, reversible fills, retouching, linings, and related tasks
  • Triage and on-site collection recovery
  • Client consultations and collection reviews
  • Additional responsibilities as directed and supervised by the Lead Conservator

Applicants are expected to meet the following education and work experience criteria:

  • BA or BS in related field (Art History, Fine Art, Chemistry, etc.)
  • Postgraduate degree in Conservation of Fine Art, specializing in the conservation of paintings, or equivalent training and work experience
  • Private practice experience is a plus, but will consider entry-level conservation professionals
  • Ability to work independently and contribute as an effective member of a team
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Digital photography proficiency
  • Computer proficiency

Essential Skills & Personality Traits: We have identified a number of skills and abilities that are critical to success in this position. The following are non-negotiable qualities we are looking for in a candidate:

  • An energetic, positive & optimistic attitude
  • Strong personal and professional ethics and conduct
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build rapport & develop strong interpersonal relationships
  • Professionalism, assertiveness & confidence
  • Meticulous, precise, & detail oriented
  • A team player that enjoys working with others
  • An enthusiastic commitment to excellence
  • Pro-active, responsible, motivated self-manager
  • Enjoys working with their hands
  • Processes new information quickly with a passion for learning
  • A passion for using their knowledge & skills to help others

Benefits include:

  • Comprehensive Health, Dental, and Vision insurance. Carolina Conservation pays 60% of all employees insurance premiums
  • Two weeks paid vacation + holidays
  • Volunteer and Angel Project opportunities
  • Continuing Education opportunities

About Carolina Conservation
Family owned and operated, Carolina Conservation has specialized in fine art conservation for fire and water damaged collections since 2005. We service major national accounts and companies within the property insurance industry. Due to the high level of service quality we provide to our clients, we have built strong industry relationships that have fueled the rapid growth of our studio operations. Over the past twelve years, we have grown to become the largest conservation studio in the nation exclusively specializing in fire and water damaged fine art and specialty collections. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and work history. Carolina Conservation employees are given the potential for strong career growth within our organization. We believe in providing our staff access to ongoing education, training, fieldwork experience, and volunteer conservation opportunities.

Senior Paintings Conservator & Assistant Paintings Conservator (Carlisle, PA, USA)

These job announcements were previously advertised on October 3, 2017. To see them, go to: Asst. Paintings Conservator, and Sr. Paintings Conservator.

Hartmann Fine Art Conservation Services, Inc. in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA (a private conservation corporation providing conservation services for government, museum, corporate, & private collectors for 35 years) is posting two positions for “Professionally Trained” paintings conservators.

We are seeking candidates for full-time employment, with benefits and commensurate salary, for an ASSISTANT PAINTINGS CONSERVATOR (3 – 5 years of experience desired) and a SENIOR PAINTINGS CONSERVATOR (7 – 10+ years’ experience desired), both of which will report to the President/Chief Conservator of our corporation, John Hartmann – Fellow Member of AIC. Both positions will remain open until filled.

Candidates recently graduated, or soon to be graduated from a recognized Conservation Graduate School/Program with less experience than requested, will be considered for the Assistant Conservator position. Work will primarily be based out of our conservation facility in Pennsylvania, but may occasionally require on-site work at project sites nationwide. The Senior Conservator position’s primary job responsibilities will include personally undertaking complicated conservation treatments; completing conservation reports; and overseeing the daily operations of junior staff, project work; and deadline scheduling at our conservation facility.

If you are interested in either of these positions in our active private conservation business, feel that you are driven, self-motivated, and work well with a team; please send a cover letter, resume and curriculum vitae, three professional or academic references, available start date, salary requirements, and a sample Condition Report and Treatment Report example to, contact our business office at 717-258-3009, or send correspondence by mail to: Hartmann Conservation, 321 West Old York Road, Carlisle, PA 17015, USA.

We look forward to having interested applicants join our team. Please use the following links for more information about each active job posting at Hartmann Conservation:

  1. Assistant Paintings Conservator description:
  1. Senior Paintings Conservator description: