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.

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.

Paper Conservator (Newport News, VA, USA)

The Mariners’ Museum is looking for a conservator who will undertake the direct treatment and preventive conservation care of works on paper within the collection of The Mariners’ Museum and Park with a primary focus on prints, drawings, watercolors, and documents. This individual will work closely with conservation staff and other museum personnel to conserve these objects and prepare them for exhibition, long-term storage, loan, and photography, etc.

  • Job tracking ID: 512466-600087
  • Job level: Mid-career (2+ years)
  • Level of education: Master’s Degree
  • Job type: Full-time/regular
  • Date updated: December 15, 2017
  • Years of experience: 5 – 7 Years
  • Starting date: March 1, 2018


  • Conduct examination, documentation, and treatment of paper-based objects within The Mariners’ Museum and Park’s collection following established conservation procedures, methodologies, and ethics set out by The American Institute for the Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works.
  • Maintain detailed before-, during-, and after-treatment records including both written and photographic documentation.
  • When necessary, based on the conservation needs of an object, develop new conservation techniques and procedures in consultation with the Director of Conservation and other conservation personnel.
  • Assess the condition of new acquisitions and prepare written condition reports, including photographic documentation. If necessary, conduct basic cleaning and stabilization of new acquisitions and prepare the associated treatment records.
  • Construct storage support systems for objects with special needs directly; otherwise provide training and support to collection care personnel based on current storage techniques and methods.
  • Consult/work directly with the Director of Conservation, Exhibit Design, Collections management and Curatorial, and Library and Archives personnel in the preparation of mounts, frames, and the installation of works on paper within the museum’s galleries; this includes providing the requirements for lighting and environmental conditions.
  • Support/facilitate preventative conservation methodology, initiate requests, implement solutions under established conservation guidelines, and make recommendations for resolving difficult or unusual problems.
  • Conduct conservation assessment and treatment of objects loaned to the Museum when required and when authorized by the owner and produce the associated written and photographic documentation.
  • Conduct conservation assessments and prepare cost estimates for the treatment of potential outgoing loans
  • Provide recommendations in consultation with the Director of Conservation on the ability for objects to travel outside the museum based on their condition; including outlining the requirements for lighting and environmental conditions.
  • Assist in review of loan requests and make recommendations toward approval or decline of loans when needed.
  • Construct packing mounts and systems for fragile/special needs objects directly; otherwise provide recommendations/support to collection care personnel.
  • Assist in the maintenance/operation of laboratory equipment and facility, and participate in the ordering of supplies and additional equipment as required.
  • Participate in professional organizations, workshops, conferences, online courses and other activities in order to enhance personal knowledge and expertise and stay up-to-date with current practices and advances in technology and methodology.
  • Promote the importance of conservation within the museum and in an outreach capacity whenever possible.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


 Knowledge, skills, abilities:

  • Working knowledge of acceptable practices for conservation and maintenance for works on paper with previous experience treating prints, drawings, watercolors, and documents required.
  • Working knowledge and experience in current conservation matting and framing techniques for most types of paper artifacts.
  • Working knowledge of digital photography.
  • Familiarity with analytical equipment and methods
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Organizational skills necessary for planning/organizing of professional seminars, lectures, workshops, and publications.
  • Development of educational materials/activities for public outreach.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Familiarity with accepted practices for achieving and insuring safety in the laboratory.
  • Consistent capacity for respectful and professional interpersonal relations.

Education, licensure, certifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a major in an art, history, or a science-related field of study.
  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in paper conservation from a recognized training program.
  • Professional Associate member status of The American Institute for the Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works preferred.

Conditions of Employment: A minimum of four years of post-graduate conservation experience is required.

The Mariners’ Museum offers a comprehensive benefits package for regular full-time staff, and their eligible dependents which includes medical and dental insurance (cost-sharing involved) as well as term life insurance, long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, and a 403(b) pension plan. In addition, paid vacation, sick leave, and holiday pay is provided to all regular full-time staff.

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Job Posting: Conservator (Book or Paper), US National Archives (College Park, MD, USA)

  • Application deadline: December 1, 2016.
  • Salary range (GS-11/12):  $64,650 to $100,736 per year
  • Applicants must be US citizens.

The US National Archives is seeking applicants skilled in Book or Paper Conservation to serve as a technical expert in the preservation of archival holdings. The Conservator will engage in National Archives conservation activities, examine and treat National Archives collections, apply and develop a range of housing and storage options, conduct training and make recommendations for preservation policies, programs and procedures.
This is a permanent position located in College Park, Maryland with a possible alternate work location in Washington, DC. Applicants may apply at the GS-11 and/or GS-12 levels.
For job and application information see the announcement at .
Federal employees may wish to apply as status candidates using the announcement at

Job posting: Assistant Paper Conservator, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA)


Auto req ID  40943BR
Business Title Assistant Paper Conservator
School/Unit Harvard Art Museums
Location USA – MA – Cambridge
Job Function Museum
Time Status Full-time
Schedule Full-time
Department Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies
Salary Grade 056
Union 00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Duties & Responsibilities Note: This is a two-year term position.
• Reports to the Head of Paper Lab, Straus Center for Conservation Collections.
• Performs condition reports, surveys, examinations, and treatments on works on paper for the Harvard Art Museums and University Loan. Collections of works on paper span a broad range of cultures and time periods from Medieval to contemporary.
• Prepares accompanying written and photographic documentation, estimates, correspondence, and condition reports for exhibitions, loans, and acquisitions.
• Performs preventive care for works on paper, including advising on, researching and constructing housing, handling, storage, and environmental needs. • Accompanies artworks as courier as needed.
• Assist with hinging works as needed.Administrative
• Participates in planning and preparing budgets for lab activities, exhibitions, and projects.
• Manages exhibition support and special projects related to conservation and preservation as needed.
• Collaborates with and maintains good working relations with conservation scientists, conservators, curators, and other museum staff.
• Participates in selection, supervision, and instruction of conservation fellow.
• Directs and instructs casual employees, contractors, or students as appropriate.
• Assists in the maintenance of the lab and photo studio, including supplies, records, and equipment.
• Practices and promotes the Guidelines for Practice and Code of Ethics as established by the AIC.
• Works in two-site model, most often at 32 Quincy Street.
• Works independently, as appropriate.
• May participate in teaching, including undergraduate and graduate courses on the materials and techniques, and the technical examination of art.
• Advises and trains museum staff in the best practices for the care, handling, display, storage, and packing and shipping of objects.
• Responsible for staying current with professional philosophies, procedures, and practices in the conservation field through membership in professional organizations, publications, and attendance at meetings, workshops, and seminars.
• As time permits, conducts technical research relevant to the collection as assigned and is encouraged to publish and present findings at national and international conferences.
• Works with and provides content for Communications, the Division of Academic and Public Programs, Curatorial, and Institutional Advancement, and other departments as needed.
• Presents public gallery talks and participates in programming as requested.
• Supports Collections Management’s operation of Art Study Centers and Curricular Galleries.
• Leads and participates in tours for various interest groups.
Basic Qualifications • MA, MS, or Certificate in Conservation from a university program.
• A minimum of 2 years of relevant museum or other experience with skilled examination and treatment of materials and objects from a broad range of cultures and time periods.
Additional Qualifications • Specialization in prints and/or experience making prints preferred.
• Demonstrated experience with project management of moderate and small-scale projects.
• Demonstrated experience with technical study of works of art on paper and familiarity with analytical techniques such as XRF, FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy, and GC-MS.
• Demonstrated experience with state-of-the-art imaging tools used for conservation documentation including: digital photography and beta radiography.
• Excellent computer skills, including image editing and management; high level of proficiency/expertise using Adobe PhotoShop and other software.
• Excellent communication, writing, interpersonal, project management, and leadership skills.
• Publications and presentations in professional forums.
• Proficiency with The Museum System (TMS).
• Ability to lift up to 50 lbs and work while standing, and on occasion in non-studio, on-site locations.
• Precise attention to detail and manual dexterity.
Pre-Employment Screening Criminal
Appointment End Date 01-Dec-2018
EEO Statement Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job Posting: Paper Conservator – ICA Art Conservation (Cleveland, OH, USA)

Position open until filled.
Full time, Exempt Position (Benefits Eligible)
Position Summary
The Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA), a regional not-for-profit art conservation center established in 1952 located on the near Westside of Cleveland, just minutes from downtown, is seeking a conservator of paper-based materials to carry out examinations and conservation treatments, and to assist in the preservation planning for the paper-based collections of the ICA’s 40 member institutions as well as varied private and corporate clients.
The Paper Conservator has responsibilities which involve the examination and treatment of artwork at the ICA facility and on site. S/he will participate as necessary in the implementation and oversight of conservation projects which involve coordinating staff and subcontractors. S/he interacts professionally with board and committee members, clients and the general public. S/he agrees to abide by the AIC (American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works) Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
This position reports to the Executive Director of the ICA.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Carry out examinations and conservation treatments on artwork from the collections of private and public institutions, corporations, government agencies and private collectors.
  • Conduct research to determine appropriate interpretation of the object and to support the recommended treatment.
  • Prepare cost and time estimates for conservation projects and preservation assessments. Assemble bids for Request for Proposals (RFPs). Coordinate with Registrar to communicate with clients.
  • Perform on site field work which may involve collections surveys, examination, and treatment.
  • Participate in interdepartmental projects as needed. Act as lead conservator for such projects when appropriate.
  • Supervise conservation support staff (assistants, preparators, interns, volunteers). Manage and oversee subcontractors for commercial and industrial processes involved in treatments, shipping, and installations.
  • Monitor condition of objects in storage and perform appropriate housekeeping of the area.
  • Stay current with theoretical discourse and best practices in the field through literature review and attending presentations, conferences and mid-career training.

Public Outreach

  • Interact professionally with a broad range of clients concerning conservation and preservation projects, both in person and over the phone/email.
  • Prepare documentation for grant applications in which the ICA is included, and review grant applications if requested by the client.
  • Actively participate in the ICA’s educational programs, including teaching classes, giving lectures and leading tours.
  • Participate in board and staff committee work.
  • Assist in interviewing and hiring new staff.
  • Represent the ICA in meetings with potential clients, donors and other professionals.


  • Master’s degree from a recognized training program in conservation or equivalent experience. Experience in treating Asian Art would be desirable.
  • Experience working in the field of conservation either in an institutional or private practice setting. Title and salary will be commensurate with experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Photoshop desirable.
  • Travel to onsite projects in surrounding region required.

Send letter of interest and CV to:
Attn: Andrea Chevalier, Senior Conservator
ICA – Art Conservation
2915 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH  44113, USA
For more information, contact Dottie Cooper at