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.

Assistant Textile Conservator (Shelburne, VT, USA)



  • One-year Assistant Textile Conservator position at Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT
  • Full Time, 12 month Temporary Assignment, Benefits Eligible
  • This position is grant funded by Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Perform a condition survey of 184 commemorative handkerchiefs using an established survey form,
  • Perform an examination and propose actions to stabilize a needlework show cover on an armchair,
  • Examine and undertake conservation treatment of 53 samplers
  • Conduct practical research to inform conservation treatment related to stain removal and reduction on hooked rugs using a non-collection rug with dye bleed as a test subject
  • Produce a white paper on the practical research and contribute occasional posts and updates for Shelburne Museum’s member newsletter and social media platforms related to their work.
  • Examine and undertake conservation treatment 14 hooked rugs from the collection.

For all treatments, the textile conservator will take documentary photographs, amend existing condition information and treatment proposals and write treatment reports.

The conservator will become familiar with established lab procedures for health and safety and maintain conservation documentation and treatment files and the museum’s collections management database, Mimsy xg.


  • Master’s Degree in Conservation or equivalent training
  • Textile conservation treatment experience, a minimum of one year beyond conservation training

Special Requirements:

  • US citizen or holding a current US work visa
  • Conservation specialty in textiles
  • Good communication skills; works well as a member of a team and independently
  • Flexible and adaptable with a positive attitude
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge. Prior experience with collections management databases, especially Mimsy xg, helpful.
  • Member of AIC, IIC or other appropriate conservation professional organization.

Compensation and Benefits:

$19.23/hr., Spectacular working environment; Paid Time Off; committed, friendly co-workers; discount at the Museum Store and Café; passes to the museum to share with friends and family; and reciprocal benefits at regional museums and attractions. Funding to attend AIC annual meeting.

To Apply:

Visit our website, and download an application. Forward completed application along with cover letter, resume and three letters of recommendation to or Human Resources, Shelburne Museum, P.O. Box 10, Shelburne, VT 05482, USA.

Anticipated start date is April, 2018.

Textile Conservator (York County, PA, USA)

Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, Inc.

Leading authority in antique American flags and political textiles, who also operates a very busy textile conservation business, seeks full-time, on-site conservator. Applicants should have an advanced degree in art conservation with an emphasis in textiles and should be highly skilled at sewing and exceptional at color matching. Persons with strong skills in detailed painting preferred for creating underlay patches behind printed textiles with loss. This is an on-site position with daytime hours, but with a limited amount of occasional overtime and weekends.

We are the largest dealers in antique flags and for going on 18 years have conserved and framed thousands of examples.

This position offers competitive pay, based upon experience, health insurance, paid vacation time, and paid holidays. Located in the greater Gettysburg/Harrisburg area of South-Central Pennsylvania (USA), just over an hour from Baltimore, less than 2 hrs. from DC, 2 hrs. from Philly, and 3 hrs. from NYC.

We may be hiring another staff person in the near future, so if you encounter this posting after you presume it to be filled, always feel free to make contact with us.

Contact Jeff Bridgman at (717) 676-0545, or email us at