Job Posting: Conservation Technician, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Under supervision, the Conservation Technician assists the professional conservation staff in a variety of duties relating to the preservation and restoration of works of art. The Technician assists with art movement, storage, and handling; preparation of conservation materials; photography; mat-cutting; hinging, framing, and displaying art works. He/she also assists with the monitoring of environmental conditions and pest management.

The nature of this highly skilled work requires manual dexterity, intense concentration, and aesthetic sensibility in addition to excellent organizational skills and meticulous work habits and a strong interest in conservation.


  • Carries out mat-cutting, hinging, matting, and framing; assists with attachment of other hanging systems; constructs backing boards and surfaces for gallery display of artworks, including large metal and magnetic supports. Prepares mounts and magnet strips for installation.
  • Assists with the handling of works of art, including oversized and/or weighted objects, and with putting artworks away in storage. Creates storage receptacles for artworks when required.
  • Prepares materials for treatment including adhesives, consolidants, toned papers, toned powders, and Japanese paper strips.
  • Carries out materials testing (Oddy tests or other) for materials to be considered in display cases or in direct contact with works of art.
  • Inspects incoming plants for insects; performs other pest management duties, including placement and monitoring of pest traps and detectors.
  • Photographs objects for condition documentation, before and after treatment condition; maintains image archives; prints images when requested.
  • Performs other duties related to preventive conservation, including regular dusting of uncovered artworks on view in the permanent galleries and other activities as requested by conservators.
  • Participates in artwork installations and rotations of light sensitive materials.
  • Under direct supervision of conservation staff, occasionally performs minor conservation procedures including consolidation and stabilization as directed.
  • Prepares silica gel or other environmental stabilizing materials for display cases when required. Monitors display cases for fluctuations in relative humidity and temperature.
  • Organizes supplies and supply storage spaces. Inventories and organizes dry chemical storage, adhering to any and all health and safety practices for handling hazardous materials.


  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, Art History, or closely related field from a recognized college or university or a combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to handle artworks in all media, delicate scientific instruments, and hazardous materials with extreme care.
  • One year of related experience handling art objects; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Basic knowledge of the equipment, materials, and techniques used in matting and framing art objects.
  • Basic knowledge of the equipment, materials, and techniques used in the documentation of conservation treatments, including photography and digital imaging equipment.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word. Experience with Photoshop and Lightroom. Experience with TMS or other collections management software desirable.
  • Ability to use hand tools and artist’s materials.
  • Ability to acquire the knowledge and techniques used in the conservation of Asian art, including lab equipment and devices used in environmental monitoring and technical examination. Position may involve on-the-job training with analytical equipment as well as databases and software.
  • Ability to follow specific instructions and to work effectively with departmental staff.
  • Good judgment and flexibility.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.

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Job Posting: Conservation Technician, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Beverly Hills, VA


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library is seeking a Conservation Technician to assist the Conservator with a variety of conservation and preservation tasks. Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor’s Degree and at least two years of applied experience in the conservation of paper-based collections in a library/museum/archives setting or a private conservation lab. The applicant should be well versed in acceptable handling and storage practices for book and paper collections, be familiar with condition reporting and building basic housings. The position reports to the Conservator.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Basic book, paper and photograph conservation treatments with full documentation, under the supervision of the Conservator.
  • Assist the conservation staff with more complex conservation treatments.
  • Fabricate/adapt specialized storage housings for the collection.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Monitor the Library environments; i.e. Integrated Pest Management and collecting data for environmental logging equipment.
  • Assist with general lab duties and supplies maintenance.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  • At least two years of experience in library preservation or paper conservation.
  • A working knowledge of accepted conservation standards, practices and terminology and of proper use of conservation tools, equipment and supplies.
  • Aptitude for detailed hand work and superior manual dexterity.
  • Ability to work independently following instructions set by the Conservator and comfortable interfacing regularly with other staff and interns.
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with PC platform and databases.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Neatness and ability to share work space respectfully with other staff.
  • Job duties entail standing and/or sitting for extended periods of time with occasional climbing, bending and kneeling.
  • Capability to lift and/or move up to 50lbs

The Margaret Herrick Library has extensive and comprehensive research collections on the subject of motion pictures including posters, production and costume drawings, books, periodicals, screenplays, photographs, manuscripts and ephemera as well as other special collections relating to prominent industry individuals, studios and organizations.

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Job Posting: Book & Paper Conservator, Washington University, St. Louis MO

The Conservator performs a wide range of conservation treatments on unique and rare paper-based collections under the direction of the Librarian Supervisor and in collaboration with Missouri History Museum. Materials to be worked on include books, art on paper, archival documents, oversize materials manuscripts, albums, maps, and other flat work. The Conservator evaluates damaged collections; makes treatment decisions; provides exhibition production support; prepares material needing treatment for digitization; undertakes conservation assessments and surveys; and participates in emergency preparedness and response operations. The Conservator may eventually be located at the Missouri History Museum’s existing conservation lab (1.5 miles or 6 min. from the Danforth Campus).

  • Plans, documents, and executes conservation treatments for books and paper-based materials in accordance with accepted standards and the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.  Treatments include but are not limited to conservation rebinding, rebacking and board reattachment; surface cleaning; aqueous treatment to wash and/or deacidify; mending and/or lining; tape and adhesive removal; removal of mold and residues; consolidation and fixing; removal of backings; matting and encapsulation. Designs and makes custom-fit enclosures for fragile objects. Examines and creates full written and photographic treatment documentation. Determines equipment and lab needs.
  • Assists in preparation of library materials for exhibition. Fabricates simple mounts in consultation with the Exhibits Developer and other staff. Constructs or modifies protective enclosures and exhibit supports for fragile and/or vulnerable library materials.
  • Participates in disaster response, recovery, and salvaging operations and environmental monitoring assistance as needed.
  • Stays current with conservation issues and practices through research, professional conferences, workshops, or similar activities.

Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree from a recognized conservation-training program or equivalent conservation experience.

  • Performs treatments and documentation according to accepted standards.
  • Excellent manual dexterity and ability to perform delicate work with sustained concentration.
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work independently.
Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience working at a conservation facility and extended, formal apprenticeship under a conservator.  Two to three years professional experience preferred.

  • Strong knowledge of the history of book structure, bookbinding, printing, writing, paper conservation and papermaking materials and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of chemistry and materials science.

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Job Posting: Archives Specialist, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is hiring an Archives Specialist, a full-time, five-year contract position to provide archival and preservation services in New York State, to help facilitate New York’s Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services (DHPS) initiative.

The responsibilities of this position include conducting on-site archival needs assessments and preservation needs assessments with written reports; developing, presenting, and organizing educational programs and workshops; presenting lectures and preparing programs for professional and lay audiences to promote awareness of archival and preservation concerns and practices; and providing technical information via telephone, e-mail, and in print on archival and preservation topics. The DHPS Archives Specialist also maintains familiarity with archival and preservation literature, and may also be called upon to write articles for publication.

Qualifications include training in and a thorough understanding of archival theory, practice, and standards; practical knowledge of archival policies and procedures; experience with archival processing; knowledge of preservation principles, practice, and issues; experience in conducting and writing archival and preservation assessments for cultural institutions; talent in teaching and public speaking; excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work independently; MLS (or equivalent) with a concentration in archival management, and a minimum of two years experience working in an archival setting. Frequent travel in New York is required.

Send letter of application, resume, writing sample (preservation assessment if relevant), and three references via email with the subject line “DHPS Archives Specialist Application” to Anastasia Matijkiw, DHPS Program Coordinator, Applications received by May 31, 2016 will receive priority review.

Additional information

Job Posting: Manager, Conservation & Preservation, John M. Kelly Library, University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

Description and duties:

This position reports to the Head of Technical Services and is responsible for establishing, maintaining, and leading the conservation and preservation program for the circulating, rare book, and archival collections of the John M. Kelly Library and the University of St. Michael’s College Archives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

– Develops a new conservation laboratory
– Assesses and monitors collections and their physical spaces
– Determines and executes appropriate physical treatment of items
– Coordinates digitization for preservation initiatives in conjunction with other digitization initiatives
– Manages and train staff including full-time and part-time staff members, students and other assistants
– Uses performance management techniques to monitor and demonstrate achievement of agreed service levels and to lead on improvement
– Assists with Exhibit Program including advising on best practices for exhibits as well as creating mounting plinths
– Maintains Kelly Library Disaster Plan for the collections and provides leadership during emergency or disaster situations
– Collaborates with library staff from University of Toronto and other Colleges
– Establishes and maintains a record-keeping system
– Maintains supplies and equipment
– Participates in presentations about the Library’s Conservation and Preservation program
– Performs other conservation and preservation functions as required


– Master’s degree
– Training in conservation and preservation of library and archival materials (including paper, film, cassettes, books, photographs, born-digital files, artefacts) through a formal training program or on-the-job experience
– Minimum of 2 years of conservation and preservation experience
– Minimum of 1 year supervisory experience
– In class teaching experience
– Familiarity with academic library procedures
– Ability to work effectively both independently or in a cooperative team environment
– Project management and leadership skills
– Experience with digitization processes and workflows for all formats of material
– Experience supervising students and staff
– Ability to be creative/innovative with limited resources
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills
– Accuracy and attention to detail
– Ability to lift 20 kg.
– Thorough knowledge and understanding of safe handling of hazardous material
– Workplace flexibility


The university offers a competitive salary of $60,000.00.

Additional information :

This is a non-union (management) position of 35 hours per week.

Job Postings in Canada this week

Archiviste Visuel, TFO Media Group, Toronto

Évaluer le visuel d’archives à des fins de réutilisation. Tenir à jour la banque de données du matériel d’archives, vidéos et photos. Créer les métadonnées nécessaires dans le système de gestion de chaîne « Louise ». Valider le matériel suggéré par la production. Effacer les visuels qui ne sont plus nécessaires. Vérifier les droits avec les responsables du service des droits d’auteurs. Effectuer toutes autres tâches connexes.

Director, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto

Xpace is seeking a Director who will work with Xpace staff, Volunteers, Interns and the OCAD Student Union, to manage, plan and execute gallery operations, internal and external collaborations and strategic development. The Director will work to develop and execute projects that offer students and emerging artists and designers the opportunity to develop and challenge their careers in art and design. Xpace’s goal is to facilitate and nurture experimental and developing practices in art and design. As Director you will work with the Xpace team to develop and maintain an environment that supports this mission. Additionally the Director will be responsible for overseeing the organization of annual fundraisers, operation/programming budgets, monthly/annual reports and our annual publication VOLUME.

Learning Zone Intern, OCAD University, Toronto

This temporary placement is targeted to graduating students and recent graduates of a Library Technician program. Under the supervision of the Learning Zone Librarian, the incumbent will assist with the provision of information services and with general operations, on a part-time and occasional basis, in the Learning Zone at OCADU.

Marketing and Graphic Design Associate, the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto

Working directly with operations and curatorial staff, the Marketing and Graphic Design Associate
designs and executes the Museum’s promotional and marketing program. Reporting to the Executive Director, they develop core marketing materials and facilitate the Museum’s public and media relations, online visibility, as well as provide design support for the Museum’s ongoing philanthropic, promotional and audience development projects and partnerships.

Binding / Processing Assistant, Carleton University, Ottawa

Under the direction of the Maintenance, Binding and Processing Supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for assessing the condition of library materials and processing them for in-house mending, for commercial binding, or for review by Reference Services; processing all formats of library material for binding and entering data into ABLE (Binder’s database) and working in close co-operation with the Maps, Data & Government Information Centre (MADGIC) to assess and process government documents, atlases and maps for binding; end processing of Library materials; processing revisions to catalogue records as directed by supervisor; providing office support; preparing and updating documentation related to duties; performs other duties as assigned.

Fundraising for Preservation and Conservation workshops

Fundraising for Preservation and Conservation workshops

Presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

Hosted and cosponsored by:

Bureau of Historic Sites
Peebles Island Resource Center (PIRC)
Division for Historic Preservation
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and
Historic Preservation


Hosted by:

Maymont Foundation

Cosponsored by:

Virginia Association of Museums
Virginia Conservation Association


Through thoughtful planning and effective grant writing, your organization can be competitive in the race for public and private funding to preserve cultural collections. This workshop will examine the planning process that funders want to see in place and the components that make a grant request compelling. With examples drawn from success stories at museums, historic sites, libraries, and archives, program participants will gain an understanding of how to effectively develop and implement a funding strategy to raise money for their collections.

The workshop will address:

§  Planning: Moving from a preservation needs assessment to a funding strategy

§  Potential funding sources: Triaging your time to focus on your best funding prospects

§  Writing the request: Anticipating the funder’s questions and answering them concisely

§  Evaluation: Incorporating the new standards


Lee Price, Director of Development at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, has worked as a fundraising consultant for many regional and national cultural institutions.  He has written successful grant requests for preservation funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Save America’s Treasures.


Waterford, NY – April 27, 2011
Peebles Island Resource Center (PIRC)
Peebles Island State Park
Waterford, NY 12188

Richmond, VA- April 29, 2011
1700 Hampton Street
Richmond, VA  23220

Program Times

8:45 am – 9:15 am: Registration & Refreshments
9:15 am – 4:45 pm: Program
4:45 pm: Optional Tours: Maymont Mansion, Richmond, VA & Conservation Laboratory, PIRC, Waterford, NY

Registration & Payment

Program Fee: $110
Registration Deadline: 2 weeks prior to program date
Registration, secure credit card payment, and additional program information are available at:


§  Lunch will not be provided. However, a list of local restaurants will be available and
participants are welcome to bring lunch.

§  Refunds will be given until two weeks prior to the program date, minus a $25 cancellation fee.

§  If you have special needs, please contact CCAHA three weeks prior to the workshop date so that accommodations can be made.


The Academy of Certified Archivists will award five Accreditation Recertification Credits (ARCs) to eligible Certified Archivists (CAs) attending this program. For more information, go to:

The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) will award one credit in External Affairs or Collections Management to students in the Virginia Certificate in Museum Management program who attend this program. For more information about the VAM program, go to:

This program was made possible with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To learn more about CCAHA and its programs and services, please visit our website at

Questions? Call CCAHA Preservation Services at 215.545.0613 or email them at