Job Announcement NYPL


Assistant Conservator

Position:   Assistant Conservator (Specialist I or II)
Temporary Position until June 30, 2013
The Barbara Goldsmith Conservation Laboratory seeks a qualified Assistant Conservator to perform treatment on a vast array of archives materials from the United States Civil War.
Requirements:  Master’s degree from an accredited graduate training program in conservation or a related field is required. Demonstrated thorough working knowledge of conservation theory and practice, with satisfactory completion of courses in organic, paper, and conservation chemistry. Experience in the conservation of paper-based materials, as demonstrated by a portfolio.  Must be skilled at performing both single-item and collection care treatments.  Demonstrated computer and related technology skills. Demonstrated mastery of written and oral communication. Demonstrated success in a wide range of conservation treatment procedures.  Ability to work collegially across a large, complex, and dynamic organizational setting.
Description:  Under the direction of the Head of Conservation Treatment, performs structural and aesthetic conservation treatment on a wide range of paper-based archives materials from the NYPL’s Manuscripts and Archives Collection.  Performs both single-item and collection care treatments. Provides full written and photographic
documentation in accordance with the AIC Code of Ethics (including examination, condition reports, treatment proposals, final treatment reports, and full photographic documentation). Uses computer hardware and software in recording treatments, including database and digital imaging software.  Assists in the general maintenance and organization of the conservation laboratory.  Participates in disaster response and recovery activities.  Performs other related duties as assigned.
Interested applicants should apply on-line
Applications received by April 15, 2011 will receive first consideration. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly. E/O/E.
For additional information or questions, please contact:
Shelly Smith
Head of Conservation Treatment
The New York Public Library
Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division,
31-11 Thomson Avenue, Room 302
Long Island City, New York 11101




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