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The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is currently searching for a full-time Project Conservator. This is an eighteen-month grant-funded project that reports to the Senior Conservator. The position is available immediately.

The full-time Project Conservator will be responsible for the systematic treatment of items in serious state of deterioration from the Library’s Special Collections including illuminated manuscripts, printed books and archival documents on paper and parchment.


Graduate degree in conservation with a specialty in paper conservation.  Five to 10 years conservation experience, with demonstrated experience in performing complex treatment of rare materials.  In-depth knowledge of papermaking, parchment, and codicology.  Excellent organizational and teamwork skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to document treatments, and prepare reports.  The candidate should be legally be able to work in the U.S.

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

To apply: Send cover letter, resume and three references by December 30, 2011 to: Diana Torres-Petrilli, Director of Human Resources, Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027.


Job ID#: – 90077
Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Salary range
Low to upper 30’s


The Conservation Technician is responsible for all aspects related to commercial bindery shipments as well as the repair and conservation of the library’s paper-based general collections and selected special collections. This position performs a wide variety of treatments on paper, cloth and leather bindings according to established standards and procedures.

Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

o   Prepare materials for shipment to and return from the commercial bindery;
o   Perform conservation treatments utilizing established conservation standards and procedures on general collections materials and on selected special collections materials identified by Special Collections staff;
o    Assess condition for appropriate course of action (i.e. in-house repair or treatment, commercial bindery, or purchase replacement);
o   Participate in digitization of materials.

Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred. Advanced training in book repair and conservation, either by coursework or apprenticeship is required.

A minimum of two years of applied experience in conservation of paper-based collections in library/museum/archives setting or private conservation lab is required.

A working knowledge of accepted library conservation standards, practices and terminology and of proper use of conservation tools, equipment and supplies is required.

Priority Consideration Date
Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by January 6, 2012. The position is open until filled.


Paper Conservator
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
The University of Texas at Austin

Job Description:
The paper conservator will develop and maintain programs for the conservation, preservation, and exhibition of historic, artistic, and documentary works on paper (as well as other supports) in the Ransom Center collections. The conservator will supervise, train, and manage staff, interns, and volunteers in appropriate procedures and practices for the care of the Ransom Center collections, will perform paper conservation treatments of all levels of complexity, and will establish and maintain productive relationships with curators, collection managers, administrative personnel, and other Ransom Center staff. The conservator will participate as part of a senior management team to identify and resolve preservation concerns throughout the Center and to ensure that efforts to preserve and care for the collections are effective. The conservator will pursue independent studies and professional opportunities as appropriate, will take a collegial, leadership, and educational role in all activities and programs of the Ransom Center conservation department, and will similarly support other areas of the overall institutional preservation endeavor.

Education and Experience:
Minimum requirements for this position include a Bachelor’s degree plus four years of post-graduate experience applying preservation and conservation practices in libraries, special collections, museums, or archives. Up to one year in the conservation of books or photographs will be considered as part of the required experience. An extensive knowledge of materials and technologies encountered in the creation and conservation of the full range of works on paper is essential for this position. The ability to accept supervision and to work under pressure of deadlines independently and as a member of a team, as well as regular, punctual attendance at the workplace is essential.

Preferred qualifications for this position include a Master’s degree with a focus on paper conservation and more than four years post-graduate experience. Post-graduate experience will include conservation of works of art on paper, documents, manuscripts and other paper-based work. Experience managing basic collections care programs, supervising and training staff, and working with other conservators in a team environment will be considered favorably, as will demonstrable interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills. Other preferred qualifications include up-to-date knowledge of basic research methods in paper conservation, exhibition standards and techniques, disaster planning and response strategies. Knowledge of HVAC and environmental monitoring systems, awareness of current trends in conservation and preservation, and experience with collection survey techniques is also preferred.

Salary: $40,000–$47,000 negotiable depending on qualifications. Funding for this position is expected to continue.

Benefits: No state or local income tax. Standard state benefits package including annual vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, and health insurance options (comprehensive major medical and HMO plans, dental, vision, life, and disability). The retirement plan for this position is with the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.  Deferred compensation and tax sheltered annuity programs are also options. More benefits information may be found at http://www.utexas.edu/hr/prospective/benefits.html .

Application Procedure:
Refer to job posting 11-11-30-01-0607 at http://www.utexas.edu/hr/prospective/apply/ .Applicants must create a UT electronic account and complete the online job application.  Applicants must submit a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin January 17, 2012.

Applicants invited to interview will need to present a portfolio of work and experience at the time of any on-site interview.


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