Objects Conservator Jobs in Newport News, VA at The Mariners’ Museum
Title: Objects Conservator
Company: The Mariners’ Museum
Location: Newport News, VA
The Mariners’ Museum and Park is seeking an Objects Conservator who will undertake the direct treatment and preventive conservation care of all objects within the three-dimensional collection of the Museum, with a focus on organic materials. This individual will work closely with conservation staff and other museum personnel to conserve artifacts and prepare them for exhibition, long-term storage, loan, photography, etc.
Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in conservation from a recognized graduate conservation training program (or equivalent). Applicants should have a minimum of four years of post-graduate conservation experience and familiarity with a wide variety of materials including metals and organics.
The salary for this position is $64,000 plus a full benefits package.
Conduct examination, documentation, and object treatment within The Mariners’ Museum and Parks’ three-dimensional collection following established conservation procedures, methodologies, and ethics set out by The American Institute for Conservation.
Maintain detailed before, during, and after treatment records, including 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 photographs and recommended analytical analyses and treatments. If necessary, conduct basic cleaning and stabilization of new acquisitions and prepare the associated treatment records.
Construct storage support systems for artifacts 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 personnel to prepare mounts/installation of artifacts within the museum’s galleries; this includes providing the requirements for lighting and environmental conditions.
Support/facilitate preventive 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 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 reviewing loan requests and making 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 ordering supplies and additional equipment as required.
Participate in professional organizations, workshops, conferences, online courses, and other activities to enhance personal knowledge and expertise and stay up-to-date with current practices and advances in technology and methodology.
Oversee/assist the Director of Conservation in the mentorship and training of pre-program, during graduate school, and post-graduate internships and fellowships.
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 maintaining objects.
Familiarity with a wide variety of materials, including metals and organics required.
Specialist knowledge and experience with the conservation of organic materials are preferred.
Working knowledge of analytical equipment and methods, not limited to but including FT-IR, SEM, XRF, digital radiography, optical microscopy, sample preparation, and film/digital photography.
Working knowledge of furniture and wooden polychrome, as well as watercraft, preferred.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.
Organizational skills necessary for planning/organizing 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 ensuring safety in the laboratory.
Consistent capacity for respectful and professional interpersonal relations.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree with a major in art, history, or a science-related field of study is required.
A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in object conservation from a recognized training program is required.
Professional Associate member status of The American Institute for Conservation preferred.
A minimum of four years of post-graduate conservation experience is required.
Conditions of Employment:
Must be able to pass a background check and drug screen prior to employment.