The Morgan Library & Museum invites applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Paper Conservator, working within a small department of experienced conservators and preparators who care for the Morgan’s exceptional and varied collections, including ancient papyri, manuscripts on paper and parchment, photographs, master drawings and prints, modern and contemporary drawings and prints; rare books including manuscripts, printed books, sketchbooks and albums. Working collegially across many departments, the Assistant or Associate Paper Conservator will support the Morgan’s mission to preserve and develop its collections, while making them accessible to a broad and diverse audience.
Reporting to the Sherman Fairchild Head of Conservation and working closely with the Senior Paper Conservator and other conservation staff, the Assistant or Associate Paper Conservator is responsible primarily for the examination, documentation, technical study, and treatment of works on paper and parchment, following the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. They will also participate in preventive conservation activities promoting safe housing, storage, handling, imaging and display of collection materials. Professional participation, research, publication, and outreach activities are encouraged, in the context of an active institutional program of exhibitions and loans. This position may direct the work of students, interns and post-graduate fellows. Courier travel by air and/or truck, up to several times per year.
- Assistant level candidates should have a graduate degree in conservation from a recognized training program or equivalent training and experience, and a minimum of two years work experience in the conservation of works on paper and archival materials
- Associate level candidates should have a graduate degree in conservation from a recognized training program or equivalent training and experience, and a minimum of five years work experience in the conservation of works on paper and archival materials
- Knowledge and experience of a range of simple and complex treatment options for paper-based materials; ability to choose and execute appropriate treatments and documentation, as demonstrated by a portfolio. Experience with and/or interest in the conservation of modern and contemporary works on paper and/or photographs is desirable.
- Familiarity with digital, spectral, and other technical imaging as used in the study of historical artifacts and documentation of conservation treatments.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; commitment to collegial and collaborative work across departments
- Ability to work on concurrent interdepartmental projects such as exhibitions, loans and imaging initiatives, managing priorities to meet project deadlines; flexible and creative approach to problem solving; ability to work cooperatively or independently as needed
- Proficiency with Windows environment (especially Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint); ability to learn and use the Morgan’s collections and information systems.
Assistant Paper Conservator $63,000 to $67,000; Associate Paper Conservator $73,000 to $78,000. Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits plan.
Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, CV, names of three references, and salary requirements to: email@example.com
Application Deadline: December 10, 2022.
Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the position using the e-mail address indicated above.