Assistant/Associate Paper Conservator


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.

To apply: 

Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, CV, names of three references, and salary requirements to:

Application Deadline: December 10, 2022.

Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the position using the e-mail address indicated above.

The Morgan Library & Museum receives many applications and inquiries for employment. Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to all of them. Due to the high volume of applicants, we can contact only those candidates whose skills and background best fit our needs

Important to note:

Vaccination Requirement
To ensure the overall health and safety of the Morgan Library & Museum campus, all staff of the Morgan are required to be fully vaccinated and have received booster vaccines against the virus that causes COVID-19, absent qualifying exemptions for medical, religious, or other reasons in accordance with applicable laws.

EEO Statement
The Morgan is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. The Morgan provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.