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Liatte Dotan at her third year internship

The department posts job and fellowship opportunities that are sent to us. We do our best to keep this page up to date but searches may close before a position is deleted from here. Typically, we keep job openings on this page for one month unless there is a noted application deadline. If you have a job you would like posted, please send an email.

February 16, 2024
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Contractor position within the Conservation team, Office of Collections Management
The National Museum of African American History and Culture has a fantastic opportunity for a museum studies or conservation undergraduate or a person with experience working on and around museum collections. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the national collection of African American History and Culture which includes over 40,000 artifacts and works of art by contemporary artists regarding the African American experience. The purpose of this contract is to assist the conservators on staff with the care of the collection, laboratory functions and with the organization of written records. The conservation team is seeking a detail-oriented, organized contractor to provide laboratory, clerical, custodial, collections and procurement services to the conservation department. This excellent opportunity is not an internship, employment, or academic opportunity but a contract where the successful candidate will be paid for the expertise they bring to the department, in assisting to maintain, care for and protect this historically significant and living history collection. The initial contract is for one year, after which the contract will be reviewed and could be renewed for more years. Those interested are asked to respond with a complete bid submission via email by March 28, 2024. Please download this PDF with instructions on how to write and place a bid for this position. 

February 14, 2024
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has reposted their Assistant Conservator in the Textiles Conservation Department. Go to the Met's employment site for more information and to apply. 

February 7, 2024
The Conservation Division of the New York Public Library announces an opening starting September 2024 for the Post-Graduate Paper Conservator, a two-year, full-time position with benefits and generous support for professional development. This position provides a newly graduated conservator the opportunity to collaborate, learn, contribute to, and work in a vibrant and full conservation lab that supports the varied, unique, and immense collections of NYPL's three research centers. 

This position is located in the Library's Conservation Division, the staff of which consists of a team of conservators and technicians specializing in bound, flat, and photographic materials. The Post-Graduate Paper Conservator reports to the Senior Paper Collections Conservator. For salary and application information, see the following link: https://nypl.pinpointhq.com/postings/e93aa41a-c041-435d-bdd9-9b432c2fd176

February 6, 2024
Northwestern University Libraries offer an advanced post-graduate conservation residency (previously called a fellowship) for a two-year appointment, September 1, 2024 - August 31, 2026. The conservation residency provides practical experience in a busy academic library conservation lab balancing conservation treatment responsibilities with professional research activities and an opportunity for supervisory experience. To apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references. Please apply for this position on the NUHR Recruitment Website. In your application, note which pronouns you use.
First consideration for applications received by March 01, 2024.

February 2, 2024
Time Sensitive: Conservation Technician, Temporary Full-time
4-week duration, mid-March through mid-April | Salary: $26.23 per hour
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is hiring two temporary full-time Conservation Technicians to help us conserve the mural L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective by Barbara Carrasco at our main museum location in Exposition Park. This would be an excellent opportunity for a recent conservation program graduate or an experienced pre-program intern to work with a professional conservation team in a museum setting. The two positions are temporary, full-time, Monday through Friday, and will take place over four consecutive weeks, from mid-March to mid-April. The salary will be $26.23 per hour. Although the positions will remain open until filled, interested candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Review of applications begins immediately. Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest and relevant experience, a resume, and 3-4 references. Because of the short duration of the project, preference will be given to local candidates who are available for the full work period, so please include that information in your cover letter as well. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion at culturally diverse audiences in museums and in sciences. Link to job posting and application portal. 

February 2, 2024
Assistant Objects Conservator: Preservation Arts is offering a full-time Assistant Objects Conservator position to join our objects and sculpture departments. The position will focus on a variety of objects including but not limited to indoor and outdoor sculpture and modern and contemporary objects. This position will offer a mix of indoor and outdoor work as our objects and outdoor sculpture conservators work interchangeably. This position is designed to be heavily mentored for a graduate of a Master’s level conservation program and will be supervised by our senior conservators within a creative, positive, and supportive team environment. 

Compensation range is $70,000-$85,000.  Benefits include medical, dental, vision, a 3% 401K contribution and profit sharing, a pension, and an educational allowance. See our website for a full job description and how to apply: www.preservation-arts.com/careers

February 2, 2024
The Harry Ransom Center's Preservation and Conservation Division announces an opening for the Suzanne Deal Booth Post-graduate Fellowship in Book, Paper or Photograph Conservation. This fellowship is a temporary, 12-month, full-time position. This position is 40 hours/week, receives full health and retirement benefits, and considerable time off including vacation, sick leave, and holidays. Generous funding for professional development is provided. Additionally, the Fellow will receive $500 toward the purchase of books and tools. For more information and to apply, click here.

January 31, 2024
The Utah Historical Society is seeking a Director of Collections and Exhibitions who will serve in a leadership role overseeing a team that is charged with the care, preservation, and curation of the Utah Historical Society (UHS) collection, as well as the development and installation of exhibitions for the Museum of Utah. The person in this role provides input on the creative and curatorial pulse of the Museum of Utah, collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to achieve the exhibition and collections goals of the UHS, and guides the management policies, procedures, and administration of the UHS library and collections and staff. 
To apply: Please submit an application at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah

January 19, 2024
The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies has begun the search for their next group of conservation treatment fellows. They are seeking applicants for three (3) fellowship positions in paper, paintings, and objects conservation and they are accepting international applicants. The term of these fellowships is September 3, 2024-June 26, 2026. In addition to $55,000 annual compensation, the fellowship has an allocated travel budget and is eligible to participate in Harvard’s fringe benefits program. Please see the following links for complete job descriptions and access to apply each fellowship.
Objects Conservation Fellow
Craigen W. Bowen Paper Conservation Fellow
Richard I. Shader Fellow in Paintings Conservation

Interested applicants can apply online via the above links with a letter of interest and résumé or curriculum vitae.  Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting January 31st and continuing until the position is filled. Upon review of initial applications, successful candidates will be notified to submit two letters of recommendation and complete an initial phone screening. We will then be conducting interviews with selected candidates virtually. Any questions can be directed to alison_cariens@harvard.edu

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