• Conservation Technician

    Location US-NY-Long Island City
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Full-Time Regular
    PTM Conservation Lab
  • Overview

    Conservation Treatment is an important service that is provided to care for special collections materials, particularly unique materials. This department enables the curatorial divisions to provide access to their materials and supports the exhibition, collections management, archival processing and digitization programs.



    Principal Responsibilities

    The conservation technician supports the conservation treatment unit by carrying out out work that is needed for the efficient functioning of the conservation laboratory and by assisting with preparation of objects for exhibition.  



    • Under the direction of the Senior Manager for Conservation and Collections Care and the Senior Conservator for Exhibitions, prepares a wide range of paper-based formats, including books, manuscripts, archives, art on paper, photographs, or other artifactual materials from the NYPL’s diverse collections for exhibition, loan, and storage
    • Installs materials in exhibitions primarily at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and may also provide assistance at other research centers
    • Uses computer hardware and software in recording conservation and exhibit preparation activities, including database and digital imaging software  
    • Assists in the general maintenance and organization of the conservation laboratory
    • Photographs collection objects and assist conservators with treatment and other projects as needed
    • May participate in disaster response and recovery activities
    • Consults with the Senior Exhibitions Conservator to determine the best way to carry out matting, mounting, and housing requirements for collection objects under deadlines
    • Completes minor conservation projects under the supervision of a conservator including the writing of examination reports, treatment proposals, and final reports
    • Finds laboratory maintenance tasks that need to be done and follows up on scheduled maintenance

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    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree or Vocational Certificate
    • Experience in the preparation of materials for exhibition
    • Demonstrated computer and related technology skills  
    • Demonstrated mastery of written and oral communication  
    • Demonstrated ability to perform a range of exhibition preparation procedures
    • Demonstrated ability to work on a fixed deadline, work efficiently, handle a large workload, and be flexible
    • Ability to work collegiately across a large, complex, and dynamic organizational setting
    • Basic knowledge of the conservation profession, its code of ethics, and literature

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience in the conservation of paper-based materials preferred
    • Experience working in a library or museum setting
    • Mat-cutting and paper hinging experience
    • Experience with photo-documentation of collection objects
    • Desire to learn more about conservation treatment

    Work Environment

    The technician carries out their work in the conservation lab occasionally traveling. The job includes computer use, standing for long periods, lifting, use of sharp tools, use of a hot plate, and occasional use of solvents with proper training, safety gear and fume extraction.  

    Starting Salary

    USD $32,068.00/Yr.

    Union / Non Union

    Local 1930


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