The mission of The New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities and we rely on three great resources—our staff, our collections, and our physical and digital spaces—to provide opportunities for learning and growth.
The photograph collection at the New York Public Library includes more than 6 million photographs diverse in subject matter, format and processes, and covering essentially the entire history of photography -- including very early experimental photographs -- through to the present day.
The Photograph Conservator position is located in the Library’s Goldsmith Conservation Lab, the staff of which consists of a team of conservators and technicians specializing in bound, flat, and photographic materials. The lab supports the special collections of NYPL’s research centers and provides conservation assessment, treatment, research, and training to advance the preservation of the collection and meet the conservation needs of the Library’s active exhibition, loan, and digitization programs.
Conservation at NYPL consists of two labs -- the Goldsmith Conservation Lab and the Collections Conservation Lab, both located at the Library Services Center in Long Island City, Queens -- under the Head of Conservation. Conservation at NYPL is a unit of Preservation and Special Collections Processing, responsible for the processing and cataloging, management, and preservation of the Research Libraries collections.
Specialists start at $63,074 per year and are eligible in 6 months for an increased salary of $68,963 based on successful job performance.
Reporting to the Senior Manager, Conservation and Collections Care, the Photograph Conservator: