The Assistant Paper Conservator works under the direct supervision of the Head of Book and Paper Conservation. He/she is primarily responsible for the preservation and conservation of the Walters’ collections of works on paper and related materials. He/she also partners with the Head of Book and Paper in caring for the manuscripts and printed books, and works with a team to make them accessible online through digitization. She/he plays an appropriate role in training emerging conservators by mentoring interns and fellows in his/her specialty and participates in public outreach and access efforts including the Conservation Window and online collection cataloging. The Assistant Paper Conservator works collaboratively with other departments in the Art and Program division to ideate, develop and implement exhibitions, installations, programs and other projects.
- Participate in preventive conservation and all that it entails, including monitoring, evaluating, and making recommendations for display and storage environments, pest management, rehousing, etc.
- Conducting condition surveys of the collections on a regular basis to prioritize needs, and carrying out emergency treatment on works that are actively deteriorating.
- Preparing examining, treating and documenting works in the collections for acquisition, loan and exhibition; consulting on environmental conditions, matting and framing, crating and transit for works traveling outside the museum.
- Acting as courier as required.
- Evaluating, obtaining and maintain equipment and materials needed to carry out conservation treatment and preventive maintenance to professionally accepted standards.
- Assist in writing grant proposals and overseeing grant projects to address priority preservation needs.
- Works with the museum’s conservation scientist to carry out technical studies and analysis on works in the collections to determine materials, methods of manufacture and authenticity, contributing to databases for comparative studies, determining causes of deterioration and developing new treatment methodologies.
- Assist in mentoring fellows, interns, volunteers entering the conservation profession.
- Assist in training students in academic conservation training programs when requested and organizing seminars and workshops on specialty subjects for conservation staff and other interested individuals.
- Working in the conservation window and contributing to the digitization and online cataloging of the collection
- Supervising work of others in the Department in the absence of the Head of the Department.
- MA or MS in Art Conservation
- Minimum 3 years post-graduate experience.
- Must have good grounding in conservation, scientific method, materials science, and environmental science literature
- Comprehensive knowledge of treatment methods, materials, preventive conservation principles and methodology;
- Knowledge of art history and other subjects relevant to specialty;
- Knowledge of ethical and practical professional standards;
- Familiarity with analytical techniques, uses, and limitations.
- Must have excellent conservation planning, decision-making, and hand skills for structural and aesthetic treatment; must have good research, documentation (writing and imaging) skills, teaching and administrative, oral and written communication skills; skills in research and analytical techniques and interpretation appropriate to specialty.
- Must have some supervisory, mentoring, and evaluation skills.
- Detail oriented.
- Must have skills in Microsoft Office.
Job Type: Full-time
The Walters Art Museum provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, prescription, vision, subsidized transportation and parking, museum membership, FSA (flexible spending account), 457b retirement, and free professional financial management counseling.
Salary is commensurate with experience. For consideration, send your résumé and cover letter including salary requirements to [email protected].
The Walters Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Employer. Our policy prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy), veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identify, marital status, mental or physical disabilities, or any other legally protected characteristic. This policy applies to all employment actions and complies with all provisions of federal, state, and local laws enforcing nondiscrimination in employment practices. Volunteering opportunities and employment at the Walters is contingent on a favorable investigative background check. The museum is a drug-free and smoke-free workplace. The Walters Art Museum is an at-will employer.