Job Listing: Archaeological Conservator
The Mariners' Museum - Newport News, VA
Closes - Open until filled
Position Title – Archaeological Conservator
Salary - $55,000/annually
Job Type - Full-Time
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The Mariners’ Museum and Park seeks a full-time conservator to undertake the direct treatment and preventive conservation of objects recovered from the wreck of the American Civil War ironclad USS Monitor. This individual will work closely with conservation staff and other museum personnel to conserve artifacts and to prepare them for exhibition and/or long-term storage.
Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in conservation from a recognized graduate conservation training program (or equivalent). Applicants should have a minimum of four years of post-graduate conservation experience and familiarity with a wide variety of materials including metals and organics.
The salary for this position is $55,000 plus a full benefits package.
The Archaeological Conservator will undertake the direct treatment and preventive conservation care of objects recovered for the wreck of the USS Monitor and artifacts within the Museum’s collection as needed. This individual will work closely with conservation staff and other museum personnel to conserve artifacts and to prepare them for exhibition and/or long-term storage.
- Conduct examination, documentation, and artifact treatment within the Monitor and Museum collections following established conservation procedures, methodologies, and ethics set out by The American Institute for Conservation.
- When necessary, based on the conservation needs of an artifact, develop new conservation techniques and procedures in consultation with the Senior Conservator and/or Director of Conservation.
- Maintain detailed before, during, and after treatment records including both written and photographic documentation.
- Support preventive conservation methodology in conjunction with other Museum departments, initiate requests, implement solutions under established conservation guidelines, and make recommendations for resolving difficult or unusual problems.
- Construct storage support systems for artifacts with special needs directly; otherwise provide recommendations to the Monitor Conservation Collection Manager or Collections Management when necessary
- Consult/work directly with the Senior Conservator, Director of Conservation, and Exhibit Design in the preparation of mounts/installation of artifacts within the museum’s galleries; this includes providing the requirements for lighting and environmental conditions. Also, provide recommendations on the ability for objects to travel outside the museum based on their condition post-treatment.
- Assist in the maintenance/operation of laboratory equipment and facility, and participate in the ordering of supplies and additional equipment as required.
- Participate in professional organizations, workshops, conferences, online courses and other activities in order to enhance personal knowledge and expertise and stay up-to-date with current practices and advances in technology and methodology.
- Oversee/assist the Senior Conservator and/or Director of Conservation in the mentorship and training of pre-program, during graduate school, and post-graduate interns and fellows.
- Promote the importance of conservation within the museum and in an outreach capacity whenever possible.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- Working knowledge of acceptable practices for conservation and maintenance of objects.
- Working knowledge of the archaeological method and practices.
- Working knowledge of analytical equipment and methods, not limited to but including FT-IR, SEM, XRF, digital radiography, optical microscopy, chloride analysis, metals sample preparation, and film/digital photography.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.
- Organizational skills necessary for planning/organizing of professional seminars, lectures, workshops, and publications.
- Development of educational materials/activities for public outreach.
- Attention to detail and accuracy.
- Familiarity with accepted practices for achieving and insuring safety in the laboratory.
- Familiarity with a wide variety of materials including metals and organics
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree with a major in an art, history, or a science-related field of study is required.
- A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in object conservation (Archaeological preferred) from a recognized graduate conservation training program is required.
- Professional Associate member status of The American Institute for Conservation preferred.
- A minimum of four years conservation experience is required, including work with marine archaeological materials.
Conditions of Employment:
- Must be able to pass a background check and drug screen prior to employment.
- This position requires a great deal of physical activity that may include climbing, kneeling, crawling, standing for long periods of time, and repetitive motion. The position requires that you be able to life up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently. This position requires visual acuity and the ability to work in various environmental conditions that may include extreme heat or extreme cold.