Job Listing: Assistant Archaeological Conservator (USS Monitor Project)
The Mariners' Museum - Newport News, VA
Closes - Open until filled.
Position Title – Assistant Archaeological Conservator (USS Monitor Project)
Salary - $48,000/annually
Job Type - Full-Time
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The Assistant Archaeological Conservator will undertake the direct treatment and preventive conservation care of objects recovered from the wreck of the American Civil War Ironclad USS Monitor ranging in type and scale from small organic fragments to large mechanical components. The conservator will carry out their work within the Batten Conservation Complex; a 20,000 square-foot facility consisting of an industrial-scale wet-lab, a clean-lab housing a range of analytical instruments, and a collection storage area dedicated for archaeological materials. The conservator will work in consultation with the Director of Conservation, Senior Conservator, and other conservation and Museum personnel to conserve artifacts and to prepare them for exhibition and/or long-term storage.
Applicants must have a Master’s degree in conservation from a recognized graduate conservation training program and should have a minimum of two years of experience in archaeological conservation and artifact handling. A familiarity with marine archaeological materials and/or industrial objects is preferred.
The salary for this position is $48,000 plus a full benefits package.
- 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 in consultation with the Senior Conservator and/or Director of 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.
- 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 digital photography.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.
- Organizational skills necessary for planning 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 ensuring safety in the laboratory.
- Familiarity with a wide variety of materials including metals and organics.
Education and Experience:
- A Master’s degree in conservation from a recognized graduate conservation training program is required.
- Minimum of two years experience in archaeological conservation and artifact handling; familiarity with marine archaeological materials and/or industrial objects is preferred.
Conditions of Employment:
- Must be able to pass a background check and drug screen prior to employment.