Associate Conservator

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Job location: 
New York City
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Application deadline: 
Monday, 12 September, 2022 - 12:00

Associate Conservator, Tang Wing [End Dated]

The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Full time
job requisition id
JR-41953 link to apply:

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.

Since its founding in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. We are committed to fostering a collaborative and respectful work environment with a staff as diverse as the audiences we engage. Our staff members are art lovers who are passionate about working toward a common goal: creating the most dynamic and inspiring art museum in the world.

At The Met, every staff member – from security officers to researchers to scientists and beyond – lives by our core values of respect, inclusivity, collaboration, excellence, and integrity.

Respect: Engage one another with collegiality, empathy, and kindness, always.

Inclusivity: Ensure that all are and feel welcome and valued.

Collaboration: Reach across boundaries to exchange ideas and work together toward our shared mission.

Excellence: Lead the cultural world in quality and expertise—and inspire curiosity and creativity.

Integrity: Hold ourselves to the highest moral standards, admit when we fall short, and then evolve.


The Paper Conservation Department is looking for an Associate Paper Conservator for activities related to the relocation of the collection of works on paper from the Modern and Contemporary Department during the preparation and construction work on a new Museum wing. These objects include a wide variety of drawings, watercolors, gouaches, prints, collages, and other mixed media works that are cared for by the Paper Conservation Department.

The responsibilities include examining several thousand works of art in order to make determinations of treatment needs, evaluating the appropriateness of the housing for both storage and shipping, undertaking basic media identification, and eventually carrying out treatments and rehousing as necessary. All works examined will be digitally documented. These positions will take direction from and report to Paper Conservation and will be responsible for written and/or verbal progress reports.

Note: Submit letter of interest/ cover letter with application


Organizing and assist project manager with set up of project work space
Undertaking written and digital documentation of the works and tracking their progress though the survey process
Devising conservation strategies and housing solutions based on current conservation standards and ethics.
Carrying out condition examination of assigned works of art.
Supervising an Assistant conservators working on the project.
Other related duties as assigned.

Fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine (or approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, sincerely held religious belief, or pregnancy, or because you are a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sex offenses).

Experience and Skills:

Five to Seven years of full-time experience as a Paper Conservator
Excellent examination skills. Knowledge of use of microscopes and alternative light sources.
Demonstrated excellence in performing high level conservation treatments.
Ability to devise conservation strategies and housing solutions based on current conservation standards and ethics.
Knowledge of preservation standards for archival matting and housing, environmental conditions.
Working knowledge of chemical and material sciences.
Ability to use digital cameras and electronic resources for documentation and to learn Museum databases, digital documentation protocols
Willing to obtain training on rigs and ladders and able to work at heights (8-10ft)
Strong organizational and time management skills, including the ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines and achieve goals.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to supervise the work of a project assistant
Willingness to accept supervision and guidance as well as Ability to work cooperatively or independently as needed
Knowledge and Education:

The applicant must have a Master’s level degree from a recognized conservation training program with specialization in paper conservation.
An interest in Modern and Contemporary material is desirable.
Experience with Microsoft Office suite.
Benefits Offerings

The Museum provides competitive compensation, and generous benefits and perks for all eligible employees. Note: Benefits Offering may differ based on Employee Status.

Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
403(b) basic retirement plan and optional matching retirement plan with an outstanding employer match
Considerable paid time off, including annual leave, sick leave, and 13 Museum holidays
Long-term disability coverage
Flexible Spending Accounts & Health Savings Account (pre-tax income for eligible health care expenses)
Commuter benefits (pre-tax income for parking or mass transit expenses)
Free financial-planning services
Financial assistance for relevant coursework, seminars, and training programs
25% discount for staff in Museum shops
A subsidized staff cafeteria
Access to the Museums Council pass, which grants free admission to various museums and cultural institutions
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