Book Conservator

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Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)
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Friday, 26 November, 2021 - 00:00

Reporting to the Director of Book Conservation, the Conservator will perform conservation of diverse and unique bound materials held by NEDCC's institutional and private clients, including printed books and pamphlets, bound manuscripts, scrapbooks, atlases, record books and photograph albums. Responsibilities include performing all conservation activities including examination of objects and development of conservation proposals; documentation; treatment of text blocks and bindings; consulting with clients; and assisting with assessments and educational programs. All work is performed according to the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for the Conservation.

The successful candidate will be joining a team of experienced and productive book conservators, and will benefit from working alongside imaging specialists and conservators in other specialties dedicated to the care of books and collections of significance and value. The Center has treated some of the nation's most significant volumes, such as William Bradford's manuscript history of the Plymouth Plantation; Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's journals of the Corps of Discovery Expedition; and Jacqueline Kennedy's White House scrapbooks. See NEDCC Stories for other projects of note -

Required qualifications: A knowledge of physical, mechanical and chemical nature of books and paper as evidenced by graduate degree in conservation or related field of study; knowledge of book and paper conservation principles and practices; an understanding of preservation principles and their relation to treatment options; ability to work independently and collaboratively; ability to work in a productive environment; meticulous attention to detail; documentation skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; and creativity and enthusiasm.

The minimum annual salary for this position is $45,000. Please note that this is a minimum salary, not a range. NEDCC offers competitive salaries commensurate with education, experience, and skill, as well as an excellent retirement/benefits package.

Application Process
Only persons with the legal right to work in the United States are eligible to apply. NEDCC offers competitive salaries commensurate with education, experience, and skill, as well as an excellent retirement/benefits package. NEDCC is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position will remain open until filled.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references as a single PDF to: Bexx Caswell-Olson, Director of Book Conservation (