Conservation Technician

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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Monday, 8 March, 2021 - 00:00

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has an exciting opportunity for a Conservation Technician to join the Conservation and Collections Division in the long-term conservation and preservation of the VMFA's works on paper, photographs, and paintings.

Job description:
Utilizing the highest levels of conservation approaches, archival standards, and aesthetic sensibilities, the primary focus of this position will be the safe display, storage, and packing of two-dimensional works at the VMFA and while on loan to other institutions. Working under the direct supervision of the Assistant Chief Conservator, the Conservation Technician will be responsible for determining the matting and framing needs for works on paper and photographs, attaching works to mats, creating sealed packages, maintaining the frame inventory and database, and consulting with curators and other conservation colleagues in the development of unusual matting and framing options. The Conservation Technician will also assist in the preparation of paintings for display and travel, constructing insert backings and microclimates and assisting with the assembly of specialized travel frames.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to fully participate in other conservation activities as time allows, possibly including assisting environmental monitoring, participating in integrative pest management, conducting condition assessments, and performing treatment. They will also participate in laboratory tours and conservation-related displays, help maintain the lab, and assist in the procurement of supplies.

This salaried faculty non-exempt position offers Commonwealth of Virginia employee benefits such as 12 paid holidays, health benefits and more. The annual salary for this position is $38,000. This position also offers various VMFA employee benefits such as free admission to special exhibitions, previews of special exhibitions, employee pricing for select museum programs and classes, as well as discounts in Amuse Restaurant, the Best Café and the VMFA shop.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is a state-supported, privately endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, to encourage the study of the arts, and thus to enrich the lives of all. As one of the world's finest museums and one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States, the VMFA is the only art museum in the United States open 365 days a year with free general admission.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Experience handling works of art of paper, photographs, and paintings in a museum, gallery, or institutional setting.
• Experience hinging, matting, and framing works on paper and photographs using both adhesive (hinging) and non-adhesive (polyester corners) techniques. Experience creating sealed packages/microclimates for works on paper and/or photographs preferred.
• Experience framing and glazing paintings. Experience creating insert backings for paintings preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to convey information in a clear, succinct, and accurate manner.
• Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and in concert with others, and to be professional, diplomatic, and discreet. Demonstrated problem solving abilities and time-management skills.
• Experience with common computer software programs.
• Undergraduate degree or equivalent training in one or more of the following areas: fine arts, studio arts, art history, or conservation.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience working in a conservation laboratory, museum, or gallery preferred.

Special Requirements:
Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check.
Special Instructions for Applicants:
Online applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on March 8, 2021. Click here to apply for this position:

Please contact the HR office by phone at (804) 340-1485, or by email at if you need assistance. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is an EEO/AA, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer.