Conservation Technician Internship

Job Summary

NYC Parks
Contract Type
22 USD
Closing date

Job Details

NYC Parks’ Citywide Monuments Conservation Program (CMCP) seeks qualified candidates for the 2024 summer season. This is an excellent opportunity to learn outdoor monument conservation with an experienced conservator in an award-winning program. CMCP conserves and maintains public artworks and historic objects throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Program participants will gain knowledge of the breadth of the public sculpture collection, its history, and conservation needs.

Since 1997 CMCP has offered intensive hands-on experience working with a large, widely varied public art collection in a dense urban environment. Past participants have obtained positions with the Metropolitan Museum, National Park Service, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and National Gallery, as well as many other institutional and private practice settings.

• Assist with conservation and maintenance treatments on prominent public sculptures and monuments with the Senior Monuments Conservator.
• Learn and perform conservation treatments including repairing, cleaning, and coating metals; bronze patination; masonry repair; mortar analysis, replication, and repointing.
• Receive training in photo-documentation, condition assessments, material analysis, and report preparation.
• Receive tool, equipment, and materials training.
• Attend field trips to related institutions and businesses such as a bronze foundry, stone quarry, museum conservation lab, and artists’ studios.

A Motor Vehicle Driver License valid in the State of New York is required.
There are certain medical and physical requirements.

1. General knowledge of sculpture and conservation methods.
2. Study in objects conservation, historic preservation, or fine arts.
3. Able to work outdoors and in all weather.
4. Comfortable handling power tools and equipment.
5. Comfortable with heights, as projects often require work in a lift or on scaffolding.
6. Able to work Monday – Friday, from around 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. from approximately June 3 – August 16, 2024

Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required within 90 days of hire for all other candidates.

Please email a cover letter and resume by March 3, 2024 to:
NYC Parks Art & Antiquities
Subject: Summer Conservation Technician