Internship Positions Open ~ Hands-On Practicum
In San Francisco, California
ACdR Conservation ~ Art Conservation de Rigueur, is a large multi-disciplinary independent conservation studios, with highly skilled professional staff established in 1999. This reputable conservation center specializes in the treatment of: textiles, objects, decorative arts, paintings, collections care, mold and pest remediation/abatement treatments; including emergency and disaster recovery from smoke, ash and soot, cleaning and repair of Fine Art Collections. Our studios work with a broad scope of clients and institutions, both public and private.
Extend your academic and practical experience through a supervised, constructive and instructive environment, to develop and expand your skills, and support your future professional development. Join our professional staff and other interns already on the team. Our large independent studios are a non-stop busy beehive of projects and activity to learn and gain experience from on a daily basis.
Pre-Program and/or Post Graduate Conservation
14 to 28 hours, 2-4 days per week paid grant stipends between $1500. - $6000. - depending on length of stay
Coordinated Host Rental Housing Provided
Spring ~ Summer ~ Fall ~ Winter ~ Spring Semesters 2023-2024
6 to 9 months U.S. Citizens/Residents, 1-2 semesters
3 months International Applicants (travel Visa’s only)
Summer Session is July 1st - August 31st- Sept. 7th
Applicants must either be currently enrolled in a program leading to a diploma or degree in a conservation or relevant museum collections care field, have completed appropriate studies within the past three years, or are considered "Pre-Program" continuing students pursuing a graduate conservation program, but need to accrue the many needed hours of experience prior to applying-in which case, this is a great place to accumulate some of those requisite hours.
Previous internship experience in conservation and/or museum collection care and handling is preferred, this is can be a first time internship, or an intermediate to advance post graduate experience placement. Many of our prior interns have gone onto the US and international graduate conservation programs with wonderful successes in this highly competitive and technically complex field.
For Post Graduate applicants, this is an excellent position to explore an initial grounding experience coming out of your programs and into practical real world application and treatments, as well as, networking in the field, interfacing with clients and gaining project management skills.
Projects May Include: Oil and acrylic paintings, public art projects, archive collections, sculpture, watercolors, prints, European tapestry, needlepoint, Asian and Oriental embroideries, haute couture costume, dress and textile collections, ethnographic weavings and objects, works on paper, rare books, ceramics, porcelain, wooden objects, indigenous and ethnographic objects, Japanese painted silk screens and scrolls, Tapa cloths, quilts, Tibetan Thangka, rare silk flags, and other ephemera. Additionally, we are working on many large scale concurrent Disaster Recovery projects with several Northern California institutional and Corporate and national collections, pertaining to contaminated fine art collections/inventories with smoke, soot, and ash damages, along with water intrusion, mold and pest remediation. We often also conduct detailed and comprehensive on-site condition assessments for extensive collections.
Applied Skills to be Instructed: research, condition assessments, photo documentation, treatment logs, object cataloging, micro-hepa vacuuming, surface cleaning, hand sewn and mechanical repairs, support linings and mounts, object cleaning, in-fills, stabilization, consolidation, CO2 anoxia encapsulation, ATP bioluminescence testing, dry thermal vacuum freezer treatments, integrated pest management, environmental monitoring, material and fiber analysis, working with custom formulated aqueous & non- aqueous gels, the MCP ~ modular cleaning program, solvents, adhesives, archival materials and custom fabrication of housing, boxes and much more…
Our studios also use the FLIR infrared thermal camera for technical analysis, the ARMscope stereo microscope for cross-section pigment sample testing, and UV digital microscope camera for other analytical surveying.
Applicants may send a letter of intent and interest, digital portfolio, two letters of recommendation and CV to: Elise Rousseau, Director and Principal Conservator ~ ACdRConservation@icloud.com
Qualified candidates will be requested for in person interviews, and online over Skype / FaceTime.
We are a progressive and open minded organization, and promote diversity. LBGTQ and BIPOC are welcome to apply.
All positions will remain open until filled.
Flexible Starting Dates for each semester may commence between:
*Spring 2023: February 13th to March 13th (starting dates) Through May 31st
*Summer 2023: June 1st Through August 31st, or September 7th
*Fall 2023: September 5th to 14th (start dates) Through December 15th
*Winter /Spring 2024: January 8th - May 31st
Job Type: Pre Program and Post Graduate Internships
Professional development assistance
Compensation ~ Grant Stipends $1500. - $6000.
Day Shift 10 am - 6 pm
Monday to Thursday, 2-4 days per week
Six to nine months commitment, July through December, and/or January through May.
We are keeping with health and safety practices and protocols at the studios, face masks, hand washing, sanitizing and disinfecting our work spaces daily. Our staff and team are all fully vaccinated
Ability to Commute/Relocate:
San Francisco / Bay Area
Local and affordable neighborhood rental housing with established hosts is available
Education and Experience:
Baccalaureate and Master degrees in Applied Fine Art, Art History, Archive & Library Science, Archeology, Art Conservation, Collections Care, Art History, or related Museum Studies fields
Previous art conservation and/or collections care internship experience: 1 year (Preferred)
Outer Richmond District, San Francisco, California
This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:
Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous
Detail oriented -- focus on the details of individual treatment work, along with the full scope of a project
Achievement oriented -- enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail
Innovative -- prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity
Our Company Culture:
Detail oriented -- quality, competency and precision-focused
Outcomes -- results focused with a strong performance expectation
Stable -- traditional, organized, innovative, astute processes and protocols
Diversity -- supportive, openminded, kind, progressive and fairness-focused
Team Contribution -- cooperative and collaborative
Elise Rousseau, Director and Principal Conservator ~ Studio Tel. (415)751-2540