Summer Objects Conservation Internship

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Summer Objects Conservation Internship Focus on Conservation and Community Outreach Toledo Museum of Art

POSITION: Conservation Intern Summer (Paid)
AVAILABILITY: Summer 2021, Flexible, Mid-June 2021 - Mid-August 2021
FULL-TIME HOURS: 37.5 hours weekly for 10 weeks from 9:00 AM- 5:30 PM
FLSA STATUS: Full time, Non-Exempt
HOURLY COMPENSATION: $487/weekly stipend (approximately $13.00/hr.) to cover travel, food, and lodging.

Since our founding in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality of our collection, our innovative and extensive education programs, and our architecturally significant campus. More than 30,000 works of art represent American and European painting, the history of art in glass, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Asian and African art, medieval art, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, and modern and contemporary art.

To accommodate the ever-growing collection and demand for art education, the Museum campus has grown exponentially since its founding. From its humble first exhibition space in two rented rooms, the Museum has grown to cover approximately 36 acres with six buildings.

Thanks to the benevolence of its founders, as well as the continued support of its members, the Toledo Museum of Art remains a privately endowed, non-profit institution and opens its collection to the public-free of charge-six days a week, 309 days a year. We are closed on Mondays and major holidays.

AREAS OF INTERESTS: Art Conservation: Objects.

SUMMARY: This internship is geared toward a student currently enrolled in a conservation program through pre-program individuals may apply.

Main Project: Most of the internship will be a public outreach conservation project to introduce the field of conservation to high school and college students, and members of the underserved community who are involved in the arts. In this project, TMA staff conservators will work with the conservation intern to supervise a group of 4-6 volunteer students to treat (clean) the stone columns and wellhead in the museums' Cloister. The volunteers' length of participation will vary to allow multiple groups/organizations to participate. The process will be to apply and remove a gel poultice to and from the stone. The conservation intern will have the opportunity to educate the volunteers about the history of a cloister and cloister settings in museums, the nature of stone as a material used in art and architectural construction, and conservation principles of documentation and treatment via zoom/PowerPoint presentations and/or live lectures. The project will be highlighted through TMA social media platforms and local news outlets.

Other Projects: The remainder of the Conservation Internship will be spent assisting the conservation staff with on-going conservation projects. This will include assisting with the maintenance of outdoor sculpture, participating in our Art of Conservation working lab on view to the public, and collection care/conservation activities that occur in a museum setting.

RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to the Head of Conservation, Conservation Fellow and works closely with the current conservation team and collaborates with various departments across the museum.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & COMPETENCIES: Candidates currently enrolled in a Masters' Degree Conservation program are preferred. Pre-program candidates may apply but must be near completion of the requirements for application to a graduate degree program in conservation. Experience in objects conservation is ideal. This position requires the ability to engage with the public in a professional supportive manner to provide detailed instruction and supervision of volunteers. Effective communication is a must. The individual must be self-motivated, able to follow directions implicitly, have good hand skills, and be detail-oriented. Must be able to write reports using Microsoft Word. Experience with Microsoft Excel and museum computer database systems such as TMS and Articheck is a plus. Proficiency with photography is preferred. Must be fluent in English, both written and spoken.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Applicants should work well in a collegial team situation and be able to communicate effectively especially in public situations. The intern must be able to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, gloves, and dust masks. They should be able to work in an outdoor environment during the peak of summer in Toledo, Ohio. Must be comfortable handling power tools and equipment and be able to climb ladders, work on scaffolding (e.g., not afraid of heights), and carry equipment ca. 20 pounds. Elsewhere office work is in a standard open-concept office environment shared with co-workers, with related phone, computer, and printer noise; position requires the ability to operate a computer, camera, and other office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine, printer, and phone system.

Applications Accepted from February 12, 2021-February 28, 2021: Posting will be closed at 5:00 PM EST on February 28, 2021.

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INTERVIEW TIMELINE: Interviews will take place in early March. All candidates will receive communication the first week of March on whether they will move forward in the process with a phone interview.

SELECTION/OFFER TIMELINE: Offers will be made to final candidates by mid-March. All candidates will receive communication on whether they will be offered the position. The selected candidate will be required to pass a background check.

The Toledo Museum of Art provides equal opportunity for employment and promotion to all qualified employees and applicants. No person shall be discriminated against in employment based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal or state statutes. The Museum is committed to maintaining an environment in which all employees are treated equitably and given the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the workplace.