Assistant/Associate Conservator of Furniture & Woodwork

The Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Friday, 16 June, 2017

How You Will Contribute
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is offering a three-year position beginning the summer of 2017 in the conservation of American furniture and woodwork. The Assistant/Associate Conservator will work under the supervision of the Senior Conservator of Furniture and Woodwork to examine, research, analyze, and treat pieces from the Museum's collection of American furniture dating from 1650 to 1840 in preparation for the publication of a catalogue in both printed and online formats.

Specifically, you will...
* Work closely with the furniture conservation team to examine, research, analyze, and treat early American furniture in preparation for publication
* Participate as an engaged and active member of the Furniture and Woodwork Conservation Department and in related activities that support the overall mission of the Conservation Division

Your diverse background includes...
* Advanced training in conservation, or equivalent qualifications, with a minimum of four additional years of experience, preferably in a museum setting
* Strong manual skills relating to traditional furniture making, woodworking, finishing, and carving
* Additional skills in microscopy, surface treatment, and minimally intrusive upholstery are desirable
* Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, develop a work plan and complete projects within deadlines
* Object conservators with significant experience in the conservation of wooden artifacts and/or painted wood will be considered

How to Apply

Please submit a single document that contains a cover letter stating interests and qualifications, and a resume with your online application.

In addition to the application materials, two confidential supporting letters from conservation professionals familiar with your work should be sent directly by email or mail to the attention of Behrooz Salimnejad, The Elaine S. Harrington Senior Conservator of Furniture and Woodwork, at or P.O. Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646.