Assistant Paintings Conservator

The American Museum of Natural History
Job location: 
New York City
Contract type: 
Application deadline: 
Wednesday, 11 October, 2017

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City seeks to hire an assistant painting conservator to work as a member of a team with 3-4 objects conservators to treat six fully-painted monumental totem poles for reinstallation in its historic Hall of Northwest Coast Peoples. The position is an IMLS funded 16-month position and would start as soon as possible.

The duties and responsibilities will include the following:
* Undertake close examination, documentation and treatment, consisting of structural stabilization and removal/ reduction of previously applied surface coatings to reveal the paint below the coatings.
* Perform scientific analysis, such as pigment identification, as necessary.
* Take part in consultation activities with native and scholarly experts regarding the Hall renovation.
* Carry out routine lab maintenance duties
* Help prepare content for Communications, website/blog and professional publications

The successful candidate
* Will have completed study at a recognized graduate program in conservation.
* Will have a minimum of 3 years post-graduate museum conservation experience.
* Will have ability to work on scaffolding/lift for a portion of the project.
* Will have treatment experience with full range of coating reduction options, including modular cleaning, gels, micro-emulsions, in addition to solvent mixtures.
* Will have extensive experience with all forms of visual and digital documentation.
* Will have strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
* Will have demonstrated ability to work smoothly in a group.

Please send a letter of interest and CV to:
Judith Levinson
American Museum of Natural History