Conservator (Exhibits & Loans), National Museum of American History

Smithsonian Institution
Job location: 
Washington DC
66,510 USD
Contract type: 
Application deadline: 
Thursday, 2 November, 2017

Open & Closing Dates 10/05/2017 to 11/02/2017

GS 11-12 ($66,510- $103,639)

This position is located in the Preservation Services department at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution (SI). Preservation Services supports long-term collections preservation and access by managing programs in conservation treatment, documentation, and research; providing preservation training and guidance on collections care and partnering with the Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations (OFEO) to monitor environmental conditions, and managing collections disaster response. The work of this position relates to the organization, coordination, and conservation activities related to NMAH exhibits and loans.

Major Duties
Serves as the conservation coordinator among the conservation laboratories to support exhibit projects and loan processes, under the general guidance of the Preservation Services Manager. Reviews and provides feedback on conservation-related aspects of exhibit and loan plans. Develops conservation standards and guidelines for exhibits. Develops conservation plans and schedules for the projects, and tracks the conservation work against the overarching project plans and schedules to ensure that they are synchronized with each other. Develops standards and guidelines for loan requests and supports and monitors their implementation. Serves on cross-functional project teams, working collaboratively with other team members and presenting conservation information and updates to help move project work forward.

Works with OCA staff to develop policies and procedures for environmental monitoring of exhibits and storage areas. Reviews environmental reports and recommends any actions as necessary. Develops standards and guidelines for beneficial temperature, relative humidity, and light levels for displaying and storing museum collections. Advises and trains OCA staff in monitoring display and storage conditions. Advises on the appropriateness of exhibit display materials and storage options.

Collaborates with Smithsonian Facilities, NMAH, OCA and National Collections Program (NCP) staff to develop and implement emergency plans; coordinates training of OCA staff on emergency responses.

Conducts object-level condition surveys, collections-level assessments, and detailed object examinations to determine object condition and treatment needs. Develops conservation treatment proposals, recommends treatments, and obtains curatorial approval on recommended treatments. Performs approved conservation treatments. Documents conservation work as warranted. Participates in laboratory maintenance. Complies with the American Institute for Code of Ethics and Conservation Guidelines for Practice.

Please check the following web sites for the official job announcement and how to apply:

Smithsonian Institution

Announcement Number 18R-SB-303164-DEU-NMAH