NPS Conservator - Northeast Region

CCI Construction Services, LLC - Lowell, MA

Full-time | Contract


The contractor will provide technical and project management support in the conservation of museum collections in parks throughout the Northeast Region. Scope of conservation includes; preventative conservation, planning management, the development of collection-wide conservation treatment plans for parks, conservation treatment and research, and conservation training. The contractor will be a professionally trained conservator with specialization in conservation of decorative arts objects, architectural elements (specifically finishes and ornamentation), outdoor sculpture, archaeological artifacts, ethnographic, and historic objects. The estimated number of hours is 2000 per year.


Work performed supports and directly effects personnel throughout the Northeast Region who share in the responsibilities of cultural resource preservation. Recommendations and assistance may cause changes in operation and funding at parks in the interest of museum collections care.

Work is performed in an office environment, a conservation laboratory and on-site. Report writing as well as many treatment tasks may include repetition of hand, wrist or shoulder movement. Lifting moderately heavy objects and conservation equipment and supplies is often required. Reagents, solvents and chemicals are used in the laboratory and personal protection apparatus such as gloves, a respirator, and goggles are worn when required. Work using certain solvents is carried out in a fume hood. On-site work often involves the use of a propane torch and full-face respirator while being on several levels of scaffolding.

On-site work may involve exposure to reagents, solvent, chemicals, mold, air-borne allergens. On- site work often requires the use of a full-face respirator. Moderate to heavy lifting (30-45 lbs) is required. On site treatment will be provided Monday through Friday for 8 hours/day between 9:00 and 5:30 pm.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

Conservation Laboratory Responsibilities:

  • The contractor will be responsible for performing a wide variety of conservation treatments, including difficult and complex technical analysis, testing, and treatment necessary to conserve objects of historic and artistic value.
  • The contractor will examine objects to determine the nature and cause of deterioration, and tests and selects appropriate conservation techniques for treatment
  • The contractor will develop treatments in consultation with the park curators regarding final appearance and intended use of the object, and provides written documentation for the examination and condition analysis phase, treatment proposal phase, and following approval

of the object’s custodian (usually the park curator through the park Superintendent), the final treatment phase in a comprehensive dossier for each object treated in the conservation laboratory, with complete photographic documentation of the object before and after treatment, and during treatment, if warranted.

  • The contractor will draw from professional experience and practical research in selecting professionally established treatment techniques, and in developing new treatment methodologies, including selection of conservation solvents, reagents, compounds, materials and application techniques. Treatment procedures often involve extremely delicate techniques requiring highly developed hand skills and mature professional judgement in determining the appropriate extent of intervention, and the desired final appearance of extremely valuable and irreplaceable objects.
  • The contractor will make contacts with parks for treatment scheduling and proposal review, and to make recommendations concerning collection care in the realm of both preventive and remedial conservation. Contacts are also made with parks as a result of their requests for conservation information or services. Contacts with NPS and non-NPS conservators are usually for the purpose of information acquisition or exchange.
  • The contractor will be responsible for compliance with all OSHA and NIOSH regulations in laboratory operations by all personnel working in the laboratory.

On-site treatment projects:

  • The contractor will assess the condition and treatment needs of objects on-site, and develops treatment proposals.
  • The contractor will submit written treatment proposals to the curator/superintendent for approval.
  • The contractor will identify and arrange for procurement and scheduled delivery of conservation supplies necessary for on-site treatments. On-site treatments are primarily, but not limited to, treatment of outdoor sculptures, treatment of architectural finishes or ornamentation, treatment of large-scale sculptural plaster casts, and treatment of objects too large or too fragile to be transported to the HACE/Collections laboratory.

Conservation survey responsibilities:

  • As part of a team, or proceeding independently undertake on-site conservation assessments of museum exhibit and storage facilities, and object-specific surveys of park collections.


Contractor will be required to work on various projects that support the preservation of cultural resources in the Northeast Region as needed by the government.

Contractor shall provide treatment proposals, treatment reports and surveys as needed by the government.

Contractor shall provide advice to the client on conservation issues (e.g. storage and exhibit questions, object condition observations, etc.) and participate in meetings as needed.

Contractor shall record and maintain records of treatments and surveys in conjunction with NPS guidelines/ protocols.


Prior experience relating to object conservation treatment experience of historic collections in National Parks is preferred, therefore, any contractor personnel with such experience should be provided, as is reasonable.

Completion of a graduate program in conservation or the equivalent degree of knowledge and skill gained through formal apprenticeship programs with accredited museums and/or professionally recognized conservators through the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). Graduate level degree in a related field such as art history or fine arts, with coursework in architectural history and preservation.

Full professional knowledge of conservation theory, procedures and techniques for the conservation of decorative and utilitarian objects, outdoor monuments and sculptures, and architectural finishes and ornamentation.

Professional knowledge of materials science, technology and organic and inorganic chemistry to enable understanding of physical and chemical reactions between materials and their environment, causes and mechanisms of deterioration of materials, physical and chemical properties of conservation materials, and the short-term and long-range effects of conservation treatment upon objects.

Experience in studio and/or craft arts demonstrating the ability to perform precision handwork, keen observation skills, knowledge of color theory, and practical knowledge and experience with the working properties of a wide variety of media and materials.

Professional knowledge of late 18th to early 20th century American decorative art objects and historic architectural materials.

Knowledge of analytical/precision equipment to assess and treat early American northeastern archeological material.

Knowledge and experience in photography of museum objects.

Thorough knowledge of OSHA and NIOSH safety standards for laboratory operations, and on- site operations involving scaffolding, on-site storage of solvents, and possible disposal of hazardous waste.

General knowledge of professional standards of museum operations.

Strong verbal and writing skills to enable the transmission of complex information to parks in an accurate, clear and concise manner.

Extensive knowledge of computer software programs such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, applications and spreadsheet programs such as Excel for creating and generating reports for conservation documentation and planning purposes.

Contractor Personnel Security and Suitability Requirements

A. National Agency Check and Inquires (NACI) Background Investigation

Before starting work under this contract, the contractor will need to have a basic NACI background investigation. Forms required to initiate this process will be provided to the Contractor by the COR and must be returned to the COR to be provided to the Human Resources Office to being the process. The Human Resources Office will provide the employee fingerprint forms which must be taken to a local police station for fingerprinting and returned to the Human Resources Office. The contractor will not be able to start work until notified that their fingerprints have been cleared. The employee will also need to complete the NPS IT security training and provide a printed copy of the completion certification prior to gaining access to NPS computers. This training takes 1-2 hours to complete.

B. Credentialing (PIV)

In addition to the basic NACI background and investigation, performance of this contract requires the contractor employee to have a Federal government-issued Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credential to perform certain duties (routine, unsupervised access to NPS networks). The cost is paid by the contractor and is approx. $350.00, amount subject to change. Completion of the approval process may take from 4 to 6 weeks.

During performance of the contract, the contractor must keep the COR appraised of changes in personnel to ensure that performance is not delayed by compliance with credentialing processes. Cards that have been lost, damaged, or stolen must be reported to the COR and Issuing Office within 24 hours. If reissuance of expired credentials is needed, the contractor must coordinate with the COR.

At the end of contract performance, or when a contractor employee is no longer working under this contract, the contractor must ensure that all identification cards are returned to the COR.

1. Credentialing Request

The Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) is the requesting official, and will make arrangements through the NPS Access Card sponsor for personal identity verification and DOI Access Card issuance. The contractor must make their personnel available at the place and time specified by the COR or DOI Access Card sponsor in order to initiate the credentialing process. If an individual has already been credentialed by another agency through OPM, and that credential has not yet expired, further investigation may not be necessary. In that case, the contractor must provide the COR with documentation that supports the individual’s credentialed status.

2. Enrollment

When a valid email address has been created for the contractor employee, the process will begin for the DOI Access Card. The COR will request the email account and will notify the HR Specialist to begin the enrollment process in USAccess. The employee should receive an email within 15 to 30 minutes from HSPD- 12 and/or USAccess. When the

email is received, the employee will need to follow the instructions to make an appointment and collect the types of identification required. Contractor employees will begin the enrollment process at to find the most conveniently located enrollment center. Once this process is completed, the employee will receive an email stating that the card is ready for pick-up at the GSA location to certify and activate the card. The Human Resources Specialist (Adjudicator) will provide the information to USAccess to initiate this process.

3. Activation

Once the enrollment process begins, the employee will need to bring two pieces of identification to the Credentialing Center to start the activation process.

Contractor provided personnel will be required to follow all NPS and DOI computer security guidelines and requirements.

Contractor provided personnel will be required to read and sign the NPS document, “NPS Responsibilities for Computer Use”, acknowledging their understanding of NPS computer security requirements.

Contractor and contractor provided personnel will be required to report all computer security related incidents to the NER Security Manager and/or appropriate staff.

All contractor provided personnel will be required to take annual Department of the Interior (DOI) Security Training.

Contractor will also provide resumes or other documentation necessary to reasonably verify the credentials of the assigned personnel upon Government request. The Government reserves the right to approve or to disapprove of the assignment of any contractor personnel to provide services.

Government Furnished Resources Facilities, Supplies, and Services

The National Park Service will provide office space, equipment, and software for the task for one contractor provided personnel. All government resources shall be returned to the client upon completion of this task.

Period of Performance

Estimated number of hours to perform all tasks: 2000 hours.

Place of Performance

The primary duty location is office at Boott Mill, 115 John Street, Lowell, MA. Occasional site visits will be required to NERO Parks.


Regular Hours: The contractor shall provide coverage at the specified government sites during the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M (core hours); Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Overtime: Overtime will be authorized in emergency situations such as natural disasters and/or activation of the Northeast Region Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). The COR will identify which tasks are necessary during this emergency and what personnel will be required to report to work or work additional hours.

Travel: Occasional travel is required to various sites in the Northeast Region.

Standards and References

NPS standards and procedures will be made available upon task initiation.

All work performed will be within the standards of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Code of Ethics and Guidelines

Job Types: Full-time, Contract


  • relevant: 10 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Lowell, MA (Preferred)

Contract Length:

  • More than 1 year


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off