Conservation Technician

The New York Public Library - Long Island City, NY (30+ days ago)4.1

Conservation Treatment is an important service that is provided to care for special collections materials, particularly unique materials. This department enables the curatorial divisions to provide access to their materials and supports the exhibition, collections management, archival processing and digitization programs.

Principal Responsibilities
The conservation technician supports the conservation treatment unit by carrying out out work that is needed for the efficient functioning of the conservation laboratory and by assisting with preparation of objects for exhibition.

Under the direction of the Senior Manager for Conservation and Collections Care and the Senior Conservator for Exhibitions, prepares a wide range of paper-based formats, including books, manuscripts, archives, art on paper, photographs, or other artifactual materials from the NYPL’s diverse collections for exhibition, loan, and storage
Installs materials in exhibitions primarily at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and may also provide assistance at other research centers
Uses computer hardware and software in recording conservation and exhibit preparation activities, including database and digital imaging software
Assists in the general maintenance and organization of the conservation laboratory
Photographs collection objects and assist conservators with treatment and other projects as needed
May participate in disaster response and recovery activities
Consults with the Senior Exhibitions Conservator to determine the best way to carry out matting, mounting, and housing requirements for collection objects under deadlines
Completes minor conservation projects under the supervision of a conservator including the writing of examination reports, treatment proposals, and final reports
Finds laboratory maintenance tasks that need to be done and follows up on scheduled maintenance
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Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or Vocational Certificate
Experience in the preparation of materials for exhibition
Demonstrated computer and related technology skills
Demonstrated mastery of written and oral communication
Demonstrated ability to perform a range of exhibition preparation procedures
Demonstrated ability to work on a fixed deadline, work efficiently, handle a large workload, and be flexible
Ability to work collegiately across a large, complex, and dynamic organizational setting
Basic knowledge of the conservation profession, its code of ethics, and literature
Preferred Qualifications
Experience in the conservation of paper-based materials preferred
Experience working in a library or museum setting
Mat-cutting and paper hinging experience
Experience with photo-documentation of collection objects
Desire to learn more about conservation treatment
Work Environment
The technician carries out their work in the conservation lab occasionally traveling. The job includes computer use, standing for long periods, lifting, use of sharp tools, use of a hot plate, and occasional use of solvents with proper training, safety gear and fume extraction.

Starting Salary
USD $32,710.00/Yr.
Union / Non Union
Local 1930