Employment Opportunities

Object Conservator

    • Job Tracking ID: 512466-582693
    • Job Location: Newport News, VA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: July 12, 2017
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The conservator will undertake the direct treatment and preventive conservation care of objects within the 3-d collection of The Mariners’ Museum and Park. This individual will work closely with conservation staff and other museum personnel to conserve artifacts and to prepare them for exhibition, long-term storage, loan, photography etc.

* Conduct examination, documentation, and object treatment within The Mariners’ Museum and Parks’ 3-demensional collection following established conservation procedures, methodologies, and ethics set out by The American Institute for the Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works.

* Maintain detailed before-, during-, and after-treatment records including both written and photographic documentation.

* When necessary, based on the conservation needs of an object, develop new conservation techniques and procedures in consultation with the Director of Conservation and other conservation personnel.

* Assess the condition of new acquisitions and prepare written condition reports, including photographs and recommended analytical analyses and treatments. If necessary, conduct basic cleaning and stabilization of new acquisitions and prepare the associated treatment records.

* Construct storage support systems for artifacts with special needs directly; otherwise provide training and support to collection care personnel based on current storage techniques and methods.

* Consult/work directly with the Director of Conservation, Exhibit Design, Collections mangement and Curatorial personnel in the preparation of mounts/installation of artifacts within the museum’s galleries; this includes providing the requirements for lighting and environmental conditions.

* Support/facilitate preventative conservation methodology, initiate requests, implement solutions under established conservation guidelines, and make recommendations for resolving difficult or unusual problems.

* Conduct conservation assessment and treatment of objects loaned to the Museum when required and when authorized by the owner and produce the associated written and photographic documentation.

* Conduct conservation assessments and prepare cost estimates for the treatment of potential outgoing loans

* Provide recommendations in consultation with the Director of Conservation on the ability for objects to travel outside the museum based on their condition; including outlining the requirements for lighting and environmental conditions.

* Assist in review of loan requests and make recommendations toward approval or decline of loans when needed.

* Construct packing mounts and systems for fragile/special needs objects directly; otherwise provide recommendations/support to collection care personnel.

* Assist in the maintenance/operation of laboratory equipment and facility, and participate in the ordering of supplies and additional equipment as required.

* Participate in professional organizations, workshops, conferences, online courses and other activities in order to enhance personal knowledge and expertise and stay up-to-date with current practices and advances in technology and methodology.

* Promote the importance of conservation within the museum and in an outreach capacity whenever possible.

* Perform other duties as assigned

Experience and Skills:

* Working knowledge of acceptable practices for conservation and maintenance of objects.

* Familiarity with a wide variety of materials including metals and organics required.

* Working knowledge of analytical equipment and methods, not limited to but including FT-IR, SEM, XRF, digital radiography, optical microscopy, chloride analysis, metals sample preparation, and film/digital photography.

* Working knowledge of mechanical and industrial object as well as watercraft preferred.

* Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

* Organizational skills necessary for planning/organizing of professional seminars, lectures, workshops, and publications.

* Development of educational materials/activities for public outreach.

* Attention to detail and accuracy.

* Familiarity with accepted practices for achieving and insuring safety in the laboratory.

* Consistent capacity for respectful and professional interpersonal relations.

Education, Licensure, Certifications:

* A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in conservation or related field is required


The Mariners' Museum offers a comprehensive benefits package for regular full-time staff, and their eligible dependents which includes medical and dental insurance (cost-sharing involved) as well as term life insurance, long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, and a 403(b) pension plan. In addition, paid vacation, sick leave, and holiday pay is provided to all regular full-time staff.

The Mariners' Museum is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access employer and actively encourages applications from minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.