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Archaeological Conservator, USS Monitor

    • Job Tracking ID: 512466-611866
    • Job Location: Newport News, VA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: March 09, 2018
    • 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 recovered for the wreck of the USS Monitor in consultation with the Senior Conservator and Director of Conservation. This individual will work closely with conservation staff and other museum personnel to conserve artifacts and to prepare them for exhibition and/or long-term storage.



  • Conduct examination, documentation, and artifact treatment within the Monitor collection following established conservation procedures, methodologies, and ethics.
  • When necessary, based on the conservation needs of an artifact, develop new conservation techniques and procedures in consultation with the Senior Conservator and/or Director of Conservation.
  • Maintain detailed before, during, and after treatment records including both written and photographic documentation.
  • Support preventative conservation methodology, initiate requests, implement solutions under established conservation guidelines, and make recommendations for resolving difficult or unusual problems.
  • Construct storage support systems for artifacts with special needs directly; otherwise provide recommendations to the Monitor Conservation Collection Manager when necessary.
  • Consult/work directly with the Senior Conservator, Director of Conservation, and Exhibit Design in the preparation of mounts/installation of artifacts within the museum’s galleries; this includes providing the requirements for lighting and environmental conditions. Also, provide recommendations on the ability for objects to travel outside the museum based on their condition post-treatment.
  • Assist in the maintenance/operation of laboratory equipment and facility, and participate in the ordering of supplies and additional equipment as required.
  • Promote the importance of conservation within the museum and in an outreach capacity whenever possible.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Experience and Skills:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:


  • Working knowledge of acceptable practices for conservation and maintenance of objects.
  • Working knowledge of the archaeological method and practices.
  • Continued professional development in the conservation field.
  • 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 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.
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of materials including metals and organics


  • A minimum of four years conservation experience is required, including work with marine archaeological materials.


Education, Licensure, Certifications:

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


Conditions of Employment:



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.