Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Objects Conservation Position

North Carolina Division of Historic Sites
Objects Conservator
Durham, NC

Description of Work

Conservator provides examination, general treatment and documentation
of a wide range of organic/inorganic objects including: furniture,
glass, ceramics, books, paper, paintings, textiles and metal and
ethnographic objects belonging to the Div of NC State Historic Sites.
Performs object condition surveys, evaluates items for specialized
treatment, organizes treatment schedules, documents treatment via
photographs and written reports. Will maintain a comprehensive
computer-based tracking system for objects needing treatment. Also
assesses condition of new accessions and objects to be lent; develops
preventive conservation programs for sites and works with sites to
review disaster preparedness plans. Will monitor exhibit and storage
areas for temperature, humidity and light levels; prepare conservation
budgets as needed and purchase conservation equipment/supplies. Also
trains staff on proper care/handling of artifacts as requested and
assists with statewide emergency recovery.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and abilities:
Demonstrated competence in the treatment of a wide range of object
types; computer literacy, including the ability to work with
collections database software, word processing and digital image
programs; excellent hand skills and attention to detail; highly
developed interpersonal skills; high standards of professionalism and
ethics; excellent research and writing skills; a working knowledge of
environmental monitoring techniques and integrated pest management
principles. The Conservator is part of the Div of Historic Sites
curatorial team that includes two curators and a registrar. The
position is supervised by the Chief Curator of the Div of Historic
Sites & Properties. The conservator will develop and maintain
professional relationships with other conservators and other
institutions such as the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and
the North Carolina Museums Conference (NCMC).

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