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Asst Conservator

Company: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Location: Williamsburg
Posted on: November 17, 2021

Job Description:

PRIMARY FUNCTION: The Assistant Conservator of Objects is responsible for enhancing the protection and preservation of Colonial Williamsburg's cultural assets by, in consultation with the specialist curator and Conservator of Objects, examining objects composed of a wide variety of materials from the Foundation's collection; designing and proposing treatment protocols, and carrying out conservation treatments. The Assistant Conservator carries out object condition assessments and treatments in accordance with exhibition objectives. WORK TO BE PERFORMED: 1. Performs treatments on the Foundation's collection using recognized conservation techniques in compliance with the Code of Ethics of the American Institute for Conservation and in consultation with curatorial staff. Examines objects, prepares written treatment proposals, performs treatments, and prepares treatment reports complete with photo-documentation. Confers with supervisor, conservation staff, and curators on complex projects. Collaborates with other conservators to treat or advise on care of composite objects. 2. Conducts conservation assessments of the Foundation's objects collection. Works to prepare streamlined reports for treatment prioritization. 3. Establishes and documents preservation state and condition of objects as requested; including objects being considered for accession, deaccession, exhibition, and loan. 4. Assists in management of day-to-day operation of objects lab including ordering supplies and materials, handling paperwork, and maintaining lab space and equipment. 5. Assists in the supervision and training of technicians, interns, and volunteers in the objects lab. 6. Maintains awareness of state-of-the-art techniques in the conservation field. 7. Carries out research and related analysis to support treatment projects, test new materials, applications, or methodologies as other responsibilities allow. 8. Fabricates object housing, exhibition supports, and packs/moves objects as needed. 9. Prepares and delivers public and professional lectures and demonstrations on conservation theory and techniques. Publishes new research in book or article form as other responsibilities allow. 10. Performs other related duties as required. SUPERVISION TO BE EXERCISED: Direct: Supervision of conservation technicians, interns, or volunteers; supervised project management- leadership as assigned. DIRECTION RECEIVED: General supervision from the Conservator of Objects. QUALIFICATIONS: * Detailed knowledge of traditional decorative, fine, and folk art materials and technologies. * Knowledge of the environment and environmental/materials interactions. * Detailed knowledge of conservation materials and experience in applying state-of-the-art conservation methodologies. * Highly developed hand skills. * Scientific knowledge sufficient for undertaking in-depth examination and analysis of objects, performing treatments and following necessary literature and reports. * Demonstrable history of proposed, completed, and documented treatments * Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. * Must be able to share workspace respectfully with others. * Must be medically and physically capable of wearing a respirator equipped with organic vapor cartridges in order to carry out job responsibilities. The above generally gained through graduate level study in conservation plus two years conservation experience in recognized institutions - or the equivalent technical education and experience. Preferred Qualifications: * Supervisory and administrative experience. * Membership in a professional conservation organization. Benefits: * Beautiful historic setting * Competitive benefits for eligible employees include: * health insurance * pension plan * vision plan * medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts * Sick, vacation, and holiday pay * 401(k) plan with a portion of contributions matched * life insurance * long-term disability * accidental death and dismemberment insurance * group travel accident insurance About Colonial Williamsburg: From our Historic Area to Hotels, Colonial Williamsburg's mission "that the future may learn from the past" is part of everything we do. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a private, not-for-profit educational institution welcoming guests to the world's largest living history museum which brings the past to life through museum theater, 18th-century trades, historic sites, and more. The Foundation also includes two world-class art museums, featuring the nation's premier folk art collection, plus the best in British and American fine and decorative arts from 1670-1840. The Colonial Williamsburg Company boasts a rich history as well, having hosted and entertained guests from around the world with an impressive collection of amenities including our hotels, guest homes, food and beverage outlets, championship golf courses, and spa & fitness center. Our Team: Universal acceptance for everyone, everywhere is at the heart of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. We promote diversity & inclusion of thought, culture, and background, which connects our entire team. As such, Colonial Williamsburg is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

Keywords: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Newport News , Asst Conservator, Other , Williamsburg, Virginia

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