Museum Conservator


The Anchorage Museum is for people, place, planet, and potential, in service of a sustainable and equitable North, and with creativity and imagination for what is possible. We strive to be a place of ideas and transformation, narratives and perspectives, resilient and relevant communities, and responsive to a rapidly changing world toward a better future for all. We welcome diverse perspectives, recognize all are enriched when a diversity of voices, viewpoints, and skills are included and engaged in the work we do, and are committed to creating an anti-racist, fully inclusive organization.

For a full job description and to apply, go to www.anchoragemuseum.org/about-us/employment.  

Objects and art at the Anchorage Museum require careful care and preservation. If you have an eye for detail and a background in museum conservation, we want you on our team. We are currently recruiting for a museum Conservator to join our Collections team. The successful candidate will be responsible for the care and preservation of the Museum’s diverse collection, which includes cultural heritage objects, paintings, sculpture, time-based media, prints and drawings, and objects of historical significance. The Conservator provides conservation treatment of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous material culture, as well as supports exhibition and loan projects.

This is a full-time position, 40 hours a week, with a salary range of $57k, DOE.

Essential Functions:

  • Acknowledge that conservation is not neutral, and the field must intentionally and regularly revisit assumptions, approaches, and practice to promote a more equitable and inclusive practice
  • Plan, perform and document conservation treatments for a broad range of objects and artworks
  • Establish conservation and preventative conservation priorities in consultation with the Deputy Director of Conservation and Collections
  • Collaborate on preventative care of the collections, especially regarding environment, pest management, and procedures for display, handling, packing, storage, and installation
  • Maintain emergency response and recovery procedures
  • Ensure compliance with current industry standards and best practices as well as trends in the profession
  • Perform research on methods and materials that represent the stories held by works in the collections, while collaborating with Museum staff, artists, and source communities
  • Assist with exhibition installation and deinstallation
  • Advise and collaborate with the Loans Registrar on incoming and outcoming loan objects

Knowledge of:

  • Conservation theories, methods, and techniques
  • Chemistry, art, and anthropology
  • Safety precautions required when using hazardous chemicals
  • Physical and chemical properties of organic and inorganic materials
  • Environmental controls, measurement, and effects on materials

Skills:

  • Examination, assessment, and treatment of objects
  • Establishing and monitoring optimal environmental conditions
  • Use of laboratory equipment

Ability to:

  • Determine and perform techniques required for preservation and treatment of objects
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships
  • Mentor others in conservation principles and practices
  • Collaborate with communities and lead projects
  • Establish, manage, and adapt to shifting priorities

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in conservation from an accredited university preferred; a combination of education and relevant experience may be considered
  • Two years’ experience in conservation
  • One year of experience working with Indigenous communities preferred

If you are interested in this exceptional opportunity, please log on to our website to review the complete job description. Interested parties may complete an employment application and submit it along with a resume and cover letter via email, or mail. Please note we are unable to accept resumes in place of an employment application.
 

LOCATION:
Anchorage Museum

Attn: Human Resources
625 C Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99501
(907) 929-9217 tel

www.anchoragemuseum.org/about-us/employment

The AMA will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex or marital status or who is a 'qualified individual with a disability,' as that phrase is defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. AMA will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status or physical or mental disability.

Anchorage, AK

1 month(s) ago