Columbia, MO: Senior Conservator, State Historical Society of Missouri

Job Opening Title: Senior Conservator

Employer Name: State Historical Society of Missouri

Job Location: Columba, Missouri

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Salary Range: $47,476-50,138

Link to job posting:

Years of experience required: 2-5

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Role & Responsibility
–Perform technical treatments in the repair of paper documents, art works on paper, books, photographs, and audio and video tapes. This work typically involves exposure to chemical solvents.

Essential Functions
–Performs conservation treatments, including but not limited to: cleaning, humidification, removing tape, washing, tissue repair and reinforcement, de-acidification, and encapsulation
–Coordinate preventive conservation activities such as environmental control, disaster planning and emergency response, and integrated pest management
–Conduct condition assessments for existing and potential new collections
–Manage the conservation laboratory by selecting and maintaining appropriate conservation supplies, tools, and equipment. Evaluate and improve workflows while ensuring treatments meet standards and safe lab protocols
–Manage outsourcing of conservation treatments that cannot be performed in-house
–Develop workshops and conduct instructional classes on preservation for staff, patrons, local historical societies, and organizations
–Performs preparations for exhibits, loans, and permanent storage including customized housings for fragile records
–Assist with special projects and events as needed

Supervision Received
–General supervision is received from the Assistant Director.

Supervision Exercised
–Supervision may be exercised over student support staff and volunteers.

Minimum Qualifications
–Bachelor’s degree in related/relevant area and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
–Ability to lift and carry 35 to 40-pound boxes is mandatory

Preferred Qualifications
–A Master’s degree with a specialty in conservation in Art, History, Library Science, or Museum Studies OR advanced study in the preservation of art and archival materials
–2-5 years work experience in a preservation program or conservation lab at a research institution or archives
–Knowledge of preservation standards, guidelines, and trends in the preservation of non-print formats
–Experience in writing and managing grants
–Excellent visual, writing, and public speaking skills

Must apply using the University of Missouri’s HR page. See job posting link for URL.

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