New Brunswick, NJ: PT Conservation Preservation Technician, Rutgers University

Job Opening Title: Conservation Preservation Technician

Employer Name: Rutgers University Libraries

Job Location: New Brunswick, NJ

Application Deadline: July 15

Salary Range: $27/hr

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Years of experience required: 2

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Among the key duties of this position are: Performs conservation care and treatments on materials held in the library’s special collections. Perform detailed conservation treatments on a variety of materials from special collections and university archives, including evaluating and recommending treatment for mold and mildew; humidifying paper and parchment, deacidifying paper, and encapsulating brittle or fragile items Meets as needed with curators and other responsible parties to discuss treatment options and conservation needs. Adheres to best practices by maintaining a clean workspace; understanding and observing building and chemical safety protocols; and maintaining the security for valuable library materials. Photographs or scans fragile and oversized material, using appropriate equipment Maintains accurate statistics on daily activities and reports this information monthly. All work assignments and tasks are to be completed in an accurate and timely manner. Monitors environment of onsite collection and work spaces Minimum Education and Experience Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. A minimum of two years conservation/preservation experience Certifications/Licenses Preferred Qualifications Experience working with and handling rare books or artifacts Coursework in conservation, preservation, bookbinding, or museum studies or bookbinding experience Experience photographing and scanning fragile and oversized material Experience using overhead cameras such as Phase One Ability to identify opportunities to improve procedures and practices Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities A minimum of 2 years of related conservation experience Demonstrated understanding of conservation principles Proficient in conservation treatments including mold remediation Superior hand skills and attention to detail in order to perform precise and detailed repairs and operations according to specialized instructions Willingness to work with solvents and other potentially hazardous materials that require the use of a respirator Ability to push/pull loaded book trucks; ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds Written and oral communication skills commensurate with job requirements Ability to work independently and in a group environment team Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion Demonstrated technology skills, including proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications

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