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Assistant or Associate Paper Conservator, The David Booth Conservation Department, MoMA

Works collaboratively on a wide range of modern and contemporary artworks across all curatorial departments and participates in all departmental activities, including examination, documentation, treatment, and research of collection materials, as well as exhibition, collection care, loan, and courier responsibilities. Examines, documents, and treats paper works in the collection through written and photographic documentation. Participates in all departmental activities, including acquisition, preparation of works for exhibition, collection care, loans, and research. Monitors hinging, matting, storage, environmental conditions, and other preventive conservation steps for the collection on an ongoing basis. Assists with the maintenance of work areas in the conservation lab, including researching supplies and equipment, maintaining materials, and replenishing supplies. Works collaboratively across departments at the Museum, including Conservation, curatorial, Exhibition Planning and Design, and Collection Management and Exhibition Registration. Conducts research centering on treatment protocols, artist materials, and methods. Participates in training and supervision of interns and fellows. Reports to Paper Conservator and The Agnes Gund Chief Conservator.

- Graduate degree in the conservation of works on paper.
- Two years experience with works on paper in a museum setting or equivalent is required for the assistant conservator level; five years experience is required for the associate conservator level.
- Experience performing all aspects of the treatment of works on paper and related artworks, with adherence to the Code of Ethics - and Standards of Practice of the American Institute for Conservation.
- The Museum of Modern Art has an emphasis on the collecting and preservation of contemporary art. Therefore, demonstrated interest and experience in the conservation of contemporary works is strongly encouraged.
- Knowledge and experience of documentation procedures, including digital photography and other imaging techniques.
- Strong interpersonal and written communication skills.
- Ability to work cooperatively on projects and independently on treatments.
- Ability to travel as required.
- Experience engaging with artists and their studios is desirable.
- Familiarity with the Museum’s collection management system, The Museum System, is desirable. Final title assignment dependent on credentials of finalist.

Application Process:
- Candidates must submit a detailed letter of interest stating education, work history, involvement with modern and/or contemporary art, and research interests.
- The inclusion of a writing sample, either published work or work-related documentation or research, is strongly recommended.
- The application should include the names of three references, but letters from references are not requested. No treatment reports are requested and should not be included.
- Candidates invited for interviews will be asked to supply treatment reports at that time.

All material, in digital form, should be sent to by no later than June 2, 2017. If hired, individual must successfully complete a security threat assessment through the Department of Homeland Security.

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