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Conservation Technician for Works of Art on Paper

The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever.” We strive to help the broadest possible audience understand and engage with the world’s great art while honoring the highest aesthetic, intellectual, and professional standards. The Museum is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. A major renovation and expansion project completed in 2014 has transformed the museum into a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts, and art education. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the University Circle neighborhood.

The Museum seeks a full-time Conservation Technician for Works of Art on Paper to join its active conservation department. The Conservation Technician plays a critical role in the successful functioning of the CMA’s conservation department that includes labs and preparatory areas for objects, textiles, Western Paintings, East Asian paintings, works on paper, and frames. Under the supervision of the museum’s paper conservator, the technician will assist in the care of the Museum’s paper collections including prints, drawings, photographs, manuscript leaves, and books.


Preparing works of art on paper for display, transit, and storage.
Hinging and mounting works of art on paper using museum quality materials and methods.
Constructing housing for related materials such as books and palm leaves.
Assisting with incoming examinations and documentation reports.
Support and advising on art handling to ensure that the paper collections receive that best care for installations and art movement.
Maintaining storage and working spaces, especially the conservation paper preparatory space.


Bachelor's degree and at least three years of experience working with a fine art collection as conservation paper technician/paper preparator.
Proven experience in preparing works of art on paper to the highest museum standards.
Demonstrated ability to handle works of art according to conservation handling guidelines and basic knowledge of the materials and techniques of works of art on paper, including manuscripts and non-western art.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to speak effectively before groups of students, members of outside organizations, employees of organization, or visiting scholars and conservators.
Ability to define problems, collect and enter data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and data management systems.
Demonstrated effective communication and successful teamwork
The technician must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made.
Beyond the handling of artwork, manual dexterity is frequently required as duties call for the operation of tools and equipment.

Salary: $48,000

Application period is open until filled. The Museum is seeking candidates who can begin as soon as possible.

Application material should include a letter of interest, resume, digital portfolio and contact information for 3 professional references.

For more information and to apply please visit the external link below.

Relevant research areas: North America

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