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Conservation Technician – Harvard Art Museums

Reports to Conservator of Works of Art on Paper. Prepares art on paper for storage, exhibitions, loans, and study centers. Measures and cuts mat, and applies hinges/photo-corners to works of art on paper. Carries out necessary framing and unframing. Constructs specialty storage enclosures for non-flat works of art on paper (portfolios, sketchbooks, etc.) as necessary. Removes old hinges and adhesive and does minor tear repair. Uses common hand and power tools. Maintains organized supply and equipment files and documents frame vendor orders clearly. Interprets and implements lab/museum policies and procedures pertaining to storage, loans, and exhibitions. Creates reports and billing records for outgoing loans and exhibition; utilizes collection management database (TMS) for coordinating workflow and works within recognized budgets to complete projects efficiently. Regularly interacts with conservation, curatorial, and collection management personnel. Provides information to callers and staff as necessary. Maintains neat workspace. Supports work of Senior Conservation Technician as needed.

Basic Qualifications
- Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
- Minimum of one year related experience.

Additional Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred. Museum experience preferred but not necessary.
- Basic knowledge of archival matting and framing, art handling, conservation methods and techniques, and the ability to master the use of common hand and power tools is recommended.
- Manual dexterity, strong written and verbal communication skills, computer skills, ability to work productively in deadline-oriented activities individually and cooperatively as part of a team are integral to this position.
- Must be able to lift 50 lbs and routinely work while standing.
- Must be able to organize complex projects.
- Sewing skills, TMS and Excel knowledge preferred.

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