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Paper Conservator

The Boston Athenæum seeks an experienced Paper Conservator that will support the daily and long-term work of the Conservation Department. This includes performing conservation treatments on paper-based materials from the collections of the Boston Athenæum. The ideal candidate will be hard-working, organized, and will have at least 5 years’ experience in conversation work on paper-based items. The Paper Conservator will report to Dawn Walus, the Chief Conservator.

This assignment is temporary and will last 6 months with the hope to expand the position beyond the initial funding period. Benefits include pro-rated sick time and a temporary Athenæum membership.

Flexible schedule - About 24 hours per week.


Documents treatments of rare materials with full written and photographic documentation, in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
In consultation with the Chief Conservator, executes structural and aesthetic conservation treatments paper-based materials, including, manuscripts, archival documents, maps, prints, and works of art on paper while exercising a high degree of judgment in applying established conservation principles and procedures
Collaborates on digitization projects
Participates in public presentations, lab tours, and conservation related fund-raising.
Participates in disaster response and recovery
Assists in exhibition preparation and installation, and prepares condition reports for exhibited, loaned, or borrowed collection materials
Performs all other duties as assigned

Submit to and pass a background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment verifications and Registry of Motor Vehicles (if applicable)

Graduate degree in conservation with a specialization in the conservation of works of art on paper from a recognized training program or equivalent
Five or more years’ experience in the conservation of paper-based items, preferably in a museum or library conservation department setting
Working knowledge of conservation theory and practice and the deterioration and conservation of paper-based materials
Demonstrated success performing single-item conservation treatments on special collections materials
Familiarity with database and digital imaging software
Experience with photographic materials preferred
Excellent communication, organizational, and multi-tasking skills
Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others in a highly professional manner
Commitment to fostering a workplace culture of teamwork, diversity, and inclusion

How To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to

The Boston Athenæum is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply and are committed to hiring individuals who value a diverse and inclusive work environment. Retirees welcome.


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