Conservator of Historical Paintings at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

By Maria Sullivan posted 11-30-2018 10:43



Regular Full-Time

At the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), we bring people together with art to see, experience and understand the world in new ways.

Our Vision: We will become the imaginative centre of our city and province. We will be welcoming to our visitors, inspiring for our audiences and innovative in the ways we gather people together to create community through art. We will become a preferred cultural partner for artistic visionaries from all over the world.

The AGO is committed to recruiting a diverse and collaborative workforce, who exemplify our mission, vision and values and will thrive in a dynamic environment.

We’re currently searching for a Conservator specializing in historical paintings to join the Conservation team at the AGO.

Under the direction of the Head of Conservation, you would be responsible for working to prolong the physical and aesthetic life of works of art, with a specific focus on historical paintings, through documentation, preventive care, conservation treatment, research, and education. The Conservator, Historical Paintings would promote and advocate the preservation of works in the collection or in the temporary custody of the Gallery.

This position provides advice and expertise concerning the aesthetic, conceptual and physical characteristics of works of art.

Does this sound like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? If you have the following qualifications we’d love to hear from you!

  • Masters’ degree in conservation from a recognized university or college, plus ten years related experience in an art museum, or equivalent combination of education and years of directly related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in the treatment, research, and technical examination of paintings from the medieval to the 18th century.
  • Excellent knowledge of conservation principles, practices, materials and techniques.
  • Publication history with strength in technical art history.
  • Working knowledge of health and safety legislation, regulations and practices.
  • Knowledge of materials and techniques, aesthetic and historical significance of works of art.
  • Knowledge of the “Code of Ethics and Guidance for Practice” of the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC) and of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators (CAPC).
  • Demonstrated history of high-level collaborations with conservation scientists, curators, and other specialists.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform delicate operations affecting the condition and appearance of works of art; excellent hand-eye co-ordination and manual dexterity.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research according to established scientific practice; to synthesize and interpret information.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate specialized technical and scientific equipment.
  • Excellent trained, visual discrimination abilities.
  • Ingenuity and creative problem-solving skills
  • Well-developed written, verbal, presentation, consultation and negotiation skills.
  • We ask that all applicants include the following information with their application, please:
  1. Statement of interest
  2. Example of a relevant publication
  3. A portfolio with 2-3 examples of your work
  4. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit contact information for 3 professional references familiar with the candidate’s critical judgment, treatment work, and interpersonal and organization skills

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by visiting our website at

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO’s Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.