Assistant Conservator, Time-Based Media (Toronto, Canada)

By Paid Job Ads posted 05-07-2019 15:42




  • Employee Group: OPSEU
  • Status: Temporary Full-Time
  • Reports to Head of Conservation
  • Department: Conservation
  • Classification: C4-4
  • Salary Range: $32.67 - $40.82 per hour
  • Hours/Days of Work: Up to 35 hours per week
  • Start Date: 7/1/2019
  • End Date: 7/1/2020

Are you energized by the idea of working in Canada’s leading art museum, surrounded by great art, award-winning programs and big ideas? Would you thrive working with colleagues who are leaders in their field, from a variety of professional backgrounds? Do you believe art has the power to spark conversation, create community and change lives?

Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (“the AGO”) is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a collection of close to 100,000 works. Through the collection as well as collaborations with leading museums around the world, the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs. With more than 1 million visitors in 2017/18, the AGO is further broadening its reach by deepening relationships with existing members and visitors, attracting new and diverse audiences, and flexibly responding to the changing environment. With an operating budget of over $60 million, over 600 employees, and 400 volunteers, the AGO continues to build a high-performance culture as an employer-of-choice, with strong staff and volunteer satisfaction and engagement aligned to the AGO’s compelling mission to bring art and people together to see, experience and understand the world in new ways.

The AGO is at a critical and exciting moment of growth and change. We are seeking an Assistant Conservator, Time-Based Media to play a key role in prolonging the physical and aesthetic life of works of art through documentation, preventive care, conservation treatment, research, and education.

The ideal candidate will be a passionate professional with a deep knowledge and strong interest in all aspects of Conservation.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assists with the development and implementation of institutional policies, best practices, protocols and workflows for preservation of TBM works with the goal of achieving a sustainable cross-departmental approach to managing, storing, accessing, and preserving them.
  • Working with conservators, media technicians, and other stakeholders to ensure the institution is equipped for the purposes of documenting, examining, maintaining, preserving, and repairing TBM.
  • Performing technical examination, documentation, and treatment of TBM works, including film, video, multimedia software, html interactives, and any digital formats that may emerge, and prepares condition reports as required, and develops individualized preservation plans for TBM works.

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Master’s degree from a recognized conservation training program or equivalent experience.
  • Two years’ experience in the conservation of time-based media in a museum setting or equivalent.
  • Knowledge and experience of condition assessment and installation of current and historic media technologies in audio, video, film, and software/computer-based art.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of conservation documentation related to time-based media, installation, and performance art.
  • Knowledge of artist interview practice and experience engaging with artists and their studios.
  • Knowledge of health and safety legislation, regulations and practices.
  • 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).
  • Ability to perform delicate operations affecting the condition and appearance of works of art with precision.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by submitting a tailored cover letter, resume and a portfolio with three treatments and examples of their completed research via our website: We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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

External Application Deadline: 6/2/2019