Preservation Arts is seeking an assistant conservator wishing to specialize in the treatment of sculpture. This is a permanent full time position.
Preservation Arts is the largest multi-disciplinary conservation company on the West Coast. Based in the Bay Area, with a museum quality studio located in Oakland, we provide exceptional service to a range of clients that include museums, city institutions, galleries and important private collections.
The conservator will participate primarily in on-site treatment of outdoor sculpture in a team setting. The company’s main focus is the conservation of contemporary and modern art both in private and public collections, allowing the candidate to work on a wide range of materials, condition issues and directly with artist studios.
The conservator will also work part of their week in-studio on more individual treatments of sculpture and objects of varying periods. The position will be fully supervised by the senior conservators in the outdoor sculpture and objects departments, and it is expected that the candidate will require extensive in house training to develop the necessary skills to succeed in this position.
Responsibilities will include conservation assessment, research, treatment, and documentation of individual artworks and collections of sculpture. The conservator will also participate in collections management recommendations, maintenance, research into artists and materials, collection surveys, developing documentation and work with a range of allied professionals such as foundries, painters, welders, patineurs, facilities, collections managers and equipment rental companies.
Ideally the conservator should possess a wide range of hand skills and the ability to perform physical tasks in an outdoor setting. Equipment operation including aerial platform and other machinery will be part of the training.
A Master’s degree in Conservation or 2019 graduation is required. The company offers health benefits, a retirement package, and educational allowance.
The company prides itself on providing a creative, positive and supportive team environment. Within a collaborative and cross-disciplinary setting, we encourage employees to develop and expand their skills, and produce their best work.
Director of Preservation Arts
Please include a letter of intent, resume, and contact information for three professional references.
NOTE Only individuals eligible to work in the United States will be considered.*