Painting Conservation Fellow (Florida, USA)

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*Please note, Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.


The Painting Conservation Fellow, a 12-month visiting A&P appointment, works as a member of the Collections department at The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Under the supervision of the Chief Conservator and in accordance with the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice, the Painting Conservation Fellow conducts conservation examination, documentation, treatment, and research, primarily on paintings but occasionally on other objects as required.

Responsibilities will include: 

  • Conducts physical examination and documentation of objects in The Ringling's permanent collections, exhibitions, and for possible acquisition with oversite from Chief Conservator. Completes physical condition surveys of objects and assists in treatment planning. Participates in periodic inspections of works of art.
  • Carries out complete conservation and restoration procedures of minor to major complexity on paintings under the supervision of the Chief Conservator: Performs treatments such as solubility testing, consolidation, reduction of deformation, facing, tear repair, lining removal, lining, surface cleaning, varnish removal, overpaint removal, varnishing, infilling, and inpainting. Makes recommendations to the Chief Conservator regarding conservation requirements for works of art.
  • Collaborates within the Collections team, with other Ringling departments, and with other Institutions to ensure the safe display, storage, dusting, and movement of art objects. Advises regarding appropriate levels of light, temperature, and relative humidity. Recommends safe packing methods for art being stored or transported and advises on hanging and display systems. Implements preventative conservation measures. Completes frame modifications/reframing, prepares paintings/objects for display, exhibition, loan, photography, or storage. Participates in emergency preparedness and response activities as required.
  • Prepares detailed written and photographic documentation of the materials, structure, condition, and conservation treatments for works of art in object files and in TMS. Maintains detailed records and prepares final treatment reports. Photographically records various stages of treatment to create a permanent documentary record. Performs digital photography as well as image processing and management.
  • Operates specialized equipment such as digital cameras, stereo binocular microscopes, ultraviolet lamps, MSC heated suction table, Willard heated spatulas and hot air pens, Osiris infrared camera, and others as required.
  • Assists with the administrative functions of Conservation Laboratory. Ensures Work and Environmental Safety laws, policies and procedures are followed. Receives and assists with inventory and maintenance of equipment, parts, supplies, office supplies and other materials for laboratory. Makes recommendations for the purchase of new equipment and the modification/replacement of current equipment. Performs routine/preventative maintenance on lab equipment.
  • Travels nationally or internationally when necessary to serve as a museum courier. Assignments are based on the needs of the Museum. Courier training is required prior to the incumbent serving in this capacity. Other work-related travel may also be required. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Master's Degree in Art Conservation or related field, or a combination of education and equivalent professional training and/or experience equal to 6 years.
  • Knowledge of the history of art and artist's techniques.
  • Ability to utilize technical skills in the area of art/object conservation.
  • Knowledge of and ability to safely operate machinery, tools, equipment and materials used in area of work.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply the processes, procedures and methods used in museum operations in compliance with applicable governing entities such as the American Association of Museums.
  • Ability to travel nationally or internationally when necessary to serve as a museum courier.
  • A portfolio documenting conservation case studies or projects completed by the applicant may be requested during the review procedure.

Schedule will be Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Occasional night and weekend work may be required. Please note, this role has an anticipated start date of September 3, 2019.

Anticipated Salary Range
Anticipated Salary Range is $33,000 per year + Florida state benefits. (

Contact Information
For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or

Pay Plan
This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

The Ringling is a preeminent center for the arts, history, performance, and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. From its inception, The Ringling has joined the diverse visual traditions and theatrical spectacle of yesterday with the genre-defying global practitioners of today. A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling’s campus in Sarasota, Florida—which includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, a historic home, an 18th-century theater and bayfront gardens—is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars and lifelong learners of every age across the region, country, and around the world. For more information, please visit

Equal Employment Opportunity
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Soft Money Funded Position
This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University.