Position Available, Assistant and Associate Object Conservators, New York, NY

By Samantha Alderson posted 07-18-2019 13:56


 Assistant and Associate Object Conservators

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City seeks to hire additional objects conservators to join the conservation team in providing treatment to artifacts for inclusion in its iconic Hall of Northwest Coast Indians, which is undergoing renovation and is planned to open in late 2020. This is a one-year term position, open immediately.

The project involves treatment of approximately 500 small artifacts from the eight major culture groups in the Northwest Coast that are strongly represented in the collection, as well as treatment to totem poles. Collection items are made primarily from organic materials, including wood and painted wood, cedar bark and other plant fibers, hide, fur, textiles, feathers, ivory, and shell, as well as metals.

 Duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Examination, written and photographic documentation of condition;
  • Artifact treatment;
  • Research into pertinent cultural background and conservation materials;
  • Work with exhibit preparators on mount design and installation;
  • Routine lab duties.

 Requirements include:

  • Completion of graduate-level training in conservation from a recognized program, plus a minimum of three-year post-graduate museum work experience;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a group and with individuals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines;
  • Previous experience working with ethnographic material would be optimal, as well as interest in native consultation.

 This position comes with a competitive salary and excellent benefits, title/salary commensurate with experience.

 Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and three letters of recommendation to:

  Judith Levinson

  Director of Conservation, Division of Anthropology


 The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex and nationality.