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Summer Conservation Internship Focus on Outdoor Sculpture (pre-program), Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

By Suzanne Hargrove posted 9 days ago


TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART (Toledo, Ohio)#job 

POSITION:  Conservation Intern Summer (Paid) (pre-program objects)  

AVAILABILITY:  Summer 2020, Flexible, Mid-June 2019 - Mid-August 2019

FULL-TIME HOURS:  37.5 hours weekly for 10 weeks from 9:00 AM- 5:30 PM

FLSA STATUS: Full time, Non-Exempt

HOURLY COMPENSATION: $487/weekly stipend (approximately $13.00/hr.) to cover travel, food, and lodging.

WHO WE ARE:  Since our founding in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality of our collection, our innovative and extensive education programs, and our architecturally significant campus. More than 30,000 works of art represent American and European painting, the history of art in glass, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Asian and African art, medieval art, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, and modern and contemporary art.

To accommodate the ever-growing collection and demand for art education, the Museum campus has grown exponentially since its founding. From its humble first exhibition space in two rented rooms, the Museum has grown to cover approximately 36 acres with six buildings.

Thanks to the benevolence of its founders, as well as the continued support of its members, the Toledo Museum of Art remains a privately-endowed, non-profit institution and opens its collection to the public—free of charge—six days a week, 309 days a year. We are closed on Mondays and major holidays.

AREAS OF INTERESTS:  Art Conservation:  Objects, specifically outdoor sculpture conservation.  

SUMMARY:  This internship is intended for individuals focusing on a career in art conservation to gain conservation experience for application to a conservation degree program. Working with the Museum's Conservator, Conservation Fellow, and Conservation Technician, the summer intern will focus on the maintenance of outdoor sculpture including condition reporting, examination, cleaning and treatment. Pending work schedules, there may be the opportunity to work on other conservation projects. Aspects related to conservation and collection's care in a museum environment will be discussed. Conservation activities performed will commensurate with experience. The intern will be able to add their work experience in written and photographic form to their portfolio for application to a conservation degree program once the internship is complete.

RELATIONSHIPS:  Reports to the Conservator and works closely with the current Conservation Fellow, and, Conservation Technician; and collaborates with various departments from across the museum.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & COMPETENCIES:  Candidates intent on pursuing a career in art conservation who need requisite conservation experience, is required. Candidates must have completed or be near completion of their undergraduate conservation requirements for application to a graduate conservation degree program. Experience in studio art/art history/chemistry is required. Experience working with conservators in an institutional setting or with a conservator in private practice is highly desired. As the work involves the use of tools on artwork, the individual must be self-motivated, able to follow directions implicitly, have good hand skills, and be detail oriented. The intern must be able to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, gloves, and dust masks. Must be able to write reports using Microsoft Word. Experience with Microsoft Excel and museum computer database systems such as TMS and Articheck is a plus. Proficiency with photography is preferred. Must be fluent in English, both written and spoken.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Ability to work in an outdoor environment during the peak of summer in Toledo, Ohio. Must be comfortable handling power tools and equipment and be able to climb ladders, work on scaffolding (e.g. not afraid of heights) and carry equipment ca. 20 pounds. When working indoors, it is a standard open concept office work environment shared with co-workers, with related phone, computer and printer noise; position requires the ability to operate a computer, camera, and other office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine, printer, and phone system; the person in this position may be required to communicate with other staff, the public, or outside scholars and must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.  Applicants should work well in a collegial team environment focused on learning conservation skills and techniques.

 Applications Accepted from January 13, 2020-February 14, 2020:  Posting will be closed at 5:00 PM EST on February 14, 2020

 INTERVIEW TIMELINE: Phone interviews will take place in mid to late February. All candidates will receive communication in February on whether or not they will move forward in the process with a phone interview.

SELECTION/OFFER TIMELINE: Offers will be made to final candidates in by mid-March. All candidates will receive communication on whether or not they will be offered the position. Selected candidate will be required to pass a background check.

 The Toledo Museum of Art provides equal opportunity for employment and promotion to all qualified employees and applicants. No person shall be discriminated against in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal or state statutes. The Museum is committed to maintaining an environment in which all employees are treated equitably and given the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the workplace.