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[BKARTS] Positions at Etherington Conservation Services, Greensboro, NC

Assistant Book Conservator (2 openings)
Etherington Conservation Services

Etherington Conservation Services (ECS) is a full-scale conservation facility located in Greensboro, NC. ECS handles materials from institutions and private clients across the United States, working on both bound materials and works of art on paper. ECS is currently looking for 2 talented full-time Assistant Book Conservators to join the 14-member staff of the Book Conservation Lab. The Book Conservation Lab is a dynamic environment that handles a large volume of very diverse work. The staff at ECS performs a variety of bookbinding styles and conservation techniques, dependent upon the treatment needs of the materials. Staff members also benefit from the instruction of Mr. Don Etherington who was involved in the initial response to the Florence flood, held the position of Preservation Officer at the U.S. Library of Congress, and was involved in the rehousing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Work performed by ECS conforms to the ethical standards laid out by the American Institute for Conservation.

Qualified applicants for the 2 positions must be able to conduct and assist in conservation examinations and treatments as well as undertake preservation initiatives for client institutions. Responsibilities for this position include the treatment of a wide variety of bound materials, including incunabula, period bindings, modern firsts, and albums, in bindings of leather, vellum, cloth, and paper. The applicant must have excellent hand and organizational skills and be capable of performing the following tasks:

    *   Consulting with clients
    *   Compiling time-based cost estimates
    *   Determining and completing prescribed courses of treatment
    *   Documenting treatments in adherence to current ethical
    *   Handling of fragile books and paper objects
    *   Working efficiently while meeting conservation standards
    *   Meeting deadlines and assist in coordinating workflow

A qualified candidate for this position will hold a Master's degree from a recognized conservation training program with a minimum of three years post-graduate experience in bookbinding and conservation or have a comparable combination of professional training and experience treating bound material. Good verbal skills, attention to detail, and an ability to work with others are necessary. Knowledge of preservation theory, the standards and ethics of conservation practice, and historical book structures are required.

Salary offered will be commensurate with experience and a benefits package is provided. Training and advancement possibilities exist within the company structure as well as the opportunity for continued professional development. These positions will remain open until filled. If selected for an interview, the applicant is expected to present a portfolio of completed projects during the interview process.

Please send a resume and three references to:

    Michael K. Lee
    Director of Conservation
    Etherington Conservation Services
    7609 Business Park Drive
    Greensboro, NC 27409  USA

Etherington Conservation Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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