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Position at Worcester Art Museum

From: Rita Albertson <ritaalbertson<-a>
Date: Friday, August 8, 2008
Paper Conservator
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts

The Worcester Art Museum, a mid-size museum representing fifty
centuries of art, seeks a Paper Conservator to examine, treat and
monitor works of art on paper, and supervise the work of the paper
conservation laboratory.

Founded in 1896, the Worcester Art Museum has a comprehensive
collection of Renaissance to contemporary works of art on paper,
with particular strengths in photography, color prints and Japanese
woodblock prints. The conservation department, which was established
in 1939, includes staff, fellows and interns with specializations in
paintings, paper, objects and conservation science.

Responsibilities include assisting the chief conservator in the
development of a long-range plan addressing the goals and priorities
for the conservation of the Museum's collection of works of art on
paper. Working in close collaboration with the appropriate curator,
the paper conservator will examine and treat works on paper for
acquisition, exhibition and loan. Depending on need, he or she will
also be responsible for supervising a fellow, intern, and/or
technician. The paper conservator will work with the scientist on
technical investigations to comprehend condition, manufacture or
authenticity, and be encouraged to contribute new information into
exhibitions, professional presentations and/or publications. The
successful candidate will also be expected to interact with staff in
other Museum departments, as well as collectors, donors, educators
and the public.

The successful candidate should demonstrate superior hand skills and
have mastered a wide variety of treatment options that conform to
museum standards and practices. He or she should be well versed in
the history and technology of art on paper, and have familiarity
with analytical techniques as they relate to paper. Excellent oral
and written communication skills are essential, as is a willingness
to contribute towards ensuring a collegial environment. Previous
experience with photography and Asian art is desirable.

A master's degree from a recognized conservation graduate training
program, or equivalent apprenticeship training is required, as well
as a minimum of five years of post-graduate experience, preferably
in a museum. The candidate should have a broad knowledge of art
history, and familiarity with digital documentation techniques and
museum database programs, such as TMS.

The Worcester Art Museum has a four-day workweek and offers generous
benefits. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Centrally located in New England, Worcester is an hour from Boston
and three hours from New York.

For consideration, please submit by post a cover letter and resume
to the

    Director of Human Resources
    Worcester Art Museum
    55 Salisbury Street
    Worcester, MA 01609

The review of applications will continue until the position is
filled; early submissions would be appreciated.

The Worcester Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed
to diversity.

Rita Albertson
Chief Conservator
Worcester Art Museum


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