The Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis has a career openings for a Conservation Technician. Please visit https://mohistory.aaimtrack.com/jobs/ to learn more and apply plus view additional job openings.
Under the guidance of the Objects Conservator, the Conservation Technician will be responsible for a variety of tasks to assist with the preservation of the Missouri Historical Society's (MHS) collections.
- Entering condition and treatment reports from contract conservators into the museum's collections management system.
- Performing digital photography to document before and after treatment condition of artifacts.
- Constructing specialized storage housings for objects.
- Responsible for the safe handling and transportation of artifacts to and from the lab.
- Managing the conservation files (paper and digital).
- Performing IPM and environmental monitoring of storage and museum facilities
- Participating in the daily operations of the Conservation Department, such as preparing adhesives and chemical solutions.
- Performing minor conservation procedures.
- Maintaining supplies and equipment inventories.
- Maintaining workspaces in clean and functional order.
- Understanding and observing all lab safety protocols.
Skills and Experience:
- Experience handling art objects and working in a museum environment.
- Familiarity with conservation lab procedures.
- Knowledge of and commitment to current museum best practices.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills.
- Patience and attention to detail.
- Consistent, methodical work approach.
- Self-motivated and ability to work independently.
- Experience with Adobe Photoshop preferred.
- Bachelor's degree (in art conservation, art history, chemistry, or related field preferred).
- Completed (or in progress) additional coursework in chemistry and studio arts, if not part of degree.
- Previous experience handling art objects and working in an art conservation laboratory preferred.