Objects Conservator Position at the National Museum of African Art–Deadline extended

Posted on Jul 15, 2016

conservationThe Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is the only facility in the United States dedicated exclusively to the treatment and preservation of Africa’s traditional and contemporary arts.  With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Museum is pleased to offer to an emerging professional the opportunity for a full-time, 2-year term position working with museum conservation staff on all aspects of collections care. Beginning in early fall 2016, the position is part of an initiative designed to promote conservation training, diversity in the profession, and African art scholarship. The successful candidate will actively participate in all aspects of practical conservation including:  examination, documentation and treatment of a range of inorganic and organic materials, both traditional and contemporary; preventive conservation activities such as monitoring the environment, maintenance of micro-environments, and materials testing; assisting in exhibit installations and deinstallations; participating in lab research projects; and the mentoring of undergraduate ‘explorer’ interns, pre-program interns and post-graduate fellows.

The successful candidate will:

*Hold a graduate degree in conservation from a recognized training program
*Have 1-3 years of post-graduate experience
*Have demonstrable interest in ethnographic objects

Salary: $53,500/year plus health and commuter benefits.

How to apply: Please send a letter of intent, resume and names of two references to:     Dana Moffett, Senior Conservator:  moffettd@si.edu   Closing date: August 26, 2016