Conservation Technician - #2051043

Toledo Museum of Art


Date: 06/12/2021
City: Ottawa Lake, MI
Contract type: Full time
Toledo Museum of Art
Job Title: Conservation Technician Department: Collections Management Reports To: Head of Conservation FLSA Status: Exempt Employment Status: Full Time Please submit applications directly on the Toledo Museum of Art website http://www.toledomuseum.org/jobs.
Since our founding in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality and care of our collection, our innovative and extensive education programs, and our architecturally significant campus. And thanks to the benevolence of its founders, as well as the continued support of its members, TMA remains a privately endowed, non-profit institution and opens its collection to the public, free of charge.
SUMMARY The conservation technician will work closely with the conservation team to support conservation care and maintenance of the museum collection. Primary duties will focus on preventive maintenance and assisting conservators with preparing artworks for storage, display, or loan and research. Performs minor treatments as directed by the conservators including outdoor sculpture maintenance. Other duties will ensure the smooth operation and functioning of the conservation labs and department such as environmental monitoring, insect pest management, maintaining the labs, and supply inventory.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES Caring for the collection:
  • Performs accession numbering of artworks.
  • Assists conservators with handling artworks within conservation work zones.
  • Performs surveys, condition reports and minor treatments on artworks under the direction of conservation staff. (Examples include cleaning, polishing, lacquering metals, cleaning glass, minor frame repair).
  • (Un)frames paintings and applying backing boards.
  • Assists with conservation research (literature review, data collection).
  • Participates in public outreach regarding conservation activities through social media, tours, presentations.
  • Assists with emergency preparedness and response for collections.
  • Provides seasonal outdoor sculpture maintenance (condition reporting, cleaning, coating outdoor sculpture).
  • Rehouses and prepares artworks utilizing methods and materials suitable for long-term storage and exhibition.
Gallery maintenance and monitoring:
  • Dusts and changes lightbulbs in artworks.
  • Performs insect pest management including monitoring and maintaining insect traps.
  • Collects environmental data for conservation review (e.g. temperature, relative humidity, light levels, etc.). Maintains environmental monitoring equipment such as dataloggers, light monitors, etc.
Conservation lab operation and maintenance:
  • Maintains the conservation labs such as cleaning and organization.
  • Monitors/maintains conservation supplies, equipment, chemical solutions and inventory.
  • Preparation of stock conservation solutions.
  • Maintains emergency supply inventories.
  • Remains informed of safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
Performs other duties as assigned or required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
  • Bachelor's degree in one or more of the following areas: Studio Art, Art History, Chemistry, or Art Conservation.
  • 2 years of training and experience to include prior art conservation work experience in a museum, cultural institution, or private conservator affiliated with AIC.
SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE, COMPETENCIES, AND ABILITIES
  • Familiarity with conservation organizations such as the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and the AIC code of ethics and standards for practice.
  • Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management methods, Gallery Maintenance, and Environmental Monitoring.
  • Detail oriented, patient, technical hand skills are a must. Visual acuity, depth and color perception is necessary.
  • Knowledge of safe art handling practices and principles of professional museum collection care.
  • Knowledge of conservation documentation, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, safety data sheets (SDS) and procedure manuals.
  • Conservation photography experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of basic math and chemistry, data collection, and documentation. Ability to understand chemical formulas and mix solutions utilizing equipment (balance scale, hot plate, magnetic stirrer).
  • Experience with scissor lift, power tools, and shop equipment a plus.
  • Computer skills: Proficiency using PC and iPad. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams) Teamwork, and internet. Ability to operate office equipment (phone, photocopier, scanner).
  • Familiarity with museum database systems (The Museum System) and apps such as Articheck preferred.
  • Effectively communicates verbally and maintain effective working relationship with supervisor, curators, and other co-workers. Contributes to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, collegiality, collaboration, and openness to different perspectives.
  • Maintains a positive, upbeat, attitude during fast paced or rapidly changing work situations.
  • Ability to function in shared, open, workspace environments.
  • Promotes equity and inclusion goals.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a group.
  • Possesses good judgement and time management, engages in creative problem solving and uses materials efficiently.
  • Ability to anticipate and acquire necessary supplies and materials create/follow a production schedule for projects to meet deadlines.
RELATIONSHIPS
  • Reports to and receives direct supervision from the Head of Conservation.
  • Works mainly with members of the conservation team while building strategic working relationships with members of the collections, curatorial and education departments among others.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT Work environment will vary between office, lab, museum and outdoor settings: Standard open office work environment shared with co-workers, with related phone, computer and printer noise. Office setting requires ability to operate a computer, iPad, camera, and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, printer, scanner and phone system. Chemical lab environment requires adherence to all safety and security precautions with knowledge in using lab equipment such as measuring equipment, balance scale, hot plate with magnetic stirrer, lab oven. Able to work in outdoor conditions common to the Toledo, Ohio area including environments that can be hot/cold/humid/windy with sun/rain/sleet/snow. Ability to climb and work on ladders/scaffolding (not have a fear of heights), move/lift up to 25 lbs. and stand or sit for long periods of time. Ability to wear personal protective gear including goggles, masks, respirator, gloves protective clothing, etc 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. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to access job openings or apply for a job on this site as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by contacting Human Resources at [email protected] or (567)-666-0387.

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