Full-Time Conservation Technician
• Job Type: Full-Time Job
• Long Island City, New York
• Department: PTM Conservation Lab
• Job ID: 11314
The mission of The New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities and we rely on three great resources—our staff, our collections, and our physical and digital spaces—to provide opportunities for learning and growth.
With over 2.5 million visitors per year to the Library’s historic Fifth Avenue building alone, exhibitions at NYPL represent a significant way for the public to discover the Library’s world-renowned collections.
The Conservation Technician position is located in the Library’s Goldsmith Conservation Lab, the staff of which consists of a team of conservators and technicians specializing in bound, flat, and photographic materials. The lab supports the special collections of NYPL’s research centers and provides conservation assessment, treatment, research, and training to advance the preservation of the collection and meet the conservation needs of the Library’s active exhibition, loan, digitization and acquisition programs.
The Conservation Technician reports to the Senior Book and Paper Conservator, who is responsible for coordinating and overseeing Conservation’s work in support of the Library’s exhibition and loan programs.
Conservation consists of two labs, the Goldsmith Conservation Lab and the Collections Care Lab, both overseen by the Head of Conservation and located at the Library Services Center in Long Island City, Queens. Conservation at NYPL is a unit of Preservation and Special Collections Processing, responsible for the processing and cataloging, management, and preservation of the Research Libraries collections.
Reporting to the Senior Book and Paper Conservator, the Conservation Technician:
Completes conservation treatment, stabilization, and preparation of special and research library collections according to the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice in support of the Library’s exhibition and loan programs
Under the direction of the Senior Book and Paper Conservator, collaborates with the Exhibitions Planning Office in the preservation of Library collections used for exhibition and loan
Helps maintain conservation documentation of exhibition and loan objects and inventory of conservation exhibition supplies
Participates in developing and refining the lab’s processes and capabilities
Participates in lab training and group lab projects
Promotes professional and public community participation in preservation through outreach
Performs other related duties as assigned
The position involves lifting boxes of collections, operating equipment, and exposure to solvents, dust, and mold.
Required Education & Experience
- Undergraduate degree
- Demonstrated conservation treatment experience in a conservation laboratory
- Letter of recommendation from a conservation supervisor/mentor
- Demonstrated hand skills
- Fluency with Google Suite
- Familiarity with other expected computer systems and software used by a conservation lab and with library systems
- Experience with board shears
- Experience operating (including CAD software) and basic troubleshooting of a computerized mat cutter
All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:
- Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
- Be Resourceful in solving problems
- Be Curious in all aspects of your work
- Conservation laboratory setting
- Office setting
- Special collections/research library setting
- Limited physical effort is required
- Light lifting required
- Lifting up to 40 lbs. Required
- May require travel within NYC
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Union / Non Union
How to Apply
Job ID: 11314
Job Categories: Library. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: library and NYPL. States: New York.
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