The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to offer an Assistant Photograph Conservator Fellow position at the Susan and David Goode Center for Advanced Study in Art Conservation. This two-year position is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Service’s Museums (IMLS) for America Program with additional support from Bank of America’s Conservation Project. The position is in support of a key strategic initiative to expand VMFA’s conservation program and its endeavor to stabilize, preserve and showcase VMFA’s photographic collections. This position will directly support the study, protection, and preservation of VMFA’s photographs through examination, conservation research, documentation and treatment. The successful applicant will participate in all operations and responsibilities associated with an active museum conservation program. The Assistant Photograph Conservator Fellow duties will include public relations and educational responsibilities such as conservation studio tours; speaking to visiting groups; assisting with workshops, seminars and lectures related to conservation; responding to public inquiries, and training museum staff in collections care. IMLS, Bank of America and VMFA are committed to encouraging diversity in the museum profession.
NOTE: This is a two (2) year grant-funded project. Continued employment is subject to the continuation of grant funding.
Applicants must have a graduate degree from a recognized art conservation training program, specializing in photographs. Additional knowledge and experience in paper conservation is preferred. The successful candidate must have a thorough knowledge of conservation principles and practices; knowledge of analytical techniques frequently used in conservation; and knowledge of safe methods of handling chemicals and hazardous materials based on OSHA standards. He/she must be proficient in operating photographic and scientific equipment and conducting materials testing. Frequent domestic and/or international travel is likely required during the tenure of the successful candidate. Experience with word processing, spreadsheets and database software is also required. Familiarity with TMS is desirable. The selected candidate will have the ability to work independently and in concert with other museum co-workers and outside contractors. The successful candidate must be able to wear a respirator equipped with organic vapor cartridges.
This posting will remain open until filled. Please contact the HR office at (804) 340-1485, if you need assistance. EEO/AA, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer.