Society of Southwest Archivists

UPDATED: Conservator | Texas State Library and Archives Commission (Austin, TX)

  • 07 Nov 2023 7:40 PM
    Message # 13276775
    Jacalyn Pearce (Administrator)

    The deadline has been extended to December 22, 2023. Please visit the link for more information. 


    The conservator manages the daily activities of the book and paper conservation laboratory and performs complex treatments on rare and unique archival and library materials in accordance with the AIC code of ethics. Develops and monitors work procedures for the unit, establishes priorities, and makes treatment decisions. Assists with outreach and educational programs; preservation planning and surveys; emergency response; and environmental control. May oversee the work of technicians, interns, students, or volunteers assigned to assist with conservation tasks. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. 

    Plans and manages the operations of the book and paper conservation laboratory, including administrative tasks 
    Examines and documents collections holdings to determine structure, materials, and condition
    Conducts book and paper conservation treatment for TSLAC collections
    Constructs enclosures for books, manuscripts, photographs, and other library and archival materials
    Conducts or organizes tours, workshops, and instructional sessions for a variety of audiences
    Performs exhibit preparation; assists with installation
    Serves as Conservation Team Lead
    Trains the staff, interns, and volunteers in basic conservation methods.
    Attends work regularly and in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies
    Complies with all applicable agency policies and procedures, including safety and standards of conduct
    Other Duties as assigned

    Master’s degree in Conservation; or Master’s degree in Library Science (from ALA-accredited program) or a related field, with specialized training in conservation
    Three years of work experience in a conservation lab setting
    Experience in the complex treatment of paper-based collections including the relevant chemistry and conservation theory
    Work experience using Microsoft Office Suite software
    Ability to speak and write well-organized, grammatically correct English
    Ability to analyze data and formulate conclusions
    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff
    Ability to perform visual activities requiring prolonged attention to detail
    Ability to plan and arrange own work in order to meet deadlines
    Ability to lift and move boxes weighing up to 40 lbs

    Experience in exhibit preparation and installation
    Experience developing and/or maintaining conservation treatment documentation systems 
    Experience with preservation planning
    Experience developing preservation training for staff, interns, or volunteers
    Experience presenting training or educational programs to a variety of audiences
    Experience leading or overseeing the work of others

    Salary: $5235 - $5833.33/month

    Deadline to apply: November 30, 2023

    For more information and to apply, please visit this link

    Last modified: 04 Dec 2023 8:50 PM | Jacalyn Pearce (Administrator)

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