Conservator of Objects

Website New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA) seeks highly qualified candidates for the position of Conservator of Objects, with a focus and expertise in large-scale sculpture. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an initial period of 4 years, the position will thereafter become permanent. The Conservator will have the primary responsibility for the examination, documentation, conservation, treatment, scientific analysis, and research on the over 90 large-scale sculptures sited in the 11 1⁄2 acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden adjacent to the museum.

The Conservator also will assess and, when needed, treat objects within the museum’s permanent collection, covering a broad range of media. The Conservator will provide recommendations as to installation, presentation, storage environments, and housing of objects in the museum’s collections, as well as create incoming and outgoing condition reports, documentation, and record-keeping, and undertake technical investigations, The Conservator will also establish relationships with degree-granting conservation programs, supervise students and interns, respond to public inquiries, and participate in specialist conferences and public programs. Reporting to the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Head Registrar, the Objects Conservator will also work closely and collaboratively with the curators, registrars, collections managers, preparators, learning and engagement team, and the rest of NOMA’s staff.

NOMA is committed to building a diverse staff, and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

  • Conduct conservation treatments of three-dimensional objects in consultation with staff, performed according to the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice
  • Maintenance of the sculpture garden, which will encompass:
    • Maintaining, updating or creating visual and written documentation for each work
    • Create and implement a rotating schedule for cleaning of each work
    • Perform necessary conservation treatments to preserve objects’ visual and structural integrity
    • Conduct research and develop treatment plans for larger treatments if/when necessary
  • Complete historic, technical, and scientific investigation and share scholarly research through presentation, publication, and other programs
  • Work with colleagues to advise on the preservation and responsible storage of the permanent collection
  • Represent outdoor sculpture conservation within the museum and at national and international conferences
  • Contribute to outreach activities in the lab including tours, classes, and visiting scholars
  • Review and update museum’s emergency preparedness plan and integrated pest management protocols
  • Examine works requested for loan, determine suitability for travel, and treat, as needed
  • Support professional development of Fellows, interns, and students
  • Other duties as assigned

 

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of two years of post-graduate experience as an objects conservator with specialization in outdoor sculpture in a museum or private conservation practice
  • Excellent hand skills and attention to detail
  • Communication skills that facilitate teamwork and the ability to work across museum departments and dedication to inclusivity and diversity in the workplace
  • Commitment to sharing knowledge and skills through meetings, conferences and publications
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and produce high-level results on multiple projects with shifting priorities
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with a wide variety of Museum colleagues
  • Professional competence with basic computer programs, such as Excel, Word, Outlook,
  • Adobe Creative Cloud, and data asset management systems, such as MIMSY
  • Willingness and ability to learn and implement new software as necessary
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • A continuous drive to gain new skills and knowledge

 

KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION

  • Graduate degree with specialization in objects conservation with extensive experience in outdoor sculpture, or equivalent experience required
  • Strong knowledge of conservation methodologies, ethics, and techniques
  • Demonstrated experience in conservation documentation and treatments
  • Knowledge of historical and current imaging techniques
  • Familiarity with current research and developments in the field

 

ABOUT NOMA

NOMA is committed to preserving, presenting, and enriching its collections and renowned sculpture garden; offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures. It is the city’s oldest fine arts institution and hosts and impressive permanent collection of over 40,000 objects. The 11 1⁄2 acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA is one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States, with over 90 sculptures situated on a beautifully landscaped site.

 

SALARY AND COMPENSATION

$61,200 annual salary and full benefit package


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