Saturday, September 20, 2014

Job Opening: Conservator, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, Seminole Tribe of Florida

Announcing an exciting opportunity to be part of the Collections team at the first tribally owned museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums!  The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum is looking for a full-time conservator to help care for a collection of over 100,000 photographic, paper, and ethnographic objects.  Because of the nature of our collection, conservators who specialize in objects, textiles, paper, or photographs will all be considered, and no one will be asked to do work on materials they are not trained for.  This is a full-time position with benefits in a beautiful location. 

Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents should apply.  If interested, please send cover letter and resume to Collections Manager Tara Backhouse,

Nature of Work: 
The incumbent in this position is responsible for the preservation of the historic collection located at the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. The individual is responsible for all aspects of conservation treatment of the Museum’s permanent collections and exhibits. Completes condition assessments; documents and selects appropriate conservation treatments for all new acquisitions and loans of objects, artwork and documents received by the Museum. This position reports to the Collections Manager and is a non-exempt position. 

Illustrative Tasks: 
The listed duties are only illustrative and are not intended to describe every function that may be performed by this position. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed, if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.

•    Maintains a conservation program designed to care for and restore historic documents, objects and/or artifacts and art work of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum’s permanent collections. Plans, implements and reviews care of Museum collections.

•    Completes condition assessments; documents and selects appropriate conservation treatments for all new acquisitions and loans objects and/or artifacts, art work and documents received by the Museum. Examine incoming acquisitions and loans for infestation issues. 

•    Determines whether the documents, objects/artifacts are in need of repair and chooses the safest and most effective method of repair. Notifies superior when restoration of artifacts requires outside experts. 

•    Manages the Museum’s Integrated Pest Management program and treats pest issues appropriately as necessary.

•    Designs and implements safe object mounting techniques for the exhibitions. Supervises the installation and de-installation of Museum’s collections and exhibits, including monitoring light levels to ensure the safety and preservation of the objects, artifacts, documents and art work. 

•    Advises Museum’s staff on the care of permanent collections. Recommends preservation procedures, such as control of temperature and humidity, to curatorial and Museum’s staff. Provides conservation education and general guidance to Museum’s staff and Art Collection Community through workshops, lectures, site visits, etc.

•    Performs tests and examinations to establish storage and conservation requirements, policies, and procedures. Prepares artifacts for storage and shipping. Monitors the conditions of works in storage, exhibition, and transit environments.  

•    Manages in-house conservation laboratory. Selects appropriate conservation supplies, tools, and equipment; ensures maintenance of tools/equipment and the establishment of quality control procedures to verify the adherence of products to standards. 

•    Ensures compliance with all chemical policies and procedures. Maintains log sheets up to date and informs the Fire Department and Environmental Services regarding Chemical contents store within the Conservation lab.

•    Photo-documents the Museum’s collection items as needed and maintains archives of photograph sets.

•    Establishes and maintains relationships with other museums, agencies and departments to meet museum's needs and to ensure quality of the services provided.

•    Performs other related duties as assigned. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 
•    Knowledge of Seminole Tribe of Florida’s culture and history.
•    Knowledge of guidelines and best practices of the museum industry.
•    Knowledge of appropriate basic and intermediate conservation treatment procedures.  
•    Ability to maintain effective working relationships.
•    Ability to analyze data and information and interpret when needed. 
•    Ability to handle multiple projects and see projects to a point of completion.
•    Ability to serve the STOF’s Officers, general public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity.
•    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers and elected and appointed officials.

Minimum Requirements 
Bachelor’s degree in History, Anthropology, Art or related field with a specialization in conservation is required. Master’s degree in art conservation preferred. Minimum of two (2) years of experience working as a conservator in a museum or in a similar setting is required.    An equivalent combination of degree and experience with formal training in conservation and preservation will also be considered.  Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, including excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. Excellent research skills required. Proficiency utilizing Microsoft software packages and other common programs required. Ability to travel and work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays is required.

Physical Demands
Moderate physical activity. Work requires physical strength to lift heavy objects (25-40 pounds); the dexterity to grasp very small objects; and good eyesight to see differences in color, shading, and brightness. The incumbent must be able to stand for extended periods of time.

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