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Archives Conservation Specialist – Albany, NY

Job Description:

The State Education Departments Office of Cultural Education (OCE) is seeking to fill an Archives Conservation Specialist (ACS) 1 position. Under the direction of an ACS 3, the incumbent will perform conservation/preservation activities for paper-based collections in the Office of Cultural Education. Collections encompass, but are not limited to, archival holdings, manuscripts, prints, drawings, and maps.

This will be a provisional appointment.

Position Duties:

Abiding by the American Institute for Conservation Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice, duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:

Examine, treat, document, and house high priority paper based collections and prepare the collections for exhibition;

Participate in collections stewardship activities and teams, including:
–environmental monitoring programs, including operation of dataloggers, reporting of data, and collaboration with facilities managers and building engineers to improve conditions;
–emergency planning and response, including staff training, maintenance of supplies, protection of collections from hazards, immediate response to disasters, and evaluation and treatment of damaged collections;
–stacks and storage maintenance and housekeeping;
–preservation assessment of collections and recommending preventive and remedial preservation action and maintaining documentation of preservation needs and actions;
–planning and supervising rehousing and processing activities for selected paper based collections;
–preparation of selected paper based collections for reformatting initiatives;

Deliver presentations and demonstrations illustrating conservation principles, techniques and results;

Provide preservation and conservation advice to government customers and the public;

Provide advice, assistance, and training to staff as needed and participate in disaster response outreach activities;

Participate in OCE lab management activities, including maintaining inventory of supplies, and maintenance and use of OCE equipment; and

Supervise Historic Conservation Technician, interns, and support staff, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

For provisional appointment, candidates must have a Masters degree in paper conservation, OR a Bachelors degree and two years of experience as a conservation technician with duties including one or more of the following: assisting conservator with conservation lab treatments, such as washing, lining and deacidification; independently carrying out conservation lab treatments, such as dry cleaning, mending, or fabrication of custom storage containers; monitoring and recording environmental conditions; overseeing technical components of micrographics or imaging operations; or assisting conservator with preservation training activities.

Salary & Benefits:


*Leads to a maximum salary of $52,552 based on annual performance advances.

How to Apply:

 Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by November 5, 2013 to (Email applications are preferred). Please include the Box number (OCE-838) and your last name in the subject line of your email to ensure receipt of your application.

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