Associate Conservator of Works on Paper and Books | The Conservation Center

The Conservation Center in Chicago is searching for an Associate Conservator of Works on Paper and Books, in effort to expand the company’s Paper Department. The ideal candidate should have the following: working knowledge of materials, techniques, and ethics of paper and book conservation; extremely fine manual skills; the ability to carry out treatments of minor to major complexity; sound judgment; the ability to meet scheduled deadlines; and the ability to work effectively with colleagues and clients as a positive and productive team member.

Skills & Qualifications: 

An advanced degree in art conservation with a specialization in paper conservation preferred; or an advanced degree with comparable training, and a minimum of two years’ post-graduate experience.

Thorough understanding of conservation theory and practice.

Ability to provide written condition reports, treatment recommendations, and post-treatment reports for a wide range of works on paper and bound books.

Strong grasp of methods and materials utilized in the conservation of works on paper including, but not limited to the following: water bathing, humidification, light bleaching, flattening methods, backing removal, lining, mounting, stain reduction, hinge removal, tear and loss repair, compensation, retouching, suction table techniques, and safe handling procedures during use of solvents.

Ability to perform stabilization and treatment on different types of items including the following: drawings, prints, pastels, watercolors, contemporary media, folding screens, scrolls, architectural drawings, letters, documents, photographs, and bound books.

Understanding of the structure of bound books.

Strong communication skills.

Ability to adhere to strict deadlines.

Ability to perform the physical labor as required for specific treatments.

Ability to work in disaster recovery and triage situations.

Previous experience in private practice strongly preferred.

To Apply: 

This is a full-time salaried position, which requires occasional travel. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience - benefits include medical insurance, vacation pay, and a 401 (k) retirement plan. The Conservation Center is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to contact Heather Becker at Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, and three professional references which illustrate qualifications. If applying from outside the US, a US work visa is required before applying.

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Heather Becker - The Conservation Center