Painting Conservation Fellow

Sarasota, FL
Jun 22, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 41783

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Apply On Or Before: 08/07/2017


The Ringling is a preeminent center for the arts, history, performance, and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. From its inception, The Ringling has joined the diverse visual traditions and theatrical spectacle of yesterday with the genre-defying global practitioners of today. A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling’s campus in Sarasota, Florida—which includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, a historic home, an 18th-century theater and bayfront gardens—is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars and lifelong learners of every age across the region, country, and around the world. For more information, please visit


The Painting Conservation Fellow, on a 12-month visiting A&P appointment, works as a member of the Collections department. Under the Supervision of the Chief Conservator and in accordance with the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice, the Conservation Fellow conducts conservation/restoration procedures, primarily on paintings, and other objects as required.
Condition Reporting: Conducts physical examination and documentation of the Ringling's permanent collection, possible acquisitions, and exhibitions. Completes physical condition surveys of objects and assists in treatment planning. Participates in periodic works of art inspections.
Object Conservation: Carries out complete conservation and restoration procedures of minor to major complexity under the supervision of the Chief Conservator: Performs treatments such as solubility testing, consolidation, reduction of deformation, facing, lining/lining removal, surface cleaning, varnish removal, overpaint removal, infilling, inpainting, and varnishing. Makes recommendations to the Chief Conservator on conservation requirements.
Object Safety and Preservation: Collaborates within Collections team, with other Institutions, and with Ringling departments to ensure the safe display, storage, and movement of art objects. Recommends framing, hanging and display systems, environmental levels of light, temperature, and relative humidity, safe packing methods for art being stored or transported, and advises on safe handling procedures. Implements preventative conservation measures. Completes frame modifications/reframing, prepares paintings/objects for display, exhibition, loan, photography, or storage.
Documentation & Records Maintenance: Prepares detailed written and photographic documentation of the materials, structure, condition and previous conservation treatments for works of art. Maintains accurate detailed records and prepares written final object treatment reports. Photographically records various stages of treatment to create a permanent documentary record. Performs digital photography as well as image processing and management.
Equipment Usage: Operates specialized equipment such as stereo binocular microscopes, ultraviolet lamps, heated suction table, Willard heated spatulas and hot air pens, and Osiris infrared camera, as required.
Laboratory Administrative Support: Assists with the administrative functions of conservation laboratory. Ensures Work and Environmental Safety laws, policies and procedures are followed. Purchases, orders, receives and assists with inventory and maintenance of equipment, parts, supplies, office supplies and other materials for lab. Makes recommendations for the purchase of new equipment and the modification/replacement of current equipment. Performs routine/preventative maintenance on lab equipment.
Performs other related duties as assigned and may travel nationally/internationally to serve as a museum courier. Assignments are based on the needs of the Museum. Courier training and certification is required prior to the incumbent serving in this capacity.


Masters Degree in Art Conservation/equivalent degree and 2 years of experience, or professional training and experience equal to 6 years.
Knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices of collections management.
Knowledge of art storage and display methods, techniques, and procedures.
Knowledge of and ability to utilize technical skills in the area of art/object conservation.
Knowledge of history of art and history of artist's techniques.
Knowledge of and ability to safely operate machinery, tools, equipment and materials used in area of work/identify safety hazards to establish a safe work environment.
Knowledge of and ability to apply the processes, procedures and methods used in museum operations in compliance with applicable governing entities such as the American Association of Museums.

Contact Info

For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or

Anticipated Salary Range

Annual Salary of $33,000.00
Florida State benefits available.
Anticipated hiring date of September 2017

Pay Plan

This is an 12 Month Visiting A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

Soft Money Funded Position

This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University.


Schedule will be Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Some nights and weekends may be required.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.
Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.
FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:


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