Conservation Technician, Museum

Job description

Job location: University Museum


Employment Type: Part-time
Posted data: 2020-10-14
Req: JR00025687
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Conservation Technician, Museum

Job Profile Title

Assistant Museum Collections

Job Description Summary

Open to all, the Museum is home to remarkable objects and powerful stories that emerge from its extraordinary expeditions across the world. Discover the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the kings of ancient Egypt; from prehistoric Mexico to the lives of Native American communities today. Experience the mystery of the ancient past, gain an understanding of our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human history.

This technician will assist departmental conservators to document objects to be treated: setting up database records, doing all photo documentation, writing up initial condition assessments, and carrying out basic treatments. The technician will also be responsible for movement of artifacts within the Museum. This technician may also be based in the Museum’s public conservation lab and be responsible for interactions with the public about conservation while in that space. Responsible for positive and helpful interactions with Museum visitors, acting as the Museum’s host, answering questions and providing assistance as needed to ensure our guests encounter a welcoming atmosphere. Perform additional duties as assigned.

The standard workweek at this location is Monday - Friday but occasional weekend work may be needed.

This is a term appointment that will be needed through at least June 2021, contingent upon funding, satisfactory performance, and Museum needs.

Job Description

Responsibilities

This technician will assist departmental conservators to document objects to be treated: setting up database records, doing all photo documentation, writing up initial condition assessments, and carrying out basic treatments. The technician will also be responsible for movement of artifacts within the Museum. This technician may also be based in the Museum’s public conservation lab and be responsible for interactions with the public about conservation while in that space. Responsible for positive and helpful interactions with Museum visitors, acting as the Museum’s host, answering questions and providing assistance as needed to ensure our guests encounter a welcoming atmosphere. Perform additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Knowledge of Axiell EMu or a similar collections management database will be helpful.

Knowledge of digital photography, digital photography processing, specialized digital photography methods such as Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and multimodal imaging (MMI) will be an asset.

Sound work habits, personal initiative, and organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to undertake moderate to heavy lifting are essential.

Candidate will uphold collegial and collaborative working relationships with conservation staff and other departments.

Desired Formal Education

Bachelor's Degree required in related fields.

Desired Work Experience

Previous experience with conservation is a requirement.

Working Conditions

Office, library, computer room

Requires extensive safety training

Alternative work schedules

Exposure to chemicals

Requires protective devices

Physical Effort

Occasional lifting 25-50 lbs.

Typically standing or walking

Typically bending, crouching, stooping

Using tools requiring high dexterity

Please attach cover letter with resume.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

University Museum

Pay Range

$17.58 - $31.65

Affirmative Action Statement 
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

 

 

 

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Posted: 10/15/2020
Application Due: 10/22/2020
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