Conservation Technician

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Position Summary:

Under the guidance of the Objects Conservator, the Conservation Technician will be responsible for a variety of tasks to assist with the preservation of the Missouri Historical Society’s (MHS) collections.

Compensation: 18.00-20.00 per hour

Essential Functions:

  • Entering condition and treatment reports from contract conservators into the museum’s collections management system.
  • Performing digital photography to document before and after treatment condition of artifacts.
  • Constructing specialized storage housings for objects.
  • Responsible for the safe handling and transportation of artifacts to and from the lab.
  • Managing the conservation files (paper and digital).
  • Performing IPM and environmental monitoring of storage and museum facilities
  • Participating in the daily operations of the Conservation Department, such as preparing adhesives and chemical solutions.
  • Performing minor conservation procedures.
  • Maintaining supplies and equipment inventories.
  • Maintaining workspaces in clean and functional order.
  • Understanding and observing all lab safety protocols.

Skills and Experience:

  • Experience handling art objects and working in a museum environment.
  • Familiarity with conservation lab procedures.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to current museum best practices.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Patience and attention to detail.
  • Consistent, methodical work approach.
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree (in art conservation, art history, chemistry, or related field preferred).
  • Completed (or in progress) additional coursework in chemistry and studio arts, if not part of degree.
  • Previous experience handling art objects and working in an art conservation laboratory preferred.

Deadline to Apply: Open until filled.

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Services Provided On A Non-Discriminatory Basis

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