The Boston Athenæum seeks an experienced full-time Book Conservator to join the Conservation team. The Book Conservator will perform conservation treatments on bound and unbound paper-based materials from the collections of the Boston Athenæum and will support the work of the Boston Athenæum across all departments. The ideal candidate is a good multi-tasker and is highly organized with demonstrated project management and communications skills. The Book Conservator reports directly to the Chief Conservator and works collaboratively with all members of the Conservation team.
- In consultation with the Chief Conservator, executes structural and aesthetic conservation treatments on bound and unbound paper-based materials, including rare books, manuscripts, archival documents, maps, prints, and works of art on paper.
- Exercises a high degree of judgment in applying established conservation principles and procedures.
- Documents treatments of rare materials with full written and photographic documentation, in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
- Participates in planning of project goals and workflow.
- Collaborates on digitization projects.
- Participates in public presentations, lab tours, and development events, as needed
- Participates in disaster response and recovery.
- Assists in exhibition preparation and installation, and prepares condition reports for exhibited, loaned, or borrowed collection materials.
- Assists in training interns, fellows, and/or volunteers.
- Conducts other duties as assigned.
How To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume, including current availability, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boston Athenæum is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply and are committed to hiring individuals who value a diverse and inclusive work environment.
About this Organization:
Founded in 1807 as “a fountain, at which all, who choose, may
gratify their thirst for knowledge,” the Boston Athenæum has evolved into a
beloved subscription library, specializing in history, biography, literature,
and art. 5,000 Households maintain active memberships in the Athenæum, and
enjoy a range of services from individualized reference assistance to superb
children’s programming, from discussion groups to curated selections of digital
and print resources. Tourists and scholars from around the world consult the
quarter-million rare items in the collection, which includes George
Washington’s personal library; an important collection of early American
portraits; rich holdings related to the Civil War and documenting New England’s
built environment; and the Athenæum’s own historical archives, attesting to the
institution’s role in American arts and letters. Each year, the Athenæum offers
hundreds of cultural programs— including lectures, concerts, performances,
exhibitions, and tastings—within its exquisite National Historic Landmark
structure, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.