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Subject: Position at Cooper Hewitt

Position at Cooper Hewitt

From: Lucy Commoner <commolu>
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 1999
Assistant Textile Conservator
Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution

The Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
is seeking applicants for a part time (three days per week) position
of Assistant Textile Conservator.  The term appointment will be for
one year, beginning October 4, 1999.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Senior Textile Conservator, the
incumbent will be responsible for the conservation and preservation
of the National Design Museum's comprehensive collection of forty
thousand textiles, costumes and costume accessories housed in the
Museum's newly completed Design Resource Center.  The conservator
will work both independently and under supervision on a full range
of textile conservation treatments.  Responsibilities will include
examination, preparation, and installation of textiles for
exhibitions and loans, maintenance of computerized conservation
records, development and fabrication of custom storage containers,
monitoring of environmental conditions in storage and on exhibition,
responding to public inquiries, and working with the Senior Textile
Conservator and the Curator of Textiles on research projects.

Qualifications: Graduate degree in the conservation of textiles or
the equivalent in experience;  demonstrated knowledge of
conservation principles;  knowledge of museum practices and
principles;  high level of manual skills;  demonstrated experience
in textile conservation techniques, including, wet cleaning,
mounting, preparation of textiles for storage and exhibition, and
fiber identification;  ability to use specialized equipment,
including microscopes, colorimeter, pH meter, illuminance meter, UV
radiometer, hygrothermograph, and photography equipment; computer
knowledge (both Mac and PC);  ability to communicate successfully
with other museum departments and with the public;  and knowledge of
safe laboratory working procedures.

Salary: Federal salary Grade 9  ($34,486) will be prorated for the
part time position. Benefits are available. The Smithsonian
Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application: In order to receive the full federal application
package for this position, call the Smithsonian's 24 hour/Touchtone
Activated/Automated Request Center: 202-287-3102. Request Vacancy
Announcement No.  99DM 1158. Applications must be received by August
9, 1999.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:5
                 Distributed: Wednesday, June 30, 1999
                        Message Id: cdl-13-5-008
Received on Tuesday, 29 June, 1999

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