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Subject: Position at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Position at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

From: Vicki Gambill <vgambill>
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2001
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) seeks a
full-time general objects conservator to work with the museum's
distinguished collections.  These collections include anthropology,
botany, history, paleontology, mineralogy, as well as most of the
zoological disciplines.

Responsibilities include a full range of conservation work on the
Museum's permanent collection of 33 million objects and specimens,
including maintenance and treatment of diversified collections,
recommendations on storage and handling, and development and
operation of a conservation laboratory and facilities.  As the
museum's objects conservator, considerable attention will be given
to assessing the overall priorities for the NHMLAC's collections,
including developing museum- wide programs such as integrated pest
management and preventive conservation.  The Museum also has an
active traveling exhibit program, and the conservator will be
expected to monitor both incoming and outgoing loans.  In addition
to the main site at Exposition Park, the conservator will also
oversee and care for collections at two satellite museums, The
George C. Page Museum and the William S. Hart Home.

NHMLAC is currently engaged in planning a larger more modern museum
that will include a new building, physical plant, exhibit halls and
collection storage facilities based at Exposition Park. The
conservator will also play a role in planning the conservation needs
for this facility and supervising a temporary collection move in
conjunction with the new building.

A successful candidate should have a master's degree from a
recognized conservation training program and have at least five
years of experience as an objects conservator, preferably working in
a museum environment. Experience with natural history collections is
especially desirable.  The position demands a sound knowledge of
physical and organic chemistry as applied to conservation treatments
as well as an understanding of preservation theory and ethics.
Applicant should be able to work independently as well as part of a
larger team.   Interpersonal skills, familiarity with preservation
and conservation issues as well as management and planning
experience are a must. Supervised within the Registration
Department, the conservator will work in close collaboration with
the Museum's Research and Collections Division as well as the
Exhibit Division.

Salary range will be commensurate with experience.  Position
includes full benefits.  Please send resume, cover letter, and three
letters of recommendation to:

    Vicki Gambill
    Chief Registrar
    Natural History Museum
    900 Exposition Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90007

No phone calls please.

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