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Subject: Position at Dutch National Museum of Ethnology

Position at Dutch National Museum of Ethnology

From: Graeme Scott <graeme>
Date: Friday, October 25, 2002
Dutch National Museum of Ethnology

The Dutch National Museum of Ethnology (Rijksmuseum voor
Volkenkunde) <URL:> has a vacancy for a
Conservator/Restorer (male or female)

One of the oldest ethnographic museums in the world, the National
Museum of Ethnology (NME, or in Dutch, Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde
(RMV)) in Leiden, the Netherlands, was re-opened to the public in
April 2001 after several years rebuilding and refurbishing. The
NME/RMV has a collection of around 193,000 objects, and employs
around 100 people.

This is a part-time position for 32 hours per week (0,89 FTE) in the
division of Collections Management.  The division has 15 employees,
divided into the sections Conservation and Restoration, Depot
Management, Registration, and the collection of historical
photographs, film and sound. The position-holder will work together
with two other conservators, depot and technical staff and external

Job description: In addition to treating objects from the
collection, the position-holder is responsible within the
conservation team for the preventive conservation and Integrated
Pest Management (IPM)programmes.

The tasks include:

    *   Conservation of objects, carrying out condition surveys and
        other conservation-related tasks, as required.

    *   Planning, organising, and carrying out tasks such as
        monitoring and data-analysis in areas of climate control,
        object-support, and collections packing and transport.

    *   Planning, organising and carrying out pest monitoring and
        control tasks.

    *   Initiating, planning and developing new preventive
        conservation programmes and activities.

    *   Advising staff and others about preventive conservation
        issues concerning storage, exhibitions, loans and other
        forms of collection use.


    A degree or diploma in conservation, or some demonstrable

    At least two years working experience in conservation studios.

    Proven ability to analyse, develop and implement improvements in
    working methods and techniques within the areas of

    A good knowledge of the chemistry and materials relevant to
    ethnographic collections

    A good knowledge of chemical and non-chemical pest control
    methods is required.

    Ability to speak, read and write Dutch is preferred, however a
    good standard of spoken and written English is essential.
    Knowledge of an additional European language is an advantage.

    Awareness of, and sensitivity to cultural/ethical aspects of
    ethnographic collections is essential.

    Excellent communication and teamworking skills and a good
    attention to detail are required.

What we offer: A part-time contract for a year, which can, at the
end of that period and depending on good performance, be converted
to a permanent contract.

Terms of employment: According to the CAO Verzelfstandigde
Rijksmusea (collective agreement on working conditions for employees
of National Museums). Salary according to age and experience.  An
indication of salary is between euro 1.958 and euro 2.562 per month,
before tax and deductions, for a 32 hour week (scale 9 CAO).

For more information about the position, contact:

    Graeme Scott
    Head of Collections Management division
    +31 71 5168786

Send your application before November 22, 2002 to

    The National Museum of Ethnology
    attn: Wilma Vink, HRM-department
    PO Box 212
    2300 AE Leiden
    wilma [at] rmv__nl

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