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Subject: Position at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Position at Metropolitan Museum of Art

From: Jimmy Cintron <jimmy<-a>
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Assistant Conservator
Drawings and Prints
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This is a temporary grant-funded position (scheduled to end May 31,
2006) to perform conservation and preservation treatment on the
collection of early Italian architectural treatises in the
Department of Drawings and Prints. The work is supervised by a
curator from that Department in cooperation with Watson Library's
Preservation Librarian. A wide variety of conservation treatments
will be performed, using the facilities of the Watson Library's Book
Conservation Unit.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

    *   Assess each item in a subset of the collection (Italian
        architectural treatises of the 15th-19th centuries) and
        determine appropriate housing and treatment.

    *   Supervise volunteer staff in creating mylar, four-flap,
        clamshell,  and other enclosures.

    *   For those books requiring custom-made boxes, measure books
        and complete order forms.

    *   Carry out treatments as necessary. These may include but are
        not limited to: dry-cleaning and refurbishing of paper,
        leather, and vellum; making repairs to joints, hinges, caps,
        corners, and edges of books; repairing endbands; recasing
        and rebacking; paper repair; flattening of warped vellum
        boards; rebinding.

    *   Complete condition and treatment reports, together with
        photographic documentation, and assist in preparing final
        report for granting agency.

    *   Other related duties

Requirements and Qualifications:

Experience and Skills:

    *   The collection of early Italian architectural treatises in
        the Department of Drawings and Prints is one of the most
        important of its kind, comprising many rare, early books in
        original bindings of vellum, leather, paper, and wood. In
        order to be considered for this position, a conservator must
        possess a minimum of five years experience in rare book
        treatment, including considerable work with fifteenth and
        sixteenth-century volumes.

    *   Demonstrated skills in the full-range of book conservation
        treatment and repairs required.

    *   Clerical and photographic skills adequate for documentation
        of the project required.

    *   Reading knowledge of Italian helpful.

    *   Some knowledge of architecture preferred but not required.

Knowledge and Education:

    *   Completion of a formal graduate-level program in book
        conservation required.

    *   Knowledge of printmaking processes and 16th-20th century
        European binding structures.

Send letter of interest and curriculum vitae (as a Word document
only) to: employoppty<-a t->metmuseum< . >org or via Fax to: 212-570-3882.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    1000 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10028-0198
    Fax: 212-570-3882

Equal Opportunity Employer

Jimmy Cintron
Vice President, Operations
Sky Advertising
14 East 33rd Street
New York, New York 10016
212-677-2500 ext: 152
Fax: 212-677-2818

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