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Subject: Position at West Lake Conservators Ltd.

Position at West Lake Conservators Ltd.

From: Shelley Andrade <shelley<-at->
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Paper Conservator
West Lake Conservators

West Lake Conservators seeks a competent, program-trained paper
conservator to join our mixed specialty, group practice. Founded in
1975 in the beautiful, historic, Finger Lakes region of Central New
York, our client base and preservation services have steadily grown
throughout our 38 years in practice. In 1998, we established the
paper conservation lab.

The successful applicant must be able to speak and write in the
English language, work independently on a broad range of paper
objects from holdings in museums, historic sites, townships,
colleges, universities and private collections, including fine art,
library and archival holdings, ephemera, etc.

Required tasks include condition assessments, accurately estimating
treatment labor/costs, preparing proposals, report-writing,
undertaking itemized surveys, environmental monitoring, disaster
recovery, and occasional onsite work. Candidates must be able to
interface comfortably with clients, manage her/his own time,
organize, plan and carry out conservation treatments, maintain and
keep materials and supplies in stock, working with our support staff
as needed. Preservation framing and appropriate frame design ability
are a must.  Willingness to work with volunteer-managed collections
and to contribute to West Lake's public education and outreach
programs are also expected. Experience with public speaking and
organizing workshops is desired.

Qualifications: Master's Degree in Art Conservation from a
recognized conservation program, or equivalent professional
experience, plus a demonstrated ability to problem solve and work on
a wide range of paper-based materials. Competent writing,
photographic documentation and computer skills are essential.
Proficiency in MS Word is required. Familiarity with MS
Office/spreadsheets desirable. Treatment estimates are created
utilizing Quickbooks. Working knowledge of and adherence to AIC
guidelines for digital documentation, techniques, and practices
required. Previous bench experience in private practice and project
management skills are a plus.

The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and grow with
proven performance. Benefits include health insurance, an
educational stipend, holiday and vacation time and bonuses.  A rare
entrepreneurial opportunity also exists for the right candidate to
become part or full owner.

West Lake Conservators' clientele includes museum and private
collections both regional and national. We encourage our employees
to engage with the conservation profession through research,
presentation at meetings and conferences. We also encourage and
support attaining PA and/or Fellow status in AIC.

This is a golden opportunity to join an established practice and
concentrate on treatments, not the complexities of business, which
will be mentored by Susan Blakney and Margie Sutton, paintings
conservators and co-owners of West Lake Conservators.

For more information: visit our web site at


and contact Susan Blakney or Margie Sutton. Applicants should send a
letter of interest (including resume) to Susan Blakney

Susan Blakney, Chief Conservator
AIC Fellow, IIC Fellow
West Lake Conservators Ltd.
Fax: 315-685-0027

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Received on Tuesday, 1 October, 2013

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