Subject: Position at West Lake Conservators Ltd.
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 <URL:http://www.westlakeconservators.com> and contact Susan Blakney or Margie Sutton. Applicants should send a letter of interest (including resume) to Susan Blakney <susan<-at->westlakeconservators<.>com> Susan Blakney, Chief Conservator AIC Fellow, IIC Fellow West Lake Conservators Ltd. 315-685-8534 Fax: 315-685-0027 *** Conservation DistList Instance 27:16 Distributed: Sunday, October 6, 2013 Message Id: cdl-27-16-028 ***Received on Tuesday, 1 October, 2013