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Subject: Position at Heritage Conservation Centre, Singapore

Position at Heritage Conservation Centre, Singapore

From: Janice Teng <janice_teng<-at->
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Conservator (Paper)
Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC), Singapore

The National Heritage Board (NHB) preserves, presents and promotes
the cultural heritage of Singapore. Our mission is to play the roles
of safeguarding and promoting the heritage of Singapore's diverse
communities, for the purpose of education, nation-building and
cultural understanding.

The Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC) is a purpose-built facility
for the storage and conservation of all artworks and artefacts under
the care of NHB. Conservation comprises 4 specialisations; objects
conservation, paintings conservation, paper conservation, and
textiles conservation. We are now seeking candidates for the
Conservator (Paper) position.

Job Description

The main responsibilities are:

    Undertake assessment, documentation, and conservation treatments
    to artworks and artefacts from the NHB collections

    Extensive practical work on a variety of paper artefacts for
    exhibition and storage needs

    Performs relevant conservation analysis and tests in
    contributing to the preservation and conservation knowledge of
    the NHB collections

    To manage and/or implement preventive conservation projects as
    and when the need arise, including environmental monitoring and
    pest management relating to collections care in storage, on loan
    and on display

    To participate in planning teams for local/ overseas exhibition
    and gallery development

    To participate in conservation or research projects undertaken
    by the Paper Conservation Section

    To share knowledge and practice with the rest of the paper
    conservation team and help coach the new conservation officers

Brief description of collection: At HCC, the Paper Conservation
Section mainly conserves the nation's collections of the following
museums under National Heritage Board, namely the National Museum of
Singapore, Singapore Arts Museum, Asian Civilisations Museum, The
Peranakan Museum, Malay Heritage Centre, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang
Memorial Hall and the inaugurals of The National Gallery of
Singapore and Indian Heritage Centre.

The paper-based artefacts in the national collection are mainly from
Singapore and the rest of SEA. They can be broadly categorized as
historic, ethnographic, modern and contemporary in nature and takes
the form of documents and manuscripts, books, photographs and works
of art on paper such as watercolours, pastels, prints and drawings

Work location and arrangement: The conservator shall mostly be based
at HCC at 32 Jurong Port Road. The conservator shall be working in
the Paper Conservation team in HCC, alongside Paintings Conservation
Section, Objects Conservation Section, and Textiles Conservation
Section. There are currently 6 other paper conservators who work
intensively on the collections. The Centre encourages cross
disciplinary interaction hence the paper conservators are encouraged
to leverage on the other areas of specialisation that are currently
in HCC to enhance the conservation decision-making process.

Qualifications and Other Requirements

    Candidate should have a recognized first degree (bachelor's or
    honours) or a Masters degree in Conservation, with 6 to 8 years
    of relevant practical experience

    Familiarity and experience with cultural materials from SEA will
    be advantageous

    Ability to carry out practical work with high degree of manual
    dexterity and aesthetic sensitivity

    Possess strong verbal and written communication skills

    Possess initiative with ability to multi-task, organise and
    prioritise work in given timeline

    Positive attitude, a strong team player who can share and also
    work independently when required

    Ability and experience to coach and impart conservation skills
    and knowledge effectively

    Experience in handling multi-cultural materials with sensitivity
    and ability to make sound contextual judgements in accordance
    with conservation principles and practices

    Keep up to date with the latest conservation development through
    research and training. Evidence of continual professional
    development is strongly desirable

    Strong interest in heritage and the arts

To apply, please mark "Conservator (Paper), HCC" on the envelope and
send your resume to

    National Heritage Board
    61 Stamford Road, #03-08,
    Stamford Court
    Singapore 178892

Or email resume with Subject title: "Application for Conservator
(Paper)" to nhb_hr<-at->nhb<.>gov<.>sg.

The closing date for application is 30 November 2013.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:18
                Distributed: Thursday, October 24, 2013
                       Message Id: cdl-27-18-027
Received on Wednesday, 16 October, 2013

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