DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE
TEXTILE CONSERVATOR JOB POSTING
Casey Mallinckrodt, head email@example.com
TitleConservator II, Textile Conservator
Reports toHead Conservator
Full time (40hr week) on site
Effective DateMay 2023
Salary$55,000.00-$65,000.00 a year with benefits and travel and research funds
AVENIR CONSERVATION CENTER
The newly established Avenir Conservation Center is committed to compassionate and scholarly conservation initiatives that are deeply rooted in shared learning. We strive to model excellence as well as decenter historical perspectives on ownership, care, and preservation of belongings housed in museum collections by partnering with originating and descendant communities to amplify their beliefs and desires. We resolve to honor diverse cultural protocols during all phases of our work.
Develop a facility that generates collaborative and innovative research and collections care; serves as a resource for other institutions and individuals; and mentors a new generation of conservators and museum professionals from diverse and wide-reaching backgrounds. We will join the forward-thinking people and organizations that model the changes we embrace.
The conservation lab is located in the museum in the Avenir Collections Center, which opened in 2014. The space is equipped with micro-FTIR, p-XRF, polarized light microscope, and a photography area equipped for multispectral imaging. Strengths of the textile collections include Native North American and First Nations textiles, archaeological textiles from South America, historic and contemporary Mexican textiles, and a diverse collection of basketry. The collections include historic and contemporary garments and beadwork.
The Avenur Conservation Center is actively expanding staffing and resources and is evolving to realize our mission. We are committed to collaboration within the museum and the larger community, and to engaging people historically underrepresented in the conservation and museum professions.
Conservators develop and carry out conservation treatments, technical analyses and collaborative research, and engage in outreach through public programs and tours. With the collections staff, conservators oversee care and handling of anthropologydivision collections. We are seeking a colleague who is curious and enthusiastic to work closely with conservators and curators, scholars and community members to build the Avenir Conservation Center. The position may include work at archaeological sites.
The textile conservator will have a unique opportunity to collaborate with conservation and curatorial colleagues to envision and develop textile conservation capacity and projects as well as oversee the care and handling of the textile collections. The conservator will developand carry out conservation treatments, technical analyses, and research, and will have a central role in a multi-year conservation-curatorial study of the museum’s collections of textiles of the Americas. The conservator will have the support of a five-person advisory group of experienced textile conservators and specialists.
Minimum Qualifications and Requirements
• Master’s degree in conservation from a recognized conservation graduate program.
The Ideal Candidate
Preference will be given to candidates with organizational and leadership experience; interest in research, cross disciplinary collaboration, and publication; and have some Spanish language.
We welcome the opportunity to diversify the community of museum professionals. Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job description describes your experience and aspirations, please apply for the textile conservator position.