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Conservation Technician for Special Collections (Temporary), Weissman Preservation Center (Cambridge)

Working under the supervision of the Senior Conservators in the Weissman Preservation Center, the Conservation Technician for Special Collections helps to preserve books, unbound paper materials, photographs, and other items from Harvard Library’s special collections.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Evaluates damaged and deteriorated special collection library materials, develops treatment proposals, and prepares reports that may include photo documentation. Performs conservation treatments from routine and basic to moderately complex. May work on more complex conservation projects under the direct supervision of a conservator. Works in collaboration with other staff on larger projects involving multiple objects.

Constructs custom enclosures, measures materials for boxing, and performs other collection rehousing.

Constructs exhibition mats, mounts, cradles, and fabricates display packages for flat materials.

Contributes to general lab maintenance and tracking of supplies and tools. May participate in library disaster recovery. May assist in carrying out condition surveys and environmental and pest monitoring.

May work at satellite labs or at repositories under the general supervision of a conservator.


Basic Qualifications 

Describe the objective, relevant skills and experience requirements a candidate must have to be considered for the position. Candidates that do not meet these criteria will not be forwarded to the hiring manger.

High school diploma or equivalent required with a college degree preferred.

Training in book, paper, or photograph conservation through a formal training program or on-the-job training.

Experience handling, packing and moving art or artifacts preferred.

Experience in a recognized conservation facility is required.

Special collections experience preferred.

Experience using digital SLR cameras, studio lighting equipment and image processing software preferred.

Additional Requirements: 

Describe any additional attributes, either objective or subjective, that are desirable but not mandatory.

Ability to comprehend, speak, and write in English.

Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

Keyboard/computing skills including e-mail, time recording, and short reports.

Superior manual dexterity and demonstrated ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and precision.

Ability to follow directions and work independently with sustained concentration, particularly when working on-site at a library.

Strong organizational skills, including the ability to work within established priorities and to achieve goals.

Ability to adapt to change, to analyze and solve problems, and to be flexible and work collaboratively.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$26.00  / hour

Salary Notes

Salary is up to $26/hr based on experience.

Closing Date

How to Apply

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2022-05-05 |  Quick link to this job