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Paper and Photograph Conservator, Boston Athenaeum (Boston)

The Boston Athenæum’s Conservation Laboratory, a branch of the Technical Services Department, seeks a Paper and Photograph Conservator for a two-year, National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded, full-time position with the strong possibility of an extension. Reporting to the Senior Conservator, the successful candidate will perform conservation treatments on paper-based materials and photographs from the collections of the Boston Athenæum and support conservation work of the Boston Athenæum across all departments.


Document treatments of rare materials with full written and photographic documentation, in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
In consultation with the Senior Conservator, execute structural and aesthetic conservation treatments on paper-based materials, including manuscripts, archival documents, maps, prints, photographs, and works of art on paper while exercising a high degree of judgment in applying established conservation principles and procedures
Consult on digitization projects as needed
Participate in public presentations, lab tours, and conservation related fund-raising
Participate in disaster response and recovery
Assist in exhibition preparation and installation, and prepare condition reports for exhibited, loaned, or borrowed collection materials
The grant’s conditions allow for a small amount of time for the successful candidate to pursue their own research related to conservation
Perform other duties as assigned



Graduate degree in conservation with a specialization in the conservation of paper-based and photographic materials from a recognized training program 


Three to Five years of work experience in the conservation of paper-based and photographic items, preferably in a museum or library conservation department setting
Demonstrated understanding of chemical hygiene guidelines (NIOSH, OSHA)  
Working knowledge of conservation theory and practice and the deterioration and conservation of paper-based and photographic materials
Demonstrated success performing single-item conservation treatments on special collections materials
Ability to work independently and to exercise initiative and judgment in planning and carrying out conservation functions
Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
Familiarity with database and digital imaging software

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 you, then please apply for this role.

Full/Part Time





$60,000.00  / year

Closing Date

How to Apply

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume using the following link:

The Boston Athenæum is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply and are committed to hiring individuals who value a diverse and inclusive work environment. The Boston Athenæum is also committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Director of Business Operations & Augusta Thomas Director of Finance, Christopher Boudrot, at 617-720-7642 or


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