Corestaff Services is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Digitization Collections Management Technician at a Museum facility located in Bowie, MD. This...
Digitization Conservation Technician
Corestaff Services is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Digitization Conservation Technician at a Museum facility located in Bowie, MD. This position is on a government contract, with present funding through September 30, 2020 and the possibility of an extension through September 30, 2021.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Project Management: Develops systems for tracking conservation projects within the digitization program. Works with the digitization project team to determine timeline, project supply needs, and budget details.
Conservation: Assesses condition of collection items slated for digitization for conservation treatment and tests for possible adverse reactions to treatment protocols, such as for solubility. Performs the full range of preservation and conservation activities. Laboratory treatments follow approved treatment proposals and under supervision of the appropriate conservator. Prepares and writes treatment reports. Provides for full conservation documentation of the artifact and its treatment through written reports, photographs, and, where appropriate, diagrams and graphs. Assures collection items are housed and supported to insure safe handling during digitization. Follows established Museum Conservation procedures and best practices as defined by the American Institute for Conservation. Safeguards and ensures the physical security of all Museum holdings by maintaining general housekeeping standards, careful handling of delicate materials, and attention to detail.
Laboratory Management: Responsible for the maintenance of the digital conservation laboratory area. Assists in developing, improving, and implementing laboratory maintenance and safety procedures. May be required to perform maintenance on laboratory equipment and alert the Chief Conservator when specialized maintenance is needed. Maintains conservation digital image records. Follows established protocols for filing and retrieving visual images. May work directly with Technical Services to develop and ensure system compatibility of digital records with the museum network. Follows data structures that foster efficient retrieval of information. Assures that digital images are saved in an appropriate format according to Conservation and Museum guidelines.
Collections Reproduction: Coordinates with responsible collections management staff and/or curatorial staff to identify and prepare Museum’s holdings that are in a wide range of media formats for duplication. Assists with preparing and organizing digitization or migration projects. Prepares documentation, tracks and arranges shipments and retrieval of materials, and verifies and reshelves items.
Collections Retrieval and Return: Coordinates with responsible collections management staff for retrieval and return of collections. Tracks materials while in the Conservation Suite and stage in conservation treatment, housing, and preparation for digitization. Alerts digitization team in a timely manner when collections are ready for return.
- Master’s degree or equivalent in Conservation of paper-based and/or bound materials.
< >Broad knowledge of conservation and preservation theories, practices, methods, techniques, and standards to participate in and independently perform work for the preventive care, conservation laboratory treatment, and handling of museum collections.Expert ability to work with delicate or fragile materials, including manual dexterity and visual acuity. Must possess the ability to recognize dangerous or deteriorating situation which may threaten the safety of collections and the knowledge of proper corrective procedures and preventive conservation measures.
Corestaff Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer - All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful under applicable law. Corestaff Services is not associated with Core Staffing Services, Inc. which operates in the New York metro area.