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Friday, February 10, 2012

P/T - Conservation Tech - NY Botanical Garden, Bx

Conservation Technician

Library - Position Application Number: L-0117

Summary of Responsibilities:
This is a part-time position approximately 17 hours per week.

Under the supervision of the Conservation Librarian/Conservator and the Conservator, the Conservation Technician performs collection preservation tasks; performs conservation treatment on books and other library materials; assists in the preparation, installation, maintenance and dismounting of exhibitions; and performs other duties as required.

·         Book and paper repairs; pamphlet binding; tipping pages or errata; hinging pages, plates or foldouts; application of barcodes, labels, and bookplates; cleaning books and other library materials.
·         Construction of protective enclosures such as self-closing wrappers, clamshell boxes, encapsulation, hinging and matting.
·         Environmental monitoring and pest management (collecting data, printing graphs, keeping files).
·         Stabilization and preparation of books and archival materials for digitization.
·         Preparation of materials and maintenance of the lab and exhibition cases.
·         Compiling data and preparing statistical reports.
·         Assisting with special projects, surveys, and exhibition related tasks.


  • BA or equivalent degree.
  • Demonstrated manual skills.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Training and/or experience in the care and handling of books and other library materials.
  • Must be able to lift various items in excess of 20 pounds and to work in an environment in which exposure to dust and mold is likely.
  • Basic computer and related technology skills are required.
  • Prior experience with exhibition and/or interest in preservation as a career preferred.
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