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Conservation Support Technician - LAC Group

Location: USA - DC - Washington DC

LAC Group is seeking an experienced Conservation Technician for an opportunity with a prestigious federal library in Washington, D.C. The Technician will work onsite in support of collection conservation and preservation alongside senior Conservators. This is a long-term part-time (estimated 20 hours/week) contract position.

  • Conservation treatment of a wide range of paper-based materials including manuscripts, books, serials, newspapers, musical scores, drawings, etc.
  • Preparation of treatment plans and reports
  • Collection assessments and surveys to identify required courses of action and establish priorities for treatment and/or stabilization
  • Preparation and encapsulation of materials in protective housing including polyester film, mats, drop-spine boxes, and other custom enclosures
  • Performance of special conservation treatments including surface cleaning, paper repair, mending, labeling, rehousing, disbinding.
  • Assist senior conservators as directed
  • Preparation of documentation including written and photographic records of all treatments
  • Handle all materials with care, protecting the work areas from food, dust and moisture at all times

  • Two (2) years of experience in conservation supervised by a senior conservator
  • Evidence of continuing training and familiarity with current techniques, procedures, and materials in conservation of library materials
  • Familiarity with the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
  • Experience with unbound and bound manuscripts, architectural drawings, photographs, maps, works of art on paper vellum, rare books, and other complex items
  • Experience surveying a collection to identify next steps is preferred

LAC Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action Employer who values diversity in the workplace.