Position Announcement: Paper and Photograph Conservator, Boston Athenaeum

By IS Lab August 18, 2022

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Paper and Photograph Conservator

Boston, MA, US

Job Summary:

The Boston Athenæum seeks a Paper and Photograph Conservator for a two-year, grant-funded, full-time position. Reporting to the Chief Technical Services Librarian, the successful candidate will perform conservation treatments on paper-based materials and photographs from the collections of the Boston Athenæum and support the 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 conservation, curatorial, and library colleagues, 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
  • Collaborate on digitization projects
  • 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
  • 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 or equivalent 


  • Two years of work experience in the conservation of paper-based and photographic items, preferably in a museum or library conservation department setting  
  • 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

Must be vaccinated against Covid 19

 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.

Why work at the Boston Athenaeum?

Beyond the opportunity to work amongst the collections at one of the most distinguished libraries in the nation alongside a passionate and welcoming team, working at the Boston Athenaeum comes with plenty of other perks. Some of our benefits include:

○    Paid time off and sick days.

○    Competitive 401k package

○    Paid parental leave.

○    Comprehensive medical and dental insurance

○    Life Insurance    

○    Commuter benefits

Salary $60,000-$63,000

To Apply: Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume here: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=0c2172f4-dddf-44f5-9300-133cc1de3cd2&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=443690&lang=en_US&source=EN

We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.

The Boston Athenæum is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome candidates who will increase our diversity; we encourage candidates of color and all diverse candidates 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 HR Generalist Nora Conley 617 720 7630 hr@bostonathenaeum.org