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Objects Conservator (2 Year Term)

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Glendale, Colorado
Closing date
Nov 2, 2022

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Full Time
Museum Studies
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The Denver Museum of Nature & Science seeks an Objects Conservator for a 24-month term assignment. From start date through August 2024, the Conservator will participate in an Institute for Museum of Library Services grant-funded project titled Northwest Coast Collection: Building Bridges and Detailed Conservation Survey.

The objective of the project is to complete a detailed conservation survey for select objects in the Northwest Coast Collection (NWCC) through a collaborative process with source community Tribal and First Nations groups. To learn more about the project, please visit:

Beginning in August 2024, the Conservator will plan and begin treatment of Northwest Coast collection items based upon what was learned from the collaborative condition assessment.

Work Schedule: Onsite, 5 days/week.

Supervises: 0 This position has no supervisory responsibility for staff but may supervise volunteers and interns.

Essential duties:
  • Serves as a collaborative partner to complete detailed conservation survey.
  • Completes the detailed conservation survey of objects within the Northwest Coast Collection to determine condition and record any deterioration and damage.
  • Identifies materials and methods of manufacture using macroscopic and microscopic methods.
  • Organizes and participates in collaborative workshops with Native and First Nations representatives.
  • Completes a proposal for future preservation for each item that identifies priority, and the methods, materials, and cost of preservation.
  • Carries out treatments of high-priority Northwest Coast items.
  • Disseminates work to professional and public audiences via web content, presentations, and publications.

Minimum qualifications/Requirements:
  • Master's Degree in Conservation.

Additional skills desired:
  • Previous experience collaborating with Indigenous communities preferred.
  • Previous experience in completing detailed conservation surveys preferred.

Core values:
  • We love science.
  • We are curious, creative and playful.
  • We cultivate relationships with each other, diverse communities, the environment and for our future.
  • We think critically and act with empathy.

Perks and Benefits of working at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science include:

A comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage. 100% paid life insurance and long-term disability insurance. Paid time-off for vacation, sickness and holidays. 403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate eligibility to contribute and, after one year of employment, an employer contribution and match. An RTD Eco pass and a free Family+ membership to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Dayforce Wallet: Get your pay as soon as you earn it, at no cost to you. Request up to 50% of your net earnings without waiting for the standard payday, through the Dayforce Wallet mobile app.

The full range of perks and benefits can be found HERE.

Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume by October 31, 2022. Resumes will not be accepted after this time.

Applications will only be accepted electronically via the Museum's website

Due to the high volume of people who apply, we are not able to respond to specific inquiries regarding your application status.

The Museum is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff to serve the needs of our visitors. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
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