The Getty Research Institute’s (GRI) Conservation and Preservation Department seeks applicants for a position of Associate Paper Conservator in charge of exhibition preparation. The Associate Paper Conservator will join a dynamic team of conservators, mount-makers, pre-program and graduate interns and will report to the GRI’s Head of Conservation and Preservation.
This full-time position is primarily in charge of the examination and treatment of paper-based artifacts in preparation for exhibitions. The Associate Paper Conservator will participate in the planning and installation of exhibitions, provide input into the exhibition process and may contribute research and writing in preparation for exhibition didactics and catalogues. The Associate Paper Conservator is expected to contribute to research into the collections and methodologies for its long-term preservation including preventative care, and is required to remain current with research and advances in the conservation field. The position will work closely and in partnership with colleagues within the department, across the GRI and other Getty programs.
The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing awareness of the visual arts and their various histories through its expertise, ongoing collecting program, public programs, institutional partnerships, exhibitions, publications, digital services, and residential scholars programs. Its Research Library and Special Collections of rare materials and digital resources serve an international community of scholars and the interested public. The Institute's activities and scholarly resources guide and sustain each other and provide a unique environment for research, critical inquiry, and scholarly exchange.
This position participates in the planning and installation of exhibitions, and examines and treats paper based objects in preparation for exhibitions. The Associate Paper Conservator is expected to perform conservation treatments to highest current standards, and to prepare comprehensive conservation documentation of objects’ condition and conservation activities. The Associate Paper Conservator may provide input into the development and maintenance of standards for handling, storage, installation, packing and shipping of collections, and may advise curators, archivists and other staff on conservation matters. A strong partner, the Associate Paper Conservator will work with department colleagues, curators, exhibition coordinators, art handlers, archivists, and other departments on exhibition preparation and other complex projects. They will publish and present their research, and may also do outreach and education to general audiences. They may supervise interns, provide training to staff, interns, professionals and the general public as needed.