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RESEARCH & PRESERVATION SPECIALIST I

Conservator

Recruitment #19-005408-0001

Introduction

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM) is a place full of secrets waiting to be unearthed. Whether you come to hike our miles of trails, explore our Visitor Center full of interactive exhibits, or to enjoy one of our educational programs or events, you will leave with a greater appreciation for the land and the people who once lived here. JPPM is also the home of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), which houses over 8 million artifacts.

GRADE

13

LOCATION OF POSITION

10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, Maryland 20685

Main Purpose of Job

The Conservator surveys, examines and document objects, perform analytical tests, prepares treatment proposals, perform conservation treatments including mechanical and chemical treatment, package or mount artifacts for transport, storage or display, and submits full reports of all activities, thus providing preservation care to Maryland's State-owned archaeological collections.

POSITION DUTIES

Conservation Surveys

·  Carry out condition and conservation surveys for State-owned Collections to determine conservation priorities.

Documentation and Photography

·  Record technical information into the conservation database for the purposes of producing Conservation Reports for JPPM collections.

·  Take before and after treatment photographs as part of the Conservation Report submittal.

Artifact Treatment

·  Carry out passive and interventive conservation treatments, including but not limited to mechanical cleaning, desalination, structural fills, environmental packaging and reconstruction.

·  Ensure that all work is performed in compliance with the American Institute of Conservation’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.

Technical Monitoring

·  Perform quantitative tests throughout chemically interventive treatments such as vacuum freeze drying, desalination and PEG impregnation.

 

X-radiography/Analytical Testing

·  X-ray artifacts in conjunction with conservation surveys or as needed to perform specific conservation treatments.

·  Perform material characterization tests to assist archaeologists and curators in their research of artifacts or to identify materials to determine appropriate conservation treatments.

Personnel Interaction

·  Work with Head Conservator and Curatorial staff to determine conservation needs and to develop appropriate conservation strategies.

·  Keep staff up to date regarding treatment progress and developments.

 

Package or mount artifacts for transport, storage or display

 

General lab maintenance

 

Assist with JPPM sponsored events.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:  Applicant must have a degree in the conservation of objects from an accredited conservation degree program.

 

Experience:  Applicant must have two years practical experience treating archaeological materials.  This includes artifact documentation, performing analytical tests, preparing treatment proposals, interventive and passive treatments, packing or mounting artifacts for transport, storage or display, and preparing reports. 

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The applicant should be able to lift 50 pounds, work on ladders or in crouching positions, have experience with taking and processing photographs, and experience with computers operating the Windows Office Suite (Word, Excel and Access), or other equivalent computer software programs.  Prior training in health and safety and the use of lifting and moving equipment is desired.

LIMITATIONS ON SELECTION

ONLY CURRENT EMPLOYEES OF THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING CAN APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

SELECTION PROCESS

Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. 

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.

Successful candidates will be placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service needs to be provided before hire. 

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If you are not able to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to:

Department of Budget and Management

Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston St., Suite 608

Baltimore, MD  21201

Attn:  For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410 767-7950

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-767-3623.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. 

Bilingual applicants are also encouraged to apply.

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