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Conservation Technician-- Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections, University of New Mexico

posted Jan 16, 2018, 5:47 AM by Lars Hagelin
Position Summary

The Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR and SPC) is seeking a Conservation Technician. The Conservation Technician will be responsible for all basic conservation needs in all formats in the CSWR and SPC including, but not limited to making custom enclosures such as clam-shell boxes, four-flap boxes, Mylar encapsulations, and dust jackets and to using common processes such as humidification of materials. The successful candidate will also make minor repairs and restoration work, provide instruction and training on proper conservation techniques and maintain informed in the latest developments in the field of conservation and preservation. More complex conservation and preservation tasks will be done in conjunction and coordination with the cognizant curator and a trained conservator.

In addition, the Conservation Technician will monitor and order supplies needed to run the conservation studio. He or She will document recorded temperature and relative humidity levels through monitors and applicable software, and provide monthly reports to the Director of CSWR, Building Manager, and the Dean of the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences (CULLS). The successful candidate is also part of the exhibit team and required to photograph, document in-house display items and out-going loan items, writing condition reports, and preparing items for safe shipping to their destination if applicable. In cooperation with the leading exhibit curator, incumbent will have display responsibilities as assigned. This position requires someone to be self-directed and able to work independently with minimal supervision and at the same time be working in cooperation with curators and archivists to fulfill the department’s conservation needs.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of the field of preservation
  • Experience with conservation techniques, such as making custom enclosures, picture framing, and/or exhibit design
  • Must have attention to detail
  • Demonstrated problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to work individually and as a team member
Additional Requirements
  • Official transcripts, High school diploma, or GED certificate will be required for hire. Please see minimum qualifications for specifics.



$14.98 - $19.23 HRLY

Benefits Eligible

This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.

ERB Statement

Temporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.

Application Instructions

Attach resume and also please describe how you meet the preferred qualifications in your cover letter.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.