Conservator, Special Collections - New York University Division of Libraries

Posted on October 18, 2019


Under the general direction of the Conservation Librarian, manage and execute conservation treatments to preserve, protect, and guarantee future accessibility of special collection materials.


Supervise project staff; research, disseminate information, and provide guidance on all aspects of preservation to library staff. Participate in disaster preparedness, response and recovery, and lab organization and maintenance. This is an 18 month fixed term position. 


Required Education: Master’s Degree Graduate degree in conservation of books and archival materials, including a minimum of one year internship under the direction of an experienced conservator and/or equivalent combination of training and experience

Required Experience: 3+ years conservation experience managing conservation projects and working with special collections materials.

Preferred Experience: Supervising interns and/or employees. Successful project management experience. Three years professional conservation experience in a research library or similar academic setting.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: Knowledge of; current book and paper conservation techniques; professional conservation principles and ethical standards as defined by the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. The history of the book; techniques of bookbinding and papermaking; chemistry as it applies to the conservation of library and archival collections; optimal collection storage environments. Basic understanding of environment control systems.Proficiency using MS Office Suite (word processing, spreadsheet, database) and Adobe Photoshop.Proficiency using conservation and digital documentation equipment.Familiarity with health and safety laboratory standards in particular those federal and local standard for working with toxic chemicals and for personal safety during mold remediation.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: Demonstrated ability to contribute to the profession through teaching, research, and/or publication.

Additional Information NYU aims to be among the greenest urban campuses in the country and carbon neutral by 2040. Learn more at

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New York, NY 10012 - USA


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