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Conservator II

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Full Time
Posted July 15, 2021

Conservator II

Position Status: Full time
Pay Range: $51,334 – $82,134/annually
Close Date: 8/15/21

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Job Description: Conservator II

This position provides leadership and management for planning, budgeting, and professional activities of the Avenir Conservation Center within the Department of Anthropology. As Conservator, successful candidate contributes as a collaborative partner in preventive and interventive conservation of the Museum collections. Provides support for the preservation of Museum collections through the identification and mitigation of agents of deterioration, and by performing stabilization treatments. Conservator is expected to submit competitive grant applications to federal agencies and private foundations. This position supervises the Conservator I and the Conservation Technician. May also supervise interns and volunteers.


Essential duties:

Collections (80% effort) Serves as a collaborative partner in the preservation of all Museum collections

  • Oversees a preventive conservation approach to the preservation management of the museum collections, and mitigate risks PAN-museum.
  • Annually works with curators and other Science Division staff to update the Long-Range Conservation Plan based on risk assessment and other conservation-related data, situations, and contexts.
  • Initiates, writes and submits collection grant proposals as per annual plan.
  • Oversees or completes condition examinations or conservation stabilization treatments as may be required in response to an emergency situation, permanent or traveling exhibits, preservation grant awards, loans, or curatorial priorities.
  • Oversees the use and maintenance of the equipment and supplies in the Conservation Lab, and serve as SDS Administrator for Conservation.
  • Researches, reviews and approves methods and preservation materials for collection preparation and rehousing.
  • Maintains American Institute for Conservation credentials.
  • As an Integrated Pest Management Committee co-chair, provides leadership, direction, and staff education.
  • Defines environmental set points for collections and conducts environmental monitoring.
  • Leads disaster preparedness and response planning for collections.


Administration (10% effort) Provide leadership and smooth administration for the department

  • Hires and manages contract conservators, and defines and/or approves annual goals.
  • Develops strategies to ensure that work output is of the highest quality and is recognized as significant both nationally and regionally.
  • Provides a framework for regular communication with the branch Director.
  • Prepares and submits department plans and reports as required and on time, and ensures delivery of planned goals in accordance with Museum priorities.
  • Develops and manages department operating budget, provides monthly budget review, keeps variance within 10%, and oversees quarterly forecasting.
  • Oversees all aspects of grant administration and budgets in accordance with museum procedures and by designated deadlines.
  • Participates in meetings as outlined in the division procedures manual.
  • Submits and approves timesheets and expenses in a timely manner.


Outreach and Service (10% effort) Raises awareness of the Conservation department and supports innovative education, exhibits, and outreach

  • Oversees the work, provides training as required, and mentors/supervises volunteers, students and conservation interns.
  • Serves as the Museum’s public spokesperson for the department, and provides expertise as needed to other areas of the museum and the media in a timely and professional manner.
  • Coordinates with Museum departments to support and deliver internal and external educational programs.
  • Maintains memberships and holds board and committee positions in professional societies.
  • Attends professional meetings.
  • Coordinates, develops, and delivers panels, presentations, posters, and keynotes.

Other duties as assigned.


Minimum qualifications/Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Conservation or the equivalent experience in the preservation of museum collections required.
  • Demonstrated experience in management of plans and budgets, and supervisory experience required.
  • May need to operate a museum vehicle. Valid U.S. Driver’s License within 1 week of hire required.
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office suite required.


Working Conditions:

  • Office: Moderate noise (business office with computers and printers, light traffic)
  • Ability to sit and/or stand for up to 8 hours at a time
  • Moderate physical activity required by handling objects up to 50 pounds occasionally and/or up to 30 pounds frequently. 100 pounds occasionally in some departments.
  • Museum collections: documentation and labeling, preservation, cleaning and stabilization of collection items, and preparation of exhibit displays and storage facilities.
  • Fieldwork: varied, remote terrain and inclement weather.
  • Lab: power, pneumatic and hand tools, and various chemicals.
  • Exposure to animal remains during preparation, including all common Biosafety Level 2+ Zoonotic pathogens.
  • Safe handling of hand- and powered-cutting tools from scalpels to power saws.
  • Handling of scientific specimens includes some that may contain hazardous substances


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.

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


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.


Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume by August 15, 2021.  Resumes will not be accepted after this time.

Applications will only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website www.dmns.org.

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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