Assistant Conservator Contract, Santa Fe

By Landis Smith posted 11 days ago


An assistant conservator is sought for an IMLS-funded project in the Museums of New Mexico (MNM) Conservation Unit in Santa Fe, NM. The MNM Conservation Unit serves four state museums and seven historic sites; the IMLS project is to conserve historic collections at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture namely, Western and Jicarilla Apache baskets, Navajo silverwork, and Maria Martinez legacy collections consisting mainly of Pueblo pottery. The project will be collaborative with curators, scholars, cultural leaders, Apache basket weavers, Navajo jewelers (silver) and Pueblo potters. The project will include visits with artists both in the museum and in communities. In addition, the assistant conservator will be encouraged to attend relevant lectures, programs, arts demonstrations and cultural events offered in various Santa Fe venues and in nearby communities. Although treatment oriented, the assistant conservator position will include some project administration and possibly a research component. Resources include an extensive Southwest studies library and archive as well as instrumentation available in the Conservation Unit including FTIR, pXRF, multi-spectral imaging, photogrammetry and various other technologies.

The position is a full-time contract for 12-14 months, ideally beginning spring, 2019. #job

Please send queries or letters of interest with CV by January 20 to:

Landis Smith (Lead Project Conservator)



 Applications wil be reviewed by committee chaired by Director of Conservation and IMLS Project Director, Mark MacKenzie