Mellon Fellowship, Objects Conservation

Fellowship Opportunity

Classification: Full-time, term-limited (one year)

Location: The fellowship is based at Historic New England’s conservation laboratory, located in Haverhill, Massachusetts, approximately forty-five minutes north of Boston. Thriving nearby communities include Newburyport and Salem, Mass., and Portsmouth and Manchester, N.H. Haverhill is well located off interstates 95 and 495 with beaches, mountains and vibrant cities close by.

Description: Historic New England, a national model for the care of regional heritage buildings, landscapes, and collections, seeks a fellow in objects conservation to join its collection services team. This is a one-year position with the possibility of an additional one-year extension. The fellow is primarily responsible for the examination, photography, treatment, and research of objects in the museum’s permanent collection both within the collection facility and on-site at Historic New England’s historic house museums. Additional duties include preventive conservation, exhibition preparation, integrated pest management, conservation laboratory tours, and public outreach.

Challenges and Opportunities: The successful applicant is expected to balance a variety of projects and keep up to date with new developments in the field. The fellow must be able to work collaboratively with staff across the organization to meet team and institutional goals. The fellow will work closely with the objects conservator in a spacious, productive, and well-equipped conservation laboratory and have the opportunity to treat a wide variety of materials.

Projects for the year include treatment of objects and furnishings from Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick, Maine, as well as on-site treatment of wallpaper and decorative paint finishes. Other tasks include installation and deinstallation of exhibitions at the Eustis Estate and a focus on IPM assessment of several target properties. Additional projects may include various object treatments, collections surveys, monitoring environmental conditions, speaking at public programs, and preventive care activities at individual house museums.

Qualifications: Candidates must be graduates of a recognized conservation training program. International candidates will not be considered unless they currently possess a visa to work in the United States. Outstanding hand skills and a familiarity with current conservation materials needed. Must be proficient with digital photography. Excellent communication and writing skills. Proven time management, planning, and teamwork skills. Experience with moving art and sculpture. Must be flexible and well organized.

Compensation: The stipend for the fellowship is $30,000 per year with reimbursement available for approved travel and research. The compensation package includes three weeks of paid vacation, paid holidays, and health and dental benefits administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Applications: Interested and qualified candidates may send curriculum vitae, cover letter, and copies of two conservation treatment reports to [email protected] or mail to Historic New England, 151 Essex Street, Haverhill, MA 01832, Attn: Michaela Neiro, Objects Conservator. The deadline for applications is March 26, 2018.

Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation.