Collections Care Specialist

Margaret Herrick Library, Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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The Margaret Herrick Library seeks a qualified Collections Care Specialist to support preservation and exhibition activities of the Academy’s MHL. The ideal candidate is an energetic, self-motivated, reliable, and detail-oriented individual with the ability to work both independently and as a collaborative team member on multiple time-sensitive tasks. The primary responsibilities will be the preparation of external loans as well as rehousing and collection maintenance of the Library’s holdings.

  • Safely handle mat/frame and install collection material for display and transport using established methods and preservation-quality materials under the supervision of a conservator, registrar and/or archivist.

  • Knowledge of installation procedures and techniques; experience working to install collections following museum industry best practices for collections handling and security; and best practices for packing and crating.

  • Create appropriate preservation-quality housing and supports for collection material in storage and in transit.

  • Transport and handle collection materials safely between departments and buildings employing various methods depending on size, weight and condition of objects.

  • Knowledge of museum standards and best practices as well as understanding of best practices and preservation-quality materials for packing and installing artwork.

  • Assist with the maintenance of vault/storage spaces including general maintenance and cleaning.

  • Candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Basic office computer skills.

  • Perform other duties as requested and/or required and according to a schedule that might rotate or change to accommodate work demands or staffing variations.

  • High School/GED

  • Preferred: B.F.A or B.A.

  • At least three years experience handling art or artifacts in a museum, high-end gallery, or art handling company and demonstrated success in exhibit preparation.

  • License to operate a variety of vehicles.

  • Must have fine motor skills and experience with hand tools and lifting apparatuses.

  • Experience with museum-level art handling practices; knowledge of preservation materials and museum best practices.

  • Must be able to sit, walk, stand, climb stairs and ladders, and lift or push objects up to 50 pounds

How to Apply

Please provide a curriculum vitae or resume, and a letter of interest along with your application.

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Posted on January 27