Conservator -- Texas State Library & Archives Commission -- Austin, TX

Division: Archives and Information Services
Position Title: Conservator
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Work Location: 1201 Brazos - Austin, TX 78701
Working Hours: M-F 8-5 - 40 hrs/week
Salary Group: B-20
Classification No: 7470 - Curator III
Job Posting No: 00031427
Monthly Salary: $5000 - $5300 /Month
Date Job Available: April 15, 2023

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Performs highly complex (senior-level) curatorial work. The conservator manages the daily activities of the book and paper conservation laboratory and performs complex treatments on rare and unique archival and library materials in accordance with the AIC code of ethics. Develops and monitors work procedures for the unit, establishes priorities, and makes treatment decisions. Assists with outreach and educational programs; preservation planning and surveys; emergency response; and environmental control. May oversee the work of technicians, interns, students, or volunteers assigned to assist with conservation tasks. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  • Plans and manages the operations of the book and paper conservation laboratory, including administrative tasks
  • Examines and documents collections holdings to determine structure, materials, and condition
  • Conducts book and paper conservation treatment for TSLAC collections
  • Constructs enclosures for books, manuscripts, photographs, and other library and archival materials
  • Conducts or organizes tours, workshops, and instructional sessions for a variety of audiences
  • Performs exhibit preparation; assists with installation
  • Serves as Conservation Team Lead
  • Trains the staff, interns, and volunteers in basic conservation methods.
  • Attends work regularly and in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies
  • Complies with all applicable agency policies and procedures, including safety and standards of conduct
  • Other Duties as assigned

May assist with the preparation of grant applications and budget requests


  • Master’s degree in Conservation; or Master’s degree in Library Science (from ALA-accredited program) or a related field, with specialized training in conservation
  • Three years of work experience in a conservation lab setting
  • Experience in the complex treatment of paper-based collections including the relevant chemistry and conservation theory
  • Work experience using Microsoft Office Suite software
  • Ability to speak and write well-organized, grammatically correct English
  • Ability to analyze data and formulate conclusions
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff
  • Ability to perform visual activities requiring prolonged attention to detail
  • Ability to plan and arrange own work in order to meet deadlines
  • Ability to lift and move boxes weighing up to 40 lbs


  • Experience in exhibit preparation and installation
  • Experience developing and/or maintaining conservation treatment documentation systems
  • Experience with preservation planning
  • Experience developing preservation training for staff, interns, or volunteers
  • Experience presenting training or educational programs to a variety of audiences
  • Experience leading or overseeing the work of others


  • Complete college transcripts required at the time of application
  • Portfolio of recent conservation treatments (physical or link to digital copy accepted) must be submitted at the time of application
  • Criminal history check


  • Reports to Director, Archives and Information Services Division
  • Serves as Team Lead for Conservation
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