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Assistant/Associate Conservator

Job Title:  Assistant/Associate Conservator
Department:  Conservation Department
Reports To: Taina Meller, Conservator in Charge
Status: Full Time, permanent, includes benefits

About the George Eastman Museum

The George Eastman Museum is located in Rochester, New York, on the estate of George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography and motion picture film. Founded in 1947 as an independent nonprofit institution, it is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the oldest film archives. The museum holds unparalleled collections—encompassing several million objects—in the fields of photography, cinema, photographic and cinematographic technology, and photographically illustrated books.


The main focus of this position is to support all efforts of the Kay R. Whitmore Conservation Center in preserving the photography collection of the George Eastman Museum.

Primary Responsibilities & Duties

  • Implement best practices for the conservation and preservation of collection materials.
  • Participate in all departmental activities including examination, documentation, analysis and conservation treatment of collection materials.
  • Provide exhibition and loan support.
  • Assess condition of proposed acquisitions.
  • Perform collection surveys.
  • Engage in collection research.
  • Provide advice, assistance, and training to museum staff and occasionally to the public on various preservation topics, such as handling and storage.
  • Serve as a courier for collection materials on loan.
  • Pursue independent studies and professional opportunities as appropriate.

Physical Activity

The responsibilities of this position may require repetitive motion and lifting up to 40 lbs.

Work Environment

Work takes place primarily in the conservation laboratory located within the George Eastman Museum’s main building.

Education Requirements

Master’s degree from a recognized art conservation program, with a specialization in photographic materials.

Skills and Competencies Requirement

  • Demonstrated commitment to the profession of photograph conservation.
  • Wide knowledge of materials and technologies encountered in the creation of photographic objects.
  • Up-to-date knowledge on the methods of photograph conservation.
  • A high degree of manual dexterity.
  • Experience in analytical examination methods of photographic materials.
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational abilities.
  • Proficiency in The Museum System (TMS), Microsoft Office, and Adobe Photoshop preferred.
  • Knowledge of standard museum practices, protocols and ethics.

How to Apply

Please submit a letter of interest and CV/resume to Taina Meller tmeller@eastman.org.

The George Eastman Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The George Eastman Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.