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Preservation Officer

Job Title: Preservation Officer
Department: Moving Image Department
Reports To: Anthony L’Abbate, Preservation Manager
Work Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday
Posting Dates: February 3, 2021 – February 24, 2021
Start Date: March 15, 2021

The George Eastman Museum is seeking a qualified Preservation Officer to join its film and digital preservation team. The Preservation Officer will be working at the George Eastman Museum Film Preservation Services, an off-site digital laboratory. [37.5 hours/week, with benefits.]

Under the supervision of the Preservation Manager for the Moving Image Department (MID), the Preservation Officer will manage the technical operations, maintenance, and ongoing upgrade of the Moving Image Department’s Digital Laboratory for the purposes of preservation of the museum’s collection objects, their public exhibition and access, archival education, and other digital work for the museum and external clients. They will assist the Preservation Manager in the design, oversight, and execution of all technical and curatorial operations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Implement and monitor preservation projects related to the Moving Image Department (MID) film collection (duties include, but are not limited to, scanning of film elements, color correction, digital editing, digital post-production workflow, and digital intermediate applications).
  • Coordinate and implement reconstruction practices within the context of preservation projects.
  • Verify and document technical, curatorial, and budgetary implementation of preservation projects.
  • Ensure the ongoing maintenance of, and advocate timely upgrade of, the equipment in the Digital Laboratory.
  • Assist in the ongoing development of a business plan for a financially sustainable Digital Laboratory.
  • Assist in determining space and equipment requirements for the Digital Laboratory. When applicable, act as liaison with industry representatives, including, but not limited to, manufacturers of digital equipment and software.
  • Assist in the creation of cost estimates and pricing quotes for internal projects and external clients.
  • Organize and perform quality control of digital files for backup.
  • Assist in providing access to the MID digital collections to internal and external clients.
  • Manage shipment and delivery of digital files and physical film elements.
  • Carry out periodic physical inspection, cleaning, and repairing of film elements within the context of preservation projects.
  • Recommend priorities for the preservation of the film collection in the Moving Image Department.
  • Present the preservation work of the Moving Image Department and, in particular, of its Digital Laboratory to specialized and non-specialized audiences.
  • Participate in the activities and curriculum of The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, including, but not limited to, teaching classes, mentoring students during rotations, supervising projects, driving students to the Digital
  • Laboratory, and assisting with student field trips.
  • Provide assistance and training to staff members, interns, and volunteers.
  • Perform additional duties and projects as assigned by the MID Preservation Manager.

Technology / Equipment / Tools

  • Personal computer/laptop, Spreadsheet software (i.e. Excel), Word processing software (i.e. Word)
  • Digital color correction, digital intermediate and postproduction tools (software and hardware, including, but not limited to, DaVinci, PFClean, Cintel, Mark II and ARRI equipment)
  • The Museum System (TMS)

Physical Activity / Work Environment

The duties of this position may require standing, walking, and sitting, driving a car, lifting/carrying (40lbs), pushing/pulling, kneeling, seeing, smelling, and hearing.

Work takes place primarily in an office environment, film vaults, and the Film Preservation Digital Lab, with moderate to light noise.  Occasional exposure to degrading acetate and nitrate films, cleaning fluids, and solvents.

Education Requirements

Advanced degree in film preservation or equivalent experience.

Experience Requirements


  • At least one year’s experience in motion picture preservation/conservation
  • Knowledge of film history
  • Knowledge of digital restoration tools and techniques (see above)

Skills and Competencies Requirements


  • Attention to detail, Critical thinking, Complex problem solving skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Process and maintain a current, valid driver’s license


Email a cover letter, a current CV or resume (with contact information for two referees) to Anthony L’Abbate, Preservation Manager, Moving Image Department, alabbate@eastman.org

The Eastman Museum is committed to advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility at our institution and in our society. The Eastman Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.