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Senior Conservation Specialist  


Job Summary:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Margaret Herrick Library is seeking a part time Senior Conservation Specialist to assist the Conservation department with the preparation of our collections for exhibition and loan. This position requires thorough knowledge of professionally accepted preservation and collection management practices and procedures including but not limited to book and paper conservation, preventive conservation, rehousing, fabricating custom storage enclosures, and conducting collection surveys. The ideal candidate is highly organized and detail-oriented and processes excellent hand skills and able to prioritize multiple projects.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Will be performing intermediate book, paper, and photograph conservation treatments with full documentation, under the supervision of the Conservator.
  • Assist the Conservator with more complex conservation treatments.
  • Will perform tasks in preparation for loans and exhibits such as hinging, mounting, stabilization, specialized packing, condition documentation and exhibit installation.
  • Fabricate/adapt specialized storage housings for the collection.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Assistance with general lab duties and supplies maintenance.
Position Requirements

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree preferred, Bachelor’s Degree accepted and/or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  • At least 6-10 years of experience in library preservation or paper conservation
  • A working knowledge of accepted conservation standards, practices, and terminology and of proper use of conservation tools, equipment, and supplies.
  • Aptitude for detailed hand work and superior manual dexterity.
  • Ability to work independently following instructions set by the Conservator and is comfortable interfacing regularly with other staff.
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with PC platform and databases.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate well with interns and staff.
  • Neatness and ability to share workspace respectfully with other staff.
  • Job duties entail standing and/or sitting for extended periods of time with occasional climbing, bending, and kneeling
  • Capability to lift and/or move up to 50lbs.

If hired, we require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious accommodation is needed as determined on a case by case basis.

The expected base hourly wage for this role starts at $30.00 per hour. The actual base pay offered will be determined on factors such as experience, skills, training, location, certifications, education, and other factors permitted by law. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Position Senior Conservation Specialist  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 1/12/2023  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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