Preventive Associate Conservator/Conservator – Full-time, Benefits Eligible

JOB TITLE: Preventive Conservator or Preventive Associate Conservator

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library seeks candidates for the position of Preventive Conservator or Preventive Associate Conservator. The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic conservation department and institution whose mission statement and a top strategic priority include preservation. Winterthur is a multifaceted, internationally recognized cultural organization consisting of: a world-class museum with 175 furnished rooms, exhibition galleries, and storage spaces; a specialized research library that serves as a center for the study of art, material culture, and everyday life in America from the 17th century into the 20th; a 900+ acre garden and estate; and an intellectual research center for object-based inquiry with two Graduate programs.  The collections of the museum, garden and library consists of 90,000 objects made and used in America; 20th century Winterthur Estate materials; and over 250,000 rare and circulating books, manuscripts, and photographs plus thousands of linear feet of archival material. In addition to preventive and collections care, the Conservation Department includes eight other laboratories staffed by leading professionals in: paper, textiles, objects, library and archival materials, furniture, and paintings conservation; conservation photography; and scientific research and analysis.



  • Collaborate with colleagues from Facilities, Registration, Exhibitions, Curatorial, Public Programs, Security and other departments across the institution.
  • Oversee the preventive care of all non-living collections at Winterthur in storage and on display
  • Coordinate efforts to maintain an appropriate collections environment on a campus with buildings of varying capacity
  • Continue a strong effort to maintain and improve storage in sustainable ways
  • Manage a preventive staff that implements Winterthur’s integrated pest management plan, housekeeping practices, and environmental data collection
  • Lead the Preventive Conservation Team in the ongoing work of preventive policy writing, revising, and implementing
  • Guide multiple departments in the selection of materials for storage and display
  • Work with the Collection Emergency Plan Team to maintain and build upon a 20 year history of commitment in this area

Responsibilities will also include teaching and advising in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC), engaging in public and professional outreach, and promoting the growing field of preventive conservation in the US.


Required Education/Experience: A Master’s degree in conservation combined with a minimum of seven/ten years conservation experience

Qualifications: Applicant must possess strong understanding of current, evolving preventive conservation principles and practices. The successful candidate will demonstrate significant experience with the implementation of preventive conservation, teaching and scholarly achievement, supervisory experience, and evidence of professional engagement. Support of the museum’s overall conservation efforts are an integral component of the position and the candidate must be committed to extensive collaboration with museum conservators and scientists; curators; exhibition, registration, facilities, development and other related staff; and WUDPAC faculty and students. The successful candidate will demonstrate (1) excellent interpersonal and communication skills with staff, students, museum and university colleagues, donors, and the general public (2) creative thinking and solutions-based problem-solving, and (3) superior organizational abilities with a high attention to detail. A proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently while managing multiple tasks simultaneously is required.

This position reports to the Director of Conservation. Salary and title will be commensurate with experience $50,000 – $72,000. This is a full time, benefits eligible position.

Application: To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references familiar with your preventive conservation experience to:  Please reference Job #1235 – Preventive Conservator in the subject line. Review of applications will begin as of January 13, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.