Preservation/Conservation Assistant

Post Date: March 3, 2017 - 11:40am

Apply By: March 31, 2017 - 11:59pm

Location: All Locations

We are now accepting applications for Preservation/Conservation Assistant.

The Preservation/Conservation Assistantship is a work-study position created in September 2014. The purpose of this position is to better conserve the collection at W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections while offering a student from the Queen’s University Art Conservation Graduate Program the opportunity to better their professional conservation skills.

The duties associated with this role involve preservation of the collection through environmental monitoring, pest management, consulting on safe exhibition, writing condition reports, assisting with digitization, and identifying and mitigating any risks to library material. The Preservation/Conservation Assistant is also required to assess individual objects in regards to their physical and chemical stability, and recommend and carry out conservation treatment as needed. She/he will work on a large conservation project sometimes with the help of an undergraduate student assistant. Additionally, the Preservation/Conservation assistant will maintain the cleanliness, organization and supplies of the conservation work lab.

Duration and Remuneration

The Preservation/Conservation Assistant will report to the Head of W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections and the Services Co-ordinator. She/he will be required to work an average of 10 hours per week; however, it is well understood that this position is held by a student and therefore, some shifts may need to be rearranged or cancelled to accommodate academic requirements. Regular hours are to be decided and agreed upon at the beginning of each term.


The Preservation/Conservation Graduate Assistant is selected by competition. Only second-year students in Queen’s University Master of Art Conservation program are eligible to apply. Additionally, you must be eligible for and enrolled in the University's Work Study Program. To complete the Work Study Program application, go to Student Awards - Work Study Program.

Application Process

Candidates must submit a résumé and statement (max 1,000 words) outlining the skills or talents the candidate would bring to the department. The statement should also indicate how this position will help forward the candidate’s professional aspirations. Contact information for one or two references who can speak to the candidate’s academic and career aspirations should also be submitted. Please send all materials to

Applications are due March 31. MyCareers Job ID: 84781

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