Associate Paintings Conservator

The Conservation Center in Chicago is searching for an Associate Paintings Conservator in effort to further expand the company’s Paintings Department from a team of five to a team of six. The ideal candidate must have the following: working knowledge of materials, techniques, and ethics of painting conservation; extremely fine manual skills; the ability to carry out treatments of minor to major complexity; sound judgment; the ability to meet scheduled deadlines; and the ability to work effectively with colleagues and clients as a positive and productive team member.


An advanced degree in art conservation required, with a specialization in paintings conservation preferred.

Thorough understanding of conservation theory and practice.

Ability to provide written condition reports, treatment recommendations, and post-treatment reports.

Comfortable examining and treating a wide range of paint surfaces.

Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with colleagues.

Strong communication skills.

Ability to adhere to deadlines.

Ability to perform physical labor as required for specific treatments.

Ability to work in disaster recovery and triage situations.

Exhibits skills necessary to complete all aspects of projects, throughout the treatment process.

Previous experience in private practice strongly preferred.

This is a full-time, salaried position, which requires occasional travel. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience - benefits include medical insurance, vacation pay, and a 401 (k) retirement plan. The Conservation Center is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to e-mail Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, and three professional references which illustrate qualifications. If applying from outside the US, a US work visa is required before applying. No phone calls, please.