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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

*All applications received by October 11, 2017 will receive full consideration.* This is a local recruitment. Out of area candidates will be responsible for travel costs for final in-person interviews and for moving costs, if selected. When prompted to do so, please upload three (3) professional references.



Open Date 09/14/2017
Requisition Number PRN15272B
Job Title Conservator
Working Title Paper Conservator
Job Grade D
FLSA Code Administrative
Patient Sensitive Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Summary

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

VP Area Academic Affairs
Department 00790 - Marriott Library - Operations
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range 53,000
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Summary

The Paper Conservator is responsible for the assessment, documentation, stabilization, and executing conservation treatments on a broad range of paper-based artifacts including archival documents, manuscripts on Western and Islamic paper, maps, architectural, drawings, photographic prints, fine art, and some three-dimensional artifacts. By virtue of advanced knowledge of paper chemistry and the techniques of analysis, paper history, and technology, performs chemical and analytical tests on paper, paper fibers, pigments, inks, media and other substances as needed for work in progress. Uses photographic equipment to record condition or treatment of individual artifacts, a monocular microscope for examination, and various mechanical devices such as a suction table for treatment of paper artifacts. The incumbent will also be involved in housing projects, exhibition preparation, and mentoring of staff. The position reports to the Head of Preservation.


Knowledge of and skill in performing paper conservation treatment techniques for archival documents and works of art on paper. Ability to teach subordinates to meet standards of practice, and to communicate orally and in writing on technical subjects. Ability to provide support to curators and to participate as a member of a team in the ongoing maintenance and operation of a book and paper conservation lab. Ability to maintain OSHA health and safety protocols for self, staff and volunteers with regard to all collections handling and treatments.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in History, Art, Humanities, Library Science, related field or equivalency plus one year directly relatied experience required. Knowledge of conservation and preservation principles; ability to implement proper preservation packing and shipping procedures; experience supervising, teaching and training others is also required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are required in order to effectively work with volunteers, employees and the public.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Masters degree in Conservation, or related field, preferred. Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems in the context of an academic library.

Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary

All applications received by October 11, 2017 will receive full consideration.

This is a local recruitment. Out of area candidates will be responsible for travel costs for final in-person interviews and for moving costs, if selected.

When prompted to do so, please upload three (3) professional references.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.
To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email:

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a related Bachelor's degree or equivalency? (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education)
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How many years of directly related work experience do you have?
    • Less than 1 year
    • 1 year or more, but less than 2 years
    • 2 years or more, but less than 5 years
    • 5 years or more, but less than 8 years
    • 8 years or more

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission
  2. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169