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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

*All applications received by April 10, 2018 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 03/20/2018
Requisition Number PRN16628B
Job Title Conservator
Working Title Book Conservator
Job Grade D
FLSA Code Administrative
Patient Sensitive Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 30
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Summary

Monday-Friday, between 8am-5pm
Some evenings and weekends may be required.

VP Area Academic Affairs
Department 00790 - Marriott Library - Operations
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range 30,000
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Summary

The Book Conservator is responsible for assessing, documenting, stabilizing, and treating for a broad range of Western and Islamic rare books, maps, documents, photographic material, and three-dimensional objects. By virtue of advanced knowledge of book conservation, paper history and chemistry, and related printing and manuscript technologies, performs repairs in accordance with standards of practice for a wide range of library material. Uses photographic equipment to record condition or treatment of individual artifacts, a binocular microscope for examination, various mechanical devices such as a suction table for treatment of paper artifacts, and is familiar with washing, alkalization, sizing, aqueous and non-aqueous paper repair options, and the range of historic Western and Islamic bookbinding options. Designs and constructs custom-fitted protective enclosures. Supervises the work of conservation technicians, interns and volunteers. Maintains lab equipment, inventories of materials and supplies, and budgets. Serves as a member of the University’s Collections Emergency Response Team. The position reports to the Head of Preservation.

This is a .75 FTE position (30 hours per week).


Knowledge of and skill in performing book and paper conservation treatments for archival maps, documents and bound material. 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.


Demonstrated experience working in a university library conservation lab. Masters degree in Conservation, or related field, preferred.

Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems in the context of an academic library.

Reading, writing, or speaking skills in a second language.

Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary

All applications received by April 10, 2018 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