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Posted: 06/09/2011

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Assistant Conservator
Professional Opportunity
Los Angeles, CA

The Conservation Center of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is seeking a temporary, full-time Assistant Conservator who will contribute to the day-to-day care and maintenance of the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia (Watts Towers State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA). The Watts Towers is a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet. The Towers were built by Italian immigrant construction worker Sabato ("Sam" or "Simon") Rodia in his spare time over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The armatures of the structures are constructed from steel pipes and rods, wrapped with wire mesh, coated with mortar that is embedded with pieces of glass, tile, porcelain, and sea shells. Working alone, Rodia built the structures entirely by hand using no special equipment or predetermined design.

The Assistant Conservator will conduct daily condition checks and take part in a comprehensive condition survey of the site. The incumbent will contribute to research into treatment materials and methods under the direction of the Conservation Center, and assist with the development of stabilizing repairs. The Assistant Conservator will assist in supervision of volunteers and hourly workers. Work will also include data collection for various monitoring programs and administrative tasks including (but not limited to) office organization and supply sourcing. The incumbent will report to the project Associate Conservator, and the project is led by the Senior Conservation Scientist at the Conservation Center at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Eligibility: Masters degree in art or architectural conservation, or equivalent experience. Good hand and research skills are required. The successful candidate must be conversant with standard software for writing reports and processing images; Photoshop and FileMaker Pro experience desirable. Clear oral communication skills and a desire to work cooperatively with curatorial, conservation and scientific staff are essential.

Terms: The position is a six-month contract concluding at the end of 2011, with potential for renewal, and will be available beginning July 1, 2011. Salary will be commensurate with experience. A competitive benefits package is provided. Position is open until filled.

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How to apply
To apply: Submit letter of intent, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references to (with copies to Dr. Frank Preusser, Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Center, LACMA; fpreusser@lacma.org): Gerrie Maloof Director of Human Resources The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Human Resources Department 5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036 Phone: (323) 857-6067 Fax: (323) 857-4720 E-Mail: jobs@lacma.org

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