Associate Paintings Conservator

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston seeks a full-time Associate Paintings Conservator to fill an 18-month term position beginning summer 2014. This is one of two positions focused on the conservation of a very large 18th century painting by Benjamin West. Essential functions include: undertake treatment and research of painting; interact and communicate with visitors directly and through “new media;” document object condition and conservation work in writing and through photography, in accordance with departmental standards in collections database system; contribute to research, reports, lectures, and scholarly articles for the project.

Applicants should have a Master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) with a specialization in paintings conservation from a recognized conservation training program. At least five years of post-training experience is required. Comfort with working in a conservation studio open to the public and with interacting with the public is essential. Structural as well as aesthetic treatment skills are required for this challenging project. Strong in-painting skills desirable. Ability to work and excel as part of a team and in a rapidly-paced environment required. Excellent written, photo documentation, and communication skills are essential.

Application materials are due by August 22, 2014. For consideration, please submit letter of interest, résumé, and two letters of recommendation to: Materials may also be submitted via postal mail to: Human Resources Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Confirmation of receipt of complete applications will be sent via e-mail. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

This is a term position, with full-time benefits, scheduled to end 18 months from hire date




Full Time


35.00 hours per week

Mon-Fri, 9:00am-5:00pm


July 22, 2014


Conservation and Collections Mgmt, Paintings