Job Opening: Conservation Technician Position at Orleans CDC

by Gene Meneray

The Office of the Clerk of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans is seeking a qualified individual to perform conservation treatments to paper and large scale bindings; to assess the condition of bound materials; and to assist on occasion with item shelving and retrieval.  This is a technical position that follows well established national conservation guidelines and employer protocols to stabilize materials.

Candidates must have experience in book or paper conservation and in the use and management of conservation tools and supplies.  Information management, Library, or Museum degrees without paper conservation experience will not be considered.  Knowledge of conservation equipment, handling techniques, and batch-method processing will be expected. Candidates should be able to handle, humidify, measure, mend, and flatten damaged and possibly moldy archival documents and bindings.  Minor to advanced book repair will be assigned and performed as needed.  Experience with sheet edge repairs a plus.  Candidates must be flexible and willing to assist other staff with day to day duties when necessary.

Professional characteristics

Conservation technicians must be organized, self-motivated, and able to follow instructions and work under pressure.  Candidate will be expected to interact with team members using positive communication skills.  Applicants must be able to perform quality control of both in-house repairs and contracted library binding. 

Successful candidates have good time management skills and the ability to address multiple tasks.  They must organize and prioritize daily treatments and compile accurate statistics on work performed.  Technicians need to follow protocol and work independently while consulting supervisors in resolving special problems.  Candidates must be flexible with changes in work location and tasks.

Education and Training Requirements

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent needed, along with training in conservation or equivalent field.  Candidates must be 18 years of age.  Any degrees must be from appropriately accredited institutions.

Physical requirements

The tasks demand the ability to work for long periods while standing, to lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds, and to perform repetitive activities.  Applicants must have excellent manual dexterity, the ability to push book carts between building floors, and the capacity to work in an environment with dust or mold.

Preferred Requirement:  Experience working as conservation technician in a library or archive is strongly preferred.  Performing condition surveys and/or designing repair techniques are a plus. 

The position is full time with full benefits.  Salary is commensurate with experience.   Applicants please send resume with cover letter to: 

Sally K. Reeves, C.A., Archivist

Office of the Clerk of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans

Honorable Dale N. Atkins

1340 Poydras St., Suite 500

New Orleans LA 70112