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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Conservation Preservation Technician for University Libraries. The position performs conservation care and treatments on materials held in the library’s special collections.

Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Perform detailed conservation treatments on a variety of materials from various special collections within the library, including evaluating and recommending treatment for mold and mildew; humidifying paper and parchment, deacidifying paper, and encapsulating brittle or fragile items
Meets as needed with curators and other responsible parties to discuss treatment options and conservation needs.
Adheres to best practices by maintaining a clean workspace; understanding and observing building and chemical safety protocols; and maintaining the security for valuable library materials.
Photographs or scans fragile and oversized material, using appropriate equipment
Maintains accurate statistics on daily activities and reports this information monthly.
All work assignments and tasks are to be completed in an accurate and timely manner
Monitors environment of onsite collection and work spaces.

•Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
•Requires up to two years relevant experience in an administrative function, good communication and interpersonal skills, and computer literacy.
Demonstrated understanding of conservation principles
Proficient in conservation treatments including mold remediation
Superior hand skills and attention to detail in order to perform precise and detailed repairs and operations according to specialized instructions
Willingness to work with solvents and other potentially hazardous materials that require the use of a respirator
Ability to push/pull loaded book trucks; ability to lift a minimum of 40 pounds
Written and oral communication skills commensurate with job requirements
Ability to work independently and in a group environment team
Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion
Demonstrated technology skills, including proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications

Experience working with and handling rare books or artifacts
Coursework in conservation, preservation, bookbinding, or museum studies or bookbinding experience
Experience photographing and scanning fragile and oversized material
Experience using overhead cameras such as Phase One
Ability to identify opportunities to improve procedures and practices.

Immunization Requirements
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