Assistant Preventive Conservator

The National Gallery is seeking an Assistant Preventive Conservator

The National Gallery



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Fixed term (22 months) initially




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Contract: Fixed term for 22 months initially, with the possibility of extension, working full time hours of 35 per week

Salary: £34,148 per annum

Closing date: 26th September 2021 at 23:45pm

Interview date: 7th October 2021

As we approach our bicentenary year in 2024, the National Gallery will be engaging on an ambitious suite of capital build projects and in addition a major building project, the Inspiring People project, is taking place on the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) site which is directly adjacent to the National Gallery.

The National Gallery therefore seeks to recruit a highly motivated individual to join the existing Gallery team with responsibility for liaison with – and facilitating delivery of – these various building projects, and other on-going refurbishment and maintenance projects. They will have specific responsibility for ensuring the safety of the National Gallery’s Collection (paintings and archival material) during these projects.

The jobholder will assist with monitoring shock and vibration, dust levels and any other environmental factors posing a risk to the collection. The jobholder will therefore be confident using a range of monitoring equipment and interpreting and sharing the data obtained. They will also have a key role in helping to develop and implement any mitigation measures required to ensure Collections safety.

In addition to the above, the jobholder will provide preventive conservation support for the Gallery’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme and environmental monitoring systems, and delivery of its public, private and corporate events and activities. They will also assist in establishing processes and procedures – and help to ensure these are implemented – with respect to safety of the Collection.

Suitable candidates will have formal qualification to at least HNC level in preventive conservation, conservation science, engineering, facilities management or a similar relevant subject, or equivalent experience. Direct experience of similar building projects and/or of working in a museum or similar institution is desirable. As jobholder you will foster positive working relationships with key stakeholders to ensure Collection safety including the National Gallery’s curators, conservators, scientists, art handlers, buildings and facilities and regular contract staff, as well as project managers, buildings contractors and consultants associated with the various building projects. The candidate must therefore have excellent communication, negotiation and problem-solving skills, be practical and self-motivated but able to work in a team environment, and be able to work flexible hours and to prioritise time and resources to meet demands of a sometimes uneven workload. The jobholder will be a member of the Conservation Department but will maintain a very close relationship with the Buildings and Facilities Department and have regular contact with the Curatorial and Scientific Departments.


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