Conservation Intern -- Texas State Library & Archives Commission -- Austin, TX

Division: Archives and Information Services
Position Title: Conservation Intern
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Work Location: 1201 Brazos - Austin, TX 78701
Working Hours: Must be able to commit to 240 hours of work – 30 hours a week over 8 consecutive weeks on a regular schedule between June and August 2019
Salary Group: A-13
Classification No. 7354 - Librarian Assistant III
Job Posting No. 00004004
Monthly Salary: $2,000/Month
Date Job Available: June 1, 2019

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The Conservation Intern conducts supervised conservation treatment of library and archival materials in the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Summerlee Conservation Lab. Under close supervision of the Conservator, the intern will perform treatment activities including evaluating collections materials for treatment, recording treatment documentation, executing treatment, and constructing protective housings. The Conservation Intern also completes a preservation survey project focusing on scrapbooks or manuscripts. This survey assists in prioritizing future preservation and conservation activities. Other tasks may include environmental monitoring, exhibit preparation, and other preservation and conservation duties. The stipend for this internship is $4,000.


  • Evaluate collections materials for treatment
  • Record treatment documentation in database system
  • Perform conservation treatment according to the Code of Ethics of the American Institute for Conservation
  • Construct protective housings within treatment parameters
  • Conduct preservation survey project
  • Present survey findings in written report and staff presentation


  • Assist in item evaluation meetings
  • Assist with exhibit preparation as needed
  • Assist with environmental monitoring as needed


  • Current student in or recent (within one year) graduate of a master’s degree-level conservation training program
  • Three months work or volunteer experience in book or paper conservation
  • Ability to compose concise, grammatically correct written communication/reports
  • Ability to exercise critical thinking, practical decision making, and time management within library and archives collections workflow.
  • Must be able to commit to 240 hours of work – 30 hours a week over 8 consecutive weeks on a regular schedule between June and August 2019


  • Education/coursework in book or paper conservation techniques; library coursework
  • Experience in library and/or archives operations
  • Professional goals in library and/or archives conservation
  • Experience working independently, including conservation lab project planning and time management
  • Experience conducting a preservation survey with collections sampling techniques and presenting survey findings in a written report


  • Master's-level college transcripts, letter of interest, resume, portfolio of conservation work (online portfolio accepted,) and contact information for two professional references must be submitted at the time of application
  • Criminal history check required upon contingent offer
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds of work-related materials and manipulate large volumes and boxes
  • Work in a non-smoking environment

This position does not have supervisory duties

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