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🔗NYC Parks Conservation Technician Intern

  • Full Time
  • Internship
  • Temporary
  • New York, NY
  • $22.00 USD / Hour
  • March 3, 2024
  • Department: Art & Antiquities
  • Job Qualifications:

    A Motor Vehicle Driver License valid in the State of New York is required.

    There are certain medical and physical requirements.

    1.    General knowledge of sculpture and conservation methods.

    2.    Study in objects conservation, historic preservation, or fine arts.

    3.    Able to work outdoors and in all weather.

    4.    Comfortable handling power tools and equipment.

    5.    Comfortable with heights, as projects often require work in a lift or on scaffolding.

    6.    Able to work Monday – Friday, from around 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. from approx. June 3 – August 16, 2024

  • How to Apply:

    Please email a cover letter and resume by March 3, 2024 to:
    NYC Parks Art & Antiquities:
    Subject: Summer Conservation Technician

  • Application Email:

Website NYC Parks

The monuments and permanent art collection in New York City's parks constitutes the greatest outdoor public art museum in the United States. A veritable “who's who” of American art, it includes the work of nineteenth-century masters such as Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Daniel Chester French, and John Quincy Adams Ward, as well as contemporary subjects and conceptions by Louise Nevelson, George Segal, Alice Aycock, Robert Graham, and Allison Saar. More than 800 monuments, about 250 of which are sculptures (including 125 statues honoring historical figures), grace our most prominent civic spaces as well as the many localities that constitute the greater metropolis. Ranging in size from commemorative tablets to triumphal arches, they honor people and events that helped shape our city, nation, and the international community. It is this cultural and aesthetic legacy that we wish to preserve.

NYC Parks’ Citywide Monuments Conservation Program (CMCP) seeks qualified candidates for the 2024 summer season. This is an excellent opportunity to learn outdoor monument conservation with an experienced conservator in an award-winning program. CMCP conserves and maintains public artworks and historic objects throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Program participants will gain knowledge of the breadth of the public sculpture collection, its history, and conservation needs.

Since 1997 CMCP has offered intensive hands-on experience working with a large, varied public art collection in a dense urban environment. Past participants have obtained positions with the Metropolitan Museum, National Park Service, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and National Gallery, as well as many other institutional and private practice settings.


  • Assist with conservation and maintenance treatments on prominent public sculptures and monuments with the Senior Monuments Conservator.
  • Learn and perform conservation treatments including repairing, cleaning, and coating metals; bronze patination; masonry repair; mortar analysis, replication, and repointing.
  • Receive training in photo-documentation, condition assessments, material analysis, and report preparation.
  • Receive tool, equipment, and materials training.
  • Attend field trips to related institutions and businesses such as a bronze foundry, stone quarry, museum conservation lab, and artists’ studios.
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