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🔗Assistant Conservator

  • Full Time
  • Miami, Florida
  • 61,000 - 68,000 USD / Year
  • Job Summary: Participates in the care, preservation, and conservation of the site’s collections which include furnishings, decorative arts, textiles, paintings, outdoor sculpture, and architectural features and historic finishes both interior and exterior.
  • Job Qualifications:

    ·        Required: Master’s degree in Conservation, Historic Preservation or related field.

    ·        At least 2 years of work experience as an Architectural Conservator (preferred) and/or Objects Conservator.

    ·        A deep and current knowledge of conservation theories, principles and practices, including, but not limited to, techniques, tools, equipment, materials and current scientific processes used in the research and practical conservation of objects and historic finishes.

    ·        Ability to identify and assess preservation needs for a variety of architectural elements, objects and historic finishes.

    ·        Ability to work in a variety of mediums.

    ·        Ability to plan and manage conservation and maintenance projects.

    ·        Ability to write accurate, clear, and concise proposals and reports.

    ·        Ability to read, understand and edit architectural and engineering documents.

    ·        Ability to clearly communicate with colleagues in Capital Projects and other departments, contractors, and stakeholders.

    ·        Ability to train and supervise subordinate personnel engaged in conservation activities.

    ·        Demonstrated leadership, teambuilding, communications, project management and financial management skills.

    ·        Positive attitude, good interpersonal skills, flexibility and commitment to collaboration, customer service, strategy and innovation.

    ·        English fluency.

    ·        Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

    Factors Vizcaya Will Consider When Evaluating Applicants and Determining Compensation

    ·        Additional relevant work experience, training and education.

    ·        Professional Associate status or better with the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

    ·        Spanish, Haitian Creole and other language skills.

  • How to Apply:

    Please submit a resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in this position to:

  • Job benefits: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens offers competitive compensation with generous paid leave, retirement benefits, and robust medical and other insurance for full-time employees. This position is eligible for hybrid work, one to two days per week, in accordance with Vizcaya’s Hybrid Work policies and procedures.
  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: The Conservator conducts both managerial and administrative in-office tasks as well as hands-on work both inside and outdoors. The job requires certain physical demands. The employee should possess the ability to lift 30 lbs., safely bend/crouch to lift and handle collection objects, climb and work on a ladder or scaffolding and stand for potentially long periods of time.
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Website Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark and accredited museum in Miami, Florida ( The estate is owned by Miami-Dade County and operated by the non-profit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc. since 2017. Our mission is to preserve Vizcaya’s cultural and environmental resources to engage people in connecting with the past, understanding the present and shaping the future. Our vision is to position Vizcaya as an enduring, inclusive and innovative place that inspires people to embrace the cultural vitality and environmental sustainability of the world around us.

·        Assess damage to architectural finishes and determine methodologies for treatment and ongoing care.

·        Examine and treat objects and decorative finishes.

·        Review architectural and engineering documents and identify conservation needs or issues. Solicit proposals for and supervise conservation treatments by outside contractors.

·        Assist with the preparation of conservation related Requests for Proposals, including but not limited to, the preparation of specifications and permitting documents.

·        Assist the Lead Conservator with long range conservation goals including, but not limited to, the maintenance and conservation of stone sculptures, fountains and other surfaces.

·        Assist the Lead Conservator in maintaining supply inventory, chemical storage and SDSs for the conservation studio and collections care staff.

·        Maintain conservation documentation and prepare in-depth condition and treatment reports.

·        Collaborate with Collections Care Team as needed to complete large-scale treatments.

·        Support the Capital Projects team in the planning and execution of capital projects.

·        Participate in disaster preparedness and recovery efforts and collections-related safety training for staff.

·        Collaborate with colleagues to develop funding requests and grant applications.

·        Report on conservation projects to internal as well as external stakeholders.

·        Represent Vizcaya at professional conferences and meetings.

This job description is not designed to be comprehensive; duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.