Position: Archaeological Conservator
Warren Lasch Conservation Center at Clemson University
North Charleston, South Carolina

Clemson University is seeking a conservator to assist with the conservation of 
the American Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley (1864), its associated artifacts, 
as well as other specialized projects at the Center. The conservator will work 
in the conservation and maintenance of materials and collections managed by the 
Warren Lasch Conservation Center (WLCC), working closely with the conservation, 
archaeological and conservation science teams.

Warren Lasch Conservation Center:
The WLCC at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston is 
a facility dedicated to advance knowledge and best practices in the analysis, 
conservation and restoration of materials of historical significance, focusing 
primarily on artifacts in, and recovered from maritime environments. Our 
expertise is based on years dedicated to the analysis, preservation and 
stabilization of the H.L Hunley submarine (1864) and its associated artifacts 
housed at the WLCC since 2000. We value an integrated approach where 
conservation practice, archaeology and materials science work together to solve 
preservation challenges. The facility also houses a state-of-the-art materials 
analysis and characterization laboratory. For the past 8 years, the WLCC has 
coordinated an extensive collaborative project with the National Park Service 
(NPS) designing and applying new treatment approaches to historic outdoor items 
at two major heritage sites in Charleston, SC.

Both our experience working on complex conservation projects, and our 
innovative and collaborative approach to conservation, have broadened our area 
of inquiry to include materials in historic preservation which are been shared 
with the worldwide scientific community. As a result of our recognized 
expertise, especially in metal conservation and our growing international 
reputation, the WLCC was selected to host the triennial meeting of the ICOM-CC 
Metal Working Group, METAL 2010, in Charleston, SC. It marked the first time 
the international conference was held in the United States.

A Masters degree in the cultural heritage field is required; a Masters in 
conservation will be preferred with a minimum of 3 years specialized experience 
in materials conservation. Applicants must have a broad knowledge of 
conservation and stabilization techniques of marine archaeological objects and 
the skill to apply this knowledge to highly degraded and complex materials of 
all sizes.

The successful candidate should be able to elaborate, execute and supervise the 
Center's conservation projects and ensure compliance with established 
laboratory procedures.

This position requires general knowledge of organic and inorganic chemistry, a 
good understanding of materials science, and experience in the use of standard 
and more complex laboratory equipment. Exceptional manual dexterity and care in 
performing conservation treatments are required, as well as moderate-to-high 
physical ability to handle large artifacts and equipment.

Individuals seeking this position should have the required knowledge to carry 
out current data collection methods pertinent to conservation and archaeology 
and maintain a project database that inventories and registers the location and 
status of all artifacts, samples, and other technical information.

The successful applicant must be able to maintain a working relationship with 
individuals from academia, government agencies, and the private sector, and 
communicate effectively in both oral and written English. Additional 
requirements: Manual dexterity, Ability to carry out finite work for long 
periods of time, Ability stand for long periods of time, Ability to lift up to 
50 lbs. Ability to wear respirators and other required PPE, Good overall 
physical health.

Job duties would include but are not limited to:
1- Conduct established conservation procedures including examination and 
treatment of artifacts of a variety of materials and contexts;
2- Identify conservation problems, implement solutions under established 
conservation guidelines, and make recommendations for resolving difficult or 
unusual problems in conservation of artifacts;
3- Collaborate with other staff on large scale artifact documentation and 
treatment activities;
4- Participate in the background research, technical studies, and experimental 
work to determine the appropriate surface preparation, coating, corrosion 
inhibition and passivation needed to treat outdoor metal objects and structures;
5- Maintain laboratory upkeep and assist in the ordering of supplies and 
equipment and maintenance and inventory of materials;
6- Organize, produce and maintain reports of treatments, updates on project 
status, and dissemination of conservation work.

Applications received by November 10th, 2016 will be given full consideration. 
To apply submit a cover letter, a CV and 3 academic/professional references to 
Dr Stéphanie Cretté at scre...@clemson.edu<mailto:scre...@clemson.edu>
Or apply online at http://www.clemson.edu/employment/prospective/findjobs.html 
under external applicant staff job board.

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