Associate Laboratory Coordinator

Department of Textile Conservation
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY 10028

General Description:

The work responsibilities of the full time  Associate Laboratory Coordinator 
relate to several aspects of the Department of Textile Conservation (DTC) lab 
maintenance. It includes supervision of lab facilities, environment, equipment, 
inventory and storage of conservation materials and tools, as well as providing 
technical support to conservators.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

Stocking laboratories, managing chemical inventories (Safety Data Sheets)
Assisting with environment-related work including hygrothermograph (data 
logger), pest control, and chemical removal/inventory
DI water system maintenance
Maintaining inventory and distribution of conservation materials
Maintaining departmental reference collection
Researching of storage solutions and updating conservation materials
Coordinating communication between DTC and museum shops for work requests using 
JIRA software
Assisting conservators with material preparation including sewing tapestry 
linings and straps
Assisting conservators with dying, wet cleaning, gallery work
Assisting conservators in maintaining archive of scientific documentation
Assisting in preparation of experiments and/or archiving specimens
Scheduling maintenance and repair visits for equipment.
Overseeing cleanliness of laboratory
Arranging bi-annual fire drills
Other related duties

Requirements and Qualifications:

At least one year of work experience as laboratory technician or other related 
position (preferred)
Ability to work with analytical equipment
Familiarity with scientific research techniques
Familiarity with museum environmental standards (required)
Understanding of textile materials (preferred)
Demonstrable photography and computer skills for the purpose of documentation
Very good organizational, communication and team working skills
Meticulous attention to detail
Demonstrated ability to manage concurrent responsibilities in a busy environment
Some lifting may be required

Knowledge and Education:

Required: B.S. in textile science or related field
Knowledge related to conservation materials (preferred)
Familiarity with conservation, especially within a museum environment 

All Interested candidates should direct resumes to

Emilia Cortes
Department of Textile Conservation
Tel. (1-212) 396 5138

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

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