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Conservator Mountcutting & Framing

NGA Level 5
Position No. 5035


The Conservator Mountcutting & Framing is based in the Paper & Mountcutting section of the Conservation Department

The Conservator Mountcutting & Framing is required to have appropriate qualifications and/or experience in the area of paper conservation including the preparation of works of art on paper and photographs for storage, transportation, documentation, exhibition and loans and the capacity to undertake treatments with minimal supervision.

Duties Statement

  1. Manage the day to day workflow of the Mountcutting & Framing section and the storage, care and retrieval of the works of art on paper and the frame collection and assist the Senior Conservator, Paper and other Paper Conservators in the day to day duties of the Conservation Department.
  2. Carry out examination and conservation of the Gallery's collection of works of art on paper and photographs, including preparation for exhibition, transportation, storage and quarantine while maintaining documentation on all work undertaken and preparing condition reports on inward and outward loans and new acquisitions.
  3. Liaise with Curatorial, Registration, Exhibitions and other Gallery staff and advise the Senior Conservator, Paper and other Paper Conservators on the display, packing and storage requirements of the works of art on paper and photographic collections.
  4. Supervise and provide training to staff and students to ensure best archival principles are upheld in all aspects of the Mountcutting & Framing section.
  5. Participate in and contribute to research programmes on both artists and conservation materials and techniques relevant to the care of the Gallery's collections.
  6. Provide broad conservation support in other media as required.
  7. Other duties as required by the Head of Conservation and the Senior Conservator, Paper.

Selection Criteria

  1. Professional training and/or qualifications in the conservation of works of art on paper with demonstrated experience in a wide range of conservation framing and mounting techniques.
  2. Highly developed leadership, organisational and administrative skills with demonstrated experience in the supervision and training of staff and the preparation and effective management of workflows ensuring attention to detail, while managing competing priorities and deadlines.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of historical and contemporary materials and techniques including those involved in watercolour painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and papermaking with an understanding of the methods of technical and scientific examination of works of art on paper.
  4. Highly developed written, oral and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders.
  5. Demonstrated experience in the preparation of reports, database entry and management of a collection management system. Experience in KeEMu would be an advantage.
  6. Demonstrated experience in conservation treatments, handling, display, packing, storage and transportation of works of art on paper, photographs and artists' books under minimal supervision.
  7. Ability to promote and apply the principles of workplace diversity and participative management practices.

Job Specific WH&S Requirements / Information for Supervisor and Occupant

A current driver's licence is a requirement of this position.

The Conservator Mountcutting and Framing is responsible for taking all reasonable steps to protect their own health and safety and that of other employees and visitors and for acting in accordance with the NGA's WH&S policies and procedures.

Within 1 month of commencing in the position the occupant, in discussion with his/her supervisor, must complete an Individual Development and Performance Agreement and Health and Safety Responsibilities checklist to identify any section Job Specific WH&S Requirements.


Administrative Details

Position No: 5035
Position: Conservator Mountcutting & Framing
Classification: NGA Level 5
Department: Conservation
Section: Paper & Mountcutting
Immediate Supervisor: Senior Conservator, Paper
Status: Ongoing
Hours per week: 37.5