Conservator – Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

The Conservator manages the Conservation Laboratory and all Conservation projects. The Conservator is responsible for providing conservation consultation, examination, survey and treatment services for provision of conservation service.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Examines materials to determine their condition and provides proposals with cost estimates for provision of conservation service. As needed in treatments, researches artists’ techniques and interprets scientific analysis of materials.
  • Prepares written reports and/or photographs to document the condition of objects before, during, and after treatment.
  • Provides stabilization and conservation treatment with respect for the integrity of the artifact and intent of the artist.
  • Surveys collections and evaluates environmental conditions to provide recommendations for proper and safe storage and exhibition. Provides assistance with conservation planning. Manages the IPM program for exhibit spaces and coordinates IPM activities with Collections Managers across the Museum.
  • May plan, research, and manage large grant or contract-funded conservation projects.
  • May supervise interns and/or volunteers to instruct and ensure quality work is performed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Determines the advisability of transporting objects, provides information on proper packing, and/or supervises or carries out the packing.
  • Answers inquiries, lectures, and participates in workshops to educate museum professionals and the general public in basic conservation principles.
  • Interacts with staff and museum clients with tact, courtesy and respect. Projects a positive and professional attitude. Cooperates and supports teamwork; maintains and strengthens customer relations.
  • Performs other duties as necessary to accomplish Museum goals.


  • Master’s degree in conservation from an accredited conservation training program.
  • 1-5 years experience as a practicing conservator, or equivalent training and experience.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to maintain composure when working under time constraints and to meet deadlines.

Other Requirements

  • Flexibility in working hours, as some evening and weekend work is required.
  • Professional business-like appearance.
  • Good attendance.
  • Detail-oriented.

Direct Report:  Director of Cultural Resources

Hours: Full-Time, some evening and weekends required
Salary: $50,000 per year
Deadline to apply: July 15th

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