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    This position is located in the Paper Conservation Section, Conservation Division, Preservation Directorate, Library Services.

    The position description number for this position is 253063.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

    The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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    Serves as a conservation specialist in paper conservation. Responsible for most aspects of conservation treatment on a limited range of library materials with basic conservation needs that could display some degree of complexity. Demonstrates a growing knowledge, and continued development of highly refined manual skills and judgment concerning conservation treatment.

    Assesses specific types of collections that have been designated by senior conservation staff to be surveyed for their preservation needs. Examines collection items to determine their condition and composition. Establishes written and photographic documentation of the object condition prior to treatment and drafts written treatment proposals for review by supervisor. Works in collaboration with senior staff to solicit and receive custodial division's agreement on treatment proposal and later variance(s).

    In the course of examination and treatment, performs specific chemical tests and analytical techniques under the guidance of senior conservation staff to identify and/or determine condition and composition of materials used in the composition and manufacture of library materials.  Implements newly developed conservation treatment techniques if existing treatment options do not address the condition of the artifact sufficiently and reports results to the supervisory conservator.  Interprets and incorporates the results of testing and analysis in condition reports and treatment plans based on an understanding of the chemistry of the materials and history and technology of their manufacture.

    Participates in larger conservation or preservation efforts, including projects that involve other Division staff members, Preservation Directorate staff, interns, and volunteers, as well as representatives from custodial units, with varying skill and knowledge levels.  Assists conservation liaisons to custodial units to assess short-term and long-term collection conservation needs and in the implementation of the annual work plan.

    Provides data regarding production and other services to Supervisory Conservator in an continuing effort by the Conservation Division and the Preservation Directorate to provide information to the custodial units, the Library of Congress, members of Congress, and the public.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/595410200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.