Conservation Technician - TEMPORARY

Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Oakland, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #1267
Friday, November 10, 2023

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of artifacts, objects, and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.


The Conservation Technician supports conservation activities related to the Stories We Keep and Egypt on the Nile exhibition projects. The technician will assist the Senior Conservator, Project Conservator, and Assistant Conservator with assessment of Egyptian objects that have been on display for the past 30 years and are either returning to storage or returning to exhibition. Work will include data management of reports, treatments under supervision, packing and moving objects, and interacting with the public relating to conservation in the exhibitions and the visible lab. 


DURATION: The position is expected to run through April 2025.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent coursework (natural science, anthropology, chemistry, physics preferred).
  • A minimum of 1 year in a conservation lab/department or related discipline (archives) is required.
  • This pre-program position is designed to provide experience for an individual interested in going into Conservation as a career. 


  • The candidate should have strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Fine motor skills and the ability to discern color and fading are mandatory.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of working with computers, particularly with an iPad, is required.
  • The position requires a focused individual who can work independently, as well as part of a cohesive team.
  • A basic understanding of objects conservation and preventive conservation is preferred.  


This position will require bending and lifting, walking around the museum, sitting and/or standing for long periods of time during treatments, turning, repetitive motion, climbing, ability to wear a mask for long periods of time and, at minimum, lifting weight of 25 pounds, with potential to lift more. 


  • Aid the Conservators in day-to-day activities related to the deinstallation of the exhibition and reinstallation of the new exhibition.           
  • Examine and treat objects as directed.  
  • Document all object work according to industry standards.        
  • Enter condition and treatment reports and change location data using iPads. 
  • Construct storage and exhibition mounts as skills allow.             
  • Collaborate on exhibition mounts with exhibit fabricators.           
  • Train volunteers in object handling and other conservation tasks. 
  • Engage in public outreach to demonstrate and explain conservation work through direct contact with visitors in the Visible Lab and in Simmons Gallery. 
  • Maintain Visible Conservation Lab in Simmons Gallery. 
  • Follow the ethical guidelines set by the American Institute for Conservation.    
  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 


  • Communication: Expresses oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others and ensures that information is shared with others who should be informed. 
  • Collaboration: Develops, maintains, and strengthens partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support. 
  • Customer Service: Demonstrates an understanding of the CMNH mission by ensuring that their own interactions with internal and external customers consistently support the mission.  
  • Fostering an Inclusive Community: Contributes to a museum environment, and people, that reflect and respond to the diverse needs and cultures of our community (internal and external). 
  • Results Orientation: Focuses on providing a best-in-class visitor experience through work outcomes by meeting personal and organizational work objectives. 

Expected starting pay range, based on experience, $35,000-$42,000.00

The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.   

*GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:   The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers to consider and accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  An individual is qualified if he or she can perform the essential functions of a job  with or without reasonable accommodation. An essential job function is any task that is a fundamental part of the job.  When considering essentiality, one must focus upon whether the function is essential to this particular job and not to the department as a whole. Some additional  guidance on essential functions  follows below.  Please note that the following guidelines are non-exhaustive.  If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact Human Resources. A. Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function  is rarely performed, it may not be essential. B. Is the function highly specialized? Is the incumbent hired for his/her expertise or ability to perform the function?  The need for special expertise is an indication of an essential function. C. Does the position exist, at least in part, to perform the function?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. D. How much time is spent performing the function and how often?  Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis. E. Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. F. What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential.  G. Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform it?  If so, it is more likely to be essential.

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