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Museum Technicians and Conservators

Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Install, arrange, assemble, and prepare artifacts for exhibition, ensuring the artifacts' safety, reporting their status and condition, and identifying and correcting any problems with the set up.
    • Repair, restore, and reassemble artifacts, designing and fabricating missing or broken parts, to restore them to their original appearance and prevent deterioration.
    • Classify and assign registration numbers to artifacts and supervise inventory control.
    • Study object documentation or conduct standard chemical and physical tests to ascertain the object's age, composition, original appearance, need for treatment or restoration, and appropriate preservation method.
    • Clean objects, such as paper, textiles, wood, metal, glass, rock, pottery, and furniture, using cleansers, solvents, soap solutions, and polishes.
    • Determine whether objects need repair and choose the safest and most effective method of repair.
    • Prepare artifacts for storage and shipping.
    • Prepare reports on the operation of conservation laboratories, documenting the condition of artifacts, treatment options, and the methods of preservation and repair used.
    • Enter information about museum collections into computer databases.
    • Recommend preservation procedures, such as control of temperature and humidity, to curatorial and building staff.
    • Perform tests and examinations to establish storage and conservation requirements, policies, and procedures.
    • Direct and supervise curatorial, technical, and student staff in the handling, mounting, care, and storage of art objects.
    • Notify superior when restoration of artifacts requires outside experts.
    • Construct skeletal mounts of fossils, replicas of archaeological artifacts, or duplicate specimens, using a variety of materials and hand tools.
    • Supervise and work with volunteers.
    • Coordinate exhibit installations, assisting with design, constructing displays, dioramas, display cases, and models, and ensuring the availability of necessary materials.
    • Preserve or direct preservation of objects, using plaster, resin, sealants, hardeners, and shellac.
    • Plan and conduct research to develop and improve methods of restoring and preserving specimens.
    • Build, repair, and install wooden steps, scaffolds, and walkways to gain access to or permit improved view of exhibited equipment.
    • Lead tours and teach educational courses to students and the general public.
    • Cut and weld metal sections in reconstruction or renovation of exterior structural sections and accessories of exhibits.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    Knowledge

    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 41690/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 20.04/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 370
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Compressed air gun
    • Cold chisels
    • Claw hammer
    • Binocular light compound microscopes
    • Adjustable widemouth pliers

    Technology

    • Office suite software
    • Object oriented data base management software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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