Conservation Technician I

Requisition # 2021-13223
Date Posted 2 months ago(8/18/2021 2:41 PM)
Library-Special Collections
Job Type


Princeton University Library (PUL) seeks an enthusiastic and collaborative Conservation Technician I to support collections care activities and collection moves within the Library’s Preservation & Conservation Department.


PUL is one of the world’s leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,600 graduate students, 853 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images. PUL employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.


Major Responsibilities

Reporting to the Preventive Conservator, the Conservation Technician I works with the Preservation & Conservation Department to assist with collections care activities for Princeton University Library’s general and special collections. The Conservation Technician I supports collections care initiatives by undertaking housing and rehousing of Library collections, including design and fabrication of custom housing. This position also collaborates with Preservation & Conservation colleagues to carry out condition surveys of the collections, assists the Preventive Conservator with ongoing preventive conservation programming, and supports Library projects such as collection moves. The incumbent will participate in Preservation & Conservation Department activities and initiatives including tours of the department and outreach events to share information about conservation activities and professional topics. 



  • Oversees ordering of third-party vendor boxes, including measurement, compilation of labeling information, and rehousing of materials
  • Designs and fabricates custom housing for a variety of materials, including books, photographic materials, AV materials, manuscripts, art on paper, and three-dimensional objects
  • Retrofits existing enclosures to provide custom housing solutions
  • Compiles housing orders for collections moves and other large departmental projects
  • Collaborates with Preventive Conservator and others to develop, refine, and document efficient housing workflows

Surveying and Condition Assessment 

  • Works with the Preventive Conservator to conduct condition surveys of special and general collections
  • Assesses individual collection items for treatment, digitization, and other purposes as appropriate

Collections Care 

  • Completes technician-level conservation tasks including mold remediation and basic conservation treatment
  • Provides support for large projects, such as collection moves
  • Assists with the environmental monitoring and pest management programs


  • Engages with staff outside of the department by attending meetings, providing housing advice, and assisting with emergency preparedness activities.




Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years’ relevant experience 
  • Experience with bookbinding and/or creating custom enclosures, as demonstrated by examples of work
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to follow instructions exactly
  • Strong hand skills and manual dexterity
  • Sensitivity in handling rare and fragile library materials
  • Aptitude with MS Office and G Suite tools
  • Interest in library and/or archival collections
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Previous academic library experience
  • Experience working in a conservation or preservation department
  • Experience conducting housing and storage projects
  • Experience carrying out condition surveys
  • Experience making four-flap wrappers, Asian-style wrappers, and clamshell boxes

Applications received by September 14th will receive first consideration.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Probationary Period

90 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Union Code

LIB-Amer Fed State County Mun Emps

Valid Driver’s License Required




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