Job Opening: Preventive Conservation Specialist

The Image Permanence Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY is seeking a Preventive Conservation Specialist. The Preventive Conservation Specialist will provide information and guidance to a range of cultural institutions on preventive conservation, the role of environment in preservation, and best practices for sustainable environmental management, through a variety of consulting, outreach (teaching and publication), research, and technical support activities.

Candidates should have training and experience in the field of preservation and a strong interest in preventive conservation, managing the environment for preservation, and sustainable preservation practices. Five years relevant work experience in a museum, library, archive, or other cultural institution focused on collection management, preservation, or conservation is preferred. Teaching or presentation, writing, and project management skills are required. Candidates should have an advanced degree in Conservation, Preservation Administration, Library Science, Archives Management, or Museum Studies. Candidates must be willing and able to travel frequently, both nationally and internationally, and to work within mechanical rooms and mechanical systems. Scientific research experience is also desirable.

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Additional Details
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion.  For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.


The concept of an optimal preservation environment—one that achieves the best possible preservation of collections with the least possible consumption of energy—forms the foundation of IPI’s environmental management philosophy.

IPI has been active in the development of sustainable practices to improve the preservation quality of storage and display environments since the late 1990s. Working in partnership with the energy management consulting firm Herzog/Wheeler & Associates, IPI has taken its experience with material preservation research and environmental assessment into the field to explore and develop a cross-disciplinary approach between building engineers, facility managers, collection staff, and preservation specialists.

IPI remains deeply involved in laboratory research, fieldwork, and consulting in sustainable environmental management. In the laboratory we are exploring how rates of thermal and moisture equilibration can be used to advantage in lowering energy consumption or protecting objects from uncontrolled adverse conditions. Beyond the laboratory we have helped institutions use less energy through controlled shutdowns of mechanical systems, altering seasonal set points, reducing airflows and reducing outside air quantities. One thing is abundantly clear – the path forward for sustainable environmental management is cross disciplinary in nature, including collection care, facilities management, and administrative staff.

IPI’s environmental management work is made possible with very generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


About the Image Permanence Institute

The Image Permanence Institute, part of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, is a recognized world leader in the development and deployment of sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural property. The institute accomplishes this through a balanced program of research, education, products and services that meet the needs of individuals, companies, and institutions.