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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Miami, FL
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Classification: Exempt

Reports to: Deputy Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs



The Vizcaya Conservator is the primary person responsible for the care, preservation, and conservation of the site’s collections which include furnishings, decorative arts, textiles, paintings, outdoor sculpture, and architectural features and historic finishes both interior and exterior.

Supervisory Responsibility

The Conservator supervises a team of collections care professionals, interns, and volunteers, including the Collections Care Specialist (one FT employee), Collections Care Technician (one FT employee), and interns (two FT for 8 weeks/year anticipated and/or one FT or PT for up to a year).

Essential Functions

Considering the unique needs and challenges of Vizcaya, whose collections are housed in historic buildings with features and finishes that are part of the historic fabric of the estate, the conservator will be involved in the conservation of the collection as well as historic preservation of the estate.

Duties will primarily focus on the following:

1) As member of the Collections and Curatorial Division, provide support to the Capital Projects team in the planning and execution of all phases of capital projects (most immediately including Main House roof replacement, Main House window and door restoration, HVAC and MEP upgrades in Main House, post-hurricane damage to waterfront features)

2) Advance the conservation of the Robert Winthrop Chanler ceiling mural in the Swimming Pool Grotto

3) Advance the conservation of other objects and finishes within the Grotto

4) Advance maintenance and conservation of various stone objects (sculpture and statuary) and masonry surfaces throughout the property

Additional duties include but are not limited to:

1) Manage all aspects of Vizcaya’s preventive conservation program including implementing cyclic maintenance program for collections, monitoring environmental conditions, overseeing the Integrated Preventive Pest Management program

2) Solicit proposals for conservation treatment by contractors

3) Coordinate and supervise conservation projects by outside contractors

4) Participate in disaster preparedness and recovery efforts; participate in the Alliance for Response Miami

5) Examine and treat objects and finishes

6) Maintain all conservation and maintenance related documentation

7) Review and manage the long-range conservation plan

8) Coordinate and oversee the conservation internship program

9) Conduct object handling and collections-related safety training for allied staff

10) Participate in the Preservation and Maintenance Committee

11) Collaborate with colleagues to develop funding requests and grant applications

12) Maintain supply inventory for the conservation studio and collections care staff

13) Report on past and future conservation projects to internal as well as external stakeholders

14) (Re)present Vizcaya at professional conferences and meetings

Competency or position requirements

· Considerable knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of conservation.

· Considerable knowledge of the techniques, tools, and equipment used in practical conservation of objects and historic finishes.

· Considerable knowledge of materials and current scientific processes used in conservation and restoration.

· Ability to identify and assess preservation needs for a variety of objects, architectural features, and historic finishes.

· Ability to plan future conservation and maintenance projects, and manage projects.

· Ability to clearly communicate with colleagues in Capital Projects and other departments, contractors, and stakeholders.

· Ability to write accurate, clear, and concise proposals and reports detailing activities of said projects.

· Ability to train and supervise subordinate personnel engaged in preservation activities.

· Ability to work in a variety of mediums.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

The Conservator conducts both managerial and administrative in-office tasks as well as hands-on work both inside and outdoors. The job requires certain physical demands. Employee should possess the ability to lift 50 lbs., safely bend/crouch to lift and handle collection objects, and stand for potentially long periods of time.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

Full-time 40-hour per week (M-F) position. Occasional evening and weekend work required as job duties demand.


Occasional travel required.

Job Requirements (Education, Experience, Certification)

Education and Experience

Required – Master’s degree in Conservation, Historic Preservation, or related field. Two years of experience in the conservation of decorative or fine arts objects or historic preservation.


Preferred – Professional Associate status with the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.


Please submit a cover letter and resume by October 14, 2018 to:

No telephone calls please. Thanks


Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a victim of domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Why Work Here?

Beautiful place to work, great benefits and a lot of room for growth.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and located on Miami’s spectacular Biscayne Bay. Vizcaya consists of 14 historic buildings on 50 acres of grounds, with approximately 2,500 objects and 40,000 archival documents. The Museum attracts nearly 200,000 visitors annually and is working to strengthen and extend its profile as a cultural resource throughout South Florida and the nation. To diminish second-hand health hazards, risk of fire, and unwanted trash on Vizcaya's historic property. VMGTI's employees are not permitted to smoke tobacco or other substances, use vapor devices (including e-cigarettes), or use smokeless tobacco anywhere o the Vizcaya estate (including the Village and parking lots).


3251 South Miami Ave, Miami, Fl 33129
Miami, FL