Senior Conservator of Frames

Conservation Toronto, Ontario


Requisition Id: 2021-211
Number of Positions: 1
Job Status: Temporary Full-Time
Hours & Days of Work: 35 hours per week
Minimum Rate: $46.14
Maximum Rate: $57.68
Minimum Salary: $83,974.00
Maximum Salary: $104,977.00
Target Start Date: 04/04/2022
Target End Date: 04/03/2023

Senior Conservator of Frames
Temporary Full-Time (35 hours per week)
1 Year


Are you energized by the idea of working in Canada
s leading art museum, surrounded by great art, award-winning programs and big ideas? Would you thrive working with colleagues who are leaders in their field, from a variety of professional backgrounds? Do you believe art has the power to spark conversation, create community and change lives?

Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (
the AGO”) is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a collection of close to 100,000 works. Through the collection as well as collaborations with leading museums around the world, the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs. With more than 1 million visitors in 2017/18, the AGO is further broadening its reach by deepening relationships with existing members and visitors, attracting new and diverse audiences, and flexibly responding to the changing environment. With an operating budget of over $60 million, over 600 employees, and 400 volunteers, the AGO continues to build a high-performance culture as an employer-of-choice, with strong staff and volunteer satisfaction and engagement aligned to the AGOs compelling mission to bring art and people together to see, experience and understand the world in new ways.

The AGO is at a critical and exciting moment of growth and change. We are seeking a Senior Conservator of Frames  to play a key role in directing the activities of the Frame Project including strategy, initiative, documentation, cataloguing, preventive care, conservation treatment, research, and education.  The successful candidate will provide advice and expertise concerning the aesthetic, conceptual and physical characteristics of frames and recommend frame pairings. He/she/they will provide leadership, direction, advice, technical expertise and knowledge necessary to deliver conservation services and advice for successful completion of the Frame Project. 

Our ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Minimum fifteen years conservation experience working with historic frames in an art museum.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in the treatment, research, technical examination, and connoisseurship of historical frames
  • Excellent knowledge of conservation principles, practices, materials and techniques.
  • Proven management skills and the ability to lead, motivate, and support staff
  • Demonstrated history of high-level collaborations with conservation scientists, curators, and other specialists
  • English language proficiency required.

Compensation & Benefits

• Annual base salary range of CDN $83,974 - $104,977 per annum based on qualifications, skills, and experience
• Medical Benefits, Dental Benefits, Vision Care Benefits
• Disability and Life Insurance Benefits
• Relocation allowance to be considered
• Paid vacation days
• Discounts from the Provincial/City Reciprocal Agreements (Free admission to museums, the CN Tower & discounts off amusement parks, city attractions, hotels, wine tours, Second City, the Ontario Science Centre, and much more!)
• Discounts to Goodlife Fitness
• Free tickets to every major exhibit at AGO

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by submitting a tailored cover letter, resume and a portfolio with three treatments and examples of their completed research via our website:
We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is located at:
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5T 1G4

External Application Deadline: 01/31/2022