Conservator, Works on Paper

Conservation Toronto, Ontario


Requisition Id: 2021-144
Number of Positions: 1
Job Status: Regular Part-Time
Hours & Days of Work: up to 24 hours per week
Minimum Rate: $37.88
Maximum Rate: $47.34
Target Start Date: 06/14/2021


Conservator, Works on Paper

Regular Part-time (Up to 24 hours per week)



Are you highly detail-oriented? Do you have considerable mental and visual concentration when it comes to the examination and treatment of works of art? Do you find it easy to work independently and take initiative when needed? Are you a collaborative team member? Are you an excellent multi-tasker? Do you believe that art has the power to spark conversation, create community, and change lives? If you answered yes, the Conservator, Works on Paper at the AGO might be the right fit for you!

This is an incredible opportunity to be a part of the AGO - one of the largest art museums in North America. The AGO’s vision is to lead global conversations from Toronto through extraordinary collections, exhibitions and programs, and by reflecting the people who live here.  Our values are: to lead with quality; be inclusive and accessible; lead with contemporary relevance; be adaptable and flexible; achieve financial equilibrium. The AGO is taking steps to build our capacity to actively work on addressing issues of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility in our galleries, programming and workplace. We have embedded diversity and inclusion into our strategic plan and our priorities are designed, in part, to support those goals.

The Conservator, Works on Paper will work to prolong the physical and aesthetic life of works of art through documentation, preventive care, conservation treatment, research, and education.  He/She/They will promote and advocate the preservation of works in the collection or in the temporary custody of the Gallery.  He/She/They will also provide advice and expertise concerning the aesthetic, conceptual and physical characteristics of works of art.



This role is best suited for someone who has:

  • Masters degree in conservation from a recognized university or college, plus five years related experience in an art museum, or equivalent combination of education and years of directly related experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of conservation principles, practices, materials and techniques.
  • Excellent knowledge of health and safety legislation, regulations and practices.
  • Knowledge of materials and techniques, aesthetic and historical significance of works of art.
  • Knowledge of the “Code of Ethics and Guidance for Practice” of the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC) and of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators (CAPC).
  • Ability to perform delicate operations affecting the condition and appearance of works of art; excellent hand-eye co-ordination and manual dexterity.
  • Ability to conduct research according to established scientific practice; to synthesize and interpret information.
  • Ability to operate specialized technical and scientific equipment.
  • Excellent trained, visual discrimination abilities.
  • Ingenuity and creative problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation, consultation and negotiation skills.


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 AGO’s compelling mission, vision and values. At the AGO, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and are dedicated to hiring employees who reflect the communities we serve. We welcome and encourage candidates who are women, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and people with disabilities to apply for this new and exciting role. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO’s Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

*What you need to include in your application:

  • Tailored Cover Letter
  • Your CV
  • A Portfolio that includes two treatments or technical studies

Please apply via our website: by June 21, 2021 at 11:59PM. We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Rate of pay for this position: $37.88 - $47.34 per hour

Art is at the centre of everything we do.

External Application Deadline: 06/21/2021