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Posted: 01/04/2010

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Art & Antiquities/Citywide Monument Conservation Program

The Citywide Monuments Conservation Program conserves and maintains public works of art throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Parks & Recreation is the steward of about 29,000 acres of land  14 percent of New York City  including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 550 tennis courts, 66 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 22 historic house museums. We look after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks.

Conservation Technician/Monuments Field Crew
Internship Opportunity
New York City, NY
Open Until

The Citywide Monuments Conservation Program and New York City Parks & Recreation, Art & Antiquities Department, seek qualified candidates for the 2010 summer field season. These are 40 hour a week paid internships, Monday through Friday beginning Tuesday, June 1 through Friday, August 13, 2010.

Program participants will gain knowledge of the breadth of the public sculpture collection, its history and conservation needs. The interns will carry out conservation and maintenance treatments on public sculptures and monuments under the direction of experienced monuments conservators. Participants will receive training in photo-documentation, condition assessments, material analysis, and report preparation. In addition, interns will learn and perform conservation treatment methods including repairing, cleaning, patining, and coating bronze as well as cleaning stone, masonry repair, mortar analysis, replication, and repointing, and safety and equipment procedures.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn outdoor sculpture conservation with experienced conservators in an award-winning program in New York City. The season will include bi-monthly visits to a bronze foundry, stone quarry, and practicing conservators and artists, in addition to the daily hands-on work. More than 77 students have successfully participated during the last 13 years.

Students currently enrolled in graduate programs in objects conservation, historic preservation, or sculpture are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates must be able to work outdoors, be comfortable in handling power tools and equipment, and not fear heights, as projects often require work on scaffolding or in a lift.

How to apply
Please send cover letter and resume by Monday, February 22, 2010 to: ArtandAntiquites@parks.nyc.gov Subject: Monuments Field Crew Internship 2010 To apply via mail, please send a resume and cover letter to: Art & Antiquities Attn: Monuments Field Crew Internship 2010 830 Fifth Avenue The Arsenal, Central Park Room 2O New York, NY 10065

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