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Posted: 02/05/2013

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association (George Washington's Mount Vernon)
Historic Preservation and Collections

Mount Vernon is owned and maintained in trust for the people of the United States by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a private, non-profit organization founded in 1853 by Ann Pamela Cunningham. The Association is the oldest national historic preservation organization in the country, and it has always been in the forefront of the restoration field. It is directed by a Board of Regents, comprised solely of women, who represent over 30 states. A Board of Advisors of prominent citizens from across the country meets twice a year to provide additional input on Mount Vernon's governance. The estate, gift shops and dining facilities are operated by about 600 paid employees and over 400 volunteers. Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America and is open 365 days a year. Mount Vernon does not accept grants from federal, state or local governments, and no tax dollars are expended to support its purposes. Primary sources of income are revenue from the retail and dining facilities, ticket sales, and donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals. The estate, gardens and farm of Mount Vernon totaled some 8,000 acres in the 18th century. Today, roughly 500 acres of this historic estate have been preserved 16 miles south of Washington, D.C., on the banks of the Potomac River. Visitors can see 20 structures and 50 acres of gardens as they existed in 1799. The estate also includes a museum, the tombs of George and Martha Washington, Washington's greenhouse, an outdoor exhibit devoted to American agriculture as practiced by Washington, the nation's most important memorial to the accomplishments of 18th-century slaves, and a collection which features numerous decorative and domestic artifacts. Mount Vernon welcomes an average of 1,000,000 visitors each year.

Collections Conservator
Professional Opportunity
Mount Vernon, VA

Position:  Collections Conservator 

Department:  Historic Preservation and Collections


The Mount Vernon Ladies Association seeks a highly motivated Collections Conservator to direct the conservation of the Fine and Decorative Arts Collections at the home of George and Martha Washington, a 500-acre historic site visited by more than 1 million guests annually.  These collections encompass more than 15,000 items, including paintings, prints, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, metals, other decorative arts, and textiles. 


The Collections Conservator oversees the preservation and conservation of Mount Vernons Fine and Decorative Arts collections, including planning and implementing preventive maintenance, preparing objects for photography and exhibition in historic structures and museum galleries, and coordinating work by contract conservators.  The Collections Conservator works closely with Historic Preservation and Collections staff and contract conservators, under the direction of the Curator.  



·         Masters degree from accredited conservation program, with specialty in objects conservation, preferably decorative arts

·         At least five years post-graduate experience, including minimum of three years conservation experience in an historic site or museum setting

·         General knowledge of current museum practices in storage, handling, environmental controls and illumination

·         Familiarity with conservation issues particular to historic house museums and historic sites

·         Excellent hand skills, competence with basic scientific instrumentation, computers, and digital media

·         Experience with lab management preferred, attention to detail and strong organization skills required

·         Demonstrates leadership and decision-making abilities; works effectively individually and as part of a team; communicates courteously, professionally and effectively with colleagues, supervisors, and the public


By February 28, 2013, send resume and cover letter to Attn: Susan Schoelwer, Curator, George Washingtons Mount Vernon, P.O. Box 110, Mount Vernon, VA  22121, USA. Applications may also be sent via fax: 703.780.8320 or by e-mail to hrmail@mountvernon.org.

Mount Vernon is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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How to apply
By February 28, 2013, send resume and cover letter to Attn: Susan Schoelwer, Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon via email to: hrmail@mountvernon.org, or postal mail to: P.O. Box 110, Mount Vernon, VA 22121, USA, or by fax to: 703.780.8320.
Susan Schoelwer
Fax: 703.780.8320
P.O. Box 110
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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