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Conservator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota

Job Title:             Conservator of Sculpture & Decorative Arts – Job ID # 44328

This is an Administrative & Professional position.

Under the direction of the Chief Conservator, the Conservator of Sculpture & Decorative Arts manages the activities that will help to ensure appropriate conservation and restoration of sculpture and decorative arts objects at The Ringling.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Conducts detailed examination of sculpture and decorative arts objects, including wood, metal, stone, ceramic, plaster, terracotta, glass, leather, gilded objects, and modern materials. Identifies the materials and construction, assesses condition and causes of deterioration or damage, and documents condition and observations for sculpture and decorative arts objects in the permanent collection and on loan to the museum.
  • Under the direction of the Chief Conservator, manages the activities relating to the conservation of sculpture and decorative arts in the Conservation Laboratory in accordance with the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. Recommends appropriate care and/or conservation treatment for sculpture and decorative arts in the permanent collections and on loan to the museum as appropriate. Executes a full range of conservation treatments from minor to major, as appropriate, on a variety of sculpture and decorative arts objects. Establishes and promotes preventive care measures. Conducts research into the materials, deterioration, and/or conservation of sculpture and decorative arts. Creates work plans, coordinates, delegates, and supervises the conservation and restoration treatment of sculpture and decorative arts.
  • Recommends appropriate handling, mounting, display, packing and crating, transportation, and storage practices for sculpture and decorative arts in relation to the permanent collections, acquisitions, exhibitions, or loans. Assists with administrative functions of the Conservation Laboratory including the development and writing of conservation policies, procedures, and grant applications as needed. Makes presentations and gives lectures on conservation subjects.
  • Supervises conservators and other staff, interns, Fellows, volunteers, and others as required. Advises and consults with Chief Conservator as requested on a broad range of conservation issues and staffing.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least five years full time conservation experience with a focus on sculpture and decorative arts objects.
  • Prior museum conservation experience.
  • Experience supervising the conservation activities of others.
  • Experience in conducting research or analysis of works of art.
  • Ability to prepare documentation for grant proposals.


  • Master’s degree in Art Conservation or equivalent level of education and experience with a specialization in objects conservation. At least two years of full-time relevant conservation experience.
  • Experience applying the principles, processes, and practices involved in the preservation and treatment of a variety of materials making up a range of sculpture and decorative arts objects.
  • Experience preparing detailed written reports and using digital photography to document object condition and treatment.
  • Experience in independent completion of conservation and restoration procedures from minor to major in complexity, while adhering to the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice in all aspects of examination, documentation, analysis, and treatment.

Anticipated Salary Range
Salary commensurate with qualifications. Florida state benefits available. (

How To Apply
If qualified and interested apply at  If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume. This position is advertised as open until filled.

Contact Info
For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or

Criminal Background Check
This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting.

Equal Employment Opportunity
An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

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The Ringling is a preeminent center for the arts, history, performance, and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. From its inception, The Ringling has joined the diverse visual traditions and theatrical spectacle of yesterday with the genre-defying global practitioners of today. A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling's campus in Sarasota, Florida (which includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, a historic home, an 18th-century theater and bayfront gardens) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars and lifelong learners of every age across the region, country, and around the world. For more information, please visit

Soft Money Funded Position
This position is time-limited based on soft money funding, with renewal contingent upon available funds and the needs of the University

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