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Armorer Technician Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Specialize in restoring and preparing exhibits of medieval arms armor
  • Assemble parts of armor, helmets, guns, swords and similar items
  • Design fabricates missing or broken parts
  • Conduct research to define authenticity and classifies catalogs articles
  • Prepare articles for exhibition.

Art Conservator Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Coordinate activities of subordinates engaged in examination, repair, and conservation of art objects
  • Examine art objects to define condition, need for repair, method of preservation and authenticity, using x rays, radiographs and special lights
  • Direct curatorial technical staffs on handling, mounting, care and storage of art objects
  • Estimate cost of restoration work.

Ceramic Restorer Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Clean, preserves, restores, and repairs objects made of glass, porcelain, china, fired clay, and other ceramic materials
  • Coat excavated objects with surface-active agents to loosen adhering mud or clay washes objects with clear water
  • Place cleaned objects in dilute hydrochloric acid or other solution to remove remaining deposits of lime or chalk, basing choice of solution on knowledge of physical & chemical structure of objects destructive qualities of solvents
  • Clean glass, porcelain, or similar objects by such methods as soaking objects in lukewarm water with ammonia added, wiping gilded or enameled objects with solvent-saturated swab, or rubbing objects with paste cleanser
  • Rubs objects with jewelers rouge or other mild cleanser, soaks objects in distilled water with bleach or solvent added, or applies paste or liquid solvent, like magnesium silicate or acetone, basing choice of method material on age, condition, and chemical structure of objects, to remove stains from objects
  • Recommend preservation measures, like control of temperature, humidity, and exposure to light, to curatorial building maintenance staff to prevent damage to or deterioration of object
  • Impregnate surfaces with diluted synthetic lacquers to reduce porosity of material to increase durability of ancient earthenware
  • Restore or simulates original appearance of objects by such methods as polishing surfaces to restore translucency, removing crackled glaze and applying soluble synthetic coating, grinding or cutting out chipped edges and repolishing surfaces, or applying matt paints, gold leaf, or other coating to object, basing methods and materials used on knowledge of original craft condition of objects
  • Repair broken objects, employing such techniques as bonding edges together with adhesive, inserting dowel pins in sections cementing together, or affixing adhesive coated strips to inner portions of broken objects
  • Replace missing sections of objects by constructing wire frames of missing sections, shaping plasticene or other materials over frames, affixing modeled sections to objects with dowels or adhesive, and painting attached sections to reproduce original appearance
  • Construct replicas of archaeological artifacts or historically significant ceramic ware, basing construction design on size, curvature, and thickness of excavated shards or pieces of objects available and knowledge of techniques designs characteristic of period.

Coater Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Restore and preserves historical furniture in collection of museum or similar institution, using variety of handtools and power tools and applying knowledge of antique fabrics wood furniture
  • Examine furnishings to define type of material, extent of deterioration or damage, or date of construction to verify authenticity plan restoration
  • Sets up operates variety of woodworking machines to fabricate, repair, reinforce and replace parts of furniture
  • Cuts, shapes, and attaches parts according to blueprints or drawings, using handtools
  • Match materials for color, grain, and texture
  • Strip old finish from furnishings, using solvents abrasives
  • Fill cracks, depressions, and other blemishes, using plastic wood or lacquer stick
  • Treat warped or stained surfaces to restore original contour color
  • Glue or replaces veneer sections
  • Smooth surfaces, using power sander or abrasive material
  • Wash or bleaches furniture surfaces to prepare surface for application of finish
  • Select coatings, like stain, lacquer, or varnish according to type wood, and brushes or sprays material onto surface to protect surface produce desired appearance
  • Polish, sprays, or waxes finished pieces
  • Remove damaged or deteriorated coverings from upholstered furniture
  • Repair, reinforces, or replaces components, like springs, webbing, and padding
  • Select fabric for new covering, using knowledge of period style of furniture or following instructions of Curator museums 102.017-010
  • Tack, sews, glues, or staples covering to furniture frame to attach upholstery
  • Refurbish leather coverings of furnishings, using softeners, solvents, adhesives, stains, or polishes
  • Replace damaged coverings with leather pieces of appropriate color, grain, and weight
  • Stencil, gilds, embosses, or paints designs or borders on restored pieces to reproduce original appearance
  • May advise curatorial staff on environmental conditions necessary for preservation of furnishings in exhibit storage areas
  • May fabricate replicas of period furniture for use in exhibits
  • May be designated according to specialty as Finish Specialist museums , Upholstery Restorer museums .

Conservation Technician Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Repair cleans art objects, like pottery, statuary, etchings, or tapestries, to restore art objects natural appearance
  • Study descriptive information on object or conducts standard chemical physical tests to define such factors as age, composition and original appearance and plans methods or procedures for restoring object
  • Clean object or broken pieces, using such methods as scraping & applying solvents to metal objects, washing statuary, using soap solutions, or cleaning and polishing furniture silver objects
  • Repair objects, using glue or solder, to assemble broken pieces, buffing assembled object where repaired, or repainting faded or incomplete designs with paint of same chemical composition color in order to restore original appearance
  • Notify superior when problem of restoration requires outside experts
  • Fabricate or repairs picture frames for paintings, using handtools and power tools machines
  • Mount pictures in frames.

Craft Demonstrator Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Demonstrate and explains techniques purposes of handicraft or other activity, like candle dipping, horseshoeing, or soap making, as part of display in history or folk museum, or restored or refurbished farm, village, or neighborhood
  • Study historical and technical literature to acquire information about time period & lifestyle depicted in display and craft techniques associated with time area, to devise plan for authentic presentation of craft
  • Draft outline of talk, assisted by research personnel, to acquaint visitors with customs crafts associated with folk life depicted
  • Practice techniques involved in handicraft to make sure accurate skillful demonstrations
  • Mold candles, shoes horses, operates looms, or engages in other crafts or activities, working in appropriate period setting, to demonstrate craft to visitors
  • Explain techniques of craft, and points out relationship of craft to lifestyle depicted to assist visitors to comprehend traditional techniques of work and play peculiar to time area
  • Answer visitor questions or refers visitor to other sources for information.

Director Education Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Plan, develops, and administers educational program of museum, zoo, or similar institution
  • Confer with administrative personnel to decide scope of program to be offered
  • Prepare schedules of classes & rough drafts of course content for defining number background of instructors needed
  • Interview, hires, trains, and evaluates work performance of education department staff
  • Contact arranges for services of guest lecturers from academic institutions, industry, and other establishments to augment education staff members in presentation of classes
  • Assist instructors in preparation of course descriptions informational materials for publicity or distribution to class members
  • Prepare budget for education programs and directs maintenance of records of expenditures, receipts, and public school participation in programs
  • Work with other staff members to plan present lecture series, film programs, field trips, and other special activities
  • May speak before school and community groups appear on radio or television to promote institution programs
  • May coordinate institution educational activities with those of other area organizations to maximize utilization of resources
  • May train establishment volunteers to assist in presentation of classes or tours
  • May develop and submit program and activity grant proposals and applications implement programs funded as result of successful applications.

Director Museum or zoo Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Administer affairs of museum, zoo, or similar establishment
  • Confer with institutions board of directors to formulate policies plan overall operations
  • Direct acquisition, education, research, public service and development activities of institution, consulting with curatorial, administrative and maintenance staff members to implement policies initiate programs
  • Work with members of curatorial administrative staffs to acquire additions to collections
  • Confer with administrative staff members to define budget requirements, plan fund raising drives, prepare applications for grants from government agencies or private foundations, and solicit financial support for institution
  • Establish and maintains contact with administrators of other institutions to exchange information concerning operations and plan, coordinate, or consolidate community service education programs
  • Represent institution at professional and civic social events, conventions, and other gatherings to strengthen relationships with cultural and civic leaders, present lectures or participate in seminars, or explain institutions functions seek financial support for projects
  • Review materials prepared by staff members, like articles for journals, requests for grants, and reports on institution programs, and approves materials or suggests changes
  • Instruct classes in institutions education program or as guest lecturer at university
  • Write articles for technical journals or other publications.

Education Department Registrar Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Make reservations accepts payment for group tours, classes, field trips, and other educational activities offered by museum, zoo, or similar establishment
  • Provide information regarding tours for school, civic, or other groups, suggests tours on institution calendar and contacts group leaders prior to scheduled dates to confirm reservations
  • Provide information regarding classes, workshops, field trips and other educational programs designed for such special groups as school or college students, teachers, or handicapped persons
  • Register groups and individuals for participation in programs, enters registration information in department records, and contacts participants prior to program dates to confirm registration provide preparatory information
  • Prepare lists of groups scheduled for tours persons registered for other activities for use of Director, Education museums 099.117-030 or other personnel
  • Collect records receipts of fees for tours, classes, and other activities
  • Maintain records of participating groups, fees received, and other data related to educational programs for use in preparation of department reports
  • May take reservations sell advance tickets to exhibits, concerts, and other events sponsored by institution, prepare periodic summaries of department activities for review by administrative personnel, or arrange for various support services to facilitate presentation of special activities.

Education Director Occupation

Job Duties:

  • Plan, develops, and administers educational program of museum, zoo, or similar institution
  • Confer with administrative personnel to decide scope of program to be offered
  • Prepare schedules of classes & rough drafts of course content for defining number background of instructors needed
  • Interview, hires, trains, and evaluates work performance of education department staff
  • Contact arranges for services of guest lecturers from academic institutions, industry, and other establishments to augment education staff members in presentation of classes
  • Assist instructors in preparation of course descriptions informational materials for publicity or distribution to class members
  • Prepare budget for education programs and directs maintenance of records of expenditures, receipts, and public school participation in programs
  • Work with other staff members to plan present lecture series, film programs, field trips, and other special activities
  • May speak before school and community groups appear on radio or television to promote institution programs
  • May coordinate institution educational activities with those of other area organizations to maximize utilization of resources
  • May train establishment volunteers to assist in presentation of classes or tours
  • May develop and submit program and activity grant proposals and applications implement programs funded as result of successful applications.


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