Performs routine conservation of historic and other artifacts (Historical Conservator): Carries out conservation of metal and wooden artifacts to professional standards, and conservation of other archaeological materials to best level possible with available resources. Identifies and applies appropriate protective treatments to conserved artifacts, and maintains electronic records of treatment in existing databases.
Assigns and prioritizes conservation tasks assisting technicians, and trains new conservation techs in routine tasks (e.g., use of abrasion equipment, conservation tank set ups, proper use of equipment for moving heavy objects, proper handling and safety procedures for chemicals, correct application of post-conservation coats, record keeping, and lab safety).
Provides or coordinates technical support in response to conservation related requests for assistance. Examples of requests for assistance include, technical advice on conservation and curation, technical advice about moving large and/or fragile artifacts such as cannons and canoes, or in selected cases, conservation of non-Bureau of Archaeological Research (BAR) artifacts. If appropriate to the request for technical assistance, the Historical Conservator writes cost estimates and assists with preparation of billings for contracted conservation work.
Coordinates with BAR Collections to maintain current and accurate artifact location information as items move into the lab, through different lab treatment stations within the lab, and out of the lab to a curation location. Coordinates with BAR Collections to provide archival curation advice as needed.
Coordinates with BAR underwater staff and (selected) salvage contractors about scheduled annual inventories, artifact reviews, and logistics of salvage recovery divisions. The Historical Conservator reviews shipwreck artifacts reported for division, and coordinates with BAR staff to identify items of interest and prepare the state’s request for division. The logistics of review of artifacts (physical inspection, or contractor provided high resolution file images) and physical pickup of items divided to state are coordinated through the Historical Conservator.
Public information, including but not restricted to scheduling and hosting requested conservation tours, and making or referring to appropriate BAR staff artifact identifications.