Conservation Internship at the Chester Beatty Library

The Heritage Council and the Chester Beatty Library are pleased to offer a twelve-month internship in book and/or paper conservation. 

The internship offers the possibility of professional workplace experience within a prestigious institution.

Details of the internship:
The successful candidate will gain experience working in the Chester Beatty Library’s busy Conservation Laboratory. He/She will work under the supervision of the Library’s Senior Conservator, Kristine Rose Beers. Practical projects will be assigned to fit in with the Library’s on-going treatment, exhibition and loan programmes and include the preparation of manuscripts and single folios for digitisation from across the collections.

The internship is for a period of one year only and will be funded at a rate of €26,700 per annum (subject to
PRSI and PAYE). The start date is flexible and can be adjusted to fit the successful candidate’s existing commitments; however he/she would ideally start in November/December 2017.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Carrying out condition assessments on items prioritised for digitisation, exhibition or loan and entering condition details on the Library’s collections management database (Adlib).
  •  Assisting with handling of objects during professional photography.
  • Carrying out conservation treatments on items as required and stabilising paper and book materials in preparation for digitisation, maintaining the highest technical and ethical standards.
  • Preparation of Collection items requested to travel on loan.
  • Promoting the Chester Beatty Library and conservation by participating in outreach activities. 
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Senior Conservator and/or Head of Collections.

Essential Requirements:

  • Candidates should be recent graduates (2015-17) of a recognised conservation training programme;with preference given to book and paper conservation programmes.
  •  Candidates should have basic experience of handling bound manuscripts and museum objects and must be able to work within a team environment.
  • Self-motivation and good organisational skills, with an eye for detail.
  • The applicant should ideally have enough experience to be able to work with a degree of independence.
  • Competence in the use of information technology to achieve work objectives, including use of PCs and Office software, the internet and other electronic and presentation tools.
  • Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a particular interest in the Library’s Collections and living in Ireland.

The intern will be encouraged to present a lecture on an aspect of their internship as part of the Chester Beatty Library’s education programme. The preparation of a research paper of sufficient quality for publication in a professional journal and relevant to the nature of the collection worked upon will also be encouraged and supported. Applications cannot be considered by previous recipients of a Heritage Council conservation Internship.

The intern will keep the Heritage Council apprised of the progress of the internship with bi-annual reports. The Chester Beatty Library will afford the intern the full array of services within a large organisation, both professionally and socially, including health & safety training, and the standard training and guidance afforded to new members of staff.

The internship will be subject to normal schedules of payments, probationary period and leave agreements.
He / she will benefit from working within a team, not only of fellow professionals, but also within a larger organisation with associated management issues, budgets and deadlines.
In partnership with the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme he/she will be available for contributing to workshops / training days in agreement with the Chester Beatty Library.
The Chester Beatty Library is an equal opportunities employer.
Please note that work permit restrictions apply in relation to applicants from non-EEA countries.

Applications can only be considered from candidates who are eligible to work in Ireland.

For further information please visit: Citizens Information Work Permit

How to apply:
Candidates should send a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae and the contact details of two referees to:
Kristine Rose Beers, Senior Conservator, 

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin, DO2 AD92, Ireland. Or by email to: krose@cbl.iewith “Internship in Conservation 2017” in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is Friday 21 July and interviews will be held on Wednesday 6 September 2017.