Preservation Outreach Coordinator

Company Name: 

Utah Arts and Museums


617 South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Contact Name: 

Jennifer Ortiz




Job Description: 



The Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M) seeks an enthusiastic and experienced individual to join our team as Preservation Outreach Coordinator for Utah Community Preservation, a project recently funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation and Education grant. The Coordinator will provide instruction and leadership to the Utah museum community in the realm of conservation and preservation best practices. This is a temporary, full-time position starting May, 2021 and ending in December, 2023. This position contributes to the mission of UA&M by helping build sustainable museums via educational programs, outreach, and one-on-one training opportunities for collecting institutions in Utah. The Coordinator will work closely with staff at Utah Humanities and UA&M to ensure the highest quality of communication and collaboration with Utah museums. 


This position offers potential for professional growth through varied and challenging activities. The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Developing, presenting, and organizing educational programs and workshops for Utah’s museums and collecting institutions
  • Conducting on-site preservation needs and risk assessments with written reports
  • Assisting Utah museums and collecting institutions with disaster response and emergency preparedness initiatives
  • Mentoring personnel in collecting institutions with individual preservation projects
  • Providing technical information via telephone, e-mail, and in person on preservation topics
  • Writing preservation-related bulletins and articles for publication


Required qualifications include: MS/MA in Conservation; training in and a thorough understanding of preservation principles, practice, and issues; excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work independently; familiarity with conducting and writing preservation assessments and other planning documents for cultural institutions, especially small museums and heritage organizations; and talent in teaching, especially adult learners, and in public speaking. Candidates with background or demonstrated experience in preventive preservation, expertise in bench work (three-dimensional objects and/or textiles), and curriculum development will receive preferential consideration. Travel is required, with an expected average of travel over each year at 25%. 



This is a full-time (40 hours per week) temporary, grant-funded position, with full State of Utah benefits. This position must reside within the state of Utah by July 2, 2021. The salary is $25 per hour.