Assistant to the Arcade Game Conservation Technician in Rochester, New York

The Strong National Museum of Play Posted: 2023-01-19

Rochester, New York 14607

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From the dawn of Pong to today’s hot gamer trends, every generation can play its way through the history of video games at The Strong. The assistant to the arcade game conservation technician is responsible for assisting the arcade game conservation technician in assessing the functionality and safety of arcade video games in the collection. This position identifies potential issues with games to mitigate the amount of time a game is down. As a member of the conservation team, the primary goal is the preservation of cultural property. This is a technically skilled position requiring some knowledge in low voltage, mechanical, computer, and audio/visual components.

• Assess the functionality of arcade games and pinball machines and assist the arcade game conservation technician with repairing pinball and arcade games.
• Under the oversight of the arcade game conservation technician and conservator, treat and reassemble arcade games.
• Maintain thorough and accurate records of conservation examinations, treatment data, and documentation photographs using the museum’s collection management system.
• Follow museum-issued storage and conservation policies and procedures. Perform work in accordance with best practices and standards, particularly the AIC’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice and AAM’s Code of Ethics for Museums.
• Prepare, install, and arrange arcade games and pinball machines for exhibition, ensuring the artifacts’ safety, reporting their status and condition to the arcade game conservation technician, and identifying and correcting any problems with the set up.

Minimum Qualifications:
• High school diploma or equivalency.
• Tinkerer with manual dexterity and excellent attention to detail.
• Ability to handle and move heavy, oversized objects using lifts, jacks, dollies, or furniture movers.
• Ability to effectively communicate with team members, maintain a safe work environment, and handle several projects at once to meet the varying needs of the museum.
• High degree of comfort and proficiency with electronic game systems, including the ability to learn new systems as needed.
• Experience with soldering, integrated circuit board (ICB) repair, and hard drive and data backups.

Job Schedule:
• Part-time – 20 Hours per week
• Weekend availability

To apply, please see below link.

The final candidate must consent to and pass a drug screen as conditions of employment. The Strong is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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