Careers

Thank you for your interest in joining the Maya Traditions team! We are a multicultural group committed to the empowerment of indigenous female artisans and their families. Below are our current job listings. Please note that these positions are based in our office in Panajachel, Sololá, Guatemala.

Textile Conservation Internship

Maya Traditions Foundation is located on the beautiful Lake Atitlan in Panajachel, Guatemala. As a Fair Trade social enterprise, we work to celebrate and preserve the art of backstrap weaving by connecting skilled indigenous artisan weavers with international markets. We produce high-end wholesale products that are sold directly to retailers and offer private label design services.

We are currently seeking a passionate and experienced professional in the conservation and preservation of textiles, to work side by side with our Production Manager and Sales Manager to catalog, preserve and digitalize our textiles archive.

This is a great opportunity for professionals with a deep passion for textiles and cultural preservation. It is also a great opportunity for beginning restores looking to build their skills. This position requires a minimum of a 4 month commitment starting in January, 2020.

Responsibilities

  • Develop the most suitable system to store and archive textiles
  • Ensure textiles are properly preserved
  • Catalogue and manage the textile storage and archive
  • Compile and prepare written information about the catalogued textiles for internal use or public online publication
  • Research potential founders and support the development of grants
  • Train staff on the textile preservation and catalogue

Requirements

  • A degree in Textiles conservation or currently studying towards one.
  • Familiar with Heritage Manager software or similar ones
  • Aptitude for working hands-on with delicate materials
  • Long-term planning and creative problem-solving skills
  • Comprehensive understanding of textile structures and techniques
  • Interest in textile history, costume history, and art history
  • At least a basic understanding of organic chemistry
  • Clear, descriptive writing skills
  • Patience, concentration, and curiosity
  • Comfortable living with basic necessities
  • Laptop computer for work
  • Intermediate Spanish is required

Desirable Skills & Characteristics 

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Communicative, asks questions, doesn’t assume
  • Comfortable communicating and working with all levels of management
  • Calm under pressure
  • Creative and curious
  • Understands the importance and best practices of time management
  • Able to self manage, create objectives, and present the final product within the “due date”
  • Open to taking direction and working independently with minimal guidance

Details

This is a volunteer opportunity with a flexible schedule based in Panajachel, Guatemala. Four month minimum commitment with intermediate Spanish speaking skills are required. Accommodation will be provided for the individual that is able to dedicate the full four months or longer to support us with this endeavor.

 

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