The Getty

  • Conservator Assistant

    Posted Date
    3 weeks ago(7/2/2018 12:18 PM)
    Requisition Number
    LT Full-Time
    Position Status
    Getty Center
    Museum - 0317-Decorative Arts Conservation
    Targeted Hiring Range
    $62,342.80 - $81,055.52 Annually
    Commensurate with experience and internal equity
  • Job Summary

    The J. Paul Getty Museum is seeking a limited-term (four months) Assistant Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture to be a member of a team of conservators who care for and study the museum’s collection of Medieval to modern European decorative arts and sculpture. Located in Los Angeles, California, the J. Paul Getty Museum is dedicated to the acquisition, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of works of art. Conservation is an integral part of the core activities of the museum and the broader Getty Trust. Duties in this full-time position include treatment, technical examination and preventive care of the permanent collections as well as participation in the planning and installation of loan exhibitions.


    The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree from a recognized conservation training program. He/she will have experience with the conservation of decorative arts and sculpture collections in a museum setting. He/she will have familiarity with analytical techniques as applied to the study of works of art and a record of successful conservation treatments. He/she will contribute to researching and developing innovative methodologies for long-term preservation of works of art. The Assistant Conservator will report to the Senior Conservator and work closely and collaboratively with colleagues across the Museum and other Getty Trust programs.

    Major Job Responsibilities

    • Examination, study, and treatment of a wide range of materials represented in the sculpture and decorative arts collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, including 26 outdoor modern sculptures
    • Performance of conservation treatments to highest current standards including development and research towards best practices
    • Preparation of comprehensive conservation documentation of objects’ condition and conservation activities
    • Participation in the preparation for and installation of loan exhibitions
    • Development and maintenance of standards for handling, storage, installation, packing and shipping of collections, including loans
    • Collaboration with department colleagues, Scientists, Curators and other departments on complex projects
    • Publication of research and scholarly contributions to collections catalogues
    • Communication with professional colleagues on a regular basis and participation in professional organizations


    • Bachelor’s degree; MA in conservation or equivalent degree preferred

    • 2-4 years experience in conservation

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Understanding of current standards for the preventive care of collections
    • Demonstrated abilities in the examination, analysis, documentation and treatment of decorative arts, sculpture and modern outdoor sculpture
    • Proven research capabilities
    • Good knowledge of the chemistry of collection materials and their deterioration processes
    • Ability to operate and knowledge of technical, analytical, and imaging equipment
    • Strong organizational skills including the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
    • Strong interpersonal skills including written, verbal and listening skills
    • Creative thinking and solutions-based problem-solving abilities
    • Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team
    • Knowledge of personal safety equipment and standards
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Creative Suite. Knowledge of TMS desirable