The Getty

  • Assistant Conservator

    Posted Date
    2 weeks ago(11/8/2018 9:44 AM)
    Requisition Number
    Regular 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 an 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. An undergraduate degree (major or minor) in chemistry, physics or biology is preferred. Additionally, the successful candidate will have experience with the conservation of decorative arts and sculpture collections in a museum setting, a portfolio of diverse conservation treatments, as well as experience applying multiple analytical techniques to the study of works of art. The Assistant Conservator will contribute to researching and developing innovative methodologies for the treatment and study 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

    • Conservation treatment of a wide range of materials represented in the sculpture and decorative arts collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, including sculpture, furniture, and outdoor modern sculpture
    • Research and development of improved conservation treatment methods
    • In depth technical study of artworks in the Museum’s collections, utilizing and coordinating multiple methods of examination and analysis
    • Preparation for, and installation of, major international loan exhibitions
    • Collaboration with other Museum colleagues to ensure optimal handling, storage, installation, packing and shipping of collections, including loans
    • Dissemination of research findings through scholarly publication and presentations at professional meetings
    • Fostering collaboration with domestic and international partners in the pursuit of shared research goals


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

    • 2-4 years experience in conservation

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Demonstrated ability in the examination, analysis, documentation and treatment of decorative arts, sculpture and modern outdoor sculpture
    • Proven ability to design and execute complex research projects
    • Experience with a wide variety of technical, analytical, and imaging instrumentation
    • Understanding of current standards for the preventive care of collections
    • Knowledge of the chemistry of collection materials and their deterioration processes
    • 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 Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Excel. Knowledge of TMS, Filemaker Pro and PyMca desirable
    • Undergraduate degree in the sciences (major or minor) preferred