The Getty

Associate Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Requisition Number
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
Museum - 0317-Decorative Arts Conservation
Targeted Hiring Range
$76,570 - $99,551 Annually
ERRP Eligible
Commensurate with experience and internal equity

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Job Summary

Our Mission


The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting, and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance and is one of four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust.  The Museum operates two sites, the Getty Villa in Malibu, which exhibits its collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, and the Getty Center in Brentwood, which displays its collections of European art: Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, drawings to 1900, and photography to the present day (including non-European works).  The Museum mounts approximately 25 temporary exhibitions a year across its two sites; maintains an annual permanent gallery improvement program and offers wide-ranging and ambitious programming for its visitors.


The OpporTunity


The J. Paul Getty Museum is seeking an Associate 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 sculpture and decorative arts including the Stark Collection of 20th-century outdoor sculpture. The department of Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation is located at the Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, where conservation is an integral part of the core activities of the Museum and the broader Getty Trust.


Duties of the Associate Conservator will include treatment, technical examination, and preventive care of the permanent collections with a strong emphasis on the collection of 20th-century European and American outdoor sculpture. The Associate Conservator will also participate in the Museum’s exhibition program and special projects. The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree from a recognized conservation training program and will have experience with the conservation of outdoor sculpture and decorative arts and sculpture collections in a museum setting. He/she/they will have familiarity with analytical techniques as applied to the study of works of art and a considerable record of successful conservation treatments. The candidate will contribute to researching and developing innovative methodologies for long-term preservation of works of art. The Associate Conservator will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues across the Museum and other Getty Trust programs.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Supervise the maintenance and conservation treatment of the outdoor sculpture collection including 28 modern outdoor sculptures of bronze, lead, ceramic, painted metal, and stainless steel. Perform treatments according to the highest current standards of practice accompanied by comprehensive conservation documentation of objects’ condition and all conservation activities.
  • Perform technical research on the outdoor sculpture collection, including materials analysis, the investigation of corrosion mechanisms, of protective coatings, and of current trends in industry. Research into improved treatment methods will be encouraged and expected; this will involve close collaboration with conservators and scientists at the Getty and at other international research institutions.
  • Coordinate closely with the preparations, facilities, events, and grounds departments regarding the protection of the outdoor sculptures.
  • Assist the department with exhibitions and loans as well as treatment, technical examination, and preventive care of the permanent collections.
  • Publish scholarly research that aligns with the institutional mission.
  • Maintain regular communication with a wide range of professional colleagues and participate in professional organizations.


  • MA in conservation or equivalent degree
  • 5-7 years experience in conservation


All employees must be fully-vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as a condition of employment. Exemptions from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation due to medical contraindication, disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated abilities in the examination, analysis, documentation, and treatment of modern outdoor sculpture including experience with the application of clear lacquers and industrial coating systems for metals.
  • Proven ability to work regularly on strenuous treatments outdoors including ability to carry 10 lb. loads and to work for extended periods on ladders and scaffolding.
  • Understanding of current standards for the preventive care of collections.
  • Proven project management skills including the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Good knowledge of the chemistry of collection materials and their deterioration processes.
  • Ability to operate, and knowledge of, technical, analytical, and imaging equipment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including written, verbal and listening skills.
  • Creative thinking and solutions-based problem-solving abilities.
  • Proven ability to work both without supervision and as part of a team.
  • Good working knowledge of personal safety equipment and standards.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite and TMS.

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.