Preparator II

Job Family
Museum Operations
Regular Full-Time
Position Status
Getty Center
Workplace Type
Hiring Pay Scale
$22.80 - $27.93 Hourly
Commensurate with experience and internal equity
Museum - 0326-Preparations
Requisition Number
ERRP Eligible

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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 has two openings for a Preparator II position within the Preparations department, one position located at the Getty Center and the other position located at the Getty Villa.  Under moderate supervision, installs and maintains permanent galleries, special exhibition and temporary exhibition spaces, and art storage areas. Uses appropriate materials, equipment, and methods to display, store, pack and transport works of art. Plans and executes the fabrication, installation, disassembly and storage of works of art, associated materials and furniture for permanent and special exhibition galleries.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Works on assignments of moderate complexity.
  • Maintains the appearance of the galleries, including cleaning and dusting showcases, frames and pedestals.
  • Collaborates on the movement, packing and crating of works of art.
  • Cleans artwork and adjacent areas in all of the museums galleries.
  • Performs moderately complex carpentry and painting tasks.
  • Collaborates across departments and ensures the safe and controlled installation and deinstallation of works of art.
  • Collaborates on the fabrication and installation of works of art and supporting materials.
  • Collaborates across departments to pack, crate, receive, deliver, and install works of art.
  • May develop, install, maintain and operate gallery and showcase lighting, including computer-controlled skylight and shade systems.


  • High School/GED

  • 2-3 years related experience


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

  • License to operate a variety of vehicles and forklifts
  • Proven skills in the use of power tools, wood/metal shop machinery, and lifting apparatuses
  • Knowledge of best practices for art handling and movement, installation and art object packing and crating
  • Proven skills in woodworking, cabinetry, metalworking, plastics, painting or decorative finishes, and general construction

Benefits and Perks

Here are just some examples that Getty offers/provides for full-time employees:


  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance coverage, starting on date of hire. Getty pays 75%-95% of the premium, depending on the plan selected.
  • 403(b) Employee Investment retirement plan – with up to 5% Getty Match
  • Getty contribution of 6%, on behalf of employee, to 401(a) retirement account
  • Educational Assistance and professional development
  • Paid Vacation, Sick and Personal Days
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Many positions have bi-weekly Off-Fridays
  • On-Site Fitness Center at Getty Center
  • Community service opportunities


To learn more about our comprehensive benefits and long list of perks, go to Getty HR.  

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.