Overview

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

Qualifications
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