Conservation Technician for Gallery & Storage Maintenance (Part-Time)

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

We Are Committed to an Inclusive Workplace
At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we actively seek to employ a diverse group
of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage
individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from marginalized
and underrepresented groups in the museum field, who are inspired by our
shared purpose and enjoy working collaboratively with others.

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.

How You Will Contribute
The Technicians for Conservation Gallery & Storage Maintenance are careful
and diligent individuals who work on routine and special projects involving
the cleaning of works of art on display, display/storage furniture (such as
platforms), Plexiglas/glass cases, and occasionally the building fabric
itself. Work is primarily performed in the museum’s public spaces
(Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Perelman Building, and the Rodin Museum),
storage facilities, and several historic houses. Some projects may involve
working on a ladder, a single- or double-person hydraulic lift, or
scaffolding at heights of up to 20/30 feet.

Specifically, you will:
•       Work cooperatively as a small team, or alone, for the proper execution of
the tasks and the safety of the works of art.
•       Work in the galleries during public hours.

Your background and experience include:
•       Ability to work on delicate and repetitive tasks, which require very
close attention, good hand skills, the use of tools and color matching
•       Ability to focus on the task, good three-dimensional perception, and
sensitivity to a wide variety of materials and their condition is necessary.
•       Prior relevant work experience will be preferred.

Position and Compensation Details
•       The hourly rate for this position is $16.75
•       This position is part-time, non-exempt, and 21 hours per week
•       This position is part of the AFSCME Local 397 bargaining unit
•       This position reports to the Gallery Maintenance Supervisor
•       Physical requirements:
o       Able to remain focused for extended periods of time on repetitive tasks
while in public view
o       Able to move through crowded public spaces easily for hours at a time to
accomplish duties
o       Able to work on a ladder, a single- or double-person hydraulic lift, or
scaffolding at heights of up to 20/30 feet
o       Able to move up to 35 pounds
•       COVID-19 vaccination required.
•       Background check required after a conditional job offer is made.
Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of
the job.

Institutional Requirements
•       Upholds the professional standards of the field, always acts in a manner
that is consistent with the best interests of the museum, and protects and
enhances its reputation and standing within the community of museums.
•       Adheres to the museum’s code of ethics and Employee Handbook and avoids
any real or perceived conflicts of interest.
•       Shows respect for co-workers and visitors and an understanding of and
appreciation for the diversity of the museum’s staff, volunteers, and
•       Maintains confidentiality.
•       Adheres to all museum protocols, procedures, rules, and policies.

Application Timeline
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  We encourage candidates to
apply early as the position will close once we have a robust applicant pool
or a candidate has been selected.

What We Offer
Our employees are at the center of the museum. As an employee, you will have
access to numerous museum perks including, but not limited to:

•       Free general admission to the museum for you and your immediate family
•       Discounted guest tickets for admission
•       Discounts on gift memberships
•       Special staff tours and presentations from our curatorial and
conservation teams
•       Discounts at the museum restaurant, museum cafés, and museum retail and
online stores

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for employees* including:

•       Medical, dental, and vision benefits
•       Fully paid short-term disability insurance, long-term disability
insurance, and life insurance
•       Health savings or flexible spending account program
•       Retirement savings program with museum match
•       Paid vacation, personal days, sick days, and holidays

*Eligibility for certain benefits is based on a variety of factors including
the employee’s regular schedule and tenure.

How to Apply

Submit an application online.

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