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Housekeeper/Art Handler—Conservation

As part of the Conservation team, the Housekeeper performs a variety of tasks to maintain the artworks on open display, including removal of accumulated dust and maintenance to ensure installation artworks function properly. The position also assists Conservators and Museum Maintainers with art handling, framing, and installing projects. This position is ideal for applicants considering a career in collections care.


  • High school diploma or its equivalent; degree in an museum studies or another arts-related field preferred
  • Previous paid experience working with collection materials
  • Responsible, organized, and highly detail-oriented
  • Experience and facility working with tools
  • Excellent dexterity skills, ability to handle a wide variety of artworks, and capability to manipulate both heavy and fragile objects
  • Physical ability to perform manual labor requiring complete mobility, including extensive bending, stretching, kneeling, and climbing stairs and ladders, as well as carrying light to heavy weight objects
  • Ability to visually identify objects and read accession numbers


  • Perform regular maintenance of the Period Rooms
  • Clean and maintain Museum objects on display, including furniture, ceramics, glass, metals, and installation artworks
  • Vacuum and remove accumulated dust near artworks in the galleries
  • Perform heavy and/or difficult tasks, which may require working on or from vehicles, ladders, scaffolds, platforms, etc.
  • Assist with art and mount storage, movement, gathering, and study presentation, as well as installations when needed
  • Create and maintain storage housings and apply accession numbers
  • Aid the Collections Management team with all Integrated Pest Management activities
  • Other duties as assigned
  • 100% of this position will be spent on activities related to direct care as defined by the American Association of Museums

Start date: Immediately

Department: Conservation

Reports to: Senior Manager of Collections and Collections Initiatives

Position type: Full-time

Union status: Union

FSLA status: Non-exempt

Schedule: 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm

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At the Brooklyn Museum, we value all types of experience. For us, a successful candidate has many of the qualities listed in our job postings, and the desire and capacity to learn the rest on the job. So if much, but not all, of a job posting describes you, then we welcome your application.