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Associate Conservator of Antiquities

The J. Paul Getty Trust
vision insurance, paid holidays, 403(b), retirement plan
United States, California, Los Angeles
1200 Getty Center Drive (Show on map)
May 11, 2024

Associate Conservator of Antiquities
Job Family


Regular Full-Time
Position Status

Getty Villa
Workplace Type

Hybrid/Partially Remote

Hiring Pay Scale

$78,941 - $104,590 Annually

Commensurate with experience and internal equity

Museum - 0316-Antiquities Conservation
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 seeks a qualified Associate Conservator to join the Department of Antiquities Conservation located at the Getty Villa. The ideal candidate will have a background in archaeological conservation and in the technical study of works of art, as well as experience in exhibition conservation and installation. A demonstrated knowledge of ancient materials and technologies and a desire to conduct technical research will be an asset. Preference will be given to candidates who are proficient using portable analytical equipment, 3D scanners, and laser cleaning, and who have a keen interest in following innovations in conservation science and their applications. A collegial and engaged team member, the Associate Conservator will work closely with other Getty Villa conservators and mount makers, as well as with curators and other Museum staff across two campuses. The Associate Conservator will take part in implementing the Museum's exhibition program, special conservation projects, and the ongoing study, maintenance and treatment of the permanent collection.

Major Job Responsibilities

    Experience and ambition for working at a high level in all functions of conservation.
  • Manages and initiates technical projects in area of expertise.
  • Participates in all aspects of the examination, conservation, and research of the Getty collection and outside collaborations.
  • Guides graduate interns and junior conservators and supports activities of assistants and technical staff.
  • Analyzes environmental factors and determines appropriate storage, transport, environmental and exhibition display conditions.
  • Travels nationally and internationally for loans and to examine works and develop partnerships with other institutions and professionals.
  • Publishes and lectures in area of specialization.
  • Remains current in conservation practices and carries out research leading to advances in the conservation field.
  • Engages with curators on technical issues related to potential acquisitions.
  • Collaborates and partners with museum colleagues on complex projects.
  • Collaborates on/or co-curates special exhibitions.
  • Provides scholarly contributions to exhibition catalogs, profession journals and conference proceedings.
  • Performs scholarly research in support of the institutional mission.
  • Stays engaged with the conservation community.


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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • At least 5+ years' experience beyond the internship level and working in the conservation of three-dimensional works of art preferred.
  • Demonstrates an ability to collaborate and foster teams across disciplines and to build long-term relationships.
  • An advanced knowledge of chemical and physical properties of archaeological materials and conservation and their deterioration processes.
  • Expert hand skills including manual dexterity, color acuity, artistic practice and sensitivity for objects.
  • Knowledge of current preventive conservation practices.
  • Basic competency with machine shop tools.
  • Advanced knowledge of conservation history, ethics and methodology, and documentation, including data management systems such as Gallery Systems The Museum System (TMS).
  • Advanced knowledge of scientific instrumentation and ability to operate analytical and technical imaging equipment (X-radiography, broadband spectral imaging, photogrammetry, 3-D scanning).
  • Accomplished in art historical, scientific and conservation research, writing and publication.
  • Competent with collections management and digital asset management tools.
  • Advanced knowledge of exhibition planning and installation, including courier responsibilities.

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.

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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.
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