Project Specialist (Los Angeles, CA, USA)


The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), located in Los Angeles, California, and one of the operating programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust, works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts—broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The Institute serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, field projects, and the dissemination of information. In all its endeavors, the GCI creates and delivers knowledge that contributes to the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage.

The Buildings and Sites department, as one of the core program areas of the GCI (with Science and Collections), undertakes and applies research on real projects to develop, trial, and demonstrate conservation approaches that advance practice. Buildings and Sites also works to build the capacity of partner organizations and the broader conservation community through the creation and dissemination of information and training and capacity building activities.  For additional information please see:

The GCI is seeking a Project Specialist to work on the Earthen Architecture Initiative (

Responsibilities will include research and fieldwork for developing and implementing practical conservation solutions at built heritage, archaeological or urban sites. The position will work across a number of projects within Buildings and Sites, requiring versatility, creative thinking and a sound understanding of and experience in the physical conservation of buildings and sites.

Master’s degree preferred in architecture, engineering or other relevant discipline. Post-graduate qualifications in cultural heritage conservation or equivalent experience working in cultural heritage conservation, preferably in architectural conservation. Minimum of 3-7 years of project and construction site management experience.

Experience in architectural conservation projects including carrying out of documentation, assessments, design, development and implementation of conservation projects on historic buildings and sites. Interest in training activities. Architectural design experience and material and structural knowledge in relation to earthen historic sites and buildings and designing and implementing management policies and actions on sites, is preferred. Experience and ability to conduct research and analysis and synthesize it into conservation programs and actions.

Excellent interpersonal and verbal skills and the ability to work in small interdisciplinary teams. Excellent writing skills and ability to contribute to and write reports and papers. Working knowledge of AutoCAD is mandatory and InDesign and Photoshop preferred. Good organizational and time management skills needed. Must be available for frequent international travel. Foreign language, such as Spanish or French, preferred.

International candidates welcome. An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided.  The Getty is an equal opportunity employer.

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The deadline for applications is November 30, 2017.