Collections Care Assistant (San Francisco, CA, USA)



The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are seeking a Collections Care Assistant to perform skilled work related to the conservation of works of art spanning a wide range of materials and cultures. The primary responsibility of this full-time position is the preventive care of artworks in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco at both the deYoung Museum and the Legion of Honor. The Collections Care Assistant will also have duties related to temporary exhibitions and the lending of objects to other institutions.

Typical duties and responsibilities:

  1. Assists conservators with monitoring and maintaining art work being displayed in the galleries.
  2. Works with objects and textile conservators and technicians to prepare objects for storage, display, and travel. This may include assisting with written and photographic condition documentation.
  3. Assists objects conservators in the regular maintenance and cleaning of outdoor sculptures
  4. Performs pest control duties, including placement, documentation, and monitoring of traps, and preparing artworks for freezing and anoxic treatment.
  5. With direction from Conservators, collects and tracks information on environmental conditions throughout the museums. Maintains monitoring equipment and instructions for use.
  6. Works with conservators to calculate and provide conditioning materials for display cases.
  7. Carries out testing (Oddy Tests) for materials to be considered in display cases or in direct contact with artworks, and provides results and information to conservators for interpretation.

Minimum qualifications:

Education, Training and Experience

  • High School Diploma; Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years of museum or related experience working with art objects; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  • Ability to handle valuable objects, delicate instruments and hazardous materials with extreme care.
  • Basic knowledge of the equipment, materials and techniques used in the conservation and mounting of textiles, costumes and three-dimensional artworks.
  • Familiarity with or ability to acquire the knowledge and techniques used in preventive conservation
  • Computer literate, with an aptitude for learning new software programs. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Filemaker Pro, and collections management software preferred.
  • Ability to use hand tools and artist’s materials.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs and to work comfortably and safely on ladders or lift equipment.

Step 1 of the pay range is $20.75 per hour.

This Union position is full-time, and has a full benefits package including medical, dental, vision and generous vacation, sick, and holiday policy.

Application Deadline: April 6, 2018


The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which comprises the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums, is experiencing an exciting renaissance with the arrival in 2016 of Director Max Hollein. As the largest public arts institution in San Francisco, the Museums welcome more than 1.5 million visitors annually, present an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and education programs throughout the year, house a world-class collection of 151,000 important artworks, and are supported by more than 100,000 members and donors. Under the leadership of Mr. Hollein, the staff is building on these successes to take the Museums to new heights with an exciting new array of innovative and groundbreaking projects.

COFAM is the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums and is the privately funded non-profit corporation which supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a department of the City and County of San Francisco.

COFAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all phases of employment in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws.