Associate Conservator of Photographs

Company Name: 

The Getty


1200 Getty Center Dr. Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Job Description: 




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 an Associate Conservator of Photographs to join the Department of Paper Conservation at the Getty Center. With the Department Conservators and Mountmakers, this position shares responsibility for the care and study of the Museum's large holding of fine art photographs with an active exhibition, publication, and loan program. Located in Los Angeles, California, the J. Paul Getty Museum is dedicated to the acquisition, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of works of art. Conservation is an integral part of the core activities of the museum and the broader J. Paul Getty Trust.


Duties in this full-time position include treatment, examination and preventative care of the permanent collections as well as participation in the planning and installation of exhibitions and loans. The Associate Conservator will provide input into exhibition and acquisition processes; is expected to research and work toward the development of improved understanding of the collection and methodologies for its long-term preservation; is required to remain current with research and advances in the conservation field. The position will report to the Senior Conservator and work closely and collaboratively with colleagues across the Museum and other Trust programs, including direct involvement with the scientific staff of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI). The ability to work on several projects simultaneously is essential. Experience working with modern and contemporary photography is desirable. In addition, a general knowledge of paper conservation is required.






  • Demonstrated abilities in the examination, analysis, documentation, and treatment of photographs and general knowledge of works on paper.
  • Performance of conservation treatments to highest current standards and preparation of comprehensive documentation of objects' condition and conservation activities.
  • Participation in the planning and installation of exhibitions, and management of complex projects.
  • Development and maintenance of standards for handling, storage, installation, packing and shipping of collections, including loans and courier responsibilities.
  • Advise the curators and other staff on technical issues related to collections including acquisitions, loans, exhibition labels, and publications.
  • Collaboration with department colleagues, scientists, curators, exhibitions, preparations, and other departments on complex projects.
  • Assessment and prioritization of the long-term needs and preventative care of the collection including environment and light exposure monitoring, maintenance and planning of cold storage, integrated pest management, and emergency response.
  • Publication and presentation of research, including contributions to exhibitions, collection catalogues, and online content.
  • Contributes to the day-to-day workflows of the Department of Paper Conservation including administrative activities and assisting the Manuscripts and Drawings laboratories with conservation needs.
  • Supervision of interns. Providing training to staff, professionals, and the general public as needed.
  • Communication with professional colleagues on a regular basis and participation in professional organizations; remains current in conservation practices.






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



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