Temporary Registrar's Assistant

Company Name: 

Frye Art Museum


704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

Contact Name: 

Frye Art Musuem





Job Description: 

About Frye Art Museum

The Frye Art Museum is a living legacy of visionary patronage and civic responsibility, committed to artistic inquiry and a rich visitor experience. A catalyst for our engagement with contemporary art and artists is the Founding Collection of Charles and Emma Frye, access to which shall always be free. Reflecting Seattle's evolving identity through exhibitions, programs, and outreach, Frye showcases local and global artists who explore the issues of our time and contemporary scholarship on the historical subject matter. By taking calculated risks, we uncover new voices, facilitate conversation, and engage our community in relevant social dialogues.


Position Details

Title: Registrar’s Assistant

Reports to: Museum Registrar

Division: Collections

Employment Status: Temporary, part-time

Employment Duration: December 2023 – May 2024

Compensation: $23 - $25 per hour, based on experience

Work Hours: 12-18 hours/week


Position Summary

Supports the Frye Art Museum’s registrar in a broad variety of tasks related to the care, organization, and management of the museum’s collections, as well as loaned artworks for temporary exhibitions.


Description of Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide updates to physical and electronic object records in the collections management system; assist with the cataloging and documentation of incoming acquisitions and exhibition loan objects.
  • Monitor environmental conditions in art storage and exhibition spaces on a weekly basis; generate and analyze specialized reports for distribution to select staff.
  • Assist in organizing collections storage areas; perform routine housekeeping activities such as checking pest traps, monitoring environmental conditions, dusting artworks, and sweeping floors.
  • Assist with housekeeping of exhibition areas as needed.
  • Assist in the care, handling, packing/unpacking, and movement of artworks. Assist with receipt and release of shipments.
  • Perform general administrative duties such as filing, scanning, and copying on behalf of the Collections department.
  • Other duties, as required, in support of the Collections & Exhibitions Department


Required Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in fine art, art history, museum studies, or related field.
  • At least one year’s experience in a museum collections management setting.
  • Knowledge of professional museum policies, standards, and practices.
  • Positive team player with strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills,
  • Ability to work accurately under pressure.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Computer skills, including Word, Outlook, and Excel, plus experience with collections management systems.



  • ORCA card benefits for eligible employees
  • Paid vacation and sick time after 90 days of employment
  • 20% museum store discount
  • Reciprocal museum membership
  • 10% discount at MariPili at Café Frieda


How to Apply

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume here https://fryemuseum.applicantstack.com/x/apply/a2xf0l8jjuqc. The position is open until filled. No emails or phone calls, please. Due to the high volume of applications received, we can only contact candidates whose skills and backgrounds best fit the needs of the open positions. We will contact you by email or phone if we wish to arrange a phone screen or interview. 


Work Conditions

Work areas are inside, in a climate-controlled environment with light background noise. Shift times may vary to meet the role's essential duties.


Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions

  • Sitting/Standing/Walking: Approximately 50% of the time is spent standing/walking both within and outside the Museum.  A balance of time (approximately 50%) is spent sitting at a desk.
  • Speaking/Hearing: Clear diction and acute hearing are necessary to communicate effectively with co-workers, vendors, and other stakeholders.
  • Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling: The ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds is necessary for moving material and equipment.
  • Vision: Corrected vision close to 20/20 is necessary to effectively use the computer screens.
  • Stooping/Kneeling: The ability to stoop and kneel is necessary.
  • Reaching/Handling: Good manual dexterity is necessary for computer keyboard use and when working with equipment and tools.


EEOC Statement

The Frye Art Museum is committed to diversity in the workforce and is an equal-opportunity employer. The Museum does not discriminate in any employment decision on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, marital or veteran’s status, national origin, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.