Job Opportunity: Collections Specialist, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

About the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES: This is a full-time position with a June 2023 end date

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is renovating its Michael C. Rockefeller Wing, which houses preeminent collections from three distinct areas: sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, and the Ancient Americas (AAOA). These collections consist of over 12,000 archaeological and historic works of art, in a range of organic and inorganic media including wood sculptures with complex surface designs, composite fiber objects, fragile archaeological metals, and numerous objects with historic repairs.

The architectural firm wHY in collaboration with AAOA staff has developed a dynamic design to display over 2,000 works of art within the newly renovated 40,000 square foot gallery space. This project requires a complete gallery deinstallation, a renovation and reorganization of permanent storage locations, updates to structural and mechanical features, and reinstallation in the renovated space. The project will include the temporary and permanent relocation of approximately 5,000 works of art within the institution.

The project Collections Specialist will be a key member of the collections team working closely with the project Assistant/Associate Conservator(s) as well as AAOA permanent staff and the other project Collections Specialist in all activities related to the care of the collections during the enabling work and renovation of the AAOA galleries. This position will require a high degree of manual dexterity, physical activity, and ability to work closely with other team members.


●     Plans and implements the fabrication of new storage housing under the guidance of the project assistant/associate conservator.

●     Plans and implements the appropriate support and protection for all artworks during transportation, installation, and in storage.

●     Transportation of large quantities of artworks between galleries as well as temporary and permanent storerooms.

●     Ensures and maintains the appropriate physical environment including cleanliness of spaces and equipment for the safety of the collection.

●     Assist with the set-up of AAOA storage spaces and other spaces as necessary.

●     Monitors and updates collection-move data, such as dimensions, locations, components, etc., into The Museum System (TMS), collection management software, under the guidance of the AAOA departmental Collections Specialist.

●     Compiles and maintains documentation, digitally and in physical files, including collections files and documentary photography

●     Other duties as assigned.


●     Minimum 2 years working with museum collections preferred.

●     Excellent organizational, management, and communication skills required.

●     Excellent hand skills, attention to detail, and ability to produce consistent results.

●     Intermediate knowledge of archival materials and best practices in collections care.

●     Basic documentary photography and post-production skills.

●     Formal or on-the-job training and experience in handling and moving 3-dimensional artworks required, familiarity with fragile composite objects preferred.

●     Demonstrated ability to create storage supports and containers for 3-dimensional works of art required.

●     Demonstrated ability to adapt and produce high-level results on multiple projects with shifting priorities.

●     Ability to work independently and in collaboration/coordination with collections, conservation, curatorial, and administrative staff.

●     Proactive task management required

●     Ability to lift and move up to 50 pounds, work on ladders and in awkward spaces.

●     Familiarity with the following software preferred: (TMS) The Museum System – collection management software, Adobe Suite, and Microsoft Office Suite.

Knowledge and Education:

●     MA in Museum Studies or Conservation preferred, BA or BS required

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