Conservation Assistant

Post Date:
June 15, 2022




At the Frick Collection we pride ourselves on promoting an open and welcoming workplace culture that supports diversity and work-life balance. The Frick strives to provide our employees with competitive salaries and excellent benefits in a beautiful and pleasant work setting while providing an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.

The Frick requires all employees be fully vaccinated and to have received a booster vaccine against COVID 19.

Benefits of Employment with The Frick Collection

Paid Holidays: All full-time employees are eligible for 14 paid holidays, all federal holidays plus Lincoln’s Birthday, Juneteenth, and Election Day, and two floating holidays to be used in the last quarter of the year.

Sick and Vacation Time: All full-time employees are eligible to accrue up to 12 sick days and 12 vacation days in their first year of employment and in subsequent years. In the second year of employment, vacation accruals increase to up to 25 days per year.

Family Leave: We provide all eligible employees with bereavement leave and paid parental leave and adhere to federal family leave laws.

Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance: All eligible full-time employees and their eligible dependents may enroll in employee-sponsored benefit plans. Employees contribute to the cost of health insurance based on income level and type of coverage selected.

Short- and Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance: The Frick covers the entire cost of disability and life insurance benefits for all eligible full-time employees. The life insurance benefit is up to three times the employee’s annual salary.

Retirement: The Frick supports all eligible employees in planning for retirement by offering participation in a 403(b) tax-deferred savings plan and a defined-benefit pension plan.

Wellness Programs: The Frick offers programs including an Employee Assistance Plan and discounts on Citi Bike memberships and bike helmets.

Meal discount: When employees are working onsite, they may access a discount on food pickup or delivery through Seamless/Grubhub. All employees are also eligible to receive a discount on selected food and beverage items purchased at Frick Madison’s café, Joe Coffee, during the café’s regular opening hours: Thursdays – Sundays.

Additional Benefits: The Frick also offers eligible employees benefits including discounted Metro Cards/TransitCheks and flexible spending accounts for medical expenses, dependent care, and commuting costs. All employees may access a discount on Museum Shop purchases.


Opened to the public in 1935, The Frick Collection is a world-renowned art museum consisting of more than 1,500 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. It is considered one of the world's most perfect museums and the residence is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Frick welcomes nearly 300,000 visitors a year to its tranquil mansion on the Upper East Side, encouraging visitors to closely observe, reflect, and engage with its esteemed collection.

The Frick Art Reference Library, founded by Mr. Frick’s daughter, Helen Clay Frick, in 1920, is an internationally recognized research library that serves as one of the world's most complete resources for the study of Western art. Our entire staff ensures that the resources of The Frick Collection are made accessible and inviting to “all persons whomsoever,” in accordance with the wishes of the museum’s founder.

The Frick has moved into its temporary home in the former Whitney Museum Breuer building at 75th Street and Madison Avenue, Frick Madison, while renovations are undertaken to the newer parts of the building at 1 East 70th Street. We provide training on best practices for protecting oneself and colleagues during a pandemic while always providing the highest quality customer service.

Position Summary

The Frick Collection seeks candidates for the role of Conservation Assistant who will provide administrative and collection care support to the conservation department. The Conservation Assistant works closely with the conservators and art preparators to care for both the collection and historic interiors of the Frick mansion. The ideal candidate is an emerging professional with a commitment and interest to art preservation and a willingness to learn new skills to advance the goals of the department.

  • Administration: manage object records, files, digital photographs, and conservation databases; prepare quarterly reports; edit department texts; assist with the logistics and planning for study days and workshops; process invoices and credit card receipts; maintain and organize department supplies
  • Environmental monitoring: working alongside the department conservator, participate in configuring and maintaining wireless data-loggers for galleries and storage; monitor and maintain microclimates for display cases; prepare summaries for internal reports and lenders
  • Collections care: assist with loan condition reports as needed, courier trips, art moves, and storage and rehousing projects
  • Research: provide research for conservator projects, primarily in areas of sculpture, furniture, frames, and decorative arts


The education and/or experience requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required to successfully perform the essential duties of this position.

Required skills and experience:

  • Ability and experience in carefully handling artworks and historic objects
  • Proficiency with programs such as Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, TMS and Conservation Studio (Gallery Systems), FileMaker Pro, BOX, and experience with DSLR photography helpful
  • Knowledge of decorative arts and sculpture helpful
  • Knowledge of conservation methods and ethics helpful
  • Intermediate reading comprehension of research language such as French, German, Italian, etc. helpful
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to work across departments, as well as with contractors and vendors
  • Good time management, well organized, with exceptional attention to detail to complete multiple tasks and projects

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to navigate galleries and storage areas to complete tasks (includes climbing steps, ladders, and scaffolding; lifting objects and containers up to 40 lbs.)

Work Hours and Compensation

Regular workweek is 35 hours, Mondays-Fridays; hours worked in excess of 35 per workweek are paid at time-and-a-half. Rate of pay is $48,000 or $26.37 per hour.

Application Process

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Chief Conservator
at (include “Conservation Assistant” in subject line of email)

Frick Madison
30 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

No phone calls please. Inquiries without cover letter will not be considered.

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at The Frick Collection, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status or any other protected characteristic as established by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.