The Frick Collection is seeking a full-time Objects Conservator whose primary responsibility will be the care and preservation of the European sculpture and decorative art objects in the collection.
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 exceptional 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 in 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, Election Day, and two floating holidays to be used in the last quarter of the year.
Sick and Vacation time: All eligible full-time employees accrue up to 12 sick and 12 vacation days their first year of employment. In subsequent years, eligible full-time employees accrue up to 12 sick days and 25 vacation days/year.
Family leave: We provide all eligible employees with bereavement leave and paid parental leave, and we 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 these 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 employees in planning for retirement by offering participation in a Tax Deferred Savings Plan – 403(b) and a defined benefit pension plan.
Wellness Programs at the Frick include an Employee Assistance Plan, a discount on Citi Bike memberships, and a discount on bike helmets.
Additional benefits include discounted Metro Cards/Transit Checks and flexible spending accounts for health, dependent care, and commuting costs.
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—Frick Madison—in the Breuer building at 75th Street and Madison Avenue (the former Whitney Museum), while renovations are underway to the newer parts of the building at 1 East 70th Street.
The Conservator will work under the supervision of the Chief Conservator in carrying out treatments, conducting technical studies, and participating in responsibilities related to a lively exhibition and loan program. The ideal candidate will have treatment and research experience with European Renaissance bronzes, Limoges enamels, or ceramics.
This position will also support the Conservation Department’s preparations for the move back to the Frick mansion from its temporary location at Frick Madison. Additionally, when the Conservation Department returns to its permanent home at 1 East 70th Street, the Conservator will be involved in the setup of the new state-of-the-art conservation studio. This position requires a team player to assist in other wide-ranging responsibilities including environmental monitoring and display issues, acquisition reports, collection care, and working with colleagues across the institution. The Conservator will assist in managing junior conservators, contractors, and interns. The successful candidate will also serve as an advocate on matters concerning the preservation of the historic Frick mansion.
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.
Qualifications include a Master's degree in conservation with a minimum of seven years of postgraduate fellowships or employment. The ideal candidate will have considerable experience in the treatment and study of European sculpture and decorative arts. Must have a demonstrated understanding of current conservation treatment and documentation practices. Excellent hand skills and attention to detail are essential qualities for the position. Experience conducting Oddy tests and XRF analysis is required. The ideal candidate possesses exceptional organizational, writing, and verbal communication skills to interact well with colleagues and contractors at all levels. Experience with The Museum System (TMS), including Conservation Studio, as well as Adobe Creative Suite, is necessary along with Microsoft Office.
Work Schedule and Compensation
This is an exempt/salaried position. The Conservation Department often conducts art moves and other conservation activities during the evening and at other times when the Frick is closed to the public. The Conservator may be called upon to work at these times.
Salary for this exempt role is commensurate with skills and experience. The annual salary range for this role is $95,000 to $100,000.
To apply: Conservator
Or send resume and cover letter to:
30 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
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.