Art Technician, Full-Time (Temporary)

New York, NY

Art Technicians are responsible for the handling of all art work entering and leaving the Whitney Museum and storage sites. In addition to working at these locations, Whitney Art Technicians also work offsite on permanent collection projects and temporary loans. Art Technicians work closely with the Registration, Curatorial, and Conservation departments, and Artists. This position requires confidentiality, sensitivity, and integrity. This is a temporary role with an expected end date in February, 2025. 


  • Install works of art and related elements in accordance with established best practices to ensure object safety and public safety while considering aesthetics.
  • Work on artist installations.
  • Pack and crate artworks
  • Load and unload trucks
  • Maintain works of art, on exhibit and in storage
  • Prepare artworks for installation, transit and storage, including mount making using metals, woods, or other materials
  • Assist with matting and framing
  • Maintain and organize art storage areas
  • Accompany, condition and install artwork as a courier in transit and offsite
  • Supervise temporary staff when leading a project
  • Chaperone outside vendors around artwork
  • Participate in the installation of a floodwall to protect the museum in emergencies. This responsibility also includes periodic training that might include a full or partial deployment.
  • Participate in departmental, team, and project meetings and project de-briefings. Communicate concerns and plans to project teams.
  • Add documentation to relevant museum systems for assigned projects.
  • Performs special projects and other related duties as required, directed or as the situation dictates
  • Work in an effective and efficient manner with regard to time, materials, and safety
  • Actively engage with sustainability practices as they relate to the museum’s waste handling and recycling practices.


  • At least 5 years of Museum or related experience
  • Ability to use power tools, shop tools, mat room tools, and implement safe moving practices with related equipment
  • Knowledge on operation of scissor lifts and fork lifts or ability to learn
  • Strong hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and reasoning skills, motor skills, and sensitivity to and understanding of materials
  • Ability to read and interpret documents
  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively and professionally with other museum staff and vendors
  • Capability to communicate effectively and work well as part of a team
  • Knowledge of safety precautions and procedures related to the handling of solvents and adhesives or ability to learn.
  • Familiarity with collections management systems.
  • Shares in fostering a culture of safety, inclusivity, and equity.
  • Works in a healthy and flexible style, and models empathy and understanding.


  • $41.12 per hour 
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(B) elections
  • Generous PTO benefits
  • Commuter benefits - parking and mass transit
  • Admission to world-renowned museums across the city and nationally
  • Pet insurance and discounted membership for Citibike
  • This position will be covered by Local 966

The advertised pay scale reflects the good faith minimum and maximum salary range for this role. The advertised pay scale is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors.

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.

About the Whitney: 

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement: 

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment

COVID Guidelines: 

The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority. As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.


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