New York, NY
Full Time

The Whitney Museum is seeking a Porter, 40 hours per week, to assist with general cleaning and maintenance of office areas, lounges, restrooms, gallery floors, glass surfaces, lobby (including other front-of-house duties, conservation, Art Handling, library and storage facility,; general cleaning, set-up/break-down of special events/activities. Project cleaning for exhibition floor changes and overall maintenance of exterior largo; assist all departments with daily operations as requested and as needed.


  • Maintain the overall cleanliness of the building using diluted (ready-to-use) cleaning solutions, cleaning equipment, and other cleaning supplies as needed  
  • Clean and maintain elevators, bathrooms, hallways, stairways throughout the day.
  • Garbage removal
  • Maintain sidewalks and entrances to Museum and Loading Dock
  • Set-up/break-down furniture for events as needed
  • Clean and prepare Galleries floors, restroom and other surfaces as requested for events and installing/de-installing exhibitions
  • Move/deliver boxes (not to exceed 50lbs; help will be provided if necessary)
  • Collect and/or clean dust mops, wet mops and other tools and equipment as needed
  • Operate vacuums and other cleaning equipment
  • Cleaning
  • Dusting
  • Moving
  • Setups/breakdowns
  • Snow removal


  • Move furniture, files, brochures etc. as needed.
  • Assist various Museum departments in setting up furniture for various events.
  • Assist in detail cleaning of exhibition space (floors) after construction as well as office floors and carpets.
  • De-install and reinstall museum spaces used for events.
  • On-demand requests from museum staff for assistance.  
  • Team work among department staff, working closely with other department staff including Security, Visitor Service, Retail, Education, Exhibition
  • (Proprietary knowledge, level of confidential information, safekeeping of records, etc.) Maintains confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information. 


  • Minimum High School diploma
  • Custodial work experience. Floor maintenance preferred.
  • Tools/Equipment, computer programs, office equipment, etc.
  • Knowledge of facilities maintenance, cleaning supplies; operating floor buffer machine; ability to lift heavy objects(40lbs), furniture, equipment; ability to understand and take instruction and direction; ability work independently.
  • Ability to work and communicate with others, work in teams and small groups
  • Lift and move boxes, furniture and other objects as needed (not to exceed 50lbs)
  • Ability to work around cleaning chemicals and dust (dust mask provided as needed)
  • Self-motivated, takes initiative 
  • Perform other Porter duties and responsibilities as assigned by Management
  • Position requires ability to work nights, weekends and holidays. This is a 40 hour work week role, which may include a day shift assignment or afternoon shift assignment.

Compensation & Benefits

  • Hourly rate of $22.00
  • 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 may be covered under UAW Local 2110

The advertised pay rate 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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