Employment Opportunities at the Carter

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, the museum pledges to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual preference, national origin, disability, or status as a veteran. The museum conducts its recruiting and selection process in a manner meant to achieve the best possible match between applicants for positions and available openings. No walk-ins. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art campus is smoke-free.

Conservator of Photographs

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art seeks applicants for the position of Conservator of Photographs. This position is endowed by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The basic functions of the conservator will be to provide examination, treatment, and research of photographs in the permanent collection and works on loan; establish standards and monitor environment for collection display and storage. The Conservator will maintain the conservation laboratory including acquisition of equipment and supplies and long range planning for the facility. Other duties will include conducting research on the permanent collection to contribute to the field of photograph conservation, history, and technology; monitoring cold storage vaults in consultation with facilities and registrar staff; monitoring change in photographs through colorimetric readings before and after exhibition; consulting and collaborating with curators and preparation staff, other conservators (including those on contract to the museum), and regional colleagues; advising museum staff on procedures for safe artwork handling under normal and emergency conditions; responding to public inquiries about conservation; courier duties as needed.

Responsibilities

  1. Establish examination and treatment priorities in consultation with curators for the conservation of photograph collections. Perform detailed examination of photographs to facilitate process identification for cataloguing. Write treatment proposals and reports for major/minor treatments of photographs.
  2. Inspect permanent collection photographs proposed for exhibition, publication, or loan and make recommendations regarding condition and handling.
  3. Inspect photographs on loan and those proposed for acquisition.
  4. Maintain the conservation laboratory including acquisition of equipment and supplies and long range planning for the facility.
  5. Conduct research on the permanent collection to contribute to the field of photograph conservation, history, and technology; represent the museum at national meetings.
  6. Contribute to museum publications and exhibitions and to outside publications.
  7. Identify storage and treatment needs for photograph collections. Maintain standards for housing and environment. Monitor cold storage vaults in consultation with facilities and registrar staff.
  8. Monitor change in photographs through colorimetric readings before and after exhibition.
  9. Consult and collaborate with curators, preparation staff and conservators (including those on contract to the museum), and regional colleagues.
  10. Advise museum staff on procedures for safe artwork handling under normal and emergency conditions.
  11. Participate in the planning of emergency response and disaster mitigation for the museum’s collection.
  12. Contribute to the maintenance of vendor files, inventories or supplies and equipment, and selection of the materials for the conservation resource library.
  13. Respond to public inquiries about conservation; provide assistance to external requests as time permits.
  14. Perform courier duties as required.
  15. Supervise Conservation fellows, interns, and visiting conservators; provide functional supervision for Installation and Preparation Services, Collection Management, and Facilities staff.
  16. Maintain confidentiality regarding all proprietary museum information.
  17. Other duties as requested.

Qualifications

• Advanced degree in art conservation, specializing in the conservation of photographs.
• Minimum of five years’ experience working in a museum conservation facility and working with art museums in preparation and treatment of large numbers of photographs for major exhibitions.
• Experience with current conservation equipment, including analysis using ultraviolet light, infrared light, x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, x-radiography, densitometry, colorimetry, spectrophotometry, and examination.
• Knowledge of basic mechanisms and research trends in cold storage.
• Demonstrated ability to recreate historic photographic processes preferred.
• Working knowledge of chemistry and materials science.
• Strong organizational skills; ability to establish priorities and achieve goals.
• Ability to initiate and adapt to change, analyze and solve problems, able to maintain flexibility and work collaboratively.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write to specifications, document treatments, and prepare reports.
• Familiarity with Microsoft Office and PC desktop applications.

To apply, send letter, resume, salary history, and references to human.resources@cartermuseum.org or to HR Manager, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 or fax (817) 665-4315. EEOC. No walk-ins. The Amon Carter campus is smoke-free. Background screen required.

Davidson Family Fellow

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art invites applications for the 2014 Davidson Family Fellowship. Established in 1996 by a generous gift from the Davidson Family Charitable Foundation, the fellowship provides support for scholars working toward the PhD or at the postdoctoral level to either begin or continue work on research projects in the history of American art that directly relate to objects in the museum’s permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, and rare books.

The stipend rate is $3,000 per month for a minimum one month and maximum four month, full-time research period at the museum. The application deadline is April 15, 2014, for a fellowship period to start on or after September 1, 2014. The museum will announce awards by May 31, 2014.

Please consult the full fellowship description, including application instructions.

Questions may be addressed to:

Samuel Duncan, Library Director
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2695
samuel.duncan@cartermuseum.org

Exhibition Designer

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art seeks a highly creative and technically proficient individual to employ as the sole exhibition designer for one of the nation’s great collections of American art. The Exhibition Designer will provide creative and technical design, development, and implementation for the display of art objects and associated graphics throughout the museum’s collection display and temporary exhibitions, and including interpretation components and lighting. As exhibition design project manager, collaborate across departments and project manage the design portion of all installations. Reports to Deputy Director of Art and Research.

Responsibilities

  1. Develop and implement the conceptualization and design of all temporary exhibitions and collection installations through collaboration with the curators, interpretation manager, and installation staff. Develop and maintain standards of presentation for all installations. The institutional Visual Guidelines manual will serve as a reference tool for coordinating and maintaining the visual identity of the museum.
  2. Create space assessments, prototypes, models, design development and construction documents for exhibitions and object fixtures in collaboration with the exhibition design project team; employ visual presentation tools that explore a wide range of design possibilities—including computer-aided design (floor plans and elevations), models, maquettes, and technical drawings as necessary.
  3. Coordinate implementation of in-gallery text panels, labels, exhibition way-finding signage, and other exhibition graphics. Maintain design standards and provide recommendations and specifications for production of all signage for the museum’s galleries.
  4. Coordinate with the Exhibition Coordinator and Installation Manager on work plans and timetables for designs to ensure the timely completion of installations. Provide cost estimates, technical specifications, and identification of special requirements.
  5. Manage projects and files; prioritize, organize, and schedule design work through effective planning tools. Organize and maintain design files and installation visuals that provide for ongoing reference and ease of access to archived materials.
  6. Assist as necessary with the in-house production of installation components including prototypes, exhibition fixtures and furniture, frames, installation graphics, and other materials requiring special assistance.
  7. Keep abreast of new and innovative installation, lighting, and display technologies in the museum field through workshops, site visits, and professional contacts.
  8. Assist with the preparation of budgets for special and ongoing exhibitions and shared departmental expenses.
  9. Establish and maintain relationships with suppliers and contractors related to exhibition materials and technical information.
  10. Maintain confidentiality regarding all sensitive museum information.

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in Design, Fine Arts or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience as a museum exhibition designer or part of a successful museum design team. Minimum five years of art museum exhibition experience required.
• Thorough knowledge of museum exhibition techniques, graphics, and materials. Refined sense of typography, color, and composition requisite.
• Knowledge of accepted museum practices for the handling, matting, framing, display, and installation of 2D and 3D works of art, including fragile and heavy objects. Demonstrated ability to input changes to both text and formatting as marked on hard copies. Knowledge of and proficiency in construction and carpentry, appropriate methods and materials used in the design and fabrication of museum installations, and pertinent museum visitor ADA (visitor safety, circulation, and environmental) requirements.
• Demonstrated commitment to the proper care of works of art, training and experience in applying accepted preservation, storage, and lighting techniques in museum environments.
• Experience with team exhibition project planning. Must be able to synthesize ideas and develop an exhibition installation from initial concept to technical drawings, construction, graphics, installation, and lighting; ability to fabricate models and maquettes to scale.
• Excellent problem-solving skills
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Strong team leadership abilities; position requires initiative as well as collaboration and flexibility when working with the design and installation team. Must be able to give and receive effective constructive critique and welcome feedback from colleagues to refine ideas.
• Highly developed organizational and time management skills. Ability to meet scheduled deadlines and work under pressure. Ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple projects.
• Experience with project budgets and accounting purchasing guidelines.
• Advanced proficiency with Mac-based Adobe CS6, InDesign, CAD, Vector Works, graphic design software, and image management software; familiarity with MS Office systems (Outlook, Word, and Excel); thorough understanding of file-preparation for large-scale graphics required.
• Must be able to move and inspect objects as needed.
• Must understand and follow prescribed museum safety and OSHA requirements at all times.
• Must be available for travel as required.
• Must pass required background and drug screens.
• Supervisory experience preferred.

Salary and benefits competitive. Send résumé, references, portfolio, and salary history to HR Manager, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107; fax (817) 665-4315; human.resources@cartermuseum.org. EEOC.

Gallery Attendant, part-time

Under the supervision of the Security Supervisors, insure the safety of the collection, building, and visitors; assist visitors and ensure they feel welcome in the museum; assist in emergency situations as assigned. Work closely with Visitor Services Representatives to provide visitors with a positive and memorable experience at the museum.

Responsibilities
1. Observe museum visitors in all situations making sure that they do not touch or endanger works of art, paying particularly close attention during special events with large numbers of visitors present.
2. Insure visitor compliance with security procedures in a manner that promotes a positive visitor experience.
3. Provide visitors with brief information as needed, which may include information on directions, exhibitions, special events, and the cultural district; refer more in-depth questions to the Visitor Services Representative; furnish/reinforce museum rules regarding photography in the galleries.
4. Regularly observe surroundings to detect damage to the museum structure or works of art. Report evidence of damage to Security Supervisor or Control Room Operator immediately.
5. Be advised during roll call of special visitors or programs scheduled during your shift; advise your relief of this information.
6. Assist with evacuation from galleries, rescue from elevators, and use of fire extinguishers as required.
7. Provide security for other locations in the building or grounds; accompany outside vendors and contractors to behind-the-scenes locations and supervise them as they work. Assignments may occur on Mondays or outside regular museum hours.
8. Maintain confidentiality; other duties as requested.

Supervision Received
Supervision is received from the Security Supervisors; receive directions during each shift from the Control Room Operator on duty.

Qualifications
• High school diploma or equivalent; college courses preferred.
• Proper conversational use of English language required (bilingual skills helpful); must be able to transmit clear messages via radio. Must be able to read and understand written security and safety material.
• Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
• Must be courteous and poised when dealing with visitors and staff.
• Must be responsible, reliable, and flexible; able to take initiative, exercise good judgment, and follow instructions.
• Must be able to understand and follow chain of command.
• Must be available to work hours needed to support the security department.
• Must pass post-offer drug screen and background screen.
• Must be able carry and operate a fifteen-pound fire extinguisher.
• Must be able to assist persons requiring a wheelchair.
• Must be able to hear normal conversation; prosthetic acceptable.
• Must be able to hold a heavy door open for minutes at a time and to climb stairs.
• Must present a neat, clean, and present a professional appearance.
Note: The required uniform and accessories are provided.

To apply send cover letter, resume, and employment references to HR Manager, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 fax (817) 665-4315. EEOC.

Housekeeper, part-time

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art seeks a qualified individual to clean and maintain the museum buildings, grounds, and vehicles to ensure a healthy and pleasant experience for visitors and to provide a safe, clean work environment for staff and the museum’s collections. Housekeeper reports to the Housekeeping Supervisor.

Responsibilities

  1. Working under the direction of the Housekeeping Supervisor, clean assigned areas of the museum facility, grounds, central plant, and offsite warehouse facility. Cleaning duties include: sweeping, mopping, waxing, vacuuming, dusting, trash removal, break room cleanup, and washing windows. Complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  2. Operate vacuum cleaner, buffer, floor polisher, floor scrubber, and pressure washer safely, using prescribed methods and cleaning chemicals.
  3. Maintain the museum facility to ensure all areas are clean and free from slip, trip, and fall hazards; report maintenance needs to the Housekeeping Supervisor.
  4. Check email and work-order system for special cleaning assignments during each shift.
  5. Cleaning areas immediately that are soiled due to accidents, and assist with flooding hazards, oil or chemical spills, etc.
  6. Assist with evacuation and emergency procedures as needed.
  7. Operate dishwasher, load/unload; stock kitchen supplies.
  8. Weekend duties are required. In addition to routine cleaning, also perform weekend inventory audit and submit to the Housekeeping Supervisor.
  9. Maintain confidentiality of museum non-public information.
  10. Perform other duties as requested and as time permits.

Qualifications

• High school diploma or equivalent required trade school training a plus.
• Experience in building maintenance or janitorial work required.
• Ability to work congenially with museum staff, visitors, volunteers, and vendors.
• Ability to move items up to 25 lbs.; mobility over large areas. Ability to climb and work from a step ladder.
• Operate power equipment including power washer, buffing machine, carpet cleaning machine, etc. according to established procedures and in a manner that ensures the safety of persons and objects.
• Must be responsible and flexible; able to use good judgment.
• Must be able to write, understand, and to follow written and spoken English.
• Must be able to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as necessary. Must be available for overtime work when necessary.
• Ability to understand safety procedures; must exactly follow safety regulations, which include lock-out/tag-out procedure, hazard communication program, and bio-hazard procedures.
• Be proficient with computers, able to read and print email (MS Outlook) and work order system, complete and update inventory lists.

Must be available for work any day as scheduled between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. May be requested to assist with museum evening events as needed. Satisfactory completion of drug and background screens required. The uniform is provided. To apply, email cover letter, resume and references to human.resources@cartermuseum.org or send to HR Manager, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 - fax (817) 665-4315. EEOC. (No walk-ins). The Carter Museum campus is smoke-free.