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Employment Opportunities

Palm Springs Art Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Exhibition Designer/Installation Manager, fabricates and installs museum exhibits. Responsible for transporting, preparing, and installing/removing art objects; maintaining care of exhibitions; maintaining and/or producing didactic materials; and maintaining storage areas.

  • Participates in the safe transport of art objects to and from the exhibition space;
  • Assists in preparation of galleries and installation of pedestals, Plexiglas tops, platforms, walls, graphics, title walls, and exhibition labels;
  • Assists in the preparation of objects for exhibition, including: mounting, matting, and framing;
  • Assists in maintaining/producing didactic materials, including digital media, exhibition labels, informational graphic panels, and cut vinyl signage;
  • Inspects art exhibition areas to determine safety of objects; and performs necessary upkeep to ensure visitors’ continuing enjoyment of an exhibition, i.e. replaces lamps and labels, dusts, cleans Plexiglas, etc.;
  • Helps maintain safe, clean, and well-organized art vaults, receiving room, frame room, and prep area, and adequate supplies for packing, storing, and exhibition prep;
  • Assists Registrars by locating/returning objects to storage; conducting collection inventories; reporting changes/damage to artwork; and aiding with storage projects at three museum sites and several offsite storage facilities.

Qualifications: 

Team-oriented individual with BA in art, design, or related field. Equivalent experience in installation and fabrication of museum exhibits will be considered. Must be able to multi-task under multiple deadlines. Good working knowledge of installation methods (mounting, matting, framing) required; woodworking and/or metalworking skills a plus. Experience using heavy equipment, including scissor-lift, gantry, pallet jack, and table lift, required. Must have work experience driving a medium-size truck, safe driving record, able to lift 50 pounds, and available to work occasional overtime, night, and weekend shifts.

Application:

To apply for a position, please send a letter of interest and resume to:
Search Committee at jobs@psmuseum.org (No phone calls please)

Job Classification: Full Time / Part Time  Hourly/Non-exempt

Department: Security

Reports To: Security Manager, Assistant Security Manager And Security Supervisors

Job Summary

The Security Officer is responsible for the protection and safety of the art, visitors, and staff. Patrol and monitor premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of points of entry.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain a safe and secure environment by patrolling and monitoring premises.
  • Performs fire watch duties as directed, and assists in emergency evacuation of visitors and staff when required.
  • When assigned to night shifts, performs safety and hazard patrols throughout public and all non-public areas.
  • Responds to exhibit case or fire alarms and reports conditions by radio to Control.
  • Reports to supervisor any damage to exhibits, unsafe conditions, loose floor tiles, torn window shades, etc., also any unusual occurrences such as minor accidents, and other cases requiring additional help or authority.
  • Inspect access points during closing.
  • Inspect fire extinguishers while patrolling.
  • Perform opening and closing procedures.
  • Actively support an environment of teamwork, cooperation, and service excellence.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Skills

  • Professionalism, dependability, alertness.
  • Good communication and customer service skills are a must as visitors interact with security officers with questions and concerns.
  • Must have strong work values and quick decision making.

Qualifications

Must have a current Guard Card and pass a background check. Must have good social skills and be team-oriented. Must be flexible and resourceful. High School Diploma or equivalent is preferred. Previous security guard experience is preferred.

Application:

To apply for a position, please send a letter of interest and resume to:
Search Committee at jobs@psmuseum.org (No phone calls please)

Division/Department:    Visitor Experience

Job Classification:  Full time or Part-Time

Exempt/Non-Exempt Status:  Non-Exempt

Reports to:  Production Manager

Positions Supervised:  N/A 

Works Closely With:  Visitor and Membership Services Manager, Production Manager, Council Administrators, Annenberg Theater Council and Museum Ambassadors. 

Job Summary 

 Under the direction of the Production Manager, the Admissions and Box Office Associate will work on the visitor experience team supporting the daily operation of the admissions desk and box office by answering phones, selling general admission tickets, providing basic information to guests, selling memberships, and theater ticketing and seating.

This position is also responsible for improving and enhancing the visitor experience, including audience engagement and research as well as customer-focused training of volunteers.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Greets visitors in a professional manner, provides admission, event, museum and performance information in person and by phone.
  • Enters ticket sales, accepts payment, processes transactions, makes correct change and issues refunds.
  • Create, maintain, and modify assigned ticketed events in SRO4 system.
  • Prepare and present final settlement report for admissions and box office and ticked events, as needed.
  • Generate and distribute the daily ticket count report.
  • Responsible for daily cash balance and settlement at end of shift.
  • Keep box office and admissions area clean and clutter free.
  • Update signage and displays, as needed.
  • Ensure ADA compliant ticketing practices as well as keeping proper ADA compliant materials stocked in all locations.

Requirements

  • Strong computer skills including but not limited to, MS Office and the ability to learn other software. Knowledge of SRO4 or other ticketing software preferred. 
  • Available to work evening hours, weekends, and holidays. Requires regular and consistent attendance.
  • Strong verbal communication and customer service skills, over the phone and in person.
  • Background in cash-handling, reconciliation, and reporting.
  • Must stay current on all events and activities that are happening at Palm Springs Art Museum as well as membership, admission and satellite facilities.
  • Ability to properly prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, while maintaining a high level of accuracy and organization.
  • Ability to interact tactfully with board members, volunteers, members, and visitors.
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds is necessary for moving material and equipment; ability to stoop and kneel is necessary for accessing files; and necessary vision/sight ability to read documents and computer monitors.

Other Requirements:  Ability to work weekends, holidays, evenings, very late and early morning hours required.

Application:

To apply for a position, please send a letter of interest and resume to:
Search Committee at jobs@psmuseum.org (No phone calls please)

Palm Springs Art Museum’s Fogelson Curatorial Internship was created in honor of the contributions and service of Georgia Fogelson, a longtime docent, education advocate, and museum trustee whose dedication to the museum has had a lasting impact. Through the generosity of the Georgia Fogelson Foundation, the museum is able to offer an annual summer internship to a graduate student interested in curatorial practice and museum studies.

The intern will assist the curatorial team as it prepares several forthcoming 2019-2020 projects. In particular the intern will work on special and permanent collection exhibitions, including a major upcoming exhibition on Contemporary Native American artist Gerald Clarke. The intern will assist in research and developing creative strategies for audience engagement across various platforms including, but not limited to, preparatory research and writing label copy. The intern will also have an opportunity to learn about the inter-departmental operations within the museum environment.

Who may apply?

Palm Springs Art Museum welcomes applicants of all backgrounds and expressions, and strongly encourages individuals from historically underrepresented communities interested in pursuing a career in visual arts to apply for this internship. As PS Art Museum is the largest cultural institution in the Coachella Valley, applicants from the Coachella Valley and greater Riverside County are encouraged to apply.

The internship is open to graduate students and familiarity with modern and contemporary art, art of the American West, and Native American art is strongly desired. Applicants must either be currently enrolled in a graduate university program, or have graduated within the last year. Graduate coursework is desired, though strong undergraduates will be considered.

Application process:

The intern will be selected through an application and interview process to work closely with the curators and other staff members on projects relating to the museum’s exhibitions and collections. The intern will gain invaluable research skills and experience working with primary documents, archival materials, and artworks from the museum’s collections. In addition to being involved with a project that has a specific outcome, the intern will learn about the greater cross-departmental operations of the museum.

Applicants must either be currently enrolled in a graduate university degree program or have graduated within the last year. Please send a current curriculum vitae, current academic transcript, the names and contact information of two references, and a brief letter stating why you are interested in the internship and why it would be of value to you. Start date is flexible, and a full time commitment for 10 weeks is preferred.

Applicants need not be a U.S. citizen, however the successful applicant must make his/her own arrangements to legally enter the U.S. for the period of the internship.

Please submit application materials by email to curatorial@psmuseum.org.

Application deadline: April 15, 2019

Funding: The Fogelson Curatorial Intern is expected to reside in Palm Springs or greater Coachella Valley for the duration of the summer internship, and will receive an honorarium of $4,800.

The Sidney Williams Internship at the Palm Springs Art Museum was established in 2017 in honor of the contributions and long-time service to the museum of former Director of Education and Founding Curator of Architecture and Design, Sidney Williams. 

The Sidney Williams Internship Fund, made possible through the generosity of numerous donors, enables the museum to offer an annual summer internship to a graduate student interested in architecture, design, art, and museum studies.

Each year, an intern will be selected through an application and interview process to work closely with the museum’s Director of Architecture and Design, Archivist/Librarian, and other museum staff members on a project that relates to the museum’s architecture and design programs, collections, and architectural assets. 

The intern will gain invaluable research skills and experience working with primary documents, including architectural drawings, models, and other objects, from the museum’s archives and collections. In addition to being involved with a project that has a specific outcome, such as an exhibition, publication, completion of an archive’s cataloguing or digitization, the Sidney Williams Intern will gain valuable insight and experience in museum work across many departments of the museum,including collections and exhibitions management, education, advancement, and marketing and communications.

Who may apply?

The internship is open to graduate students with priority given to those with a focus on architectural history, historic preservation, architecture, design history, and material culture studies.

Application process:

Applicants must either be currently enrolled in a graduate university degree program or have graduated within the last year. Please send a current curriculum vitae, your current academic transcript, the names and contact information of 2 references, and a brief essay stating why you are interested in the internship and why it would be of value to you.

Applicants need not be U.S. citizens, however the successful applicant must make his/her own arrangements to legally enter the U.S. for the period of the internship.

Period and funding:

The Sidney Williams Intern is expected to be in residence in Palm Springs for a period of 2 to 2-1/2 months over the summer, ideally for the months of July and August. 

The museum will not provide housing for the intern but will provide suggestions about accommodation in Palm Springs. The intern will receive a stipend of $4000, which will serve as an honorarium and as a stipend to help cover living expenses while the intern is in residence in Palm Springs.

It is not necessary for the intern to have a car although a driver’s license will be useful for exploring Palm Springs and environs.

Application:

Please submit applications by email to Brooke Hodge, Director of Architecture and Design, Palm Springs Art Museum;   bhodge@psmuseum.org

Application deadline: March 15, 2019.  

To apply for a position, please send a letter of interest and resume to:

Search Committee at jobs@psmuseum.org (No phone calls please)

Please note that due to the high volume of interested applicants, we are only able to contact candidates with the most relevant experience and skill sets for our open positions. 

We are not able to accept phone inquiries or confirm receipt of applications. Thank you for your interest in employment at Palm Springs Art Museum.