Department:                Security

Reports to:                  Museum Attendant Supervisors

Classification:             Part-Time, Non-Exempt

(Approx. 20 – 25 hours per week, including nights and weekends)


This position is a blend of our Gallery Attendant, Event Attendant, and Custodial Maintenance positions. Under the direction of the Museum Attendant Supervisors, this position provides security to the Museum, conducts minor maintenance and custodial services, and supports Museum events with set up and break down.


  • Perform a wide variety of general maintenance and Gallery Attendant, Event Attendant and Custodial maintenance duties.
  • Assist in setting and striking of furniture and equipment for special events.
  • Report any deficiencies to maintenance of equipment or facilities.
  • Housekeeping tasks throughout the Museum, including dusting, vacuuming, cleaning, painting, and restocking supplies.
  • Cleaning and restocking of Museum restrooms.
  • Landscaping and gardening.
  • Disposal of refuse and recyclable material from the Museum.
  • Provide excellent customer service to guests and staff while helping to ensure their safety and enjoyment while visiting the Museum. Observe and assist visitors; correct or report problems as appropriate. Inform visitors of rules, regulations and proper conduct while in the Museum.
  • Observe artwork for changes of any kind; report problems to supervisor for immediate notification to registrar; report any building condition requiring attention to maintenance.
  • Cooperate with Visitor Relations, Membership, and Education to learn and convey Museum information to enhance visitor’s Museum experience.
  • Maintain knowledge of current policies, procedures, and security system operation in order to correctly implement judgment and actions for protecting of art, security of facilities, and the safety and protection of Museum staff and Museum visitors.
  • Report emergencies and respond to calls for emergency assistance.
  • Participate in training programs and support for emergency situations, including fire, Cal/OSHA, theft and vandalism. Assist with emergency situations and/or building evacuation.
  • Utilize communications equipment to maintain contact with security control.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Ability to work nights and weekends with the possibility of some weekdays.
  • Ability to walk and or stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Ability to carry heavy furniture or equipment for short distances.
  • Must be able to use both arms and legs to lift, carry, push, pull, hold objects in both hands, throw objects overhand, suspend objects overhead.
  • Must be able to work in noisy, dusty, dirty, windy, hot, humid, and moist or wet working environments.
  • Must be detail-oriented.
  • Ability to be culturally sensitive and respect diversity.


  • Good customer service and communication skills.
  • Communicate effectively in spoken and written English.
  • Self-starter/Self-motivated.
  • Strive for excellence in workmanship.


  • High School graduate, GED or equivalent work experience required. 
  • Prior experience maintaining commercial facilities, preferably in a museum/cultural institution or the hospitality industry.


  • Basic knowledge of custodial/house-keeping; knowledge of basic computer and peripherals connectivity; knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel software application programs.

Other Requirements

  • Must be available to work weekends and evenings.
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment background test.
  • Must have a valid class driver license and a driving record in good standing.


  • Approximately 95% of time is spent standing or moving around museum galleries and outdoor premises.
  • Approximately 5% of time spent at the computer or other office work.
  • Clear diction and acute hearing are necessary for effective communication with co-workers, the public, by telephone and in person.
  • Corrected vision close to 20/20 is necessary to perform the job.
  • Daily walking to the Museum, which includes stairs and parking lots.


  • Work area is inside a fine art museum or adjacent exterior facilities including rooftops, stairwells, platforms, courtyards, gardens, parking lots, roads, lawns, landscapedareas, and sidewalks.
  • Climate controlled environment in most areas with light background noise in exhibition galleries and most office areas.
  • Exterior environment is governed by forces of nature.
  • Mechanical equipment room working environment can range from hot to cold, humid, windy, extremely noisy, dusty, odoriferous, and dim to brightly lit.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 21, 2022

If interested, please submit cover letter and resume to, or mail to: The San Diego Museum of Art, Attention: Human Resources, P.O. Box 122107, San Diego, CA 92112.

The San Diego Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, protected medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.