Assistant Conservator (Regular Full-Time)


With more than 135,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract over 1.5 million visitors annually. LACMA’s eight building complex is located on 20 acres in the heart of Los Angeles, halfway between the ocean and downtown. Learn more about the museum by exploring

Reporting to the Project Manager, Watts Towers, the Assistant Conservator participates in the conservation of Watts Towers of Simon Rodia  – a national historic monument located in South Los Angeles consisting of seventeen interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet. Watts Towers was built by  Sabato Rodia, in his spare time over a period of thirty-three years. The armatures of the structures are constructed from steel pipes and rods, wrapped with wire mesh, coated with mortar that is embedded with pieces of glass, tile, porcelain, and sea shells.

Some duties include: assists with condition assessment and photographic documentation of the sculptures; performs treatments using techniques and procedures previously developed and tested by LACMA staff for the repair of cracks and spalls in the cement mortar and the securing of loose decorative elements; collects data for various monitoring programs; provides administrative tasks including (but not limited to) office organization and supply sourcing.

The qualified candidate  must have a master’s degree in art/architectural conservation from a recognized training program, and three to five years of related experience/employment in conservation. Experience with working on building materials (architecture) or large-scale sculpture constructed from reinforced masonry is desirable.  Familiarity with the use of power tools and ability to work at high elevations (100 feet) on scaffolding is essential. The successful candidate must be conversant with standard software for writing reports and processing images such as Adobe Photoshop. MS Excel, and FileMaker Pro.

An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the policy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to provide all persons with equal employment practices and opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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