Maintainer (Registrar) / Fine Art Packer

Metropolitan Museum of Art

About the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.


The Maintainer will report to the Associate Manager, Packing and Art Services. The Maintainer is responsible for the packing and unpacking of artwork both to and from the Museum as well as handling the art in a safe and proper manner.

  • Art handling and packing of art objects

  • Constructing wooden packing crates using manual and/or power tools while following standard safety procedures

  • Lifting and moving packing crates safely and properly

  • Measuring artwork and calculating interior and exterior specifications of packing materials 

  • Candidate must complete a Security Threat Assessment application

  • Other related duties


Fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine (or approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, sincerely held religious belief, or pregnancy, or because you are a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sex offenses).

Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum two years’ experience working with detailed and/or fragile materials is required. The detailed and/or fragile materials need not be artwork, but the appropriate candidate must have experience in a field with an equivalent skill set.

  • Minimum two years’ experience with power tools (saws, drills, pneumatic guns), ability to do mathematical calculations, ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. without assistance, and carpentry skills are all required.

  • Candidate must be detail oriented, able to work under pressure and with close supervision.

  • Candidate must be able to interact in a professional manner with Metropolitan Museum of Art staff and visiting museum professionals.


  • Candidate must be willing to work regularly scheduled overtime and be available to work overtime during busy exhibition periods.

Knowledge and Education:

  • Knowledge of basic packing materials required

  • A Bachelor’s degree is preferred with a minimum of an Associate’s degree required.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Job Type: Full-time

Application Question(s):

How many years of experience do you currently have working with detailed and/or fragile materials?

How many years of experience do you currently have using power tools?

Work Location: One location

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Posted on June 15