Open Regular Full-Time Positions

Not only does Winterthur offer a unique working environment, we also provide a wide array of employee benefits. From a competitive retirement program to comprehensive health care options, there's a range of benefits available to you.

Competitive Pay
Paid Vacation
Paid Holidays
Health Care & Dental Plans
Short-term Disability Coverage
Long-term Disability Coverage
Life Insurance
Quality of Work Life
Business Travel Accident Insurance
Free Parking
Retirement Plan
Service Recognition Programs
Free Guest Passes
Discounts in the Shops & Restaurant
Learning Opportunities
Extended Hours to Access Gardens & Grounds


Art Handling Specialist – Full-time, Benefits Eligible

JOB TITLE: Art Handling Specialist

Winterthur’s Art Handling Specialists are responsible for scheduling and effecting the movement of objects for museum programs and activities, such as workshops, classes, special tours, conservation, and photography. This position also has responsibilities for installation of objects in museum rooms, exhibition galleries, and other collection spaces; and for packing and transportation of museum and loan objects on-site and off-site. This position ensures objects are handled with care and are moved to specified locations to meet deadlines.



  1. Knowledge of best practices for handling, packing, moving, and transportation requirements of 2-D and 3-D museum objects.
  2. Familiarity with standard museum installation techniques, including hanging systems for framed artwork in a historic house and gallery setting.
  3. Knowledge of museum-standard packing and storage materials and sources of these materials. Ability to select appropriate packing materials, depending upon the medium, surfaces, condition, and fragility of the objects. Knowledge of soft packing and cavity packing methods. Knowledge of or ability to learn how to retrofit a standard crate and how to pack a travel frame, shadow box, slipcase, slat crate, and standard crate. Ability to read packing specification drawings.
  4. Knowledge of how to properly wrap, load, and strap objects within a van or truck to keep them safe in transport.
  5. Familiarity with and ability to use hand tools. Basic woodworking skills.
  6. Ability to analyze and resolve problems. Initiative and resourcefulness. Confidence to make logistical decisions in the interests of object safety. Ability to direct and coordinate object movement with others.
  7. Ability to follow directions precisely and completely. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to schedule tasks, manage time, and meet deadlines. Ability to conceive time- and cost-saving techniques.
  8. Professional demeanor. Good verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to be flexible, work collaboratively as part of a team, and to function independently. Ability to maintain an alert and observant approach when moving and working in collections display and storage areas.
  9. General proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook, digital photography and image management, and database navigation.
  10. A sense of aesthetics and ability to visualize in three dimensions.
  11. Ability to design and fabricate object mounts for museum objects desirable but not required.


Minimum Qualifications: 3 or more years of 2-D and 3-D fine art handling or preparatory experience with a BA/BS or a minimum of 6 or more years’ experience with a high school diploma.  2 or more years’ experience in art handling, packing, transportation, and installation of fine and decorative arts in a museum setting.

Preferred Qualifications:  5 or more years of 2-D and 3-D fine art handling or preparatory experience with a BA/BS. 3 or more years’ experience in art handling, packing, transportation, and installation of fine and decorative arts in a museum setting. Some experience working in a historic house museum.

Application: To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references  to:  Please reference Job #1236 – Art Handling Specialist in the subject line. Review of applications will begin as of January 13, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

This is a full time, hourly, non-exempt, benefits eligible position compensated at $18-$20 per hour

Preventive Associate Conservator/Conservator – Full-time, Benefits Eligible

JOB TITLE: Preventive Conservator or Preventive Associate Conservator

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library seeks candidates for the position of Preventive Conservator or Preventive Associate Conservator. The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic conservation department and institution whose mission statement and a top strategic priority include preservation. Winterthur is a multifaceted, internationally recognized cultural organization consisting of: a world-class museum with 175 furnished rooms, exhibition galleries, and storage spaces; a specialized research library that serves as a center for the study of art, material culture, and everyday life in America from the 17th century into the 20th; a 900+ acre garden and estate; and an intellectual research center for object-based inquiry with two Graduate programs.  The collections of the museum, garden and library consists of 90,000 objects made and used in America; 20th century Winterthur Estate materials; and over 250,000 rare and circulating books, manuscripts, and photographs plus thousands of linear feet of archival material. In addition to preventive and collections care, the Conservation Department includes eight other laboratories staffed by leading professionals in: paper, textiles, objects, library and archival materials, furniture, and paintings conservation; conservation photography; and scientific research and analysis.



  • Collaborate with colleagues from Facilities, Registration, Exhibitions, Curatorial, Public Programs, Security and other departments across the institution.
  • Oversee the preventive care of all non-living collections at Winterthur in storage and on display
  • Coordinate efforts to maintain an appropriate collections environment on a campus with buildings of varying capacity
  • Continue a strong effort to maintain and improve storage in sustainable ways
  • Manage a preventive staff that implements Winterthur’s integrated pest management plan, housekeeping practices, and environmental data collection
  • Lead the Preventive Conservation Team in the ongoing work of preventive policy writing, revising, and implementing
  • Guide multiple departments in the selection of materials for storage and display
  • Work with the Collection Emergency Plan Team to maintain and build upon a 20 year history of commitment in this area

Responsibilities will also include teaching and advising in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC), engaging in public and professional outreach, and promoting the growing field of preventive conservation in the US.


Required Education/Experience: A Master’s degree in conservation combined with a minimum of seven/ten years conservation experience

Qualifications: Applicant must possess strong understanding of current, evolving preventive conservation principles and practices. The successful candidate will demonstrate significant experience with the implementation of preventive conservation, teaching and scholarly achievement, supervisory experience, and evidence of professional engagement. Support of the museum’s overall conservation efforts are an integral component of the position and the candidate must be committed to extensive collaboration with museum conservators and scientists; curators; exhibition, registration, facilities, development and other related staff; and WUDPAC faculty and students. The successful candidate will demonstrate (1) excellent interpersonal and communication skills with staff, students, museum and university colleagues, donors, and the general public (2) creative thinking and solutions-based problem-solving, and (3) superior organizational abilities with a high attention to detail. A proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently while managing multiple tasks simultaneously is required.

This position reports to the Director of Conservation. Salary and title will be commensurate with experience $50,000 – $72,000. This is a full time, benefits eligible position.

Application: To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references familiar with your preventive conservation experience to:  Please reference Job #1235 – Preventive Conservator in the subject line. Review of applications will begin as of January 13, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Assistant Curator of Education for School Programs – Full-time, Benefits Eligible

JOB TITLE: Assistant Curator of Education for School Programs

The Learning and Engagement Department of the Visitor Engagement Division provides meaningful opportunities for adults, families, preK-12 students and teachers. Through a diverse portfolio of programs and experiences, programs are designed to be created and/or co-created to attract and serve an onsite audience 15,000-20,000 by the end of the first phase of the of newly adopted Strategic Plan. The goal is to increase and sustain attendances through compelling programs, events, and new initiatives that will expand visitation and generate related earned income.

The Assistant Curator of Education for School Programs plans, implements, and evaluates programs for students in preschool through 12th grade that further the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of Winterthur’s resources—estate, naturalistic garden, library, American decorative arts, historic architecture, and fine art.


  • Coordinate, evaluate, and develop creative programming (both on- and off-site) and resources (physical and digital) that meet the needs of school-age audiences and educators.
  • Cultivate professional relationships and partnerships with internal staff and external stakeholders to ensure effective communication; strong, curriculum-oriented content; and efficient operations.
  • Provide leadership to support both daily departmental operations and progress toward strategic goals.
  • Develop on-going training for, and evaluation of, school program guides focused on both content and delivery.
  • Work with Marketing & Media to effectively promote departmental offerings to audiences both broad and specific.
  • Support other departmental initiatives, including guiding public tours when needed, assisting with preparations for Yuletide or exhibitions, and other tasks as needed.
  • Supervises contractors, interns, paid part-time staff, and volunteers, as needed


Minimum Qualifications: 2 years of paid or unpaid experience in teaching, training, program development, curriculum development, art workshops, community programming, or museum work. BA or BS in history, art history, American civilization, education, museum studies, art, art conservation, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications: 2+ years in teaching creatively, or leading and implementing community programming. Including BA or BS, additional coursework in curriculum development, learning theory, educational theory, or related field. A graduate degree and minimum of five years of relevant experience

Application: Candidates should include a cover letter, resume/CV, writing sample – preferably a museum-based lesson plan, and three references. Salary range available upon request. Applications accepted until position is filled.

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