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Gallery Attendant, Dia Beacon

Application deadline: Open until filled

Part-time position based in Beacon, New York
$16 per hour

Located in Beacon, New York, Dia Beacon presents Dia Art Foundation’s renowned collection of art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and educational and public programs. Occupying a former box-printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River, the contemporary art museum spans nearly 300,000 square feet and features installations of works by some of the most significant artists of the last half century.

Dia Beacon seeks a part-time Gallery Attendant to work 2–3 days a week including weekends and most holidays. This is a year-round position, but the work hours will fluctuate seasonally based on the museum’s hours of operation.

The Part-Time Gallery Attendant is responsible for providing a positive, professional, and safe environment for Dia Beacon visitors to explore the collection. The position requires teamwork and knowledge of Dia Beacon’s collection as well as Dia Art Foundation’s history, mission, and sites. The Part-Time Gallery Attendant enforces rules and regulations as necessary to assist visitors and protect the collection. The ideal candidate for this role demonstrates superb customer service skills with the ability both to be self-motivated and work independently, and also highly communicative to perform successfully as part of a team.

Responsibilities include

  • Monitors visitor interactions with the collection and facility; assist and guide the public; professionally enforces museum policies and procedures
  • Communicates effectively about the collection, the facility, and Dia’s history, mission, and sites
  • Provides museum and membership information, proactively engaging at admission points to sell memberships and conduct surveys; assist with ticketing and reservations as needed
  • Provide coat/bag check assistance and general information about Beacon and the Hudson Valley area
  • Monitors all safety regulations and demonstrate ability to assist in case of an emergency; attend health and safety trainings as required
  • Assists with special events and programming; help Visitor Services Managers with VIP visits as needed
  • Coordinates and perform light maintenance of the building and grounds prior to, during, and after public hours


  • High school diploma or equivalent required. College-level credits or degree in an arts field preferred
  • Experience in customer service and working with the public required
  • Knowledge of Dia Art Foundation’s history, mission, and sites preferred
  • Requires prolonged periods of standing and walking around within the gallery space

Working conditions and physical demands

  • Will be required to stand and/or walk in the gallery space for long periods of time
  • May have lengthy periods of solitude in the gallery spaces if there are few visitors in the space
  • Must be able to lift/carry or move up to 25 lbs
  • Must be able to have a physical presence in the galleries that may consist of, but are not limited to, bright, neon, fluorescent and flashing lights, varying levels of noise, low lighted spaces, and cold or warm temperature fluctuations
  • Must rotate through the outdoor gallery space; will have a rotation in an exhibition space that emits a wireless electrical field which is not advisable for persons with a pacemaker or other electronically controlled medical devices

Part-time employees are eligible for paid sick days, holiday pay, and participation in the 401(k) savings program with employer match. Employees have the opportunity to learn about the collections through presentations by curators, artists, writers, and historians. Staff ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations. Beacon area or Hudson Valley residency preferred.

Please note that to provide a safe workplace free of recognized hazards and to take every possible step to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 among our employees, Dia Art Foundation requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, except for those who obtain an exemption due to a medical condition, a religious belief, or pregnancy.

Qualified candidates are invited to apply by completing the online Job Application, linked here and attaching a resume and letter of interest. No phone calls or e-mails to addresses other than the one specified. Previous applicants need not apply as we keep resumes on file.

Dia Art Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies. In addition, Dia will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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