Curatorial Assistant, PST


Working under the direction of two curators – the Curator of British Art and the Curator of Literary Collections – provides interdivisional curatorial, research and administrative support. Position will have regular contact with staff at all levels, as well as contact with external researchers and the public.  This will be an assignment of approximately fourteen months.


  • Provides logistical and administrative support, including communication with Huntington colleagues and those outside the institution, in service of broader support for the Huntington’s involvement with the Getty Pacific Standard Time (PST) exhibit, planned to open in 2024.

  • Identifies, pulls, and organizes appropriate library and art collections works for curatorial use and review. Assists curators with item and topical research, checklist maintenance, correspondence, conservation and photography queuing, copyediting, label writing, and other duties as they arise. Conducts communication for potential items to be borrowed from other institutions and individuals for use in the PST exhibit.

  • As needed, performs general clerical duties related to exhibition prep such as filing, copying, creating and updating spreadsheet, and other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Doctoral candidates in History, Literature, Art, or other humanities disciplines preferred. Understanding of the complex curatorial activities of a 21st-century museum, strong research skills, well-honed interpersonal skills, excellent written communication and administrative skills, detail orientation, patience, a sense of humor, and a willingness to work independently and/or collaboratively as needed.

  • Proficiency in use of computer software and programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint; preferably including experience with (or an eagerness to learn) other software including Filemaker Pro, Aeon (a library collections management tool), and others.

  • Ability to learn the basic operations of the Art Division’s TMS (The Museum System) database, the Art Division’s collections software.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; effective organizational skills to assist with project monitoring and meeting established deadlines.

  • The candidate must be hard-working, detail-oriented, discreet, and collegial.


  • Requires a minimum of 2 years of experience in curatorial/administrative support, or equivalent experience dealing with historic artifacts.

  • Requires 1 year of research assistant experience, ideally in a research library.

Application Instructions

Please apply directly on our website and include a cover letter in addition to a resume.  You will have the opportunity to “upload” additional documents during the “My Experience” step of the application process.  Review of candidates will begin on September 7.