Maintenance (Full-Time)

Performs a variety of cleaning tasks and other related maintenance tasks in accordance with the cleaning standards of the Museum.

Department: Facilities and Operations
Reporting Relationship: Director of Building Services
Schedule: Sunday – Thursday, onsite. 
Rate: $17.65 hourly rate; includes a comprehensive organization-sponsored benefits package including medical plan, dental plan, vision, life insurance, Pension, 401K retirement, and generous paid time off.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for daily cleaning including dusting, mopping, stripping/waxing, vacuuming (of rugs), high dusting (removal of fingermarks), and general cleaning tasks (drinking fountains and coolers) including glass doors, mirrors, bathrooms, removal of trash and replacing light bulbs. (and/or fixtures)
  • Provides setups for special programs, meetings, special events, building rentals and other functions on Museum property
  • Moves office furniture or other museum fixtures
  • Maintains inventory of cleaning supplies and equipment and provides supplies to Museum and office areas with miscellaneous supplies as necessary
  • Informs supervisor of maintenance problems observed in course of work
  • May be required to drive Museum vehicles
  • Use of a ladder or operation of a personal hydraulic lift to reach elevated locations
  • May be required to perform security functions
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • High school diploma or GED with prior maintenance experience preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years institutional cleaning/maintenance experience.
  • May be required to work Saturdays, Sundays, and evenings as part of regular shift (and evenings).
  • Valid NJ driver’s license preferred.

Physical Demands:

  • Must be available to work in excess of 40 hours per week when required by the Museum.
  • The ability to receive, communicate and understand information and instructions.
  • Must be able to bend, reach above shoulder level, ascend/descend stairs, and move about.
  • Must be able to access and operate equipment required to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Must be able to lift items with a minimum weight of 50lbs.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that are to be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Due to the potential high volume of submissions, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 

The Newark Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In addition, we aspire to make the Museum and our environment – staff, audiences, artists, programs, and exhibitions – reflective of the diversity of the city of Newark and to capture the spirit of access, inclusion, and equity in all we do. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from our BIPOC, disabled, veteran, and LGBTQIA+ communities as they must be centered in the work we do.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform essential functions.

About The Newark Museum of Art

We acknowledge the traditional homelands of the Lenape, also known as the Delaware, upon which The Newark Museum of Art resides.

Founded in 1909, The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) is the largest museum in New Jersey and ranks twelfth nationally in collection size, with more than 130,000 artworks and significant holdings of science and natural history. The NMOA is committed to the values of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion by responding to the evolving needs and interests of diverse audiences through participation, visitor experiences, and community engagement.

From the ancient world to contemporary art, the Museum boasts a renowned collection of exceptional quality and depth, spanning concentrations in the Arts of Global Africa; Arts of Global Asia, featuring a Tibetan Buddhist altar; Arts of the Americas; American Art, with a particular strength in Native American art; Decorative Arts; Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean; and Science.

With a focus on welcoming everyone with inclusive experiences that spark curiosity and foster community, the NMOA offers groundbreaking exhibitions, engaging programming, a research library with 60,000 volumes, paid internships, and impactful local and global partnerships. A four-acre campus includes the Ballantine House (1885), a National Historic Landmark; the Ward Carriage House (1860); the Old Stone School House (1784); the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden; and Horizon Plaza. Under the leadership of Director and CEO Linda C. Harrison, the NMOA has launched an era of transformation to create an engaged citizenry by reimagining the role of the art museum in the 21st century.

“We welcome everyone with inclusive experiences that spark curiosity and foster community.”