employment at the Petersen

Welcome to the employment page of the Petersen Automotive Museum. To see a brief description of the position that interests you, select the position title. Human Resources will review each applicant’s qualifications for compatibility with available openings. Should a potential fit exist, Human Resources will contact the applicant directly.

An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the policy of the Petersen Automotive Museum to provide all persons with equal employment practices and opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. 


Please include a copy of the Employment Application Form in your email when applying to open position. 


Position Summary:

The Assistant Registrar assists the Registrar in managing all aspects of registering collection, loan vehicles and artifacts, including Library materials.  The Assistant generates, processes and maintains all loan, accession and disposal paperwork, database records and documentation, manages exhibition loans and installation, as well as other assigned projects.

Essential Functions:

  • Creates, processes and keeps up-to-date all paper, digital and database records and files for exhibit loans and the Museum’s collection of vehicles, artifacts and Library material.  Researches and follows up on status of current, overdue and pending loans and their documents.  Arranges domestic and international transportation shipping and insurance.   

  • Manages the monitoring and recording of all Museum-owned and loaned objects as they move in and out of the Museum for functions, such as off-premises car shows, photo shoots, loan returns, etc. 

  • Performs exhibit condition reporting during installation and de-installation, and supervises Petersen staff assigned to assist in the task. 

  • Performs photo documentation, digitization and electronic recording of collection and loan artifacts and vehicles. 

  • Performs vehicle and artifact inventory.  

  • Manages the maintenance, organization and cleaning of the collection storage and exhibit areas, and supervises housekeeping, facilities or outside-contracted work performed in these areas. 

  • Manages ordering of appropriate materials, archival and non-archival, for proper artifact care, storage and object file documentation. 

  • Manages all paid storage agreements for the World Tour in the Vault. 

  • Manages the hiring and supervision of Art Handlers. 

  • ·Assists with the creation and revision of department’s documents and documentation. 

  • Manages registration and object/artifact logistics for assigned exhibition.

  • Manages and supervises art installation and de-installation.

Education, Skills and Experience:

  •  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • 3-6 years of registrarial experience at a museum, gallery or related organization.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and experience in collections database management software.

  • Strong interpersonal communication, management and organizational skills.

  • Knowledge of collection documentation and loan negotiation.

  • Ability to perform highly detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@petersen.org, and include Assistant Registrar in the subject line.

Business Operations Manager

The Petersen Automotive Museum has been growing steadily and is now seeking to dramatically accelerate growth. Reporting directly to the Deputy Director, the museum is looking to hire a Business Operations Manager who is mission-focused, strategic, highly experienced, and process-minded. The Business Operations Manager must be a leader who is able to help others deliver measurable, cost-effective results that make the vision a reality. Importantly, the successful Business Operations Manager will have the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to tap into the power that each member of the team brings to their department.

Essential Functions:

  • Serve as the liaison for the Deputy Director and aid in the day to day management of the following departments: Retail, IT, Marketing, Group Services, Visitor Services, and Development.

  • Lead the performance management process that measures and evaluates progress against goals for all departments.

  • Aid in the execution of capital improvement projects.

  • Help enforce sales infrastructures across Retail, Group Services, Visitor Services and Development.

  • Identify growth opportunities and priorities across all revenue generating departments.

  • Communicate and enforce the branded message internally and externally.

  • Oversee marketing schedule across multiple departments.

  • Increase key impact measurements across all departments.

  • Ensure that all programmatic partners are engaged.

  • Maintain a system that provides the organization with quick access to financial information and enables strategic budgeting.

  • Work with the Deputy Director to scope out the next level of information technology systems that support the growth of specific programs and the organization overall.

  • Assist annual budget planning.

  • Continue implementation of systems for reporting, measurement and supporting museum’s revenue streams.

  • Administrative aspects including proposal preparation, credit card reporting, website editing and other assigned duties.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a business operations position.

  • Strong management and interpersonal skills.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google based applications.

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@petersen.org, and include Business Operations Manager in the subject line.


Position Summary:

Reporting to the Collection Manager, the duties of the Collection Tech are focused on the long-term care, maintenance and preservation of collections vehicles and related objects. The Collections Tech will maintain the vehicles according to the established preservation and maintenance program, participate in the research of necessary and appropriate topics, assist with preserving and maintaining collections objects in accordance with accepted methods, and maintain accurate records of work completed.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with the preservation, maintenance, restoration, and repair of museum collection vehicles, fleet vehicles, and related objects

  • Perform maintenance, conservation, restoration, and repair tasks as assigned

  • Adhere to maintenance requirements for collection vehicles

  • Report on progress of restoration and maintenance tasks

  • Assist with light maintenance of incoming loan vehicles

  • Maintain function and appearance of vehicle shop and equipment

  • Track equipment, parts and supplies needs

  • Assist with the installation, deinstallation, and maintenance of all vehicles

  • Assist with transportation of incoming and outgoing vehicles

  • Participate in education and other public program activities

  • Travel with vehicles to represent Museum at select public outreach venues

  • Handle special projects as assigned

  • Keep records of work performed

Education/Experience/Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in Automotive Technology or a related field

  • Knowledge of automotive history

  • Minimum five years’ experience in hands-on maintenance of similar vehicles

  • Strong interpersonal communication, organizational and management skills detail-oriented work profile

  • Team player who can smoothly manage interoffice activity and work well under tight deadlines