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. 

Collection Technician/ Auto Mechanic

Reporting to the Collection Manager, the duties of the Collection Tech are focused on the long- term care, maintenance and preservation of collection 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 collection 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

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • 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

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@petersen.org, and insert Collection Technician in the subject line.

Museum Educator

Position Summary:

We are seeking part-time Museum Educators to oversee the daily activity in the Discovery Center gallery by providing responsible, friendly, and enthusiastic assistance to museum visitors, and to lead gallery tours for school groups. S/he will interact with visitors on the floor, facilitate hands-on gallery stations, and foster a welcoming environment for volunteers and the public. S/he will provide customer service support, be knowledgeable about museum content, and will maintain daily gallery operations and appearance.

Essential Functions:

  • Assisting visitors with Discovery Center interactive iPad experiences

  • Managing the check-out and return of iPads

  • Facilitating interactive demonstrations at gallery stations

  • Implementing inquiry-based learning and interactive educational techniques

  • Providing direction and guidance to visitors concerning other galleries

  • Working with and mentoring Discovery Center volunteers

  • Ensuring that objects and resources are handled carefully and safely

  • Maintaining gallery cleaning procedures and ensuring that supplies are replenished

  • Performing crowd control during peak times

  • Participating in staffing Family Days and other special youth programs as required

  • Leading school tours of museum galleries

  • Leading public and private tours of museum galleries for guests of all ages

  • Assisting Education Department with administrative tasks as needed 

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

Retail & Visitor Services Representative

Position Summary:

The primary focus of the Retail and Visitor Services Representative is to provide excellent customer service while consistently meeting the museum’s projected sales goals in admissions, tours, museum memberships and retail merchandise.

The Retail and Visitor Services Representative’s responsibilities include working closely with visitors to determine their needs, answer their questions about the museum and our products, and recommend the right solutions. He/she will also promptly resolve visitor complaints and ensure maximum customer satisfaction. The successful Retail and Visitor Services Representative will stay up-to-date with product features, museum exhibits and events, and maintain the museum’s high standards in visual appearance.

Education, Skills and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent is strongly preferred

  • One year of work experience in retail sales and customer service preferred

  • POS transaction experience

  • Experience with inventory procedures

  • Organizational skills

  • Computer proficiency

  • English language proficiency

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Available to work flexible shifts

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to jobs@petersen.org, and insert Retail/VSR in the subject line.