Employment Opportunities

Around 140 staff members work in twelve departments to carry out the mission of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. The jobs are a mix of federal and Smithsonian trust-funded positions, permanent and temporary, full-time and part-time. Vacancy announcements are typically posted on the Smithsonian’s job opportunities website as well as the federal Office of Personnel Management’s website. Detailed application instructions can be found on each of these two sites.

Please keep in mind that your résumé should contain enough information for us to evaluate your skills and experience. In addition, you may need to address a number of quality ranking factors separately, which will determine whether you score high enough to be referred for consideration. You should respond with detailed examples or descriptions of your past experience and education as they relate to each factor.

Occasionally, the museum will have trust-funded positions that are posted directly on this website. Presently, we are looking for gallery attendants for an upcoming exhibition:

Gallery Attendants

Do you have an interest in art and love to work with people? Be a Gallery Attendant at the Smithsonian American Art Museum!


The Smithsonian American Art Museum is seeking candidates to assist visitors March 14 through August 18, 2019 for our upcoming Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 exhibition. Multiple staff are needed to provide visitor information, monitor exhibition traffic flow, and assist with keeping the artwork safe.

Staff are needed for two positions:

  • Gallery Attendant/Line Manager, grade 3, to provide visitor services such as monitoring lines and room capacity and answering questions about the museum and exhibition
  • Senior Gallery Attendant/Line Manager, grade 4, to provide visitor services as above and to coordinate staff and volunteer schedules

Weekend work is required and an estimated 5–15 hours of work per week for the duration of the exhibit are expected. Pay rates for 2018 are $14.16 per hour (grade 3) and $15.89 per hour (grade 4).

Candidates must have good communication skills and the ability to stand for long periods. Experience with customer service and an interest in art is desired.

To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter outlining the desired position and confirmation of availability to:
Please put “Gallery Attendant” in the subject line.

Applications must be received by December 31, 2018.

Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Internships and Fellowships

Since 1968, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s internship programs have provided instruction and inspiration to hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students, as well as others seeking self-enrichment.  Learn about our Internships and Fellowship Program.