National Gallery of Art - RESOURCES

Employment Opportunities at the National Gallery

Image: Francis A. Beckett, Blacksmith Shop, c. 1880   Image: Camille Pissarro, The Gardener - Old Peasant with Cabbage, 1883-1895   Image: Thomas Hart Benton, Island Hay, 1945   Image: Edgar Degas, Woman Ironing, begun c. 1876, completed c. 1887   Image: Auguste Renoir, Picking Flowers, 1875   Image: Jacopo Bassano, The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, 1545, Patrons' Permanent Fund, 1997.21.1   Image: Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Work, c. 1863, Widener Collection, 1942.9.55

The National Gallery of Art is a federal government institution and is required to conform to federal civil service regulations and procedures in filling its job vacancies. Most Gallery positions are federally funded; however, there are privately funded positions as well. United States citizenship is required for all federal jobs and for permanent privately funded positions.

There are approximately 1,000 employees working at the National Gallery. While many positions require a background in art history or design, there are numerous other positions for employees involved with aspects of the museum's daily operations. Salespeople, security guards, and visitor services aides assist the millions of people visiting the Gallery each year. The Gallery also offers employment opportunities in accounting, administration, facilities management, fundraising, information systems, library science, and other technical areas.

All federal positions and many privately funded positions are advertised using the government-wide USAJOBS Web site, sponsored and maintained by the Office of Personnel Management.  Some jobs of a temporary or term nature, supported by grants or other private funds, are announced only on the Gallery's Web site—  The application procedures for these two sites vary, as described below.

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The vast majority of jobs for which we are currently recruiting may be found on the USAJOBS Web site maintained by the Office of Personnel Management. When applying for National Gallery jobs listed on USAJOBS, applicants must follow the "How to Apply" section and submit all of the supporting documents through the on-line application process as described in the job opportunity announcement. The official federal government Web site for employment vacancies is

For questions about a specific job listed on USAJOBS, please contact:

Staffing Unit
Personnel Office
Phone: (202) 842-6282

The Gallery's Personnel Office is open to the general public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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As noted above, some jobs of a temporary or term nature, supported by grants or other private funds, are announced only on the Gallery's Web site. They are not announced on Application instructions vary for each job and are included in the job listings.

The Gallery usually issues job opportunity announcements on Fridays, so please check back regularly for new opportunities.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the National Gallery of Art.

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