Jobs + Internships

The Honolulu Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse, qualified workforce. The Museum strives to maintain a staff that works together to maintain its mission:

The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and teaching of the visual arts, and the presentation of exhibitions, films and videos, performing arts, and public programs specifically relevant to Hawai'i's ethnically diverse community.

Museum career opportunities include positions in administration, curatorial, development, education, finance, museum services, operations, security, and other professional areas. Available positions may require a variety of levels of training, education, and experience.

The Honolulu Museum of Art only considers applications for positions that are currently available. Résumés received that do not specify an open position will not be considered, and unsolicited materials will be discarded. All materials submitted become the property of the Museum and will not be returned.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Honolulu Museum of Art.

To apply to listings below, please submit cover letter, resumé, and salary requirements to:


Maintenance and Facilities Manager

Job Summary:

The experienced, hands-on Maintenance and Facilities Manager develops and maintains a team oriented and innovative working atmosphere to support Honolulu Museum of Art in fulfilling its mission while improving efficiencies, reducing costs, and delivering quality facility services.   The Manager is responsible for actively managing the Operations Department to include planning, management, design, cost analysis, feasibility studies, safety and security of collections, and administration for all new construction, renovation or modification of existing infrastructure for all Honolulu Museum of Art’s locations.  The Manager is an integral participant in the development and implementation of the Museums long-range strategic facility planning consistent with our goals.

Minimum Qualifications: 

A Bachelor’s Degree in Facility/Operations Management or related field and at least five years of comprehensive related experience, and skills in building repair, carpentry, preventive maintenance, HVAC, equipment maintenance, renovation/remodeling of buildings; repairs plaster and drywall; paints building structures, etc.  Additional related experience includes design and management of projects; budget development, financial management and control; and personnel management (supervision, performance management and coaching) of subordinate personnel. Must demonstrate broad knowledge of facilities planning and all phases of facility maintenance (e.g. custodial, mechanical, grounds keeping and waste water management), as well as knowledge of all aspects of building design and construction to include: architectural and/or engineering principles, regulatory and policy compliance, construction codes, and bidding and managing construction and maintenance projects.  Must have the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population of service users with demonstrated success in leading a team in a distributed location environment.

Desired Qualifications:

• Certification by a professional facilities management association or related
• Experience in museum environment or similar organization, with multiple sites, and varying degrees of maintenance.
• Working knowledge of current federal, state, local laws and rules regarding, land use planning, building codes, hazardous chemicals, OSHA, HIOSH.

Essential Duties:

• Responsible for providing leadership to custodial, maintenance, grounds, plant and facilities staff.  Supervises and evaluates the work of related functions within Operations Management and provides hands on training, coaching and assistance as needed.
• Plans and makes staffing recommendations.
• Establishes standards for work performance and monitors compliance
• Evaluates available resources and recommends allocations to best serve the needs of the Museum.
• Develops, plans, implements, and administers departments goals and budgets
• Inspects operating functions to evaluate efficiency; analyzes and resolves operational issues and complaints.
• Monitors and ensures the proper operation of all operations mechanical and electrical systems including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, humidity and temperature control; power and light, refrigeration, steam, sanitation, as well as all utilities.
• Inspects the buildings and grounds, building systems, and equipment to determine the need for maintenance and/or preventive maintenance; assigns work to employees or contracted maintenance providers and inspects completed projects; reviews progress of ongoing projects; and prepares reports as necessary and/or required.
• Compiles and maintains service logs.  Analyzes operational and maintenance costs and prepares detailed reports as needed.
• Develops, implements, and enforces operational procedures; implements and ensures compliance with safety regulations for the facility to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Museum are met.
• Authorizes the requisition of equipment and supplies within budget guidelines; recommends capital improvement projects for long-range repairs and improvements to the facility.
• Oversees contract and in-house work in progress and monitors and inspects work to ensure compliance with plans and specifications.
• Oversees utility bills, monitors utility usage, and makes recommendations for more cost-effective methods of obtaining and/or utilizing energy.
• Oversees service contracts for fire alarm systems, exterminations, facility maintenance and repair, and other systems as necessary.  Works closely with the security department on systems.
• Prepares and maintains a variety of records and reports, in both written and electronic formats.
• Oversees work hours and reports hours and pay for payroll purposes.
• Manages staffing of Operations Department, including hiring, terminations, corrective action, performance reviews, compensation, and leaves.
• Communicates effectively and regularly with all Operations staff; attends regular department staff meetings with the heads of each Operation sub-department.
• Other duties as required or necessary.

Other Qualifications:

Core Competencies:
• Business Acumen
• Change Management
• Effective Communicator
• Cost Consciousness
• Effective Delegation
• Initiative and Judgment
• Planning and Organizing
• Professionalism
• Problem Solver
• Technology savvy

Working Conditions and Atmosphere:

The Maintenance and Facilities Manager works with minimum supervision. Work will often be performed with short deadlines and situations sensitive to the Museum. Regular office hours are required. Due to the nature of the responsibilities, evening and weekend work is sometimes required, and at times may be on an emergency basis.

Work Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm. Some evenings and weekends.

FLAS Status: Exempt
Supervisor: Deputy Director

Maintenance Assistant - Art School, Full-time

Job Summary:
Under general supervision, maintains galleries, offices, classrooms, art studios, hallways, lobbies and public areas of the Art School. Includes some light grounds work.

Minimum Qualifications:
• High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one year of responsible experience in building, maintenance and repair.
• Good skill in the use of hand and power tools.
• Ability to be flexible in accommodating requests by Operations.
• Willingness and ability to do a variety of maintenance and custodial tasks.
• Ability to move and arrange furniture, easels, benches, looms, tables, etc.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse group of people including children.
• Maintain cooperative working relationship with staff, Art School instructors and students.

Desired Qualifications:
Excellent customer service attitude and ability to assist and communicate will to a diverse group of people; an interest in the Honolulu Museum of Art and a willingness to assist visitors of the museum.

Essential Duties:
• Cleans facilities before museum opens. Vacuums, sweeps and/or washes floors, and cleans inside windows as needed. Removes trash, replaces plastic liners each day. Does not move or remove any items or papers on desks or office equipment. Respects the privacy of each office and workspace.
• Performs general housekeeping: walls, ledges, blinds.
• Cleans restrooms thoroughly each morning, including sink, toilet, counters and floor.
• Responsible for setting up and breaking down classroom set-up on a daily basis. Keeps classrooms clean and ready for the next class, including preparing class supplies as needed or requested. Communicates with instrutors to ensure needs are met.
• Assists with the installation of artwork as needed.
• Assists with audio-visual support work.
• Delivers supplies and materials to the office and classrooms.
• Assists with unloading large art supply orders.
• Assists with spackling and painting of walls as needed.
• Assists the Art School Director and maintenance staff with other duties as needed.
• Construction/building of projects needed for Art School programs: repair/maintenance of interior and exterior furniture, lighting and structures.
• Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions and Atmosphere:
The Maintenance Assistant works with minimum supervision. Work will often be performed with short deadlines and situations sensitive to the Museum.

Work Hours:
Fall/Spring schedule: Tues-Sat, with occasional evening hours
Summer schedule: Mon-Fri, with occasional evening hours

FLSA status: Non-exempt
Supervisor: Mainetenance Lead

Shangri La Back-up Driver, On-call

Job Summary:
As a member of the Shangri La Tour Program, the Driver is responsible for the operation and maintenance of a 25 passenger mini-bus that transports passengers safely from the Honolulu Museum of Art to the Shangri La, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. The Driver is expected to uphold the highest level of customer service and to recognize that they represent the museum to the public.

Minimum Qualifications:
CDL C license required; be able to submit a clean Hawaii Driver History Record with application; available to work Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and on Sundays as needed; pass the post-offer drug and physical test; comply with all laws, DOT regulations, company procedures and safety protocols; emonstrate excellent customer service, attendance, attitude; punctuality is mandatory. Must have good reading, oral and written communication skills with the ability to give and receive detailed information/instructions; ability to comprehend written materials; work in a manner that demonstrates safety is a priority.

Desired Qualifications:
Excellent customer service attitude and ability to assist and communicate will to a diverse group of people; an interest in the Honolulu Museum of Art and a willingness to assist visitors of the museum.

Essential Duties:

 • Loads passengers at the Honolulu Museum of Art designated area and transports them safely to the designated unloading area at Shangri La. Waits at Shangri La for the duration of the tour, reloads the passengers and transports them safely back to the Honolulu Museum of Art.
• The Driver will load and unload passengers only at the museum and Shangri La.  No extra pickups or drop-offs are permitted under any circumstance.
• Drivers are responsible for all related tasks, procedures and reports.  Such responsibility includes but is not limited to:
     - Compliance with all laws, regulations, policies and procedures
     - All reports, both written and oral, including all notifications required by law or policy
     - All inspections of the bus, including pre-trip, mid-trip, and post-trip.
     - Condition of the bus, all required equipment and all vehicle documentation.
     - Completes inspections including tire pressure, oil levels, headlights, fuel levels and other basic maintenance daily.
     - Know and comply with all safety check expirations and service expiration dates.
     - Responsible for keeping mini-bus clean and fueled. Ensures that the bus is fully fueled at the end of the work day.
     - Checks the mini-bus after each tour for lost items and turns items over to the Shangri La Tour Manager.
     - Locks and secures bus at the end of the day.
• Complies with all posted speed limits and speed limits established by law.
• Obeys all parking laws. The driver shall not park on private property except as permitted and instructed by the Shangri La Tour Manager.
• Drive other routes as requested by the Shangri La Tour Manager.

Working Conditions and Atmosphere:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly and frequently required to stand, walk, climb stairs, and talk clearly and audibly, and hear questions and comments from individuals in a group of people.  The employee is sometimes required to reach with hands and arms, and move or lift up to 20 pounds.

FLSA status: Non-exempt
Supervisor: Shangri La Tour Manager

Security Officer, Part-time/ Part-time On-call

As a security department team member under the supervision of the Chief of Security, this position will assist in ensuring the safety and security of the museum and visitors. Duties include monitoring the galleries, walkways, buildings, grounds, and entry/exit points. Guards are expected to respond courteously to staff and visitors while remaining alert and vigilant. Performs other duties as assigned by the Chief of Security or supervisors.


  • High School diploma or GED
  • CPR-AED, First Aid, currently certified preferred.
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts including evenings and weekends
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication, customer service, and public relations. Ability to interact with diverse museum staff and visitors in a courteous and helpful manner
  • Able to work as a team member and to understand and follow operational policies and procedures.
  • Able to react calmly and effectively to emergency situations, and to interact well with law enforcement, Fire and EMS personnel.
  • Must be able to stand/walk for extended periods of time.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • The work environment includes both inside air conditioned galleries and out of doors in open courtyards and walkways, uneven surfaces, and stairs. Ability to push, pull, lift and carry up to 50 pounds; bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb, run, turn head and neck. Vision and hearing requirements: able to see up close and at a distance, and to hear full range of normal sounds in person and through a hand-held radio.

If interested, please apply in person at the main entrance of the museum between 10am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday, and ask for the Chief of Security.

Honolulu Museum of Art
900 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI 96814