Event Support & Environmental Services - On-Call

Seattle, WA
Full Time
Environmental Services
Entry Level

Event Support & Environmental Services – ON-CALL

OVERVIEW: Join the Vibrant World of Art! Calling all Environmental Services & Event Support

Are you ready to embark on an artistic adventure that goes beyond the ordinary? Look no further! The Seattle Art Museum is seeking talented and enthusiastic leaders to join our passionate team of Environmental Support Technicians. If you're someone who appreciates the beauty of masterpieces and takes pride in maintaining a clean and captivating environment, then this is your chance to shine!

ABOUT US: Nestled in the heart of Seattle's cultural scene, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is a sanctuary of creativity, a haven for imagination, and a hub of artistic expression. With our impressive collection of contemporary and classical art, captivating exhibitions, and engaging educational programs, we strive to inspire and connect people from all walks of life through the power of art.

As a On-Call Event Support & Environmental Services Technician at SAM, you'll be the guardian of our museum's pristine appearances! Your meticulous eye for detail, combined with your can-do attitude, will make you an invaluable asset to our team. You'll have the opportunity to showcase your cleaning prowess and contribute to the magical ambiance that allows art to truly shine. This includes all areas of the museum, including galleries, hallways, inside/outside public spaces, meeting rooms, offices, and storage areas (as assigned) while maintaining the museum in a safe, clean, and attractive condition.

Work is performed both independently and in teams in accordance with facility standards and procedures. Event Support staff assist with the smooth and safe running of events at the Seattle Art Museum. They may perform roles such as event furniture setup and teardown, restroom and floor care maintenance before, during, and after the event, portering, manual work, and other general duties as required.

SAM is dedicated to racial equity and strives for employees, volunteers, and interns who are passionate, qualified, and offer diverse perspectives. SAM prioritizes racial equity in the workplace because we know that people of color are the most impacted when it comes to inequities. We are particularly interested in engaging with historically under-represented groups in the museum field as we strive to be inclusive and equitable. SAM is responsive to cultural communities and experiences, and our strategic plan goals address the role art plays in empowering social justice and structural change to promote equity in our society.

FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt                        

REPORTS TO: Facilities & Environmental Services Manager

COMPENSATION: $20.44 hourly

BENEFITS:       Temporary and on-call employees are able to enroll in our company’s 403b plan. Employees will also accrue sick leave at a rate of .0385 per hour worked. Additional benefits include access to fitness facility, and museum membership.   


  1. This position is responsible for continuously demonstrating proficiency in basic cleaning skills and stocking that would be used in galleries, hallways, inside/outside public spaces, meeting rooms, offices, and storage areas. Interaction/contact with patrons or staff can vary from limited to high.
  2. Perform room conversions according to written floor plan and/or direction from the ES Lead, Supervisor, Manager or event coordinator, paying special attention to the symmetry and cleanliness of the furniture and equipment used.  Room conversions may include (but not limited to) setting or removing tables and chairs in accordance with event needs and provided checklists and floorplans.
  3. Be a customer service model for other staff, volunteers, and visitors. Environmental Services delivers customer service by providing emergency spill response, environmental remediation, hazardous waste disposal, and industrial cleaning.
  4. Perform daily janitorial duties associated with shift assignments which include the general cleaning of the Museum facility in assigned areas including (but not limited to): cleaning,  dusting, and polishing of bathroom fixtures, counters, doors, furniture, high and low surfaces, partitions,  sinks, showers, stainless steel, tables, walls, and woodwork;  washing of mirrors, relight glass, and  windows.
  5. Pick up, transport and, removal of compost, recycling, and waste.
  6. Hard surface floor care including dust mopping, sweeping, and wet mopping; carpet and upholstery care including spot cleaning and vacuuming.
  7. May be expected to perform work operating cleaning equipment such as battery-powered electric and manual equipment, gas and electric blowers, mechanical floor polishers and scrubbers, brooms, dusters, vacuums and wet mops. 
  8. Cleans and maintains carts, equipment, and storage areas associated with position,
  9. Consistently and routinely demonstrate both knowledge and skill in the safe use and operation of chemicals, equipment, and cleaning techniques necessary to maintain the departments established safety and quality standards.
  10. Inspect the assigned work areas and reports any burnt out lights, non-working fixtures, graffiti, or minor damage such as scratches, gouges, and marks per departmental procedures.
  11. Work with the Security Division in the protection of the building and its contents by immediately reporting anything out of the ordinary regarding the condition of the art, the integrity of locked or alarmed spaces and provide support during periods of severe weather, building or emergencies, and evacuations if necessary.
  12. Assisting as necessary with the movement of equipment or materials during set up and break down of events, ensuring that events are setup in a timely manner and to the expectations of customer.
  13. Assisting with the cleaning of an event site prior to and after close of the event, e.g. litter picking, cleaning and tidying.  Restroom cleaning and porter service.
  14. Perform various semi-skilled manual tasks such as operating; automatic floor scrubber, John Deere Gator vehicle.
  15. Help to maintain event inventory.


  1. High school graduate or equivalent.
  2. Minimum of (1) year experience preferred in janitorial/environmental services in a commercial, institutional, or healthcare setting. Vocational training and certification will also be considered.
  3. Excellent housekeeping skills with a sharp eye for detail.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of basic cleaning techniques, proper storage methods, inventory control, and ordering procedures.
  5. Ability to gain knowledge of Museum policies and procedures as applicable to Environmental Services duties and knowledge of the protection and preservation of works of art.
  6. Highly motivated and able to work independently or as part of a team.
  7. Ability to interact with the public and with co-workers professionally and tactfully.
  8. Adhere to Museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
  9. Knowledge of Museum policies and procedures as applicable to custodial duties and preservation of works of art. 


Exposure: Work areas are primarily inside, in a climate-controlled environment with light background noise. Work is occasionally performed at other indoor and outdoor sites.  Position involves working with hazardous chemicals and cleaning agents. 


Stationary Work:  Approximately 95% of time is spent standing or moving around the work area. Balance of time (approximately 5%) is spent seated while working at a desk. Occasional extended periods of standing may be required when assisting at Museum events.

Communication:  Clear and effective communication with volunteers, donors, members, the public, and co-workers is necessary.

Moving:  The ability to move up to thirty pounds on occasion is necessary for moving files, equipment, and supplies. Must be able to regularly position self to access files.

Office Work:  Ability to effectively and regularly operate a computer, keyboard, and other office productivity machinery, such as copy machines and printers, and ability to inspect, prepare and use paperwork, files, equipment, and supplies is necessary.

If you're ready to unleash your ES technician superpowers and be part of a team that brings art to life, then it's time to make your mark at the Seattle Art Museum. Join us on this extraordinary journey where passion and inspiration are the paints we use to create a masterpiece. Apply today and let your artistic spirit soar!

Don’t check off every box listed above? Please apply anyway! Studies have shown that marginalized communities - such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color - are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. SAM is dedicated to building an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace that fosters a sense of belonging – so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to still consider submitting an application. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings!

Centering equity, diversity, and inclusion as an organization, and as individuals, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. SAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or any other protected class.

Please contact the Human Resources Department at (206) 654-3188 or [email protected] for additional information or to request reasonable accommodations for the application or interview process.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.


TO APPLY: Please visit https://seattleartmuseum.applytojob.com/apply to submit SAM employment application, cover letter and resume.

Deadline: Until Filled


Apply for this position

We've received your resume. Click here to update it.
Attach resume as .pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, or .rtf (limit 5MB) or Paste resume

Paste your resume here or Attach resume file

To comply with government Equal Employment Opportunity and/or Affirmative Action reporting regulations, we are requesting (but NOT requiring) that you enter this personal data. This information will not be used in connection with any employment decisions, and will be used solely as permitted by state and federal law. Your voluntary cooperation would be appreciated. Learn more.

Invitation for Job Applicants to Self-Identify as a U.S. Veteran
  • A “disabled veteran” is one of the following:
    • a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or
    • a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
  • A “recently separated veteran” means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.
  • An “active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran” means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.
  • An “Armed forces service medal veteran” means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.
Veteran status

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form CC-305
OMB Control Number 1250-0005
Expires 04/30/2026
Why are you being asked to complete this form?

We are a federal contractor or subcontractor. The law requires us to provide equal employment opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. We have a goal of having at least 7% of our workers as people with disabilities. The law says we must measure our progress towards this goal. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had one. People can become disabled, so we need to ask this question at least every five years.

Completing this form is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer is confidential. No one who makes hiring decisions will see it. Your decision to complete the form and your answer will not harm you in any way. If you want to learn more about the law or this form, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp.

How do you know if you have a disability?

A disability is a condition that substantially limits one or more of your “major life activities.” If you have or have ever had such a condition, you are a person with a disability. Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol or other substance use disorder (not currently using drugs illegally)
  • Autoimmune disorder, for example, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS
  • Blind or low vision
  • Cancer (past or present)
  • Cardiovascular or heart disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf or serious difficulty hearing
  • Diabetes
  • Disfigurement, for example, disfigurement caused by burns, wounds, accidents, or congenital disorders
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, for example, Crohn's Disease, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intellectual or developmental disability
  • Mental health conditions, for example, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Mobility impairment, benefiting from the use of a wheelchair, scooter, walker, leg brace(s) and/or other supports
  • Nervous system condition, for example, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Neurodivergence, for example, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, other learning disabilities
  • Partial or complete paralysis (any cause)
  • Pulmonary or respiratory conditions, for example, tuberculosis, asthma, emphysema
  • Short stature (dwarfism)
  • Traumatic brain injury
Please check one of the boxes below:

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.

You must enter your name and date
Human Check*