Statues by Tom Otterness are located throughout the Gelvin Gardens. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly, 2015.
Statues by Tom Otterness are located throughout the Gelvin Gardens. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly, 2015.

This page lists part-time and full-time openings on the Krannert Art Museum staff. 

In addition to these job postings, Krannert Art Museum regularly lists full-time academic positions on the campus academic job board  and clerical and security staff openings through the Staff Human Resources civil service information and testing page.

Part-time jobs and Academic Hourly positions are posted on the Handshake job board

Student Gallery Attendants | Part-Time

Krannert Art Museum seeks student gallery attendants to monitor the galleries, welcome visitors, and uphold standards for safety and security of visitors and the collection.  Attendants are responsible for communicating and maintaining museum guidelines, including those regarding touching objects, photography, and preventing food from entering the museum galleries.  Student attendants are also responsible for helping guide visitors and staff to safety in the event of an emergency. Strong customer service, a willingness to communicate with visitors, an awareness of museum way-finding, campus amenities, and basic museum information are important aspects of this position.


Punctual and reliable attendance is required.

Ability to actively monitor galleries for up to 3 hours at a time (standing, walking, etc.).

Professional appearance and attentiveness.

Willingness to communicate and offer a pleasant visitor experience.

Ability to enforce museum guidelines (https://kam.illinois.edu/visit/gallery-guidelines).


Museum hours: 10am-4pm Tuesday – Saturday, Thursday evening until 8pm during the semester

Shifts needed for 2022-2023 Academic Year

Tuesday-Friday: 9:45am-12pm, 11:45am-2pm, 1:45-4pm Tue-Fri

Thursday: 1:45-5pm, 4:45-8pm

Saturday: 9:45am-1pm, 12:45-4pm



Apply Online

Be prepared to provide employment history and two forms of ID documentation if not previously employed at the U of I.

More information available on the Virtual Job Board.

Full-time Security Guard

We are currently looking for responsible individuals to join our team as a member of the Krannert Art Museum security department. Security guards are integral to museum operations and are responsible for the safety of Krannert Art Museum’s visitors, programs, facility, personnel, and collection.

If this opportunity is of interest to you please review the position information found at: Civil Service Vacancy–Security Guard

Job Details

Security Guard - Krannert Art Museum

Job Summary
Under direct supervision from the Security Supervisor, this position is responsible for the safety of Krannert Art Museum's collection, ongoing programs, facility, personnel, and its visitors. As the frontline to our customer-base (both internal and external) the security guard is responsible for exemplifying the professional and high-standards of the Museum. Customer care and safety is critical to this position and should be personified at all times, as is commitment to the institution's diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility goals.


Duties & Responsibilities

While staying alert and being courteous to visitors, patrol the entire area of the assigned post. This may entail:

· Walking throughout the galleries actively monitoring activities.
· Remaining stationary for extended periods of time monitoring gallery activities.
· Observing artwork for discrepancies, reporting issues to appropriate staff member.
· Monitoring entrances, exits, stairwells, ensuring security and safety of operations.
· Escorting guests through the museum.

In the absence of or at the direction of the Security Supervisor, this position may be upgraded to Lead Guard; duties of which may include (but are not limited to) the following:

· Ensure gallery assignments are being upheld by staff and student guards.
· Ensure break and lunch times are adhered to.
· Ensure museum is appropriately staffed and works with Security Supervisor to address operational needs.
· Ensure replacement staff is contacted for guard staff shortages and assists in coordinating call-in procedures.

Additional responsibilities

· Perform internal and external building checks for vandalism, damage, suspicious activity, and potentially hazardous conditions or materials. Following the appropriate reporting procedures in any such instances.
· Report in detail damaged or missing objects, mechanical or facility issues, burned out lights, leaks or other problems to the Security Supervisor as soon as they are detected.
· Monitor and record temperature & humidity readings in museum spaces to ensure readings are within the museum standard range.
· Enforce gallery rules as outlined in the guard manual.
· Guard property against fire, theft, vandalism, and illegal entry.
· Adhere to and respectfully enforce preservation standards for displays by protecting artwork. Prevent artwork from being photographed where required. Direct visitors to coat and locker rooms to store materials that do not fit within the museum “allowable items” category (see guard manual).
· Check credentials and have all F&S, maintenance, and contracted workers sign in at the information desk. Assigns visitor badges before work commences and escorts workers to
appropriate areas.
· Act as a liaison for the museum staff by directing/escorting visitors to applicable areas for appointments.
· Maintain a familiarity with the building and its resources, know the building emergency action plan (BEAP) and guide/direct staff and visitors in case of emergencies.
· Remind visitors of University and museum regulations when appropriate.
· Maintain a working knowledge of current applicable departmental and University policies, procedures, and requirements i.e.: Guard Manual, Civil Service Policy & Rules, Smoke Free Campus, and Conceal Carry.
· Prepare all applicable forms, documentation and reports as required.
· When necessary, stanchion assembly is required. Stanchion racks may be in excess of 25 lbs.
· Act as a mentor to student guards by providing appropriate guidance, direction, and feedback, reporting performance issues to lead or supervisor.

Physical Demands

  • Standing : Frequently
  • Walking : Frequently
  • Stairs : Occasionally
  • Sitting : Occasionally
  • Lifting/Carrying : Occasionally
  • Balancing : Occasionally
  • Repetitive Motions : Occasionally
  • Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination : Occasionally
  • Visual Acuity : Occasionally
  • Running/Jumping : Occasionally


  • Additional Physical Demands
    1. Physical Demands: Position includes extensive walking/standing; remaining in a stationary position for long periods; stooping; reaching; bending; unlocking doors with locks that are either up to 5’8” feet from the floor or as low as floor level; and opening/closing doors weighing up to 25 lbs.

    2. Working Environment/Conditions:The security staff is asked to maintain a high level of professionalism, maturity, and discretion in addition to maintaining the safety of our operation. There may be periods of either high or low traffic and the candidate must be able to weather the fluctuation. Security staff are expected to remain vigilant and respond quickly to potentially stressful or life-threatening situations.

    3. Personal Relationships: Direct contact with with Krannert Museum staff as well as other university departments, external vendors, and the public.

Working Conditions

  • Extreme cold : Rarely
  • Extreme heat : Rarely
  • Noise : Rarely
  • Temperature Changes : Rarely
  • Inclement Weather : Rarely
  • Work Outdoors : Rarely

Minimum Qualifications
1. High school diploma or equivalent.
2. Valid/current Illinois Drivers license.
3. No record of conviction of a felony, or of a crime involving moral turpitude.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to carry out written and oral instructions; Ability to read basic operational procedures and prepare reports; Use sound judgment when addressing the needs of the customer and maintains a courteous and safe environment; Reliable, predictable attendance is essential to the position.

Appointment Information
This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 4210 - Security Guard position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the close date. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information
Applications must be received by 6:00 PM (CST) on September 30, 2022. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through https://jobs.illinois.edu will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Dave Holzner via email. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.


The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.

Requisition ID: 1012106
Job Category: Service Operations
Apply at: https://jobs.illinois.edu

If you have any questions, please email Stephanie Swearingen or call her at 217 333 2137.