Building Assistant

Posted on 04/06/2022

Building Assistant
Philbrook Museum of Art – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Job Type: Full-time

Nestled in 25 acres of beautiful gardens, Philbrook Museum of Art is a 1920s Italianate Villa featuring a dynamic and ambitious program of rotating exhibitions and galleries with selections from an actively growing collection of approximately 15,000 objects. With artworks from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe dating from 3,000 BCE to today, Philbrook is Oklahoma’s most comprehensive art museum and offers visitors a glimpse into a broad range of cultures, time periods, and perspectives. The diverse collection supports a vision of Philbrook as central to the lives of our community as a place for learning, inspiration, and fun. Through bold action and strategic investment, we create a space for new ideas, diverse perspectives, and social connection.  

A day in the life of a Building Assistant can look like:

  • Creating and maintaining a welcoming, safe, and secure environment for all staff, visitors, and artwork at Philbrook. 
  • Performing routine care and maintenance of building according to an established schedule. 
  • Handling small repairs to drywall, plaster, tile and grout, door, hinges, windows, and more. 
  • Supporting campus-wide accessibility efforts, ensuring appropriate access for all. 
  • Supporting efforts to organize and relocate items in storage.
  • Serving as a key member of the Emergency Response Team. 
  • Handling small construction projects related to minor renovations, exhibition/garden-related projects, accessibility projects, or other key institutional initiatives. 
  • Providing construction oversight. You will oversee, schedule, and assist contractors working on the facilitate or grounds infrastructure when assigned. 
  • As needed, assist with budgeting, big selection, project management, and record-keeping for building related projects. 

In this role, you must be available for On Call for emergencies.


  • Excellent carpentry skills with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Understanding of construction methods, building systems, local building codes, and historic preservation standards and methods.
  • Comfortable reading blueprints, architectural drawings, construction specifications, and using AutoCAD and related software.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft suite programs.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, using judgment and discretion to complete job duties, projects, and assignments.
  • Familiar with OSHA safety standards related to construction is a plus.
  • Skills in masonry, stucco, Dryvit, plumbing, and electrical are a plus. 

Equivalent Education/Experience

  • High School Diploma or equivalent. Associates Degree in Engineering Technology/Architectural Studies or equivalent is preferred. 
  • Must have a minimum of 1-2 years of previous work experience in architecture; engineering; facility, construction, or project management; historic preservation; or a related field.
  • AutoCAD Certificate is a plus.


  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off, Sick Time, Paid Holidays 
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • 403(b) retirement plan and matching


For more information and to submit a cover letter and CV for consideration, visit our website at

Philbrook provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.