About MoMA PS1  

PS1 was born out of New York’s alternative space movement in the 1970s, transforming an abandoned nineteenth century schoolhouse in Long Island City, Queens, into a space for artists and their collaborators to generate ideas and present work. 

Located in what was once an industrial enclave, the institution has now become a creative landmark in the fastest growing residential neighborhood in the country. Continuously responsive to the potential for collective impact, in 1976 PS1 was registered as an independent non-profit in a city-owned building. In 1982 it became the first Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) that focused on contemporary art as part of NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Then in 2000, PS1 also established an affiliation with the Museum of Modern Art, and in 2010 it became known as MoMA PS1.

In 2022–23 PS1 has a budget of approximately $11M and is a team of about 50 led by an independent Board of Directors. Embracing that we operate by, for and with artists, we are focusing on collective action to reach our local and global community in our programming. Working with an evolving constellation of practitioners, neighbors and partners, we are committed to the critical work of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. It is through these lenses that we examine and build our programs, relationships and organizational culture.

PS1 champions how art and artists are at the intersection of the social, cultural, and political issues of their time, and we center equity in how we work and what we do.

We recognize that a successful candidate will meet many of the requirements listed on this job description, but may not meet 100% of the qualifications. If much of this job description describes you, we encourage you to apply for this role.



The Maintainers at MoMA PS1 are responsible for all daily custodial duties, heavy cleaning, maintenance and event setup around the museum’s facilities, including all public and non-public areas. Ensure that all interior and exterior areas of the museum are clean, tidy, and safe for the public, staff, and other occupants and users of the building, and work collaboratively with other Maintenance Technicians as needed. This position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement between MoMA PS1 and Local 30, International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO (“Union”).



Maintainers report to the Director of Building Operations.


  • Clean all interior public areas of the museum before, during, and after public hours, including but not limited to restrooms, galleries, hallways, and Visitor Kiosk.  Tasks include but are not limited to cleaning and restocking all restrooms; sweeping, mopping, stripping, buffing, and waxing floors; vacuuming carpets; dusting; emptying garbage receptacles; and handling recycling.

  • Clean all exterior public areas of the museum before, during, and after public hours, including but not limited to the Courtyard and sidewalks surrounding the building.  Tasks include but are not limited to furniture set up and breakdown, raking, weed removal, plant watering, power washing, snow and ice removal, and garbage removal.

  • Proactively monitor and maintain cleanliness of the building throughout work shift , especially in public areas during open  hours, including but not limited to performing all restroom checklist items in a timely manner and according to schedule.

  • Respond to emergency cleaning needs and requests as required, including from floods, leaks, and other causes.

  • Move and assemble furniture, including but not limited to office Furniture, desks, filing cabinets, cushions, outdoor furniture, and event furniture, equipment and supplies.

  • Bring mail and other small packages and deliveries to designated areas.

  • Proactively check for and remove all graffiti, stickers, and other vandalism and debris from the interior  and exterior of the building.

  • Perform routine inspections of walls and floors throughout interior and exterior of building, and perform necessary repairs in a timely manner including but not limited to retouching paint and assisting with drywall repairs.

  • Respond to emergency maintenance needs and requests as required, including from floods, leaks, and other causes.

  • Maintain clean and tidy conditions throughout events, including but not limited to maintaining and restocking restrooms and emptying garbage receptacles. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. This position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement between MoMA PS1 and Local 30, International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO (“Union”). As a condition of working in this position at the Museum, you are subject to the terms of this agreement and required to pay dues to the Union, which will be deducted by MoMA PS1 from your pay.

Minimum of one year of responsible experience in commercial custodial or janitorial positions; or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.

  1. Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to other employees of the organization.

  2. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

  3. Dependable and punctual with ability to maintain cordial working relationships with colleagues across museum departments.

 Compensation and Benefits

This position is permanent and full-time with a salary of $19.50 an hour and the shift is from 3:00pm-11:00pm, Thursday-Monday..  Benefits include 20 days paid vacation leave; 10 days paid sick leave; 11 paid holidays; and 3 paid personal days; participation in a 401(k); life insurance; medical/health (including visual and dental); transit, health, and dependent care FSA; and pension plan.   

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to this link:

Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open positions.  Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at PS1.

PS1 is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

Covid-19 considerations:  Candidates must be vaccinated for Covid-19.



Salary or Hourly Rate

$19.50 per hour