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Fowler Staff Positions

Museum Visitor Services & Security Supervisor

Responsible for interacting with visitors to the Museum and safeguarding the Museum’s collections, temporary exhibitions, property, employees, and visitors through highly proactive, appropriately preemptive, and immediately responsive action. Ensure visitors feel welcome at the museum and provide guidance to Museum Attendants on providing exceptional customer service to museum visitors. Inspects and patrols all museum spaces on foot: including onsite and office program spaces: monitors and operates computerized alarm, access, and closed circuit television systems; watched for, reports, and addresses potential security and safety hazards and problems; checks entrances and exits; and performs dispatch duties. Maintains and files security logs and reports, and performs other security duties as assigned by Supervisor and Management. In addition, the incumbent helps to coordinate events and may set up tables and audiovisual equipment for public and private events. The incumbent is also responsible for serving as back up supervisor for up to 20-part time student Museum Attendants.

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Volunteering at the Fowler

The Fowler often has volunteer opportunities for people ages 18 and older who seek greater involvement at the Museum. From assisting with research and conservation to staffing membership tables at events, volunteers play an important role in maintaining the Museum’s tradition of excellence.

If you would like to volunteer, please complete the Volunteering Request Form.

Opportunities for Students

Fowler Museum Gallery Attendant
Part-time position, Work-Study preferred, but not required
Compensation: $16.25/hr

Under the supervision of the Museum security supervisors, perform the duties of gallery attendant by ensuring the safety of all artworks while on display in the Museum’s galleries. Ensure that Museum and its occupants are adequately protected against harm or loss while on duty. Conduct a thorough visual check of each artwork to check for any discrepancies and/or damage. Report all unusual findings immediately. Maintain a running count of daily gallery visitors and current gallery occupation. Assist with various museum events (receptions, parties, lectures, performances, etc.) including set-up and strike. Escort museum guests in secured locations. Comply with and enforce all Museum policies and procedures as instructed. Other related tasks as assigned.

How to apply: Email resume and a brief cover letter to Manuel Baltodano, Head of Security, at

Those with Federal Work Study, please apply through MyUCLA, linked in the Work Study section below.




The Fowler offers paid work-study positions for UCLA students.

Current openings: Gallery Attendant

To review open work-study positions:

  • Logon to MyUCLA
  • Select Finances and Jobs
  • Select Work-Study Job Search

Scholarships and Awards

Administered under the direction of the Fowler Museum Director and in consultation with an interdisciplinary review committee she appoints, the following research and travel fellowships are offered for 2023:


Established in 2017 to honor the legacy of Dr. Charles E. Rozaire, the Rozaire Research Award focuses on his life’s work conducting archaeological fieldwork and researching museum collections across California, the US Southwest, and Mexico. The award supports costs associated with student research analyzing existing material cultural collections and/or archives with priority given to students using Fowler Museum collections and following indigenous research protocols. See Section 3 of for an example of the latter. Undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students may apply.



The Ralph C. Altman Memorial Fund was established in 1967 by friends, students, and colleagues of the late Ralph C. Altman, founder and first director of what is now the Fowler Museum at UCLA. In his four years as director, Mr. Altman helped build the museum’s holdings of non-western art into one of the most distinguished collections in the world. The perpetuation of interest and scholarship in the field of non-western arts through the training of graduate students was Mr. Altman’s foremost goal. Graduate and PhD students from all fields and disciplines addressing non-western arts may apply.

Established in 1988 and named in honor of the late Dr. Arnold Rubin, professor of Art History at UCLA from 1967 to 1988, the Rubin Award is given annually to a graduate student working in Dr. Rubin’s areas of interest. These include African, Pacific, and Native American arts and material culture, and popular phenomena emphasizing the unconventional arts of living people, regardless of geographic area. Graduate and PhD students studying the arts of the regions described here may apply.

The award was established in 2007 by family, friends and colleagues in memory of Sarah Gilfillan. She was associate director of development for the Fowler Museum and did curatorial work on several important Latin American projects. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Ms. Gilfillan had extensive experience researching and working in art museums and galleries in Brazil, Mexico, and Spain. Her goal had been to enter a PhD program in Latin American art history. This award provides a travel stipend to assist with field research or study abroad. Only PhD students in the field of Latin American arts may apply.


Award funding may be used for expenses directly related to the applicant’s research project. These include travel and field location costs (flights/visas/ground transportation/local lodging/meals), and other research expenses (e.g. Internet/mobile phone, research materials, and local fees, etc.). These awards do not cover the purchase of equipment.

Students from a wide range of departments are encouraged to apply. Please indicate on the application form the award(s) for which you are eligible. Selection is based on the merits of the applicant. Any graduate or PhD student registered at UCLA or receiving a degree from UCLA, and planning a career in a field related to the goals of these awards is eligible, with the exception of the Gilfillan Award for which only UCLA PhD candidates may apply. In all cases, preference will be given to PhD candidates whose proposed project is directly related to their dissertation and who do not have other major sources of support.

Application form available here (same form for all awards). You may also request an application by emailing Alexis Edge at Completed applications must be received by Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 6 pm PST .

Recipients are expected to present their findings at a roundtable session with the staff of the Fowler Museum and to credit the awards in any resultant publication, a copy of which should be provided to the museum.

Application Submission Deadline: Wednesday March 29, 2023, 6 pm PST
Award Announcement: Monday, May 15, 2023 


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