Special Conservators of the Peace (Classified, Non-exempt)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is seeking a dedicated and civic-minded individual to join our team of sworn Peace Officers.

This salaried, non-exempt position offers Commonwealth of Virginia employee benefits such as 12 paid holidays, health benefits and more. VMFA staff also enjoy agency benefits like free admission to special exhibitions, previews of special exhibitions, employee pricing for select museum programs and classes, and discounts at Amuse Restaurant, Best Café, and VMFA Shop.

Special Conservators of the Peace (SCOP) work night shifts. SCOP work 160 hours within a 28-day cycle.

Special Conservators of the Peace (SCOP) ensure that the museum is a safe environment for a variety of art related events and exhibitions by patrolling the museum property and grounds, enforcing rules and regulations, assisting visitors and employees, reporting potential hazards and suspicious activities and responding to emergency situations. Officers also assist with investigations, secure evidence, and complete logs and other records.

As Special Conservators of the Peace, officers carry weapons and exercise general police powers as appropriate.

A one year sign on bonus of $750 will be offered.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of applicable laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the responsibilities and professional conduct of sworn, armed Special Conservators of the Peace and the methods used in accident and claims investigations.
  • Ability to handle public safety and security issues as they arise in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Ability to provide emergency care and assistance to any individual who is hurt, injured, or becomes ill while at the Museum.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment, prepare complete and effective reports, and communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to stand and patrol the campus for up to twelve (12) hours at a time on foot and on a bike.
  • Ability to work in a diverse workplace.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relations with others.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with basic computer applications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A college degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, private security or equivalent experience, such as military service.

Special Requirements: 

  • Selected candidates must pass a fingerprint criminal history background check.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Special Conservator of the Peace certifications.
  • Effective, September 1st, 2021, the Commonwealth of Virginia requires all Executive Branch employees, including new hires, rehires or transfers to disclose their vaccination status upon hire. Disclosure of vaccination status (and for those fully vaccinated, proof of vaccination) will be required during new employee orientation on your first day of work. If you are not vaccinated for any reason or choose not to disclose your vaccination status, you will be required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis. If you have questions, please contact the Human Resource Services Office.

Special Instructions for Applicants:

This position is open until filled.

Please contact the HR office at (804) 340-1485 if you need assistance. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is an EEO/AA, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer.

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