Protection Services Officer II (Security)

Portland Art Museum | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 2/16/2023

The PSO II is a member of the Protection Services team, which performs a critical role by protecting the safety of visitors, staff and Museum property. PSO II’s work in various locations throughout the Museum including the lobby, control room, Mark building, and patrolling the campus.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Acts as the first responder to disruptive persons entering the lobbies and adjacent areas
  • Interacts with visitors in a welcoming manner by assisting with wayfinding and providing information related to the Museum collection, public programs, and events
  • Communicate museum policies in a respectful manner
  • Resolve conflict using de-escalation techniques Safeguard Museum assets, property, equipment, and facilitates against illegal and destructive acts
  • Respond to medical related situations and incidents, will administer first aid, CPR, and NARCAN when appropriate (within certification and training limits)
  • Operate and monitor the Museum’s security, fire alarm, and closed circuit TV systems when assigned
  • Respond and remove visitors who are trespassing or exhibit harassment, discrimination, threatening, disrespectful or hostile behaviors
  • Communicating with law enforcement, fire departments and emergency medical personnel
  • Initiating building evacuations
  • Dispatches PSOs to perform routine tasks and respond to requests for assistance when appropriate
  • Initiate important notification functions via phone, email, radio or Alert Media
  • Report and document incidents and hazardous conditions
  • Opening and closing the Museum
  • Secures premises and personnel by patrolling internal and external property and access points
  • Offsite patrols at locations such as RSG, PAM CUT, storage facilities, etc.
  • Responds and investigates security breaches, incidents, and other alarming behaviors
  • Provide backup support to lobby PSO

Secondary or Additional Responsibilities

  • Utilize radio for department communications and other technology such as computers, i-Pad, etc
  • Attend ongoing training and learning opportunities
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding the Museum’s proprietary information and operations
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None

Required Knowledge & Skills

  • Approachable demeanor
  • Basic knowledge of security principles
  • Work collaboratively with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Comfortable dealing with conflict, de-escalation, and confrontation
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Basic operational knowledge of computers including word processing and email
  • Prior security or similar experience in environments that include interactions with people suffering from mental illness and or under the influence of drugs/alcohol
  • Effective problem solving skills

Education, Formal & Informal Experience, Training Required, Certification, Etc.

  • Minimum 4 years of experience in security operations, law enforcement, military environment or a related field
  • Offsite training for PSO II role must be successfully completed within 90 days
  • Current Oregon Department of Public Standards Safety Training (DPSST) Armed certification highly preferred or must be obtained within 90 days
  • CPR & AED training certification or must be obtained within 90 days
  • Experience with use of force continuum
  • Experience with access control, CCTV, and fire systems
  • Less than lethal or defensive tactics training preferred (i.e. reflex protect spray)
  • Experience with de-escalation of hostile and potentially violent individuals
  • Must possess and maintain current driver’s license and pass MVR to conduct offsite patrols

In order to successfully complete the first 90 day of employment, possession of all the following are required: DPSST, driver’s license, NARCAN training, and CPR & AED certification

Job Conditions

  • Non-Exempt/Full-Time Status
  • Schedule/Hours: 40 hours per week and scheduled days are currently flexible
    • Day Shift: 8:00AM - 4:30PM (The day shift start time can vary depending on the needs)
    • Swing Shift: 1:30PM - 10:00PM
  • Onsite/Not Remote
  • Evening hours and must be available to work weekends, holidays, and special events as necessary. This is a 24/7/365 day work environment
  • Overtime and on-call required
  • Mandatory Security dress code
  • Works with emergency equipment including first-aid kits, fire extinguishers, and AED devices
  • Occasionally work outdoors to secure the premises

Physical Activities

  • Occasionally lift/push/pull up to 50lbs in emergencies
  • Frequently ascends and descends stairs
  • Occasionally remains stationary for prolonged periods of time but in an emergency will require rapid movement through the Museum campus
  • Occasionally grasping and handling of objects such as pens, computer mouse, and radio
  • Frequently talking with colleagues and visitors
  • Occasionally operates a computer and other office equipment, such as a phone, i-Pad, and printer
  • Frequently listening and communicating to callers on the radio
  • Occasionally exposed to inclement weather
  • This is not a complete representation of all physical requirements


  • This role is non-exempt/hourly, and full-time
  • Budgeted compensation is within pay grade F ($20.74 min - $23.85 mid - $26.97 max), depending on experience. Fully qualified typically begin at midpoint.
  • Shift differentials, for hourly/non-exempt staff, for hours worked onsite within:
    • Evening hours (6:00pm-12:00am) will be paid an additional $1.00 per hour.
    • Night hours (12:01am-6:00am) will be paid an additional $2.00 per hour.
  • Healthcare package: medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, 401K match, and flexible spending accounts
  • Paid time off: 6 paid holidays, 2 floating holidays, vacation, sick, and bereavement leave.
  • Transportation benefits: TriMet / C-Tran / parking pass discount or bike to work enrollment
  • Museum admission & lectures, programs, and gift shop discounts
  • R.E.A.P (Reciprocal Employee Attraction Pass), providing free general admission to local destinations

Application Process for Protection Services Officer II

In order to be considered eligible, submissions require a resume, four references, and all application questions answered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Closing date: Open Until Filled

Company Description


The Museum has adopted a policy where all employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, except employees who work exclusively from home or outdoors. Employees may request an exception from vaccination because of a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs. For new employees, requests for exemption must occur before beginning employment to New employees must submit proof of vaccination or a valid exception request to the HR department before their first day of work.

Equal Opportunity & Accessibility

The Museum is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our hiring practices and in our Museum employee experiences. We strive to foster a mindful and respectful environment in which everyone can be their authentic selves at work and experience a culture free of harassment, racism, and discrimination.

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political belief, disability or any other legally protected status. We are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. This commitment ensures that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the application, interview, and hiring process. Alternative formats of this application are available upon request. If reasonable accommodation or an alternative form of this application is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and/or receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at or 503.276.4358.

About the Portland Art Museum and PAM CUT // Center for an Untold Tomorrow

The seventh oldest museum in the United States, the Portland Art Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the world’s finest public and private collections. The Museum’s collection of more than 50,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of arts of the native peoples of North America, English silver, and the graphic arts. An active collecting institution dedicated to preserving great art for the enrichment of future generations, the Museum devotes 90 percent of its galleries to its permanent collection.

The Museum’s campus of landmark buildings, a cornerstone of Portland’s cultural district, includes the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, the Schnitzer Center for Northwest Art, PAM CUT, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Center for Native American Art. With a membership of more than 22,000 households and serving more than 350,000 visitors annually, the Museum is a premier venue for education in the visual arts. For information on exhibitions and programs, call 503-226-2811 or visit

PAM CUT // Center for an Untold Tomorrow was established in 1971 as the Northwest Film Center. It is an extension of the Museum and a year-round organization where artists and audiences explore our region and the world through cinematic storytelling in all its forms—including film, television, new media, audio storytelling, gaming, and immersive arts. PAM CUT’s mission is to change for whom, by whom, and how cinematic stories are told. Through our “cinema unbound” approach to exhibition, education, artist services, and special programs, we embrace audiences and artists working at the intersection of art and cinema who are not content to be contained.

Shared knowledge around art and film enriches our communities and helps all thrive and engage in a global society. Equity, diversity, and access to art, film, and education are critical to the ongoing work of the Portland Art Museum and PAM CUT. Learn more about the Museum’s commitment to equity at

The Portland Art Museum and PAM CUT welcome all visitors and affirm their commitment to making their programs and collections accessible to everyone. The Museum and PAM CUT offer a variety of programs and services to ensure a quality experience and a safe, inclusive environment for every member of our diverse community. Learn more at

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Full Time
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$20.74 - $26.97

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