Art Handler/ Preparator

University of California, Irvine

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The IMCA Art Handler/Preparator is a hands-on, detail-oriented manager to oversee all Technical aspects of the Museum’s art handling projects. The Preparator is responsible for museum-quality art handling related to installation and de-installation, including; receiving, packing andunpacking, handling, and displaying fine art objects; planning and directing the fabrication of exhibition pedestals, props, temporary walls, and other display designs; securing services of outside contractors; assuring a safe and healthy work environment through knowledge of best practices. The

Preparator is a key team member for the Museum’s ambitious schedule of exhibitions and collection use.


Organizes the IMCA short-term and long-term projects, coordinating and managing daily activities to ensure successful installation of artwork spanning all mediums works on paper, painting, 3D objects, video and new media art.

In consultation with the Curators, Managers and Registrars manages the installation and de-installation of exhibitions, including temporary installations, traveling exhibitions, long-term/short-term loans and permanent collection exhibitions.

Responsible for overseeing all aspects of exhibition installation/de-installation including unloading/loading crates, unpacking/packing a variety of media, installing artworks to exhibition requirements and museum standards, hanging signage and labels, lighting according to guidelines.

Manage the maintenance of museum galleries and responsible for the preparation of galleries to include; moving, spackling and painting walls, painting and installing exhibition supports. Coordinate the construction of gallery walls, exhibition furniture and fabrication of object mounts.



Demonstrates a good knowledge of standard museum procedures with an emphasis on

art/object handling and care with a minimum of two years of experience.

Familiarity with presentation technology such as media players and digital programming display.

Proficiency in light carpentry, interior painting, and graphics application.

Competent using power tools, wood/metal shop machinery, and lifting apparatuses.

Familiar with art object handling and installation, and art object packing and crating.

Must be able to work as part of a team and have good communication skills and maintain professional working relationships with all staff.

Possesses a valid driver’s license.


BA in Art, Art History or BFA and art handling experience in a museum or gallery setting.

Below are general guidelines on the position’s physical, mental, and environmental working conditions.

In accordance with applicable state and federal law, UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-5210.

Bend: Occasionally

Squat: Occasionally

Crawl: Occasionally

Climb: Occasionally

Kneel: Occasionally

Handle Objects: Frequently

Push/Pull: Frequently

Reach Above Shoulder Level: Frequently

Sit: Frequently

Stand: Frequently

Walk: Frequently

Use Fine Finger Movements: Frequently

Carry/Lift Loads up to 25 Pounds: Occasionally

Carry/Lift loads between 25-50 lbs: Occasionally

Carry/Lift Loads over 50 Pounds: Frequently

Read/Comprehend: Constantly

Write: Frequently

Perform Calculations: Frequently

Communicate Orally: Frequently

Reason and Analyze: Constantly

Chemical/Biological Agent: Not Applicable

Construction Activities: Frequently

Contact with Water/Liquids: Not Applicable

Drive Motorized Equipment: Frequently

Confined Spaces: Not Applicable

Elevated Work Location: Frequently

Radioactive Materials: Not Applicable

Temperature Variations: Occasionally

Gas System: Not Applicable

Other Working Conditions:

Sit, stand, walk and climb stairs throughout the facility for extended periods of time on any workday.

How to Apply

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Salary: Hourly $20.24

Total Hours: 8-5, M-F

2 Limited Appt Positions, 100%

Must possess a valid California Driver’s License and participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program.

Final candidate subject to background check.

As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

Please attach your resume.

Posted on June 17