On–call Preparator

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is one of the nation’s most innovative contemporary art centers. From our leading-edge exhibitions and performances, to our groundbreaking civic initiatives and community partnerships, YBCA is where creativity, people, and new ideas collide. We believe in thinking big about the role that arts organizations can play in making short, medium, and long-term/individual and collective transformation.

Mission: We generate culture that moves people.

Vision: A community that thrives on inspiration.

The successful candidate will embody our organization’s core values:

  • Abundance: We operate from a place of strength, with a spirit of empathy and generosity.

  • Authentic Collaboration: We are engaged and interconnected.

  • Personal Agency: We are empowered and accountable.

  • Boldness: We create with courage and purpose.


Under the direction of the Chief Preparator and Exhibition Designer, work closely with other preparators, registrars, curatorial staff, artists, and other stakeholders to produce high-quality exhibitions.

Safe handling of works of art for YBCA exhibitions, including moving, packing, hanging, placement, and installation of exhibition works.

Collaborate with peers to find creative solutions for installation challenges.

Assist in the preparation and execution of gallery exhibitions, public artworks, and other YBCA programming and projects.

Use of relevant skills including painting, woodworking, metalworking, framing, mount making, graphics production, and/or preparing A/V equipment to develop, implement and maintain YBCA exhibitions and programming.

Maintain galleries, art storage, shop, and preparatory spaces.

Assist in production of exhibition displays and original artworks as needed for YBCA exhibitions and programs.

  • Interest in contemporary art and exhibition making.

  • Friendly, team focused attitude and enjoyment in working with a diverse group of coworkers and colleagues.

  • Ability to problem solve and to work well under pressure while adhering to deadlines and directed quality of work.

  • Basic knowledge of the handling and installation of artworks and exhibition materials.

  • Ability to frequently lift and move objects up to 25 pounds and at heights up to 6 feet; physically handle delicate and valuable works of art with extreme care; work regularly in environments with exposure to noise and dust; ability to work on your feet for the majority of the day.

Preferred Qualifications & Skills

  • 2 years’ experience in the handling and installation of artworks and exhibition materials; or a relevant combination of education, training, and experience.

  • Proficiency with power tools such as drills, drivers, sanders, routers, jigsaws, and circular saws, with an emphasis in woodworking and case fabrication.

  • Experience working at height on scissor lifts, mast lifts, scaffolds and ladders.

  • Experience working on graphics with an emphasis on mat cutting, and weeding, preparing and installing vinyl signage.

  • Proficiency with audio/visual technology as well as proper care and installation of equipment.

  • Experience with MIG and/or TIG welding, general metal fabrication and use of hydraulic band saw and grinders

How to Apply

Send your resume and brief paragraph outlining your interest to jobs@ybca.org. Please include “Preparator, your name” in the subject line of your email.

Please, no phone calls or faxes—really. While we love your enthusiasm, due to the volume of applications and our limited resources, we will respond only to applicants we intend to interview. If you receive our automated thank you, we have received your resume and there is no need to follow up.

Principals only. We do not accept resumes from third parties and we will not pay fees to any agency or firm. Any unsolicited resumes received will be considered the property of YBCA and will be processed accordingly.

We wish you the best of luck in your job search!

Posted on June 26