Installation Technician

Aga Khan Museum

Reporting to the Installation Projects Manager, the Installation Technician applies professional art handling and collections management principles to the installation, dismantle and maintenance of the AKM collection. The individual is responsible for unpacking, safe storage, and installation of the AKM collection and incoming loans for historical and contemporary exhibitions, including graphics, furniture and AV placement. He/she assists with condition reporting and location control of artworks.

The Aga Khan Museum (AKM) in Toronto, Canada offers visitors a window into worlds unknown or unfamiliar: the artistic, intellectual, and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China. Its mission is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Muslim civilizations have made to world heritage. Through education, research, and collaboration, the Museum will inform and inspire audiences from all cultures by presenting art created in the Muslim world throughout the past fourteen centuries, along with current paths of artistic practice and cultural development.

Responsibilities

Preparing exhibition space including painting walls; moving, cleaning and preparing showcases, plinths, and vitrines.

Installing works of art in all media in the permanent and temporary gallery spaces.

Loading/unloading works of art on/off trucks.

Wrapping/unwrapping works of art in crates and storage containers.

Assessing hanging and installation requirements and selecting or designing appropriate mechanisms for hanging/displaying the art.

Installing labels, text panels and other graphics and AV elements.

Placing public furnishings in the galleries.

Installing and focusing gallery lighting.

Transporting works of art within the Gallery; ensuring the safe care and handling of art.

Any other tasks as assigned by the line manager.

The position is remunerated at $ 29.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay. Hours and/or days of work are not guaranteed and the individual will be notified in advance when services are required. Flexible availability will be advantageous.

Requirements

Minimum two years demonstrated professional experience in art movement, safe art handling techniques and art installation/hanging methods and devices) in a museum environment.

Working knowledge of conservation standards and best practices in care of collections.

Technical certification from a recognized museum technology or museum studies program or equivalent experience.

Demonstrated ability to read and interpret scale drawings.

Small hand tool proficiency.

Experience with installation of heavy objects and related installation equipment.

Proficiency with various software systems.

Certification or ability to be certified in the use of pallet jack, forklift, scissor lift, and other warehouse equipment is an asset.

Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills.

Enjoy working as a team member as well as independently.

Creative problem solving and ingenuity.

Expressed interest in the mandate of the Museum.

Effort

Occasional lifting of heavy objects.

Working in awkward positions including, but not limited to kneeling, bending, crouching and reaching above the head.

Frequent periods of visual concentration with close attention to detail.

Operating various pieces of equipment (manual dexterity).

Working safely under pressure related to deadlines.

Periods of work outside of traditional office hours.

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to akm.hr@akdn.org on or before July 3, 2019.

The Museum thanks all those who apply, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please note that the Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act for applicants invited to an interview.

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Posted on June 20