Art Handler

Ship Art


Founded in 1987, Ship/Art provides fine art services in the Bay Area, specializing in the handling of high value items. We provide clients around the world with packing, crating, transportation and storage. Ship/Art through it diversification of services is able to work with a vast client base. Our clients include Museums, Galleries, Private Collectors and Dealers. We provide services to clients with needs for expert handling, packing and transport of fine arts, antiques and technical equipment.


Art Handler’s purpose is to assist in all aspects of the handling of art works including art movement, (de)installations and storage, as well as the preparation and the packing of art works, sensitive to the needs of art while being proactive in applying currently approved methods of packing, handling, and installation techniques. Safely operating ShipArt trucks for transport of artworks is an integral part of this position.


Hours of work: Truck department staff must be willing and capable to work a flexible schedule. There is work availability expectation of 8:00 am through 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.


Art Handler Responsibilities

  • Proficient understanding and execution of art handling fundamentals and practices

Reviews all paperwork to insure it is accurate and completed

  • Understands and checks the Ship/Art tracker on a daily basis

Communicates with Project Managers/Dispatch in a timely manner concerning changing job details

Provides friendly and professional service to customers, both on the phone and in person

  • Works effectively on their own and as a group with co-workers and clients

Able to pack and handle artwork for transport and installation

Loads and unloads trucks safely and efficiently

  • Adapts to new working conditions, equipment, procedures and methods

  • Maintains Ship/Art assigned tool kit

  • Safely operates approved vehicles

  • Maintains a clean, safe and respectful work environment



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required.

Basic knowledge of art transport, packing and storage options

Previous paid experience driving commercial vehicles including trucks of 14-24 foot box length

  • Strong technical art handling skill set and vocabulary

  • Strong communication/listening skills, both written and verbal

  • Good sense of logistical organization and timing

Experience in handling art works, knowledge of fixings/hanging systems, art transport, packing and storage

Awareness/understanding of the different handling needs of paintings

Awareness/understanding of supports and frames

Perform recurring activities such as bending, crouching, stooping, stretching and reaching

Ability to physically carry out the work required in lifting/moving artworks

Ability to work as part of a team and as an individual; good communication skills


Must be able to lift 50-60 lbs sustained and up to 100 lbs

Maintains compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations

Possess valid CA driver license and maintain clean driving record through duration of employment

Complete and pass STA application and verification through duration of employment Background check, employment physical, performance evaluation (lifting test), and/or drug test

This job description is a guide to broad areas of responsibility and accountability and should not be regarded as a comprehensive listing. The job description may be subject to review in the light of new structures and/or the changing needs of Ship/Art.

How to Apply


Ship/Art International offers a competitive benefits package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, AD&D, Paid Time Off, Retirement Savings, 401-k Plan, and free museum memberships.

Ship/Art International provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Ship/Art complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $25.00 - $35.00 per hour

Posted on August 24