The Assistant Preparator provides support with exhibition and gallery installations and maintenance of the art collection on display and in storage.
Under the guidance of the Lead Preparator, assist with the installation and deinstallation of works of art in the temporary exhibition and art collection galleries.
Assist with packing and crating of works for shipping, including retrofitting of existing crates.
Work with Lead Preparator to unload large, heavy crates to/from trucks and maneuver throughout the building to storage or galleries.
Assist with installation of exhibition graphics and lighting
Assist with the preparation of galleries for display including patching, sanding, and painting.
Prepare objects for exhibition, including matting, framing and mount making, or for storage
Perform daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to ensure that the exhibitions and collections storage spaces of the museum are clean, organized, and ready for public viewing
Assist with inventories of collections
Work with free-lance photographer to facilitate access to works
Perform other related tasks as assigned by the Registrars or Lead Preparator
A minimum of 2 years professional experience installing framed works for exhibition and handling works of art is required.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in the museum field is preferred
Knowledge of museum standards in regards to collections care, including integrated pest management and environmental monitoring
Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing tasks and demands
Communicate and work with all levels of constituents effectively
Display excellent judgment, while operating in a flexible and professional manner
Basic carpentry skills required
Requires the physical strength necessary to lift and/or move heavy objects (able to lift and carry 50 lbs., e.g., work of art; able to move, maneuver, and manipulate 250 lbs., e.g., crate), climb ladders and use scissor lifts.
Must possess a current driver’s license and have available transportation to and from the workplace.
Must be available 2 full days per week, 8:30 – 4:30PM. Tuesdays are required. Flexible schedule preferred.