Assistant Preparator

The Contemporary Austin

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The Contemporary Austin is hiring a part-time Assistant Preparator to support the Exhibitions Department with all areas of the installation and construction of museum galleries and outdoor exhibitions. This position requires 16-24 hours per week, and will require up to 40 hours per week during installation periods that occur approximately 8-12 weeks per year. This position is eligible for museum 401(k) plan with employer match, as well as tuition-free classes at our Art School. Pay rate: $19/hour.

  • Work with artists and other museum staff to install and de-install exhibitions

  • Conduct regular exhibition checks for damage, security, and lighting

  • Follow installation schedule and assist in coordinating exhibitions needs with other museum departments

  • Pack and transport art in coordination with Registrar and lenders

  • Assist with crate building for works of art

  • Assist with construction of gallery walls and other needs

  • BA in studio art or art history (preferred)

  • 1-2 years of museum/gallery experience in art handling (required)

  • Experience working with artists (required)

  • Experience in installation, exhibition coordination (preferred)

  • Photoshop, Sketch-Up experience (preferred)

  • Flexibility to work in a fast-paced, changing environment

  • Good communication, patience, problem-solving, trouble-shooting skills

  • Experience with power tools and basic construction

  • Ability to lift and carry 75 pounds

  • Reliable transportation and ability to travel between job sites as needed

  • Valid and maintained driver’s license with clean driving record (required)

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to PDF or Word format. Include position title in subject line. No phone calls please.

The Contemporary Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted on October 30