Assistant Preparator

The Contemporary Austin

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.

Responsibilities
  • 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

Requirements
  • 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 hr@thecontemporaryaustin.org PDF or Word format. Include position title in subject line. No phone calls please.

The Contemporary Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted on October 30