Preparator, Senior / Museum Master Craftsman

Michael C. Carlos Musuem, Emory University

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The Michael C. Carlos Museum is currently seeking a highly qualified candidate to work as a Senior Museum Preparator for the museum. The candidate is responsible for crafting casework for the display of museum collections, prepares, installs and disassembles exhibitions, maintains the permanent displays and managing the museum wood shop. The candidate also works closely with the Exhibition Display Specialist and reports to the Director of Exhibition Design


Crafts exhibition walls, pedestals, platforms and risers to cabinet grade quality, builds special props/replicas to enhance exhibitions (For example - an Egyptian pyramid, an Egyptian gateway, a Roman villa) and insures all finishes meet specific designed requirements.

Is responsible for maintaining the woodshop including procurement of materials, safety equipment, cleaning and maintenance needs for equipment, dust collection system and updating the MSDS safety sheets

Works closely with the Museum Display Specialist to develop cases and art installation support devices as requested by the Director of Exhibition Design, Curators and Conservators to very specific requirements

Works together with The Director of Exhibition Design, Museum Display Specialist and any outside contractors while installing and during dismantling of both permanent collection and traveling exhibitions. Insures wall repairs are meticulously fixed and addresses any issues in all display areas as required.

Installs labels, text panels, vinyl lettering and other required graphics for exhibits

Maintains lighting in all museum galleries, works to insure proper light levels on sensitive works of art.

Assists with exhibit logistics, storage and moving of bases, pedestal, temporary walls and other exhibit support needs

Provides additional assistance to Couriers, Registrars, Conservation, Development, Education and Security Departments as needed, when relevant

Recycles light bulbs, paints and hazardous materials in accordance with Emory University policies

Assists in the installation and maintenance of all exhibits’ technology


A high school diploma or equivalent. Five years of combined experience in exhibition installation, case design, cabinetmaking / carpentry, or woodshop experience. A valid Georgia driver’s license and an insurable driving record. Positions within this classification may require the ability to bend, stoop, twist and/or lift 40-50 lbs.

How to Apply


Posted on June 17