Museum Preparator

University of Mississippi

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The University of Mississippi Museum at its Oxford, Mississippi campus seeks to fill the full-time-with-benefits position of MUSEUM PREPARATOR.

This position monitors and maintains Museum building interior and exterior, surrounding landscape, and Historic Houses as assigned. The incumbent ensures the physical integrity of loaned and permanent collection artifacts by utilizing knowledge of proper handling, installation, and packing, and transport procedures. The position may require travel and work during nights and weekends.


Responsible for daily maintenance and cleaning of galleries and exhibit areas. Performs daily inspections of galleries, ensuring the cleanliness of casework, continued safety of navigating the galleries, and working lighting and signage.

Under supervision of the Collections Manager and the Antiquities Manager, assists with the careful installation, removal, retrieval, packaging, and transportation of artifacts for exhibits and loans.

Prepares artifacts for shipping. Participates with developing the appropriate means of packing and crating for each artifact in conjunction with primary Collections Staff. Fabricates exhibit components and shipping crates.

In partnership with primary Collections staff, develops appropriate mounting solutions to safely secure and best display artifacts for exhibits. Uses tools and special equipment to construct and prepare crates, mounts, mats and frames, exhibit cases, pedestals, and other exhibit furniture.

Conducts annual University Property inventory, as required by Office of Procurement

Coordinates services and repairs and may co-serve as Building Mayor, within University Facilities Management system.

Undertakes carpentry/wood cutting and building for educational projects. Reads and drafts basic construction, floorplan, and fabrication drawings. Uses and cares for hand and power tools

Under supervision of primary Collections staff, monitors climate of assigned buildings. Collects data, generates reports, and tracks appropriate temperatures and moisture levels in assigned buildings.

In conjunction with primary Collections staff participates in the decision making process of how best to illuminate exhibitions and light artifacts while on display, and makes adjustments to the appropriate light fixtures as needed.

Manages and monitors exhibition and casework lighting in conformance to established best practices and conservation standards. Utilizes handheld luminance meters.

Trains and oversees the work of student workers when assigned.

Participates as a primary member and frontline responder within the Museum’s Disaster Preparedness and Response team.

Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

Maintains Museum building interior and exterior, surrounding landscape, and Historic Houses.

Assists with installation, mounting, framing, packing, and transport of permanent collections, and objects on loan.

Maintains organization of Carpentry Shop and Loading Dock areas.

Performs tool and equipment maintenance, and completes light construction projects



Bachelor’s Degree in Art, Fine Arts, Art History, Museum Studies, or related field, from an accredited college or university.



Two (2) years of experience related to the above described duties.


Licensure: Incumbent must possess a valid driver’s license.

Substitution Statement: Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources

How to Apply

Salary/Wage Information

To learn more about our pay structure and view our salary ranges, click here to visit the Compensation page of our Human Resources website. This link is provided for general pay information. Hourly rate or salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and departmental budget. Note: Unclassified positions (faculty, executives, researchers and coaches) do not have established salary ranges.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Posted on June 26