Head Rigger / Certified Rigger

Atthowe Fine Art Services

In business since 1928, Atthowe is now a worker-owned company exclusively dedicated to the handling of fine art. Our Special Projects Department (an exciting, fast-growing part of the company) is looking for a Lead Fine Art Rigger (Head Rigger) - a fantastic opportunity for a hands-on technician and leader with an expert and unique skill set. This will be someone who can build a team, motivate and train others, and be part of the company’s growth. The Head Rigger will help plan and execute large-scale art installations. They must be able to command respect and lead a team installing high-value art-work - always maintaining the safety of the people involved and the art they hold. The art can be big, and it can be small. Site conditions will vary, sometimes in a high-visibility museum setting, other times inside a quiet private residence; or maybe on a public street working high overhead, or on a loud construction site. This person will work closely with Project Managers and the Crew Manager and report to the Head of Special Projects. They will help develop and implement a rigging training program, develop means and methods for projects, and oversee equipment standards. Truly a chance to create an A-team and set impeccable standards. Atthowe Fine Art Services prides itself on successfully completing “impossible” projects. Expect to be challenged.


In addition to working with a friendly, art loving team, Atthowe also provides the following benefits:

● 100% coverage of health insurance premiums through Kaiser (includes vision)

● Dental and additional vision coverage through Principal

● 17.5 days of PTO for full time employees (increases with seniority)

● 12 holidays

● 401K with 3% match

● Cell phone reimbursement of $60/month

● Eligibility to become a worker owner after two years of employment

● Employee bonuses

  • Direct, perform, and consult on the lifting of large museum-quality objects using various lifting equipment, including gantries and cranes

  • Act as primary on-site contact for clients, project managers and sub-contractors, developing key relationships and directing crew

  • Possess expert skills and knowledge of rigging and art handling terminologies, materials, standards, and typical parties involved in the transit, rigging, installation, and storage of art-works

  • Effectively develop team cohesion with a culture of accountability, cooperative problem solv-ing, and inclusivity

  • Ensure quality through coaching and supervising junior art handlers and assistant riggers in coordination with management, consulting on crew skill levels, performance reviews, and cer-tifications

  • Evaluate crew on/and maintain safety certificates for: Level 2 Intermediate Rigger and Signal Person, forklifts, reach-lifts, scissor/boom-lifts, fall protection, scaffolding

  • Oversee rigging boxes and equipment, keeping kits supplied and maintained, ensuring crew has proper/safe supplies for all jobs

  • Safely and competently drive large vans and box trucks, understanding and abiding by com-pany and DOT regulations

  • Inspect vehicles and maintain safety standards, and inform office of safety or maintenance is-sues

  • Typical rigging tasks include reviewing structural drawings/engineering directives, producing pick-plans, calculating load weights/lift points/rigging configurations, and performing crane signaling and/or radio directions

  • Perform other hands-on rigging, art handling, and/or supervisory tasks as needed

  • Minimum of five years of demonstrated experience as Level 2 Rigger and Signaling

  • Minimum of three years of experience in forklift operation and box-truck driving

  • Minimum of three years of experience in managing and directing art handling crew on job sites

  • Possess a valid California driver’s license and a clean driving record at the time of, and for the duration of employment

  • Complete and pass STA (Security Threat Assessment) application and verification

  • Able to work a flexible schedule as weekend, overtime, overnight, out of town, and holiday work may be necessary

  • Able to use hand tools with basic construction knowledge and skills

  • Able to pass safety screening of various job-sites, including drug testing

How to Apply

Send your cover letter and resume to jobs@atthowe.com. Put Head Rigger in the subject line of the email.

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Posted on September 11