Museum Preparator

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth

The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth seeks a museum preparator to support the museum’s exhibitions, collections, and academic programming. Reporting to the lead preparator and working in consultation with the exhibitions manager and registrars, the museum preparator must value a collaborative approach to the installation and collections processes, working closely with a variety of stakeholders including curators, students, faculty, and visiting artists.

Candidates must have a combination of skills and experience related to the preventive care and installation of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, aligning with current best practices for handling art and material culture objects. This may include experience with carpentry, metals fabrication, packing and crating, rigging and lifting equipment, matting and framing, AV and lighting equipment, 3D modeling, and studio art practices. We encourage those with a wide variety of experience and backgrounds to apply.

Applications will only be accepted through the posting at the following link:

Dartmouth College is an AA/EOE employer.


Position Purpose:

● To support the museum’s priorities through the timely and thorough completion of all aspects of exhibition installation.

● To work in close consultation with the lead preparator and exhibitions manager to create installations that meet curatorial and registrarial requirements.

● To execute the safe handling and movement of artwork in support of the museum’s teaching and collections management priorities.


Required Qualifications - Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

● Two or more years of relevant experience in museum exhibition installations.

● Knowledge of matting, hinging, and framing of works on paper, object mount-making, lighting, or the presentation of new media.

● Knowledge of safe art-handling practices.

● Demonstrated understanding of methods and practices of exhibition installation.

● Proficiency with standard office editing and scheduling platforms.

● Ability to participate in a team-based environment.

● Ability to perform all routine installation tasks, handling objects, power tools, ladders.

● A valid driver’s license, and the ability to obtain and maintain Dartmouth Driver Certification, to drive museum vehicles to transport artwork.

● Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse community.

How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted through the posting at the following link:

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Posted on May 27