Museum Preparator I - On Call

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Under supervision of the Assistant Head Preparator, the Museum Preparator I is responsible for the preparation and handling of art objects in the permanent collection and exhibitions. This generalist

position collaborates extensively throughout the Collections, Exhibitions, and Design Divisions and other museum departments on logistics related to care, access, handling and storage of artworks at both of the Museum’s locations at 151 Third Street and South San Francisco in the execution of SFMOMA’s programs.

The Prep I’s responsibilities also include further developing the professional standards of art handling



Art Handling:

  • Consistently upholds standards in collection care and installation. Participates in the development of procedures and standards to improve the movement, handling, packing and installation of art.

  • In concert with the project team, assist with the movement, packing/unpacking, installation, and proper lighting of artwork.

  • Prepare, hang, install, light, de-install works of art utilizing proper handling and security techniques.

  • Paint and / or construct walls, pedestals, boxes, fixtures and other finished structures related to the installation and display of exhibitions and works of art.

  • Participate in the design of exhibition display fixtures including pedestals platforms and mounts.

  • Participate in preparing, releasing, or receiving of artwork for variety of activity.

  • Participate in collections inventories.

  • Participate in the packing/unpacking of artwork.

  • Participate in designing and constructing housings and mounts for the safe storage of artwork.

  • Participate in the planning, access, organization, documentation and movement of works to be stored in new storage spaces.

  • Safely and securely house, handle and transport artwork and materials throughout the museum, and ensure that storage, galleries and work areas are well-maintained. 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

  • As assigned, represent SFMOMA to other institutions, both national and international, to facilitate the installation and/or deinstallation of SFMOMA-organized exhibitions and/or presented artworks from SFMOMA’s collection. • Perform other duties as required.

Team building:

  • Create and foster a diverse and inclusive department and encourage staff to engage with a deeper sense of belonging and shared responsibility.

  • Works as part of a collaborative cross-functional team to proactively provide museum guests of all backgrounds with a world-class museum experience.

  • Set an example of standards for performance and professional behavior with colleagues.

  • Develop and enhance professional standards.

  • Serve as a communicator of departmental and institutional goals and professional standards internally and externally.

  • Participate in mentoring staff at every subsequent level of experience.


Education & Training:

Possession of a High School diploma or G.E.D certificate. Knowledge of modern

and contemporary art desirable. Art museum experience strongly preferred.

Work Experience:

A minimum of one (1) year related professional art handling experience or

equivalent combination of training and experience.

Desired Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to work in effective and efficient manner with regard to time and materials.

  • Ability to proficiently utilize shop equipment including portable and stationary power tools.

  • Demonstrated concern for detail, accuracy, and efficiency in the execution of projects.

  • Demonstrate safe shop practices with all equipment including both stationary and portable

power tools.

  • Knowledge of safety precautions and procedures related to the handling of solvents,

adhesives and other fabrication related solutions.

  • Ability to demonstrate and foster good stewardship in regards to the upkeep of spaces.

  • Ability to demonstrate and foster good stewardship in regards to the museum’s waste

handling and recycling practices.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and professionally with other supervisors, museum staff,

students, outside clients, vendors, volunteers, and the public.

  • Proven ability to communicate effectively.
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Posted on June 11