Occasional Art Handler

Carnegie Museum of Art

The Occasional Art Handler assists the Chief Preparator and Associate Preparator in handling both permanent collection and loaned works of art; tasks include movement, installation, de-installation, packing and un-packing, storage of objects, and maintenance of gallery spaces and storage areas. Ensures the safe handling and movement of all types of works of art.



Assists with the installation and de-installation of permanent collection-based and temporary loan-based exhibitions. Moves, hangs, and positions exhibition casework and works of art of varying sizes, media, and fragility in such fashion as to ensure maximum security and safety. Assists with fabricating or finishing items needed for installation, including plinths, cleats, hanging brackets, risers, and cable hangers. Promptly informs supervisor and registrar regarding objects with condition concerns or of damaged objects and follows collections management documentation procedures.

Using proper carts and supplies, moves objects in museum galleries, storage, and preparation areas as directed for exhibition, acquisition, loan, photography, and conservation. Takes care to stow objects efficiently. Supports, stabilizes, and covers artworks on carts, tables, shelves, and pallets. Ensures location changes are recorded and provided to registrar.

Wraps and pads works of art with paper, plastic, foam or other materials as directed to protect against vibration, moisture, or impact; shapes and contours internal packing to ensure proper support during movement. Places art works in boxes, containers, or crates manually or using hoist. Responsible for securing containers with screws, bolts, tape, nails, or metal bands, and moving to receiving dock.

Performs routine maintenance, such as cleaning glass, dusting, and removing smudges and fingerprints from cases and walls; carefully spackles holes in gallery walls and applies touchup paint to walls and exhibition furniture, ensuring the safety of artwork and building finishes at all times.

Mounts, attaches hanging hardware, and installs exhibition signage and labels inside museum.

Operates equipment and tools in a safe and proper manner; makes minor repairs as directed; promptly informs supervisor regarding damaged equipment or the need to replace or service equipment. Shares responsibility for maintaining safe, clean, and orderly work and storage areas.

Works professionally and cooperatively with all installation personnel and other employees, contractors, artists, and couriers. Follows all art-handling protocols and procedures as instructed by the conservator and registrar. Understands and adheres to all security rules and guidelines of Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, as well as regulations stipulated by such agencies as OSHA, TSA, and DHS.

Works overtime as necessary, understanding that as much advance notice will be given as possible by supervisor.

Performs other various duties, as necessary or as requested, by supervisor.



High School Diploma or equivalent necessary; Bachelor’s degree in studio art or architecture preferred.

One or more years’ experience in exhibit installation and preparations is required.

A valid Pennsylvania driver’s license is also required.


Must be familiar with museum standards for conservation, preservation, and object handling.

Knowledge of art handling techniques and safety procedures and the ability to tend to progressive responsibilities working with and handling high-value museum objects in a variety of media is required.

Basic woodworking skills and knowledge of hand and power tools required.

Availability to work some evenings and weekend hours.


Must have good dexterity, hand eye coordination, and the ability to climb and to work on ladders for extended periods of time; to reach work with hands above shoulder level; to lift heavy objects (50 lbs.); and to stand or to walk for an eight-hour work day.

How to Apply

Please submit all application materials through the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s Careers Site: https://carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities/search-careers/

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Posted on September 9