Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
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The Preparator assists the Chief Preparator and Associate Preparator in handling both permanent collection and loaned works of art; tasks include movement, installation, deinstallation, packing and unpacking, storage of objects, and maintenance of gallery spaces and storage areas.



  • Assists with the installation and deinstallation 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. 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.

  • Drives truck for pick-ups and deliveries; loads and unloads works of art and supplies from trucks; secures objects within truck and/or stabilizes objects until they are secured by a contracted driver.

  • Performs routine maintenance of objects and equipment in galleries and workshop.

  • Mounts, attaches hanging hardware, and installs exhibition signage and labels and other display materials.

  • 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 on a daily basis.

  • Works professionally and cooperatively with all installation personnel and other employees including curators and educators as well as contractors, artists, and couriers. 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.

  • Acts as courier for artwork when required within the U.S. and overseas. Follow the museums specified practices and procedures for undertaking courier duties and receiving art shipments at the museum.

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

  • Performs other various duties, as requested, by supervisor.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent necessary; Bachelor’s degree preferred.

  • Two years of experience in exhibition installation and preparations is required.

  • A valid Pennsylvania driver’s license is also required.


  • Candidate 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.

  • Extensive woodworking and mount-making skills and experience strongly recommended. Some evenings and weekend hours may be required.


Must have good dexterity, hand eye coordination, and the ability to climb and 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 apply through the application link or at Opportunities at

Posted on December 17