Preparator/Install Crew

Aspen Art Museum

Installation Crew/Art Preparators work under the direction and supervision of the Head of Exhibitions and Chief Preparator to conduct the installation and deinstallation of all exhibitions, museum preparation, repairs in conjunction with exhibitions and events, and general maintenance of the museum’s galleries and storage.

This position does not have regular hours, but works as part of an institutional  team on installations and events as needed. This is an hourly position requiring flexible availability that will vary with workload.

The position is nonexempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and will receive overtime pay for all hours worked in excess of forty hours in a seven-day workweek or over twelve hours in a day.

Please note: this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at anytime with or without notice.  


Preparing museum or off-site exhibition spaces for exhibitions including light construction, painting, and work on lighting and AV systems.

Basic knowledge of museum best practices as it pertains to packing and unpacking of artworks: soft packing, shadow boxing, t-framing, crating, and transporting.

Knowledge of various materials and art handling techniques for hanging and installing 2D, 3D, and occasionally 4D works.

Ability to establish and maintain effective, tactful, and courteous working relationships with fellow employees, artists, and the general public.

General maintenance of museum exhibition spaces and storage areas.

Ability to quickly problem solve during complex, multipart, multimedia installations while working within a team and occasionally independently.

Moving artworks of various weights and dimensions throughout the gallery or to and from delivery trucks.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate or bachelor’s degree preferred.

Art handling experience in a museum or gallery setting.

Experience with a variety of hand and power tools, measuring devices, levels, and carpentry skills preferred.

Knowledge and enthusiasm for contemporary visual art, artists, museums, and exhibitions a plus.

Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record required to drive vehicles to move artwork.

How to Apply

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Aspen Art Museum and the responsibilities presented herein, as well as your specific qualifications for the Preparator/Install Crew role. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected. All inquiries will be held in confidence. Aspen Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. 

Aspen Art Museum is an artist-founded institution dedicated to supporting artists in the development of bold ideas to shape our museum and the field of art today. We are both a platform and a place, highly attuned to the advancement of the vital ecosystem of art and the critical discourse surrounding it within the context and community of Aspen and beyond. As an exhibition-focused, non-collecting museum, we are positioned to make strong commitments to meaningful exchange, both responding to—and driving—cultural change.

Posted on January 31