Preparator, Temporary

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures furthers the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Welcoming visitors from Los Angeles and around the world, the Museum works in active partnership with motion picture artists and specialists, scholars, staff, and diverse communities to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, inspiring discourse, connection, joy, and discovery.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Exhibitions Installation, the Preparator will focus on artwork installation in exhibition galleries, maintaining galleries and casework, preparing, and packing art loans, assisting with collections handling, as well as assisting in many aspects of preparation for exhibition production. This is a very physical role.


You Will:

  • Hang, level, and secure framed objects.

  • Position, mount, and secure large and small 3D objects.

  • Work closely with curators, registrars, and conservators during install periods.

  • Join the team for specialized trainings and project overview meetings.

  • Assist in artwork framing including cutting materials per cut sheet.

  • Assist in packing and movement of artworks for transport or within the museum.

  • Help maintain galleries and art storage spaces including glass cleaning.

  • Help to create mock-ups and models of exhibitions.

  • Operate power tools such as drills and woodshop tools.

  • Assist with various preparations of exhibition components.

  • Work in a team environment.

  • Abide by all health and safety protocols.


You Have:

  • 2+ years of art handling work at a museum, fine art handling company, gallery, or artist studio.

  • Availability with varying schedules including nights, weekends, and holidays.

  • Experience moving and handling fragile works of art with great care.

  • Experience with museum-level art handling practices; knowledge of archival materials and best practices.

  • Willingness to be trained on and use OSHA-approved safety equipment such as respirators and protective clothing.

  • Accomplishments in patching/ painting; roller and brush finishes.

  • Gantry and rigging experience are a plus.

Physical Demands:

  • Ascending and working on ladders, scissor lifts, and scaffolding.

  • Moving, standing, twisting, and stooping.

  • Carrying and moving objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

  • Working around paints, cleansers, and other similar products.

  • Working in spaces that collect dust.

  • Working on an active construction site.

Other Requirements:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required, including any booster vaccinations as applicable.

The expected base hourly wage range for this role is $25 to $31. The actual base pay offered will be determined by factors such as experience, skills, training, location, certifications, education, and other factors permitted by law. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.

How to Apply

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Posted on May 21