Variable Preparator

The Broad

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The Broad is an internationally renowned contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the museum offers free general admission. The Broad is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad Collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide and presents an active program of rotating temporary exhibitions and innovative audience engagement.


As a variable preparator, you will join The Broad prep crew in handling both the permanent collection and loaned works of art; tasks include installation, deinstallation, packing and unpacking, movement and storage of objects, and maintenance of gallery spaces and storage areas.


This position will have a variable schedule, generally 8:30am – 5:30pm, Monday - Friday. Selected candidates may have periods during which they are not scheduled to work at all, interspersed with periods of heavy workloads and overtime.


Compensation is $26.25 per hour to $34.00 per hour.


The Broad is an equal opportunity employer, and we aspire to reflect the diversity of Los Angeles in both our staff and our visitors. It is the practice of The Broad to offer equal opportunity consistent with applicable federal and state law in all aspects of employment.  The Broad believes that by actively building a diverse workforce we can innovate, inspire, and engage with the widest possible audience. 

*Reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified candidates with disabilities in accordance with the ADA and the ADAAA.



  • Read and understand technical drawings and installation instructions

  • Prepare exhibition spaces and furniture for artwork, including patching, painting, running cables, cleaning

  • Safely handle and install the artwork for exhibitions, travel, and storage

  • Adhere to The Broad safety procedures

  • Ability to collaborate with a team and work well alone, when needed

  • Other duties as assigned



A minimum of two years experience in art handling techniques in a museum environment or graduation from an art handling program

Knowledge of best practices and materials for packing and installing artwork

The ability to clearly communicate with supervisors and fellow preparators is required

Must be self-motivated, reliable and detail-oriented

Knowledge of AV installations is not required but appreciated

Knowledge of basic carpentry is a plus


Ability to comfortably lift 60 pounds

Ability to use tools and equipment for art installation safely and skillfully

Ability to work at heights over 8 feet


Support and demonstrate the museum’s culture of developing a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment for staff, contract staff, vendors, and visitors.

All employees of The Broad are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to certain exemptions as required by law. All newly hired staff must show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination within 45 days of hire. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination policy.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background and reference check.


 Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background and reference check, which will include criminal reports as well as verifications of employment and educational records. You must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer.