Assistant Preparator

Reports To: 
Director, Curatorial Affairs
Employee Status: 
Part-time, Non-exempt
Primary Work Location: 
Job Summary: 

Working in a structured team environment, assist with museum-quality art handling related to installation and de-installation; including receiving, packing and unpacking, handling, and displaying fine art objects; painting; and fabricating exhibition pedestals, props, temporary walls, and other display designs. 

Essential Functions: 
  • Installation and preparation of Museum exhibitions includes movement of artwork (big/small/heavy/light) and crates; cleaning and preparation of gallery spaces; packing, unpacking, and hanging artwork; climbing ladders and scaffolding; painting, sanding, and light demo of walls; and working with lighting and graphics.
  • Assist in construction of display elements and crates, which may include working with woodshop equipment, solvents, and hand-held and stationary power tools.
  • Maintain gallery display spaces with touch-ups, lighting, dusting of frames, and display area.
  • Ensure a safe work environment through knowledge of and adherence to MCASD safety policies and procedures. 
  • Other duties as assigned.
Typical Working Conditions: 
  • Manual dexterity required to operate tools and equipment associated with electrical, plumbing,woodworking, general/minor construction.
  • Working with paint, paint fumes,andchemical fumes associated with common industrial supplies.
  • Ability to carry out physical maneuvers associated with maintenance, repair, replacement, and general upkeep of equipment and properties, which may include lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling up to 50 lbs. 
  • Physical maneuvers also includes kneeling, crawling, climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, and reaching. 
  • Ladder work including heightsreaching 20 plusfeet.
  • Electrical wiring, lighting changes, and other activitiesrequire the ability to lift arms overhead for sustained periodsof time.
  • Alternate shifts and/or locations includes local driving.
  • Must be able to physically move artwork (big/small/heavy/light) and crates; pack, unpack and crate artwork; install artwork; climb ladders and scaffolding; and paint, sand and light demolition of walls.
  • Physical maneuvers comprise an estimated 90 percent of the work day and will vary from day to day.
  • Ability to work in standing and walking position 90 percent of the workday.
  • Ability to work within a team scheduled environment with regard to work assignments and start time, end time, breaks, and lunches.
  • Special Environment Factors: Woodshop located in lower level of the Museum.  Position requires work at multiple sites.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience: 

One year recent, relevant experience or equivalent education and experience required in light construction for the fabrication of display elements and crates.  Safe working knowledge of woodshop equipment, solvents, and hand-held and stationary power tools.  Strong attention to detail in the performance of work.  Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work successfully in a team environment.  Knowledge of audio visual and computer graphics a plus.  Previous museum, gallery, or studio art experience a plus.  

Background Checks and Special Licensing

Criminal background check.

To Apply

For candidacy consideration, please submit resume and personalized cover letter to Please reference in the Subject line the following: 2019-03, Assistant Preparator.