Assistant Preparator

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

Assist with museum-quality art handling related to installation and de-installation, including receiving, packing and unpacking, handling, displaying fine art objects; painting; 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, hanging artwork; climbing ladders and scaffolding; painting, sanding and light demo of walls; lighting and graphics.
  • Assists in construction of display elements and crates; 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 ass 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 & chemical 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, pulling up to 25-50 lbs.
  • Physical maneuvers also includes kneeling, crawling, climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, and reaching.
  • Ladder work including heights: 15-20+ feet.
  • Electrical wiring, lighting changes includes the ability to lift arms overhead for sustained period of 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; 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.
  • 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; and a 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, including wage requirements to   Please reference in the Subject line the following: 201703, Assistant Preparator.