POSITION TITLE: Museum Preparator
SUPERVISED BY: Chief Registrar and Director of Exhibition Services
Performs and/or supervises the installation and de-installation of permanent collections objects and objects on loan for museum exhibitions; plans and executes the fabrication or procurement of cases, mounts, electronic elements, and equipment for installation and de-installation of temporary and permanent museum exhibitions; coordinates the exhibition change schedule; assists with collection storage operations and maintains the objects on exhibit for two campuses.
- Designs and fabricates display materials: pedestals, plinths, temporary walls, mounts, crates, etc. as required in keeping with museum standard best practices/contractual requirements.
- Oversees movement and placement of pedestals and Plexiglas vitrines used in installations, painting of vitrines and cleaning of Plexiglas as needed.
- Oversees all aspects of handling and movement of all artwork within the building.
- Works with curators, artists and designers to light objects appropriately
- Ensures safe and proper display of all artwork.
- Cleans and/or dusts artworks and exhibit cases in the galleries at least twice per week, or more often if needed.
- Cleans and waxes outdoor sculptures twice per year following prescribed maintenance and conservation protocols.
- Ensures safe, proper and organized temporary storage of all art objects.
- Designs specific packing materials to ensure safe shipment of objects.
- Assists the Chief Registrar and Director of Exhibition Services with training security staff for each exhibition to ensure safety of objects.
- Assists with the supervision of contract labor for exhibition installations.
- Keeps records for all exhibition cases
- Assists Registrars with the transportation of all incoming and outgoing artwork.
- Oversees all packing / unpacking of artwork to meet lender requirements and generally-accepted museum standards. When appropriate, travel with a museum-sponsored traveling exhibition to supervise the packing / unpacking / installation of artwork at another institution.
- Works with the communication, education, and curatorial staffs on technical aspects of installations and programs, as needed. Ensures that technical equipment (projectors, cables, computers, plasma displays, etc.) is in good working order.
- Coordinates with all departments to ensure safety of art objects during public programs, special events, and facility rentals.
- Assists with object conservation needs when appropriate.
- Works with the Director of Facilities and the maintenance crew to ensure gallery walls are repaired and painted.
- Assists curators with the production of object labels and gallery signage.
- Assists with set up and break-down of art-related events at the Museum.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
- Operates a scissor lift for lighting galleries and other equipment such as fork-lifts or articulating man lift as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS:
- Bachelor’s degree in art or art history is desirable
- Three + years’ experience in museum preparation; knowledge of standard museum policies and procedures and AAM standards. Knowledge about museum conservation, collections care and management including storage systems, environmental controls and lighting techniques.
- Carpentry skills.
- Excellent time management skills.
- Strong interpersonal, diplomatic and negotiating skills.
- Highly self-motivated professional with an ability to work effectively with a variety of personalities and maintain friendly and courteous relationships with staff and all Museum constituents.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule of hours to include some evenings and weekends.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job.
- Stands and walks throughout the work day, including sitting and bending; reaches, lifts, carries, and manipulates various materials, supplies and equipment; arranges furniture;
- Work is performed both indoors and outdoors;
- Work may require exposure to gas, smoke, dust and solvents;
- Incumbent must be knowledgeable with the use of and is required to wear protective gear when appropriate. (PPE will be assigned as needed);
- Must be able to function independently;
- Must be in good general health;
- Work requires continuous activity and with frequent interruptions;
- Incumbent may be required to work extended hours or on weekends when the work load requires.
The candidate responses should be directed to the Museum’s Chief Registrar, Martin Hanahan (firstname.lastname@example.org)