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Museum Preparator

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota

Museum Preparator - Job ID 42073


The Ringling is a preeminent center for the arts, history, performance, and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. From its inception, The Ringling has joined the diverse visual traditions and theatrical spectacle of yesterday with the genre-defying global practitioners of today. A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling’s campus in Sarasota, Florida—which includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, a historic home, an 18th-century theater and bayfront gardens—is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars and lifelong learners of every age across the region, country, and around the world. For more information, please visit


  • Serves as member of exhibition design team. Assists with proper gallery and exhibition maintenance and repair in all venues.
  • Collaborates with Exhibition Designer/Curators/Registrars in executing the plan of exhibitions and installations throughout Ringling campus. Handles objects within the Ringling’s custody for installation, storage, packing, rigging, and transit. Lead preparator responsibilities on exhibition installs/strikes within museum (leading part-time preparators and interns)Establishes collection maintenance schedule for all Museum venues and implements. Includes gallery lighting upkeep, general gallery upkeep, maintenance, and repairs of gallery decorative art objects and furnishings.
  • Lead fabricator on all exhibition components (pedestals, temp walls, platforms, casework). Constructs object mounts, builds display cases, pedestals and plinths for exhibitions. Constructs and dismantles temporary walls/partitions for exhibitions. Mats and frames works of art. Fabricates crates for international and domestic transport of fine art.
  • Assists with movement of artwork and other items in the permanent collection and on loan. Drives motorized vehicles to fulfill job duties. Performs other duties as assigned.
  • May be required to travel (nationally or internationally) to serve as a Museum courier. Assignments are based on the needs of the Museum. Courier training and certification is required prior to the incumbent serving in this capacity. The incumbent may be required to work overtime according to department needs.


  • High School diploma or Equivalent and 1 year experience or a combination of post high school education and experience equal to 1 year.
  • Knowledge of exhibit displays, display design, and installation to include framing, art installation, construction and finishing, carpentry work, alterations, and repairs.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of this position, including the ability to climb ladders and lift and move objects up to 50 pounds.
  • Knowledge of art storage and display methods, techniques, and procedures.
  • Valid Class E driver's license or the ability to obtain one.

Contact Info              
For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or

Anticipated Salary Range            
Low to Mid $30's + Florida State Benefits available

Pay Plan
This is an USPS (University Support Personnel System) position.

Criminal Background Check
This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting.

How To Apply
If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Veterans' Preference   
Certain service members and veterans, and the spouses and family members of the service members and veterans, will receive preference and priority in employment and are encouraged to apply for the positions being filled. For information on who may be eligible for Veterans' Preference, go to, or call FSU Human Resources at (850) 644-6034.

IMPORTANT: In order to claim Veterans' Preference, applicants must upload a DD-214 (and other documentation, as applicable) with their online application prior to the closing date of the job opening.

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