Museum Preparator, Temporary Exhibitions

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks qualified candidates for the position of Museum Preparator, Temporary Exhibitions. Reporting to the Head of Exhibition Design and Production, the Museum Preparator, Temporary Exhibitions, performs a wide variety of semi-skilled and skilled duties in the preparation, installation, de-installation, and care of objects and works of art at the museum level. This position has lead responsibilities for temporary exhibitions and may assume responsibilities for some permanent exhibition projects.

  • Assist in identifying and scheduling exhibition project tasks; complete and report on assigned tasks and milestone accomplishments; work to achieve smooth workflow and stated goals.
  • Prepare and fabricate temporary exhibition components; install, maintain, and de-install art, objects, and related materials using appropriate and sound techniques and materials; create displays, props, mounts, and backgrounds from various media and material; set up and focus exhibit lights; install graphics, signage, and labels; may oversee, coordinate, and manage fabrication and component installation/ de-installation as assigned.
  • Monitor and maintain exhibition areas; ensure that security, physical safety, mechanical, cosmetic, and environmental conditions are appropriate for exhibit operation and conservation of objects and works of art.
  • Adjust and repair exhibition components within pre-approved guidelines; recommend additional repairs or adjustments as needed.
  • Use methods of handling, packing, moving, and installing artwork and objects that meet museum guidelines and standards.
  • Assist in building walls, pedestals, and display cases and in making mattes, frames, and armatures as needed.
  • Receive and uncrate shipments of art and related materials; may build crates as needed.
  • Maintain production areas, wood and machine shop, tools and equipment, and storage areas; work in ways consistent with established safety standards and ensure all temporary staff follow those standards.
  • Maintain skills through attendance at workshops, further education, and reading/researching professional literature.

To perform effectively in this position, the incumbent must have:

  • Working knowledge and skills in the preparation, installation, and care/handling of valuable objects in a museum or gallery.
  • Knowledge of exhibit fabrication and production techniques; experience creating mounts for two- and three-dimensional objects; experience working with wood and machine shop tools.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work with word processing, spreadsheets, Power Point; experience with CAD programs preferred.
  • Very effective oral and listening communications skills and the ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultures, ages, and economic backgrounds; ability to work well in a team environment and independently.
  • Organizational skills to multitask; ability to plan and organize projects.

Typically, these skills and experience result from completion of related college-level studies in art, fine arts, museum studies, design, or related fields and/or equivalent work experience, preferably in a similar type of organization.
Please send resume and cover letter describing your skills and interests by mail, fax, or e-mail to:
Human Resources Department
Re: Museum Preparator, Temporary Exhibitions
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
FAX: (310) 440-4595