Atthowe Fine Art Services is excited to hire a Head Rigger to develop our fine art rigging team.

Title: Head Rigger
Reports to: Head of Special Projects
Schedule: 8am-5pm, 32-40 hours weekly, depending on workload, Hourly
Pay Range: $41-$52/hour

About us:
In business since 1928, Atthowe is now a worker-owned company exclusively dedicated to the handling of fine art. We provide temperature and humidity-controlled art storage solutions, air and ground transportation support, as well as crating, mounting, and installation services. Our company has changed and grown over time, but always with the same focus of providing high-quality service in a friendly and caring environment. We pride ourselves on our decades of outstanding service and our art-loving, hard-working, dedicated team. We cherish our long history, but we also value our forward thinking, innovative practices. Atthowe Fine Art Services is an equal opportunity employer. We do not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, our clients, and our community.

Our Special Projects Department (an exciting, fast-growing part of the company) is looking for a Lead Fine Art Rigger (Head Rigger) - a fantastic opportunity for a hands-on technician and leader with an expert and unique skill set. This will be someone who can build a team, motivate and train others, and be part of the company's growth. The Head Rigger will help plan and execute large-scale art installations. They must be able to command respect and lead a team installing high-value artwork - always maintaining the safety of the people involved and the art they hold. The art can be big, and it can be small. Site conditions will vary, sometimes in a high-visibility museum setting, other times inside a quiet private residence; or maybe on a public street working high overhead, or on a loud construction site. This person will work closely with Project Managers and the Crew Manager and report to the Head of Special Projects. They will help develop and implement a rigging training program, develop means and methods for projects, and oversee equipment standards. Truly a chance to create an A-team and set impeccable standards. Atthowe Fine Art Services prides itself on successfully completing “impossible” projects. Expect to be challenged.

Check out what we do:
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Core Responsibilities of the Head Rigger:

  • Direct, perform, and consult on the lifting of large museum-quality objects using various lifting equipment, including gantries and cranes
  • Act as primary on-site contact for clients, project managers and sub-contractors, developing key relationships and directing crew
  • Possess expert skills and knowledge of rigging and art handling terminologies, materials, standards, and typical parties involved in the transit, rigging, installation, and storage of artworks
  • Effectively develop team cohesion with a culture of accountability, cooperative problem solving, and inclusivity
  • Ensure quality through coaching and supervising junior art handlers and assistant riggers in coordination with management, consulting on crew skill levels, performance reviews, and certifications
  • Evaluate crew on/and maintain safety certificates for: Level 2 Intermediate Rigger and Signal Person, forklifts, reach-lifts, scissor/boom-lifts, fall protection, scaffolding
  • Oversee rigging boxes and equipment, keeping kits supplied and maintained, ensuring crew has proper/safe supplies for all jobs
  • Safely and competently drive large vans and box trucks, understanding and abiding by company and DOT regulations
  • Inspect vehicles and maintain safety standards, and inform office of safety or maintenance issues
  • Typical rigging tasks include reviewing structural drawings/engineering directives, producing pick-plans, calculating load weights/lift points/rigging configurations, and performing crane signaling and/or radio directions
  • Perform other hands-on rigging, art handling, and/or supervisory tasks as needed

Core Accountabilities for all employees:

  • Safety of people: Never act in a way that would endanger you, a co-worker, or any other person
  • Safety, protection, and stewardship of all artwork and objects in our custody
  • Excellent communication, cooperation, and attention to detail with clients, colleagues, and other parties
  • Knowledge of and adherence to company standards and policies
  • Protect all confidential information, including client information, job details, images, and privileged company information
  • Maintain, clean, and safe-guard all tools, trucks, equipment, and other company property, both personal and shared
  • Professionally represent the company in the community, building effective relationships with clients and other stakeholders

Physical Demands:

  • Regularly required to walk, stand, sit, bend, lift, and use hands, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Regularly work on boom-lifts, scissor lifts or ladders for long periods of time
  • Regularly be in truck cab for extended periods and must exhibit physical agility to enter and exit trucks and/or trailers
  • Exposed to outside weather conditions on a frequent basis
  • Must be able to lift 60 pounds unassisted and must be able to frequently lift and/or move up to 300lbs with assistance of mechanical equipment
  • Regular use of mobile phone required for workflow


  • Minimum of five years of demonstrated experience as Level 2 Rigger and Signaling
  • Minimum of three years of experience in forklift operation and box-truck driving
  • Minimum of three years of experience in managing and directing art handling crew on job sites
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license and a clean driving record at the time of, and for the duration of employment
  • Complete and pass STA (Security Threat Assessment) application and verification
  • Able to work a flexible schedule as weekend, overtime, overnight, out of town, and holiday work may be necessary
  • Able to use hand tools with basic construction knowledge and skills
  • Able to pass safety screening of various job-sites, including drug testing

In addition to working with a friendly, art loving team, Atthowe also provides the following benefits:

  • 100% coverage of health insurance premiums through Kaiser (includes vision)
  • Dental and additional vision coverage through Principal
  • 17.5 days of PTO for full time employees (increases with seniority)
  • 12 holidays
  • 401K with 3% match
  • Cell phone reimbursement of $60/month
  • Eligibility to become a worker owner after two years of employment
  • Employee bonuses

How to Apply:
Send your cover letter and resume to Put Head Rigger in the subject line of the email.

Applications due by: 10/2/23