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    TITLE: Part-time Preparator

    DEPARTMENT: Curatorial

    SUPERVISOR: Exhibition Designer and Chief Preparator

    EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Part-time/999 hours a year

    HIRING RANGE: $21 per hour, Depending on Experience


    The Preparator engages audiences by creating dynamic and educational exhibition installations. Working as part of a team of art preparators/installers, this position is primarily responsible for facilitating the installation of exhibitions in the Museum per the Museum exhibition program.


    Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Collaborate in a team environment to produce superior quality exhibitions
    Installing and deinstalling exhibitions and installations according to the plans of the Exhibition Designer, Registrar, or designated Curatorial staff
    Preparing and packing/unpacking objects for travel and assisting with incoming and outgoing shipments
    Ability to safely use hand and power tools and other necessary equipment.
    Paint galleries and exhibition furniture
    Prepare signs and labels
    Fabricate hanging and mounting systems for works of art
    Ability to perform physical work associated with preparation of exhibits.
    Perform maintenance duties to keep exhibits and displays clean and clearly labeled
    Prepare artwork and historical artifacts for shipping; receive and unpack shipments of art objects and other exhibition related materials
    Transport art in 26’ moving trucks; knowledge of proper strapping techniques required
    Completing finish work for exhibitions or installations including lighting, leveling, cleaning, labeling, and signage
    Ability to multi-task and assume a variety of projects simultaneously.
    Perform related duties as required.

    Successful completion of a four-year degree from an accredited college or university in art, commercial art, museum studies, art museum education, or a closely related field.
    Ability to work with new/digital media, such as A/V setup and projection, digital editing, DVD authoring.
    Ability to solve problems and find attractive and safe solutions to hanging and/or showcasing unusual works of art.
    Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with staff members, volunteers, and subcontractors.
    Ability to work under pressure and adhere to aggressive changeover schedule.
    Valid California driver’s license.
    Preferred Skills and Knowledge

    Rigging techniques for large and small objects.
    Three years of professional art installation experience working in an art museum, gallery, related institution, or art studio.
    Familiarity with lighting art.
    Complicated fabrication of wood, metal, or plastic.
    Familiarity with welding techniques; MIG and Oxy.
    An understanding of the goals and strategies of art museum education.
    Strong design skills and knowledge of a range of aesthetic styles to assure historical appropriateness and compatibility between the exhibition design and the art presented.
    Matting and framing skills.

    Ensure that projects and supplies are within the annual fiscal budget.


    The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand and walk for long periods of time; use hands and arms to reach, handle, and feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 lbs or more.


    Crocker Art Museum strives to comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination, and is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and business need in order to have the best available person in each job. The Museum has a “zero-tolerance” policy prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, gender, genetic characteristics, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. Any such discrimination is prohibited.
    Last edited by Matt I; 02-26-2024 at 07:24 AM.

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