Henry Art Gallery seeks On Call Preparator

The On-Call Preparator / Art Handler is responsible for assisting in the safe and efficient internal movement, housing, and installation of collections and loan objects. The On-Call Preparator / Art Handler is a temporary, part-time position. The position is most active during installation and de-installation of museum exhibitions. This position works as part of a team in Exhibitions, as well as closely with staff from other departments and outside contractors.

STATUS: Part-time, on-call; FLSA non-exempt; non-benefitted

STARTING RATE: $22 – $25 per hour, depending on experience

SCHEDULE: Tuesday – Friday; Current expected work dates are:
• June 27 – July 21
• August 22 – October 18
Additional work dates to be determined

REPORTS TO: Head Preparator

• Assist team in the preparation, installation, and de-installation of objects for exhibitions, including matting and framing, and construction of mounts
• Assist in construction of housing for art objects
• Assist in the processes of proper art handling methods, and art storage practices
• Preparing gallery spaces for art installation
• Performs additional duties as assigned

This position frequently lifts or otherwise handles large and sometimes heavy objects, operates construction tools, and operates heavy machinery.

• Demonstrated experience (typically a minimum of 2 years) handling art, preferably in a museum setting
• Experience with handling, installing, and mounting a variety of 2-dimenstional and 3-dimensional art objects
• Experience in the safe operation and maintenance of a variety of hand and power tools
• Ability to read and follow diagrams and schematics
• Must be able to work collaboratively within a team, work independently when given a task, and possess a willingness to learn new art handling skills and techniques
• Must be flexible, detail-oriented, with excellent communication skills

• Knowledge of installation materials and techniques and fine art packing
• Experience in the safe operation and maintenance of a variety of hand and power tools, hydraulic lifts, and fork and scissor lifts
• Experience preparing and painting gallery walls
• Basic woodworking skills is a plus

BENEFITS: This position is non-benefited. This position does not accrue vacation time or receive holiday credit hours.

The employee will have access to or receive:
• Sick leave accrued at a rate of 1 hour of sick leave per every 40 hours worked
• Paid holiday time during designated museum holiday closures that occur on days the employee is otherwise regularly scheduled to work

APPLY: To apply, please send cover letter and resume to opportunities@henryart.org. No phone calls, please. Applications for this position are always accepted, and are reviewed on a rolling basis year-round.

Diverse backgrounds make us stronger. We highly encourage Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+, and individuals of all abilities to apply.

Please see website for full details.