Hiring – Associate Preparator

Associate Preparator & Art and Artifact Handler

The Columbus Museum (GA)

Under general supervision of the Exhibition Coordinator and Designer, assists in the planning, preparation, design, and installation of museum exhibits, art collections, historical artifacts or other display materials. Designs and constructs display materials as required. Assists with moving, maintenance, and security of collections.


    Assist installing permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions, including but not limited to the fabrication of exhibits; installing objects, labels, text panels, graphics; creating hands-on interactives; and lighting, as well as preparation of galleries for installation by doing light construction, patching and painting.


    Assist de-installing permanent galleries and temporary exhibits, including but not limited to removal or relocation of artwork and artifacts, removal of all exhibition materials, and safely housing objects, frames and installation materials.


    Framing: mat and frame artwork, in accordance with standard museum conservation practices; including building and assembling frames, and cutting mat board.


    Produce exhibit mounts and supports, in accordance with standard museum conservation practices; including furniture and archival supports for housing and displaying artifacts and artwork.


    Produce and install labels and text panels, according to museum standards and with curatorial approval.
    Assist in the maintenance and storage of installation materials, storage areas and wood shop; including routine maintenance, cleanliness and safety of workshop, fabrication area and equipment.


    Assist in creating and implementing lighting design of permanent and temporary exhibitions, in accordance with museum standards and practices and as approved by the Exhibition Designer and the Curator.


    Adhere to the schedule and meet all deadlines set forth; continually update the Exhibition Coordinator and Designer on the status of ongoing installations and projects.


    Assist in implementing exhibition display design, as developed by and in accordance with the Exhibition Coordinator and Designer.


    Design and construct (or purchase) crates, display cases, and any related items as required, in budget.


    Purchase and acquire any and all materials needed for aforementioned items, as approved by the Exhibition Coordinator and Designer. Responsible for turning in any and all receipts, bills of lading and packing lists to the Exhibition Coordinator and Designer in a timely manner.


    Perform routine checks and maintenance of permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions: inspecting, caring, replacing and repairing exhibit items, including the lighting. Other responsibilities may involve drywall spackling and finishing, painting, sanding, and cleaning as part of maintenance of galleries and exhibitions.


    Responsible for the maintenance of all gallery guides, literature and comment books within the galleries. Coordinate the distribution of all such materials to Security. Perform routine checks of permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions.


    Respond to any requests of Director of Curatorial Affairs within 1 business day and complete requested tasks within a 3 business day timeframe whenever possible.


    Assist Collection Managers with art movement, location updates and other projects, as needed.


    Continually research and stay abreast of art and artifact handling and display methods, techniques, and procedures, as well as storage and lighting methods to stay fresh and current.


    Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Educational Level:

Bachelor’s degree in fine arts or closely related design field preferred


2 years job related experience preferred.  Comparable experiences and training.

This is a full-time position with full benefits. Interested applicants should visit the Muscogee County School District website at www.muscogee.k12.ga.us to submit an online application (Associate Preparator & Art and Artifact Handler, (https://mcs.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx ).  The Columbus Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


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