Museum Exhibition Preparatory & Fabricator
Reports to: Director of Collections
Job Posting Expires: Until the position is filled
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Hours: 25-29 hours per week
Grant Funded Position: 100%
General Responsibilities: The Museum Exhibition Preparatory & Fabricator will support the museum curators with secondary responsibilities supporting the facilities. This work will involve on-and off-site locations; packing and other duties as assigned. The Museum Exhibition Fabricator’s work is conducted in accordance with the museum’s official Collections Management Policy, adhering to the code of ethics advised by the American Alliance of Museums.
Reporting Supervisor: Director of Collections
Positions Supervised: none
Physical Demands: The Museum Exhibition Fabricator must be able to use a telephone, computer keyboard and mouse; reach with hands and arms, speak for extended periods of time and listen. The employee is frequently required to walk and sit, as well as to lift and carry objects such as objects, boxes, books and files weighing up to 100 pounds; work within confined spaces; feel comfortable on a ladder; work around dust and mildew. The Museum Exhibition Fabricator is often required to stand, stoop or kneel. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and the ability to focus. The physical demands described here are representative of the requirements 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.
Core Responsibilities and Duties:
- Constructs and prepares exhibition mounts, props, backgrounds and special lighting effects; uses hand and power tools; paints; constructs and finishes temporary partitions.
- Builds fine cabinets, such as vitrines and showcases.
- Prepares, hangs and installs museum objects.
- Mounts wall readers, labels, photographs and other materials.
- Cuts and assembles mats and frames for prints and drawings.
- Reclaims materials from the installation for future use.
Skills: Requires knowledge of: The standard tools, practices and methods used in painting; rough and finish carpentry as well as cabinet work; metalworking; and the use of different materials such as various kinds of lumber, fabrics, plastics, mechanical fasteners and adhesives.
Requires ability to: Physically handle museum objects with great care; work from sketches and follow oral and written instructions as to construction and installation of museum exhibits.
Requires skill in the use of a variety of hand and power tools and in the use and application of various fabrication materials.
Qualifications: The Museum Exhibition Fabricator must be highly organized, detail-oriented and have the ability to manage multiple takes. The Museum Exhibition Fabricator should have a minimum of two years of collections and exhibition experience. Demonstrated experience in the preparation, fabrication, installation and the care and handling of valuable art objects; making museum mounts for objects; building exhibition furniture and working closely with museum staff at a museum, gallery, or traveling exhibition program
 FLSA stands for the Fair Labor Standards Act, which was enacted by Congress in 1938 and is under Federal Wage and Hour statutes. The Fair Labor Standards Act uses the terms exempt and nonexempt to describe work that is included (nonexempt) or not included (exempt) in the Act’s overtime and record-keeping provisions. The Act requires that overtime (payment for hours worked in excess of 40 hours in one week) be paid to employees performing nonexempt work.View PDF