Assistant Preparator, On-Call

Assistant Preparator, On-Call

Under the general supervision of the Lead Preparator, the Assistant Preparator will play in integral role in a PMA Portland Museum of Art’s (PMA’s) exhibitions. This position is responsible for assisting with the safe storage, transport, and display of objects under the museum’s care, including working closely with a team of registrars, preparators, photographer and technologists to successfully capture images of the collection, manage content provided by the curatorial staff, and assist with the digitalization of the PMA’s collections. The position is for periodic, occasional work.

Position Type: 
Staff Positions
Department/Division: 
Preparation/Exhibitions and Collections
Reports to: 
Lead Preparator
Essential Job Functions: 
  • Assists the Lead Preparator, and others of the department to prepare works of art in accordance with established best practices to ensure object safety and aesthetic presentation.
  • Assists in the movement and handling of artwork, objects, and artifacts for storage and transportation purposes in accordance with established PMA procedures to ensure object safety.
  • Assists with all loading and unloading of art shipments in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Assists with unpacking and packing of artwork and exhibition furniture.
  • Assists with the inventory of collections and updating of hard copy location records to ensure accurate documentation.
  • Assists with installation of artwork, exhibition signage, and wall didactics.
  • Assists with maintaining an organized, clean, and functional working prep space.
  • Performs special projects and other related duties as required, directed, or as the situation dictates.
  • Complies with all Portland Museum of Art safety rules and procedures.
  • Regular attendance at the workplace is required.
  • Fosters relationships and builds philanthropy with patrons at the PMA, as defined by displaying behavior that welcomes all individuals contacted during work
  • Supports the PMA’s strategic goal to advance a culture of inclusivity and diversity.
Supervisory Responsibility: 
None
Education and Experience: 
1-3 years of experience in art handling in a museum or gallery setting, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience. OSHA training and/or certification may be required.
Qualifications: 
  • The majority of work is performed in a noisy and dusty construction shop or in gallery space, with exposure to noxious chemicals and fumes. Operates various tools and machinery, including table saw, drill press, miter saw, frame chop, heavy material lift, routers, small hand tools and PMA-owned or leased vehicles. Frequently required to stand, walk, bend, crouch, and work on ladders and lifts for extended periods of time. Lifts heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Some work is performed in a normal office environment not subject to extremes of noise, temperature, odor, etc. Operates computers and other office equipment. Occasional local, regional, and national travel is required.
Working Conditions: 
  • Skilled in safe handling procedures of all mediums of art.
  • Familiarity with art installation methods and matting and framing techniques.
  • Basic working knowledge of hand tools and math applications.
  • Excellent time-management, planning, and teamwork skills.
  • Superior problem-solving ability and attention to detail.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to follow direction and work in a supportive role.
  • Physical ability to handle art, operate necessary equipment, and lift to 50 pounds as needed.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with coworkers and a variety of individuals contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
Terms: 
The Assistant Preparator position is a part-time, on-call, non-exempt, hourly, employment-at-will position. The position is for periodic, occasional work.
To Apply: 
Please email cover letter, résumé, and completed PMA Application for Employment (available at website) http://www.portlandmuseum.org/about/employ.shtml , to: apt.pma.112018@portlandmuseum .org. Job applications will be accepted electronically only and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, status as a whistleblower, marital status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

To Apply

Please email cover letter, résumé, and completed PMA Application for Employment (available at website) http://www.portlandmuseum.org/about/employ.shtml , to: apt.pma.112018@portlandmuseum .org. Job applications will be accepted electronically only and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, status as a whistleblower, marital status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.