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Preparator & Registrar

Metal Museum
Job Description
To support the preservation of, presentation of, and access to the artwork owned by the Museum and on loan from other institutions and private collectors through art handling, exhibition maintenance, and registration.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
  • Assist Collections & Exhibitions Manager and Exhibitions Coordinator in creating and implementing Museum policies, procedures, and best practices encompassing storage, packing, shipping, security of artwork in transit, and object conservation.
  • Assist in training Curatorial Department interns and volunteers, as well as cross training other Museum staff, interns, and volunteers when necessary.
Preparation & Art Handling 
  • Daily care of artwork in the Museum’s custody and control, including, but not limited to, the Museum’s Permanent Collection, loans for exhibitions, and items in temporary custody.
    • Maintain and care for all temporary and permanent indoor exhibitions.
    • Maintain and care for all permanent outdoor exhibitions. Coordinate with Repairs & Restoration Specialist for the in-depth maintenance and repair of works in the Sculpture Garden.
    • Identify Permanent Collection conservation needs, with assistance from Collections & Exhibitions Manager and Repairs & Restoration Specialist.
  • Prepare artwork for exhibitions and outgoing loans, including evaluating condition, mounting requirements, packing solutions, re-housing plans, and movement of artwork.
  • Coordinate packing, unpacking, and crating of artwork, including fabrication of packing cases and retrofitting crates for Permanent Collection, traveling exhibitions, and loans accordingly.
  • Manage the installation of permanent and temporary exhibitions in galleries.
    • Write exhibition deinstallation/installation daily work schedule for each exhibition change over with assistance from Collections & Exhibitions Manager.
    • Organize, maintain, and inventory exhibition furniture, cases, and other non-art items necessary for the display of artwork.
    • Maintain inventory and order supplies for art storage and installation, including painting, lighting, and A/V supplies.
    • Maintain storage of tools and supplies in a secure and orderly fashion.
    • Coordinate with Repairs & Restoration Specialist to design and create all mounts needed for display of artwork.
    • Install artwork and non-art components in galleries during exhibition deinstallation/installation.
  • Manage and monitor the condition and appearance of art and crate storage areas.
  • Organize and stage art in preparation for photography and assist Marketing Manager or other photographer(s) during shoot.
  • Assist Collections & Exhibitions Manager and Exhibitions Coordinator with exhibition design and layout.
Registration & Collections Management 
  • Responsible for all shipping, receiving, and conditioning of artworks required for permanent and temporary exhibitions, new acquisitions, and outgoing loans.
    • Oversee local pick-up and deliveries of artwork and releasing/receiving artwork as directed.
    • When required, acts as courier for loans and exhibitions.
    • Assist Exhibitions Coordinator in maintaining records pertaining to shipment and conditioning of artwork.
  • Document object information in PastPerfect database in coordination with Collections & Exhibitions Manager, including conditions, measurements, markings, locations, and photographs of artwork.
  • Physically number Permanent Collection artwork.
  • Track environmental conditions in all art storage spaces and galleries.
  • Assist Collections & Exhibitions Manager with special collections projects (i.e., Visible Storage, specific object collection processing, Library & Archives collections, etc.).
Other duties as assigned.
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience working with art in a museum, gallery, or related industry is required. 2-year degree in metals, art, art history, history, museum studies, or a related field preferred. Will consider an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
    • Experience in fine art handling, registration, installation, packing, crating, and transportation preferred.
  • Proficient in several computer programs, including but not limited to: Office Suite, Gmail, and web applications. Knowledge of Past Perfect database or other collections management system a plus.
  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills are required.
  • Ability to organize and plan schedules within a changing work environment while adhering to the time-sensitive nature of museum production work, and to coordinate several tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to properly analyze the physical requirements and the inherent risks associated with object handling.
  • Comfortable climbing ladders and operating lifting equipment along with the ability to lift, push, pull, and support heavy objects, crates, and other items. Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in carpentry skills and use of shop tools and equipment or willingness to learn these skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse array of people, including Museum guests, supporters, clients, vendors, volunteers, and staff, in both large and small groups.
  • Valid driver’s license helpful.

Hours, Compensation, and Benefits
The work week for this position is Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 5PM, with rotating Sundays, 9:30AM – 5PM (approximately once per month). Additional hours (nights and weekends) may be required. All full-time staff are expected to be available to assist with Museum events. Museum staff must be available the week before, during, and after Repair Days, which is held annually in the fall.
The salary starts at $38,000. Salary is contingent on experience and ability. Benefits include health insurance and a 3% Simple IRA employer match after 2 years of employment.
To Apply
Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Brooke Garcia, Collections & Exhibitions Manager, at Please, no phone calls.
The Metal Museum is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We strongly encourage LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, and people of color to apply.
Contact Information

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