Exhibit Preparator, YPM

Connecticut, United States
Tuesday, 6 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 6 December 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Position Focus:

  • Reporting to the Peabody’s Assistant Director of Exhibitions, and working in conjunction with the Exhibition Department’s Museum Technician and Museum Preparator, the Exhibit Preparator will undertake work associated with the renovation and expansion of the Peabody’s exhibition galleries. This will include constructing display mounts for specimens and artifacts, preparation of taxidermized skins for exhibition, repair to taxidermized specimens, and molding, casting, and naturalistic finishing of replica objects.
  • Perform object handling and related activities including cleaning, repairing, assembling objects or architectural elements under the supervision of a conservator and/or registrar.
  • Move works of art between storage, exhibition, photography, shipping and other museum areas employing methods from hand carry to specialized mechanical means, depending on size, weight and condition.
  • Assist with framing, packing and unpacking of works of art for transport, using established methods and materials.
  • Work with both temporary and special exhibitions: install and secure wall panels, platforms, display cases, pedestals, labels and signs.
  • Construct and assemble custom packing components and enclosures.
  • Assist with the maintenance of art storage spaces; vacuum and dust art storage room and furniture; add or replace materials, as needed, to protect or support works while in storage.
  • Assemble prefabricated cardboard trays and other module packing systems for warehousing artwork.
  • Place modularized packaged artwork onto various shelving and rack storage systems.
  • Create and enter data into inventory system, following location change procedures.
  • Utilize hand-held bar code scanner for tracking locations in warehouse or storage areas.
  • Perform duties as assigned and according to a schedule that might rotate or change to accommodate work demands.

Essential Duties

  1. Assists with the construction of museum exhibits, display cases, frames, housings, mounts, lighting, theatrical sets and theater costumes through use of routine woodworking, metal working, welding, carpentry, electrical, glazing, painting and stitchery techniques.
  2. Handles and moves works of art, scenery and other structures. Maintains the general upkeep of the museum, workshop, tools and machinery.
  3. Provides and monitors security for the museum facility, contents, and visitors.
  4. Oversees and instructs support staff. Assists with installing and disassembling exhibits/sets. Fits costumes on actors.
  5. May assist in framing, packing and unpacking works of art. May input to and retrieve information from museum collection management database. Performs clerical functions incidental to museum activities.

Required Education and Experience

Two years of related work experience and a high school level education; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Proven ability with mountmaking, including familiarity with metal working techniques of brazing, soldering, and familiarity with welding.  Basic skills in specimen preparation and taxidermy.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated ability to organize own work and assist with others. Ability to analyze workflow and inventory and exercise effective judgment. Ability to perform all tasks following strict safety guidelines.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to take initiative and anticipate actions needed. Proven record of excellent attendance and punctuality. Ability to work without close supervision and to communicate problems accurately to supervisor.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Good problem-solving abilities. Ability to collaborate on elegant, customized, and cost-effective solutions to design problems.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Experience designing, constructing, and finishing brass clutch mounts for museum display. Experience preparing specimen skins and/or creating taxidermy mounts. Experience with casting and painting casts to mimic natural coloration. Experience with exhibition installations and de-installations. Familiarity with natural history and animal anatomy.

Physical Requirements

Demonstrated ability to use hand tools with extreme accuracy. Ability to move and handle fragile and/or heavy objects with great care and delicacy. Ability to safely lift 100 pounds.

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Evening Hours Required?


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The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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