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Museum Preparator I (On-Call) x 5
Museum Preparator I (On-Call) x 5
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Post Date: 13 Sep 2022


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the United States and a thriving cultural center for the Bay Area. We cannot imagine life without art; it inspires and connects us every day. Now more than ever, these connections matter, and are aligned with our values.
Inclusive: We know we make the greatest impact when a full range of voices is represented.
Passionate: We believe art and the creative process can open our minds to help us build a better world.
Brave: We nurture a responsive, action-oriented atmosphere fueled by curiosity and innovation.
Empathic: We aim to act like a person, not an institution, and forge authentic relationships with our community.
SFMOMA is a place for the infinitely curious to explore, support and experience the art of our time. We believe that modern and contemporary art can influence the way we think, view the world, and embrace the many voices and perspectives around us. We aspire to foster an environment that elicits joy, nurtures a sense of belonging and purpose—where difference is seen as a strength, and everyone is appreciated for their whole self.
Schedule: On-CallPay Rate: $28.18/hour (starting) (Revised 9/7/22)
This is a union position subject to the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Under supervision of the Assistant Head Preparator, the Museum Preparator I is responsible for the preparation and handling of art objects in the permanent collection and exhibitions. This generalist position collaborates extensively throughout the Collections, Exhibitions, and Design Divisions and other museum departments on logistics related to care, access, handling and storage of artworks at both of the Museum’s locations at 151 Third Street and South San Francisco in the execution of SFMOMA’s programs. The Prep I’s responsibilities also include further developing the professional standards of art handling at SFMOMA.
The Prep I’s responsibilities also include further developing the professional standards of art handling at SFMOMA.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Art Handling
  • Consistently upholds standards in collection care and installation. Participates in the development of procedures and standards to improve the movement, handling, packing and installation of art.
  • In concert with the project team, assist with the movement, packing/unpacking, installation, and proper lighting of artwork.
  • Prepare, hang, install, light, de-install works of art utilizing proper handling and security techniques.
  • Paint and / or construct walls, pedestals, boxes, fixtures and other finished structures related to the installation and display of exhibitions and works of art.
  • Participate in the design of exhibition display fixtures including pedestals platforms and mounts.
  • Participate in preparing, releasing, or receiving of artwork for variety of activity.
  • Participate in collections inventories.
  • Participate in the packing/unpacking of artwork.
  • Participate in designing and constructing housings and mounts for the safe storage of artwork.
  • Participate in the planning, access, organization, documentation and movement of works to be stored in new storage spaces.
  • Safely and securely house, handle and transport artwork and materials throughout the museum, and ensure that storage, galleries and work areas are well-maintained.
  • As assigned, represent SFMOMA to other institutions, both national and international, to facilitate the installation and/or deinstallation of SFMOMA-organized exhibitions and/or presented artworks from SFMOMA’s collection.
  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Team Building
  • Create and foster a diverse and inclusive department and encourage staff to engage with a deeper sense of belonging and shared responsibility.
  • Works as part of a collaborative cross-functional team to proactively provide museum guests of all backgrounds with a world-class museum experience.
  • Set an example of standards for performance and professional behavior with colleagues. Develop and enhance professional standards. Serve as a communicator of departmental and institutional goals and professional standards internally and externally. Participate in mentoring staff at every subsequent level of experience. 

Qualifications & Skills

  • Education & Training
  • Possession of a High School diploma or G.E.D certificate. Knowledge of modern and contemporary art desirable. Art museum experience strongly preferred.
  • Work Experience
  • A minimum of one (1) year related professional art handling experience or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Desired Skills & Abilities
  • Ability to work in effective and efficient manner with regard to time and materials.
  • Ability to proficiently utilize shop equipment including portable and stationary power tools.
  • Demonstrated concern for detail, accuracy, and efficiency in the execution of projects.
  • Demonstrate safe shop practices with all equipment including both stationary and portable power tools.
  • Knowledge of safety precautions and procedures related to the handling of solvents, adhesives and other fabrication related solutions.
  • Ability to demonstrate and foster good stewardship in regards to the upkeep of spaces.
  • Ability to demonstrate and foster good stewardship in regards to the museum’s waste handling and recycling practices.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and professionally with other supervisors, museum staff, students, outside clients, vendors, volunteers, and the public.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Fitness for using power tools and forklift or scissor lift.
  • Ability to travel between, and work at, multiple SFMOMA venues as requested.

The position’s workspace is divided between the museum’s Third Street location and its Collection Center in South San Francisco dependent on assigned projects
Location: San Francisco, 151 3rd Street. 
COVID-19 Environmental Factors: In keeping with city, county, and state regulations regarding large gatherings, and to contain the spread of coronavirus, the museum is following the city of San Francisco guidelines. As a part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccination is required for all current and newly hired employees and contractors. 
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 
SFMOMA is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. No person shall be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, age, genetic information, ancestry/national origin, marital status, disability, medical condition, HIV status, sexual orientation, veteran/military status, and any other category protected by federal of state law. If you are a qualified individual with a disability, you may request reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to access job openings or with providing additional information asked in the job posting. You can request reasonable accommodation by contacting the People Team at [email protected]


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