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Job Listing: Museum Preparator

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The Mariners' Museum - Newport News, VA

Closes - Open until filled.

Position Title – Museum Preparator

Salary - $22.00/Hour

Job Type - Full-Time

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The Museum Preparator supports the Director of Exhibitions and the Exhibition Production Manager in producing, installing and maintaining The Mariners Museum’s Exhibitions. This position is primarily responsible for carpentry & fabrication, exhibit lighting, and framing & mounting.

This is a full time, hourly, non-exempt position with an hourly rate of $22.00. No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.


Carpentry & Fabrication

  • Construct and finish exhibition walls, casework, furniture, and other exhibition needs.
  • Fabricate special projects that may include models, replicas, interactive elements and immersive environments within an exhibition.
  • Assist with fabrication of mounts for artifacts.
  • Assist with exhibition installation and de-installation.


  • Recommend, select, and install museum exhibition lighting in keeping with applicable standards.
  • Responsible for maintaining exhibit lighting to include replacing bulbs and/or fixtures.

Framing & Mounting

  • Mount Museum graphics, text panels and labels.
  • Collaborate with Conservators to mat and frame all photographs, prints, paintings for exhibitions and out-going loans.

Other Duties

  • Responsible for ordering and maintaining inventory of lighting, framing, mounting and exhibition installation materials.
  • Create, mount and install temporary museum signs.
  • Monitor the condition and appearance of exhibition spaces and make repairs and clean as necessary.
  • Select and oversee contractors and vendors needed for materials and fabrication.
  • Assist with operations, maintenance, and inventory of Exhibit Production and the Frame Shop.
  • Assist the Collections Management department with handling and moving objects.
  • Assist other departments as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

. Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Must have basic carpentry skills, woodworking, and construction knowledge including the use of power tools.
  • Must possess a high level of creativity, esthetic sensitivity and attention to detail.
  • Must have a willingness to learn and/or experiment with new techniques and materials.
  • Must have skills and knowledge in exhibition production methods and materials including archival framing of artwork.
  • Must have knowledge of museum lighting to include artifact preservation.
  • Must have basic experience with MS Windows applications.
  • Must be able to work in a team orientated environment.
  • Must be able to multitask and meet deadlines.

Education and Experience:

  • Four to six years’ of experience in the technical aspects of the job is preferred.
  • Previous museum experience is required.
  • Associates’ degree in art or a design-related field is preferred.
  • Experience in operating a forklift and scissor lift is preferred.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug screen prior to employment.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to perform work of strenuous nature to include lifting, carrying, climbing, stooping.
  • Must be able to perform heavy work, exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and 50 pounds of force frequently.
  • May be required to work occasional weekends or non-standard hours.
  • May require rare overnight travel to install or de-install temporary traveling exhibits.
  • May be called upon to report during emergencies.