Oakland Museum of CA

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Assistant Preparator

Assistant Preparator

Req No. 
2016-1165
Category 
Preparation
Type 
Intermittent Part-Time
Closing Date 
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Schedule 
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Targeted Job Start Date 
10/15/2017

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Overview

The Oakland Museum of California values are fundamental to our institutional culture and guide our work together.

 

Excellence: We are committed to excellence and working at the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

 

Community: We believe everyone should feel welcome and part of our community, both within the Museum and with our visitors and neighbors.

 

Innovation: We embrace innovation and calculated risk-taking to achieve our mission.

 

Commitment: Our work at the Museum demonstrates a sense of purpose and a shared accountability for the institution’s success.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Assistant Preparator assists the Exhibition and Collection staff in the handling, packaging, transportation and display of collections and artifacts. This role assists in the conservation, design, development, construction, fabrication, installation/de-installation and maintenance of exhibits, including; facilities, furniture, exhibit enclosures, media enclosures and displays.  

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The following reflects OMCA’s definition of essential functions for this position, but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. OMCA may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

 

INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the Museum’s mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future
  • Contribute to and support the OMCA strategic plan, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as diversity advancement
  • Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and openness to many perspectives
  • Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement

 

POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Collections

  • Handling: basic art handling, artifacts and specimens, assist with packing, storage, transport, and installation
  • Maintenance: assist in collections research, examination, maintenance, cleaning, treatment, repair, and documentation
  • Access: collections packing, retrieval, and rehousing activities, storage facility organization, development and maintenance
  • Environments: exhibit lighting, installation and maintenance, framing and mounting, climate monitoring, microclimate design, testing and maintenance
  • Protection: disaster mitigation and response, pest management, design and maintenance of earthquake mitigation systems and security barriers

Exhibitions

  • Furniture: prototype seating, counters, tables, exhibit display cases
  • Exhibit Enclosures: scenic construction, guard rails, paneling, platforms, graphic boards, dioramas
  • Facilities: walls, painting, lighting, tool set-up installation and maintenance, wiring, dusting, cleaning of exhibits as needed
  • Artifact & Art Handling: handle artifacts and art as required, assist with installation
  • Media Installations: prototype, enclosures, mounts, hardware (speakers, monitors, interactives, cables)
  • Assist in the handling, packaging, transportation and display of collections and artifacts
  • Fabrication/construction of exhibit casework, furniture, props, scenic elements
  • Preparation of exhibit spaces including walls, painting and wiring
    • Public Interaction: demonstrate museum techniques to the public

Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

A combination of experience and education that demonstrates possession of the necessary knowledge and abilities for this position is required as noted:

  • High School diploma, GED or equivalent required
  • B.A. degree in related discipline preferred
  • 2-3 years related experience required

 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to conduct research and understand reference materials
  • Basic math and geometric knowledge, and measurement skills
  • Basic knowledge of office computer systems
  • Basic knowledge of personal and workplace safety procedures and tool operation
  • Basic knowledge of museum standards for environment, artifact handling, storage and display
  • Basic knowledge of gallery operations and maintenance requirements
  • Basic understanding of methods and materials for museum registration and conservation practices
  • Basic understanding of methods and materials for fabrication of museum exhibit elements
  • English, fluent in both spoken and written form

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:

  • Noise, such as groups of people working in enclosed areas and vehicle and equipment noise
  • Typical office environment
  • Ability to lift up to up to 50 pounds

 

EEO STATEMENT

The Oakland Museum of California is a multicultural organization, committed to diversity and practicing equal opportunity employment in recruitment and hiring. Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for open positions.