Oakland Museum of CA

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Assistant Preparator*

Assistant Preparator*

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Intermittent Part-Time
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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.



The Assistant Preparator assists the Exhibition and Collection staff with the preparation, fabrication, installation, de-installation, transportation and storage activities related to temporary exhibitions, core gallery rotations, and institutional projects. This role also assists conservation and registration colleagues in the handling and care of the collections.



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.



  • 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




Core Galleries/Collections

  • Basic handling of art, artifacts and specimens; assist with packing, storage, transport and installation
  • Assist in collections maintenance, cleaning, treatment, repair, and documentation
  • Clean and maintain exhibition furniture and platforms
  • Assist with maintenance of all gallery media and interactive displays
  • Assist with collections retrieval, transportation and re-housing activities, and the organization and maintenance of storage facilities
  • Assist with pest management, maintenance of earthquake mitigation systems and security barriers
  • Assist with responding to incident reports, making repairs or referring issues to Conservators
  • Assist with conservation and curatorial rotations of art and artifacts in all core galleries



  • Assist in the fabrication of exhibit casework, furniture, props, scenic elements, guard rails, paneling, platforms, graphic boards, and dioramas
  • Assist in the building and painting of temporary exhibition walls, and the installation of wiring and lighting
  • Clean and maintain temporary exhibitions, as needed
  • Handle artifacts and art as required and assist with packing, transportation and installation of temporary exhibitions
  • Assist with media prototyping, and construction of media enclosures, mounts, and hardware (speakers, monitors, interactives, cables)
  • When necessary, demonstrate museum techniques to the public



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

  • 2-3 years related experience required
  • Ability to conduct research and understand reference materials
  • Basic math and geometric knowledge, and measurement skills
  • Basic knowledge of media systems utilized in museum settings
  • 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



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



The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community.