Museum Preparator Assistant

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Museum Preparator Assistant




Located along the beautiful downtown waterfront of Tampa, Florida, the Tampa Museum of Art (TMA) is one of Florida’s Gulf Coast premier art museums, serving the community since its founding in 1920. TMA opened its award-winning new building in 2010 with a commitment to provide innovative public programs with a focus on ancient, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection, including one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States, with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions and events. The region’s largest institution devoted to the art of our time, TMA has fostered a reputation for presenting contemporary photography and new media; most notably, Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa), a 14,000 square-foot LED installation on its south façade, has become an iconic landmark for Tampa. Since its founding, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge, the Museum has emerged as Tampa’s premier venue for special events and is home to Riverwalk Café at TMA, a café featuring favorite local flavors overlooking the Hillsborough River.


Under direct supervision, support the preparation of exhibitions, installations, and related programs.


Under direct supervision:

  • Check the condition of the galleries and perform gallery maintenance; i.e., dust, sweep, etc…as according to best Museum practices
  • Assist in the preparation, installation, and deinstallation of exhibitions
  • Locate, pull objects for examination and/or exhibition; and then return objects to storage when directed
  • Mat and frame works on paper
  • Install audio/visual equipment for new media displays, interpretive material, etc…
  • Install and design gallery graphics such as signs, labels, and text and photo panels
  • Take installation photography and edit raw files
  • Perform carpentry, patchwork of drywall, and painting work as required
  • Construct and prepare wooden platforms, pedestals, basic mounts, and other museum related fabrications
  • Set and maintain lighting in galleries to assure exhibitions are properly lit according to best Museum practices
  • Assist with maintaining an inventory of preparation supplies such as framing items, paint, carpentry items and packing materials
  • Load and unload fine art shipments
  • Occasionally preform local pick-ups and returns of artworks and supplies
  • Receive, unpack, inspect, and pack works of art
  • Organize and maintain all exhibitions and transport furniture including pedestals, vitrines and crates
  • Maintain all work areas in a clean safe manner


  • Application of good knowledge of museum properties and/or handling of artifacts methods and procedures.
  • Application of good knowledge in the methods and procedures used in the matting and framing of works of art.
  • Application of good knowledge of carpentry, construction and design of exhibits methods and procedures.
  • Application of good knowledge of utilization and maintenance of power and hand tools, gantries, lifts (fork, scissor, genie, etc…), pallet jacks, etc…
  • Ability to drive a box truck (CDL license not required)
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Application of good knowledge of Abode Creative Suite preferred.
  • Understand and be familiar with federal, state, and city laws, rules, regulations, related to transportation, preservation and display of artifacts, state and local labor and occupational safety and health rules and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, officials, vendors, museums, foundations and the public.
  • Clear, concise oral and written communication to prepare and present reports to management.
  • Valid Florida driver’s license


  • Frequent and prolonged periods of standing, sitting, bending, stooping, reaching; stepping on step stools/ladders; working at heights on ladders and lifts; pushing and pulling shipping/packing crates; the carrying of materials, supplies and art objects during the setting up and tearing down of exhibitions or while preparing artwork for storage or shipping.
  • Occasional exposure to chemicals and fumes common to the matting and framing of artwork and those utilized in creating exhibits and displays.


Education and Experience: A Bachelor’s degree or equivalency, and two (2) years of museum experience handling art and artifacts, including one (1) year of experience in the construction and preparation of pedestals, platforms, basic cavity packs/crates, and other museum related fabrications.


Qualified applicants should send CV/resume and cover letter including reasons for interest in the position and summary of relevant experience to Indicate the job title “Museum Preparator Assistant” in the subject line. Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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