Associate Preparator (part-time)

Company Name: 

Oakland Museum of California

Job Description: 

Oakland Museum of California

Req No 2018-1290
Category Preparation
Type Intermittent Part-Time
Closing Date
Targeted Job Start Date 1/1/2019


The part-time Associate Preparator assists the Exhibition and Collections staff with the preparation, fabrication, installation, de-installation, maintenance, transportation and storage activities related to temporary exhibitions, core gallery rotations, and institutional projects. Also assists Conservation and Registration colleagues in the handling and care of the collection. Serves as Lead Preparator for assigned projects.



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 research, examination, maintenance, cleaning, treatment, repair, and documentation
  • Engage in collections packing, retrieval, and re-housing activities, and the development, organization, and maintenance of storage facilities
  • Assist with lighting, installation and maintenance, framing and mounting
  • Assist with climate monitoring, microclimate design, testing and maintenance
  • Participate in disaster mitigation and response, pest management, design and maintenance of earthquake mitigation systems and security barriers




  • Assist with the fabrication of exhibit casework, furniture, props, prototypes, counters, tables, exhibit display cases, as well as scenic construction, guardrails, paneling, platforms, graphic boards, and dioramas
  • Build and paint temporary walls, and assist with 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 the constructions of enclosures, mounts, and hardware (speakers, monitors, interactives, cables)


  • Participate in the purchasing of supplies and processing of invoices
  • 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:



  • Ability to display and encourage visitor and internal customer service, take and share responsibility and treat others with respect


  • 3-5 years related experience required
  • Ability to perform all related functions of Assistant Preparator
  • Basic knowledge of office computer systems, collections management systems, and technical reference materials
  • Knowledge of and adherence to personal and workplace safety procedures and tool operation
  • Intermediate knowledge of museum standards for environment, artifact handling, storage and display
  • Intermediate knowledge of gallery operations and maintenance requirements
  • Understanding of methods and materials for fabrication of museum exhibit elements
  • Works independently with minimum supervision
  • 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
  • Typical office environment
  • Ability to lift more than 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.

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