Lead Preparator

Company Name: 

Los Angeles County Museum Of Natural History Foundation


900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Job Description: 

ALead Preparator in Exhibitions

The  Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (“NHMLAC”)  was the first museum in L.A. to open its doors 108 years ago and is poised for an exciting new era as it plans for the future. Having recently completed a new strategic framework, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County—including NHM at Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in mid-Wilshire, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall—is looking forward to new building projects and campaigns, exhibitions, community outreach, and innovative audience engagement.


The  Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County  values and endeavors to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within its organization and communities. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC), neurodiverse, a woman, a person with a disability, a veteran, and/or a part of the LGBTQAI+ community are welcome and encouraged to apply.


The NHMLAC is seeking a  Lead Preparator in Exhibitions  for our  Education, Exhibitions, & Community Engagement  department. The  Lead Preparator  works closely with the  Supervisor, Exhibitions  to lead all exhibit installation, de-installation, object removal for loans, rigging, crate movement, and truck loading in the exhibitions department at the Natural History Museum. It is an exciting time as we embark on new journeys of becoming a museum of, for, and with L.A.


What we are looking for:

An experienced exhibit preparator to lead our team of skilled preparators and fabricators. Ideally, this person will have a minimum of 5 years experience in the field of museum work, specifically working with installing exhibits. We are seeking someone who will contribute to the harmony and camaraderie of the team, who will value opinions given by team members, who will treat each team member with respect, and who can lead projects with knowledge, confidence, and thoughtfulness. Please be clear in your resume and cover letter how much experience you have in the specific responsibilities listed below.


Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  1. Oversees the installation and de-installation of museum exhibits including installation of custom fixtures and exhibitry in collaboration with crew members and other Museum staff.
  2. Is organized, communicates well, and sets pace & scheduling for gallery work.
  3. Assigns tasks and tracks priorities using museum preferred software such as Asana, Google Calendars, and Google Drive.
  4. Works on the more complex tasks in the installation, de-installation, fabrication, and maintenance of museum exhibits.
  5. Participates in the construction of exhibit components and accessory materials as part of the fabrication team and provides problem-solving.


This position has the following requirements:

  • Will be required to be onsite as needed.
  • Will spend substantial time standing, walking, bending, sitting, crawling, climbing, crouching, squatting, reaching, kneeling, balancing, pushing, pulling, lifting, using eye-hand coordination, and working around equipment and machinery
  • Must travel via personal vehicle or public transport to off-site meetings and other museum sites.
  • Will frequently lift up to 50 lbs., and occasionally up to 75 lbs.
  • Will operate a computer using various programs including but not limited to Microsoft Office, accounting software, G Suite
  • Will operate wood shop, metal shop, and paint shop tools and machinery
  • Will use carts, pallet jacks, dollies, etc. to move heavy, bulky, and fragile items
  • Will work on a personnel lift, potentially up to 60-foot high ceiling
  • Will work with industry specific equipment for rigging and moving.
  • May be asked to work overtime, work weekends, or shift schedule to meet department needs
  • Will occasionally need to wear protective equipment (dust mask, goggles, gloves, etc.)
  • Will occasionally be working in tight spaces
  • Will operate machineries such as scissor lifts and forklifts

The  NHMLAC  is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion with culturally diverse audiences in museum and in sciences.


The  NHMLAC  is seeking applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment to working with a diverse community. Salary range for this position is $30.00 - $32.00 with experience plus excellent benefits. This is a full time regular, non-exempt position.


A cover letter, current resume, and list of 3-4 references are required for all applicants. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Interested candidates, please visit www.nhmlac.org/careers-our-museums  and click the link of the position you are interested in or go directly to the online application.


The  NHMLAC  is establishing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for staff, effective August 10, 2021. NHMLAC is requiring that all staff receive the vaccine for COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Exemptions for documented medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief may be requested.


The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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