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Location: Salt Lake City, UTAH
Job Type: PartTime

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Open Date 09/15/2020
Requisition Number PRN10647N
Job Title Preparator
Working Title Assistant Exhibition Preparator
Job Grade C
FLSA Code Nonexempt
Patient Sensitive Job Code? No
Type Non Benefited Staff / Student
Temporary? No
Standard Hours per Week 0-19
Full Time or Part Time? Part Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Summary


Is this a work study job? No
VP Area Academic Affairs
Department 00073 - Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range 12.02
Close Date
Job Summary

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah is looking for a highly motivated and well-organized individual to support the Collections and Exhibitions team in an energetic, creative, and supportive environment. The UMFA is committed to diversity and equal opportunity and encourages applications from people who self-identify as minorities or members of underrepresented groups. The Assistant Preparator will help to advance the UMFA’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) across all aspects of the Museum’s work, and to being a museum where our communities find themselves represented, welcomed, engaged, and heard.


The Assistant Preparator, working under the direction of the Deputy Director of Planning and Program and/or other Collections and Exhibitions staff as assigned, assists in the preparation for, installation, and deinstallation of temporary and permanent exhibitions.

Exhibition Installation:
The Assistant Preparator will assist with fabricating and finishing exhibition cases, pedestals, risers and other exhibition elements according to provided specifications. In preparation for exhibitions he/she/they will build and/or install exhibition elements including walls, temporary wall systems, and theatrical elements in exhibitions spaces. As assigned the Assistant Preparator will carry out the repair and painting of walls, exhibition cases, and fixtures as required. As assigned the Assistant Preparator participates in the unpacking of shipping crates, moving of art objects and the installation of art objects for temporary and permanent exhibitions. During installation he/she/they will participate in the layout of art objects as instructed.

Exhibition Deinstallation:
As assigned the Assistant Preparator participates in the deinstallation of art objects, moving of art objects and the packing of shipping crates for temporary and permanent exhibitions. He/She/They will also participate in the preparation of galleries between installations including the removal of exhibition cases, temporary walls, and other exhibition elements as required.

Other Fabrication Projects:
The Assistant Preparator may fabricate shipping crates, storage platforms, and other items for the needs of the exhibitions and collections functions of the Museum as required. He/She/They may also perform exhibition related tasks as needed for Museum special events and for other public spaces on the University campus as directed.

He/She/They performs additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Five years experience in exhibit preparation, carpentry and fabrication or equivalency required. Working knowledge of display techniques and specifications including understanding of various materials used in fabricating displays; ability to secure and pack materials for shipping. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are required in order to interpret instructions and present exhibit preparation information. This position is not responsible for providing patient care. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


• Experience in cabinet making/woodworking and use of common shop tools is a plus.
• Prepping and painting experience.
• Museum Preparator experience is desirable.
• Able to easily lift at least fifty pounds from floor to approximately fifty inches.
• Able to safely carry at least fifty pounds for thirty feet.
• Able to climb a twenty-foot ladder.
• Operate power tools requiring two hands.
• Pass a criminal background check.
• Have excellent vision or vision that can be corrected to excellent with glasses or contacts.

Special Instructions Summary
Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to applicants, consistent with University policy and Utah state law. To inquire about this posting, email: “” or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email: “” .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * How many years of experience do you have in exhibit preparation, carpentry and fabrication, and interactive exhibit development?
    • Less than 1 year
    • 1 year or more, but less than 3
    • 3 years or more, but less than 5
    • 5 years or more, but less than 8
    • 8 years or more

  • Applicant Documents
    Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Optional Documents
  • Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  • Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission
  • Letter of Recommendation 1
  • Applicant Document - Other


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