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Moose Jaw Art Museum Incorporated, Moose Jaw
Deadline: September 30, 2021 - October 22, 2021


Name: Jennifer McRorie

Phone: 13066924471




October 22, 2021

Reporting to the Director/Curator, the Preparator provides for the safe handling, storage, movement, installation/de-installation, and collection care for art and heritage objects for the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery.

Starting salary at $40,000
36.25 hours/ week with every third Friday off in earned time
Work week is 8:15 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, with a one hour unpaid lunch break. Flexibility is required for receptions, events, and fundraisers. Occasional weekend and evening work is required.
Overtime as required. Banked hour system in place and overtime is taken as time-in-lieu.
This position is unionized as part of CUPE Local 9 and includes health benefits and investment in retirement savings.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Preparator is responsible for the performance of the following as per Director/ Curator’s instructions:

Exhibition Development & Installation
• Receive crates/works, unpacking, repacking and arranging for proper shipping
• Coordinate exhibit installations with curator, assisting with design, display cases, lighting and labels, ensuring the availability of necessary materials for safe displays. Including moving walls and preparing walls, installation of electronics (projectors, monitors etc.) needed for exhibitions.
• Preparing the condition reports for both incoming and outgoing exhibitions.
• Design and produce labels for exhibitions and frame and mount text panels.
• Assist the Director/Curator with developing lists of works for exhibitions with insurance values.
• Informing Gallery Greeters as to instructions for maintaining the display.
• Informing Operations Manager when exhibitions are entering and leaving premises for insurance purposes.
Traveling Exhibitions produced by MJM&AG
• Assist Director/Curator with loans of artworks through correspondence with lenders and developing and distributing loan agreements.
• Include instructions for borrowing venues including labels, installation instructions, and condition reports.
• Pack and crate works with their safety being first priority.
• Ensure crates are proper sizes and designed well, weighed, proper labels and ready to move to loading dock.
• Overseeing crates leaving and arriving at loading dock.
• Receiving artifacts, recording objects history for file and Virtual Collections.
• Updating Virtual Collections as to current conditions and new information.
• Install, arrange, assemble, and prepare artifacts for exhibition either in Heritage Gallery, Art Gallery, lobby, Discovery Centre, offices, Gift Shop, ensuring the artifacts' safety, reporting their status and condition, and identifying and correcting any problems with the set-up.
• Prepare artifacts for storage and shipping.
• Photograph objects for documentation.
• Discuss with Director/Curator when conservation of artifacts requires outside expertise.
Vault Areas:
• Arrange proper storage.
• Check temperature and humidity.
• Document placement of articles, tag with accession numbers.
• Documentation of entrance and departure from vaults, insure alarm is set and working properly.
Prep Area:
• Insure the area has needed supplies, kept clean, organized and safe for objects entering and exiting area.
• Framing and matting works
General Duties:
• Reporting and maintaining Thermo-Hygrograph machines which record humidity and temperature in vaults, Galleries, and Prep area.
• Coordinate with building maintenance workers.
• Help with Resource Room upkeep; publications, storage of information.
• Install works in offices.
• Maintain lighting in Gift Shop, lobby, and all exhibition spaces.
• Installing displays in Gift Shop window promoting MJM&AG activities.
• Follow up on inquiries related to collections.
• Attend workshops in relation to collections management and storage.
Assist the Director/Curator in all other areas as needed.

• Art handling experience in a gallery or museum with excellent references
• Packing and crating experience is preferable
• Working knowledge of museum and collections standards.
• Familiarity with museum operation and programs in general and, specifically, familiarity with the role of the Moose Jaw Art Museum in the community.
• Working knowledge of computer software packages, including word processing: Word, Excel
• An equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Knowledge of and passion for contemporary art and/or material culture