Job Information

University of Utah Assistant Exhibition Preparator in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/06/2022

Requisition Number PRN12324N

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 1-19

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

part-time, variable

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 15.00

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 Director of Collections 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 fabricate and finish 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.

· Work well in a team and follow directions.

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. 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.