Associate Preparator

Type: 
Curatorial Affairs

The Associate Preparator working under the supervision of the Head Preparator is responsible for the installation and maintenance of all art in the Museum building(s) including special exhibitions, traveling shows, educational galleries/installations, and other projects as assigned by the Curator and Registrar. Working with the Head Preparator, other responsibilities include the installation and maintenance of all art in the Sculpture Park. Additionally, both the Head Preparator and Associate Preparator are responsible for the permanent collection, including its care, transport, framing, and installation.  This work occurs inside and outside the Museum building and campus. The Associate Preparator works closely with the Curators, Registrar, Educators, artists, contractors and others as required to organize, plan, and execute exhibitions, artist installations, and educational projects.

Qualified candidates will hold a B.A. or B.F.A. and have a minimum of 3 years of related experience.  Desired experience may include rigging and installation of large scale outdoor sculpture, handling and installation of 2D artwork, as well as experience with museum lighting and AV installations.  Manual skills and trade experience is highly desired. Candidates must also be organized, detail oriented, flexible, able to independently prioritize work, and able to work effectively as part of a team in a fast paced environment. The physical requirements for this position include the ability to lift 75 pounds and access deCordova’s thirty acres of hilly outdoor terrain and indoor facilities. 

  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record is required to use company vehicles.
  • Must be able to acquire a DOT Health Examiners Certificate for driving 15 foot museum box truck.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position with occasional evening, early morning hours, and weekend hours as needed to accommodate installations.  Available benefits include health, dental, long-term disability, and life insurance coverage, as well as paid time off.

Interested candidates should submit an application to [email protected] by November 26th. Please include a resume and cover letter.  When applying by email, include “Associate Preparator” in subject line of email.  Applications may be mailed to: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Attn:  Human Resources, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773. 

Established in 1950 and located just 20 miles west of Boston, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is dedicated to fostering the creation and exploration of contemporary sculpture and art through a dynamic slate of rotating exhibitions, innovative learning opportunities, and a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations in its 30-acre park.  To learn more about deCordova visit www.decordova.org