Art Handling Specialist – Full-time, Benefits Eligible

JOB TITLE: Art Handling Specialist

Winterthur’s Art Handling Specialists are responsible for scheduling and effecting the movement of objects for museum programs and activities, such as workshops, classes, special tours, conservation, and photography. This position also has responsibilities for installation of objects in museum rooms, exhibition galleries, and other collection spaces; and for packing and transportation of museum and loan objects on-site and off-site. This position ensures objects are handled with care and are moved to specified locations to meet deadlines.

ELIGIBILITY:

Knowledge/Skills:

  1. Knowledge of best practices for handling, packing, moving, and transportation requirements of 2-D and 3-D museum objects.
  2. Familiarity with standard museum installation techniques, including hanging systems for framed artwork in a historic house and gallery setting.
  3. Knowledge of museum-standard packing and storage materials and sources of these materials. Ability to select appropriate packing materials, depending upon the medium, surfaces, condition, and fragility of the objects. Knowledge of soft packing and cavity packing methods. Knowledge of or ability to learn how to retrofit a standard crate and how to pack a travel frame, shadow box, slipcase, slat crate, and standard crate. Ability to read packing specification drawings.
  4. Knowledge of how to properly wrap, load, and strap objects within a van or truck to keep them safe in transport.
  5. Familiarity with and ability to use hand tools. Basic woodworking skills.
  6. Ability to analyze and resolve problems. Initiative and resourcefulness. Confidence to make logistical decisions in the interests of object safety. Ability to direct and coordinate object movement with others.
  7. Ability to follow directions precisely and completely. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to schedule tasks, manage time, and meet deadlines. Ability to conceive time- and cost-saving techniques.
  8. Professional demeanor. Good verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to be flexible, work collaboratively as part of a team, and to function independently. Ability to maintain an alert and observant approach when moving and working in collections display and storage areas.
  9. General proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook, digital photography and image management, and database navigation.
  10. A sense of aesthetics and ability to visualize in three dimensions.
  11. Ability to design and fabricate object mounts for museum objects desirable but not required.

 Education/Experience: 

Minimum Qualifications: 3 or more years of 2-D and 3-D fine art handling or preparatory experience with a BA/BS or a minimum of 6 or more years’ experience with a high school diploma.  2 or more years’ experience in art handling, packing, transportation, and installation of fine and decorative arts in a museum setting.

Preferred Qualifications:  5 or more years of 2-D and 3-D fine art handling or preparatory experience with a BA/BS. 3 or more years’ experience in art handling, packing, transportation, and installation of fine and decorative arts in a museum setting. Some experience working in a historic house museum.

Application: To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references  to: jobs@winterthur.org  Please reference Job #1236 – Art Handling Specialist in the subject line. Review of applications will begin as of January 13, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

This is a full time, hourly, non-exempt, benefits eligible position compensated at $18-$20 per hour