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Museum Preparator (9632C), BAMPFA 27834
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Dec. 2, 2021
Title Museum Preparator (9632C), BAMPFA 27834
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Arts/Museum/Theater

Museum Preparator (9632C), BAMPFA 27834

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The mission of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art, film, and other forms of creative expression. BAMPFA has developed an international reputation for its active and ambitious exhibition programs, as well as for the quality of its art and film collections and research resources. BAMPFA is an institution with a stellar history and an exciting future. For more information, visit our website

Job Summary

The BAMPFA Museum Preparator reports to the Chief Preparator and is a unionized position within the framework of UC Berkeley's employment model. The individual in this position performs technical and skilled, preparatory work, including the installation and maintenance of exhibitions and individual works of art, from all periods and a wide variety of media. The scope of projects can include installations in various locations on campus as well as within the environs of the museum. The Museum Preparator must be able to sometimes work independently with a minimum of ongoing supervision, and be capable of directing the activities of other on-call preparators. The primary function in this position is the safe handling of all works of art in the museum, as it relates to exhibitions and collections planning.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 18, 2021


  • Fabricates and assembles temporary exhibitions and maintains and refurbishes permanent exhibitions. (Includes: construction and finishing of temporary walls and panels, cases, pedestals, frames; installation of art objects; mounting and installation of graphics; and other related activities).
  • Prepares works of art for exhibition, shipping and storage. (Includes: mounting, wrapping, packing and transporting. Some occasional archival matting, framing if applicable).
  • Installs and maintains technical equipment. (Includes: lighting instruments, video and audio equipment, electrified displays, kinetic sculpture, and monitoring devices).
  • Maintain tools, equipment, and inventory of supplies.
  • Assists designers, curators, registrar, and other museum staff as required.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience handling a variety of artwork media according to best practice.
  • Experience using archival packing materials to properly secure and protect artworks.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Work well as part of a team.
  • Ability to safely lift 50 lbs and to climb ladders.
  • Familiarity with a broad variety of hand and power tools.
  • Basic carpentry skills.
  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience in art exhibition installation.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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