Exhibition Preparator

Torrance Art Museum

Torrance, CA


SALARY: $17.17 - $18.94 Hourly

OPENING DATE: 10/19/17

CLOSING DATE: 11/09/17 05:30 PM

DESCRIPTION: The City of Torrance Community Services Department is currently accepting applications for a Community Services Leader III (Exhibition Preparator, Torrance Art Museum) with the Cultural Services Division!

The Torrance Art Museum (TAM) is the premier exhibition space located in the South Bay community of Torrance whose programming is primarily focused on the temporary display of contemporary art.

Hours: This is a recurrent, part-time, non-civil service, as needed position. Hours are flexible but concentrated around exhibition installation and deinstallation. This position may be expected to work some evenings and weekends. Employees may not work over 980 hours per fiscal year.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

The following duties represent th e principal job duties; however, they are not all inclusive.

  • Track and plan logistical aspects of exhibitions throughout the year;
  • Prepare gallery walls for installation, including patching, light painting and cleaning;
  • Advise curators and artists on practical aspects of the install of artworks;
  • Install and de-install artworks as indicated by curator(s) and artists;
  • Handle art objects and equipment in a safe and professional manner;
  • Document and record condition of artworks on delivery/collection and return;
  • Upkeep all Loan Forms and other necessary relevant paperwork for exhibitions;
  • Supervise work of others assisting in installation process;
  • Organize supplies, tools and equipment, and notify supervisor when low;
  • Deal with shipping companies to ensure art works arrive and depart safely and on time;
  • Collection and return of artworks;
  • Lighting of exhibitions;
  • General upkeep and maintenance of museum and light cleaning duties;
  • Opening and closing of museum as required;
  • Maintain records of rentals, operating budget specific to the position and purchasing card transactions and reports;
  • Perform other duties as required.


Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

Graduation from High School or equivalent and one year of recent part-time work experience directly related to recreation or community programs and services. Some positions may require specific experience in a field such as: fine or performing arts, sports, preschool, therapeutic recreation, senior citizens, parks or science programs. An Associate's degree in a related field is desirable.

License and/or Certificates

Negative tuberculin test. A valid California Class C Driver's License.

Ideal Candidate

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will possess:

Knowledge of:

  • Principals, techniques, and practices of art handling used in gallery/museum exhibitions;
  • Proper handling, shipping and transport of art objects, construction techniques, common building supply materials, hanging and installing artwork, painting, and setting lights.

Ability to:

  • Regularly lift up to 35 pounds and occasionally over 75 pounds;
  • Have physical stamina to climb ladders and be on your feet;
  • Use common hand and power tools;
  • Use scaffolding and a scissor lift;
  • Work independently and within time constraints and deadlines;
  • Work occasional evenings and weekends;
  • Read, write and comprehend instructions in English;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with all persons contacted in the course of work including fellow employees and other City representatives, curators, artists, volunteers and outside vendors;
  • Drive a passenger van and truck.


Interested applicants must submit an online application available at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Jobs. Application submissions will be accepted from Thursday, October 19, 2017 through Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Only those candidates whose experience best meet the needs of the City and the Department will be invited to participate in a panel interview.

Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of November 27, 2017.

If you have additional questions, please contact Max Presneill, Museum Curator, at [email protected] or (310) 618-6341.


As a condition of employment, candidates must pass a background check and a pre-employment medical examination. Applicants with disabilities who require special testing arrangements must contact Human Resources.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.



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