Lead Preparator

Los Angeles, CA
The Autry

Lead Preparator

 The Autry is dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. Through the work of its dynamic staff, the Autry promotes education, research, exhibitions, and public programs. Located in scenic Griffith Park, the Autry provides a collaborative work environment for its employees and attracts highly qualified and motivated professionals.

The Autry seeks a Lead Preparator to plan and oversee the production of all exhibition furniture and casework, and construction of gallery spaces.  The Lead Preparator aids in hiring and training of prep crew and delegates and supervises daily and weekly tasks. Attends planning meetings, interprets design materials, prioritizes and maintains supply inventory and organization.  Oversees all work and storage spaces, develops and implements the maintenance of all equipment and tools, and maintains safety protocols. 


  • Work under the supervision of the Head Preparator
  • Prioritize and delegate tasks related to multiple projects
  • Lead teams of Preparators in fabrication of exhibition spaces and furniture
  • Supervise and perform art handling and installation tasks
  • Read, build from, and communicate about architectural plans and drawings
  • Design and fabricate mounts to the satisfaction of the Exhibition Designer, Conservator, Curator and Collections Managers
  • Purchase, maintain, and organize material and supply inventory
  • Develop, implement, and follow protocols for maintenance and training on lifts
  • Oversee and document maintenance of tools, equipment and lifts
  • Keep current on new tools, techniques, and materials, and update as needed
  • Maintain Cal OSHA safety standards, and follows the Autry’s IIPP

The Autry reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.


  • Self-motivated, reliable, detail oriented
  • Strong organizational, and written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to direct and supervise the work of others
  • Knowledge of utilization and maintenance of power and hand tools
  • Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and the techniques to apply to them


  • 5 years experience as an art handler
  • 5 years carpentry or metal work experience
  • 2 years of supervisory experience
  • BA, BFA or equivalent education, with an emphasis in Art, Art History, or History


Involves working in woodshop, warehouse spaces, collections storage areas and galleries. Able to work at heights over 8 feet. Able to perform physical tasks, including bending, kneeling, pulling, pushing, walking, standing for long periods of time, and lifting up to 60 pounds.

To learn more about the Autry and to apply, please visit the Employment Page of our website at:


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