Head Preparator - Queens Museum

Queens Museum

Corona, NY 11368




Jun 14, 2022

Head Preparator
Part Time
Corona, NY, US
Requisition ID: 1037

Position Title: Head Preparator

Department: Exhibitions & Programs

Reports To: Exhibitions Production Manager

Position Classification: Regular, Part-Time, Non-Exempt (Hourly), Benefits-eligible

Work Location: Onsite at the Queens Museum (Corona, NY)

Work Schedule: Three (3) weekdays per week (9:30 AM - 5:30 PM); Full-time hours are required during installation periods (12 weeks per year)

Salary Range: $32.00 per hour

Management Classification: Non-Supervisory

About the Queens Museum

The Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural, and international community.

The Museum fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions, public programs, and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design.

Position Overview

Reporting to Exhibition Production Manager (EPM), The Head Preparator (HP) is a key member of the Exhibitions and Programs team who provides assistance in all aspects of exhibition planning, design, installation, and de-installation processes.

The HP works in close collaboration with Artists, and the Curatorial and Facilities teams towards the production of exhibitions and artist commissions. The HP provides support to the Archives and Collections Manager in the daily maintenance of gallery spaces and the archive center, which is dedicated to the preservation and activation of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Successful candidates will be flexible and adaptable team players with in-depth knowledge of exhibition production techniques and strong problem-solving skills across a range of applications. Bilingual candidates and residents of Queens are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions

  • Assist on all aspects of installation and de-installation of exhibitions
  • Assist managing temporary installation and production personnel and supervise their work directly during installation and de-installation
  • Assist in registrarial tasks (e.g. maintaining organization and an inventory of artworks, shipping, packing/unpacking of artworks; facilitating art storage on and off-site)
  • Daily exhibition upkeep (especially post-turnover and not directly related to condition reporting) including finishing touches, basic cleaning, and touch-up painting
  • Identify, procure, and install a range audio/visual equipment and exhibition elements
  • Assist in the operation of museum lighting systems and the implementation of exhibition lighting plans
  • Operate heavy equipment such as scissor lifts, and other equipment used to reach or move large artworks
  • Manage exhibition supplies
  • Operate building security system in cooperation with Facilities and Security Departments
  • Other duties as assigned by the Exhibition Production Manager

This list represents the essential functions of the role, this list does not constitute an exhaustive list of job functions


  • This is a full-time benefits eligible position to participate in the following benefits:
  • Paid Time Off including Vacation, Sick Leave, and Personal Days
  • Paid Holidays & Summer Fridays
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Benefits
  • Retirement Benefits (401K savings plan, Pension plan, and Life Insurance policy)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Free affiliate admission to most American Museums

EEOC Statement

The Queens Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, familial status, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV status, arrest record, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, genetic information, domestic violence victim status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment. Our commitment to equal opportunity employment applies to all persons involved in our operations and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee, including supervisors and co-workers.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

The highest priority of the Queens Museum is safeguarding the health and safety of its employees and communities. It is therefore the policy of the QM to require employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a measure of public safety. As such, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment of the Queens Museum under New York City ordinance. This job offer is conditional upon proof of COVID-19 vaccination, which is to be submitted to Human Resources prior to the start of work date stated on this letter. Requests for reasonable accommodations for persons who cannot show proof of vaccination because of a

disability, pregnancy, religious belief, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sex offenses or for medical, or other covered reasons will be considered in accordance with all applicable laws.



  • Demonstrates initiative, resourcefulness and a creative approach to problem-solving
  • Thrives in culturally diverse settings
  • Displays a high level of support for colleagues, builds professional and respectful relationships with others
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player in a fast-paced environment, handling multiple tasks and adhering to deadlines


  • Knowledge of the principles, techniques, and equipment used in the design, fabrication, and installation of temporary and permanent exhibitions
  • Knowledge of museum-approved materials (acid-free, non-off gassing, archival, etc.)
  • Adept technical skills in the operation of hand and power tools and handling trucks, forklifts, lifts, and other forms of moving equipment
  • Good knowledge of contemporary art
  • Ability to follow design instructions, specifications, and blueprints
  • Ability to design display furniture such as mounts and pedestals
  • Ability to design and construct shipping crates and perform intermediate-level carpentry tasks as needed
  • Familiarity with best practices in workplace safety (E.g. OSHA requirements)


  • Educational background in studio/fine art, construction, or a related field and/or its work experience equivalent
  • 2+ years experience in a gallery/museum setting or experience in exhibition design, installation, art-handling, fabrication, construction or a related field
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Flexible availability

Application Instructions

How to Apply



Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials:

  • A resume outlining your work experience
  • A Cover letter describing your interest in this position

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role

Interview Schedule

Candidates selected for interview will meet with the QM’s hiring committee on the following dates:

Introductory interview (Zoom)

Final interview (onsite at the QM)

Anticipated start of work: Late June / Early July

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.