Exhibit Preparator

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Indiana University
July 20, 2021
Bloomington, IN
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The IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is Indiana University's newest museum. Opening to the public in 2022, IUMAA draws upon the strengths and rich collections of the former Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Together, these two collections of over 5 million artifacts span across a broad range of the human experience from Indiana's first peoples to contemporary communities from around the world.

Through cutting-edge technology and exhibition design, as well as special building features, the new museum will provide visitors a new way of seeing its collections, exhibits, and programs from the "inside-out." Access to behind-the-scenes spaces of the museum will enable visitors to understand the meaning and purpose of the museum collections, and the museum's research and study of artifacts from Indiana's past and around the world.

Job Summary

  • Designs and plans exhibit casework, display layout, and viewing areas while working closely with curators and conservator staff.
  • Constructs and installs exhibits, labels, titles, displays, risers, and mounts in such a way that they safely hold artifacts/artwork and are aesthetically pleasing.
  • Devises and fabricates specialized exhibition aids.
  • Creates and repairs models, replicas, and dioramas for exhibit displays.
  • Devises and implements special lighting schemes within conservation requirements for galleries.
  • Builds display, storage, and shipping units. Packs and unpacks all museum artifacts/artwork entering and leaving the museum.
  • Uses tools ranging from common hand and power tools, such as hammers, saws, drills, and wrenches, to specialty painting and welding equipment.
  • Assists in directing the work of others.

Specific Department Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with the Manager of Exhibits, the Head of Programs and Education, and other exhibit team members in the development of exhibit and museum spaces.
  • Assists with exhibit construction, demolition, and remodeling.
  • Creates or follows designs to fabricate exhibit structures, display cases, furniture, props, mounts, and risers.
  • Constructs models and replicas of various natural and man-made settings.
  • Assists in design and construction of storage units and artifact mounts for the collections care team.
  • Constructs appropriate shipping crates for transporting artifacts.
  • Assists in monitoring budgets for carpentry and paint shops.
  • Researches and purchases supplies and materials, maintains records.
  • Ensures students and non-exhibits staff adhere to policies and procedures for the carpentry and paint shops.
  • Participates in the education of practicum students by providing hands-on training and experiences and consulting with the Manager of Exhibits and/or the Head of Programs and Education on final grades for practicum students.




  • High school diploma or GED.


  • Undergraduate degree in industrial design, studio art, interior design, theater arts (stage craft), or a similar field.



  • 2 years of experience in art handling and/or carpentry or construction.


  • Experience in painting and welding.
  • 3 years of woodworking, cabinetmaking, stage craft or other related experience in a team-based setting.


  • Ability to work in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills and applications.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to read and interpret drawings, blueprints, and/or schematics.
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools used to perform exhibit preparation duties.
  • Ability to use tools ranging from common hand tools and power tools, such as hammers, saws, drills, and wrenches, to specialty painting and welding equipment.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to safely and sensitively care for/handle exhibition artifacts/artwork.

Working Conditions / Demands

This role regularly requires the ability to effectively communicate. This role frequently requires the ability to handle equipment. This role frequently requires the ability to remain stationary and ascend/descend ladders/stairs. This role requires the ability to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds. The role requires the ability to detect items in close proximity as well as far away; discern between colors; detect objects in peripheral space of self; discern items in detail; and to have good depth perception. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

Bloomington, Indiana

Job Classification

Career Level: Intermediate

FLSA: Nonexempt

Job Function: Educational Resources & Tech

Job Family: Museum Services

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