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Employment Opportunities at the Hockaday Museum of Art

Exhibit & Facilities Technician

Job Description:
The Hockaday Museum of Art's mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community and region, and preserve the artistic legacy of Montana and Glacier National Park. The Museum maintains a collection and offers rotating exhibits by nationally renowned and emerging artists, in addition to a permanent exhibit of Glacier National Park art and culture. A Discovery Gallery delivers hands-on activities for children that changes along with the rotating exhibits. Managing our collections and providing diverse exhibits are an integral component of the Hockaday.

Working under the direction of the Executive Director and staff and/or guest Curator(s), this position is key to the smooth operation of the Hockaday’s exhibition program, including in-house and traveling exhibits, as well as maintaining the museum facilities. The Exhibits & Facilities Technician must have the ability to organize work, develop effective work processes, and assess work priorities to meet deadlines.

Tasks related to Exhibition Technician:

  • Handles all artworks entering and leaving the Museum
  • Packages artwork with great care using appropriate materials for shipping and on-site storage
  • Creates detailed condition reports for all works entering the Museum
  • Coordinates the shipping and deliveries of artworks
  • Installs artworks, other artifacts and signage for exhibitions
  • Maintains gallery media and interactive displays
  • Builds pedestals, mounts and other installation components as needed
  • Installs and adjusts lighting appropriately
  • Maintains an inventory of packing and shipping material
  • Maintains and organizes exhibition storage areas
  • Works with Collections & Development Assistant to maintain artwork records
  • Assists with curatorial rotations of art and artifacts in core galleries
  • Train and manage volunteers to help with exhibit changeovers
  • Assist with preventive conservation methods and monitoring

Tasks related to Facilities Technician:

  • Maintains physical space and general housekeeping in all public spaces, exhibition galleries, work areas, and entranceways
  • Spackles and re-paints walls, pedestals and other exhibit furniture
  • Maintains and organizes utility closet and tool room
  • Sets up/takes down event space, aided by staff and volunteers
  • Sweeps sidewalk and courtyard when needed
  • Shovels and salts entranceways and front steps in winter

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of one year experience with museum or gallery exhibition installations and packing/shipping of artwork
  • Knowledge of basic handling of art and artifacts
  • Woodworking skills and experience
  • Comfortable and well versed in the use of hand and power tools
  • Able to work collectively and independently with a positive attitude
  • Extremely organized, detail oriented and willing to take initiative
  • Flexibility with hours, including on evenings and weekends
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task while maintaining quality control and great customer service at all times
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office required, especially Word, Excel and Outlook. Familiarity with other software, including Past Perfect, Photoshop, Illustrator a plus but not required.
  • Strong background and interest in art, art history, museum studies preferred
  • A valid Montana driver’s license
  • Ability to lift 50lbs

This is a part-time position at 14-28 hours per week, depending on exhibit schedule. Starting Salary $13-15/hour D.O.E.

To apply please email: hr@hockadaymuseum.org using subject line “Exhibits & Facilities Technician." Applicants must submit a short cover letter, resume and three professional references. No phone calls please. For more information on the Hockaday Museum of Art please visit www.hockadaymuseum.org.

Application deadline: February 23, 2018.

 
 
The Hockaday Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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