Exhibit Preparator
Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana

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Department Information

The creation of the new University Collections at McCalla facility, combined with University Collections' stewardship of many collections spaces, has created a need for a position that will be able to participate in a variety of University Collections responsibilities and day-to-day preparator functions, including exhibit installation, storage builds, and construction of display cases, mounts, and risers for use in exhibits around campus.

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.



  • High school diploma or GED
  • Undergraduate degree in industrial design, studio art, interior design, theater arts (stage craft), or similar field

  • 2 years of experience in art handling and/or carpentry or construction
  • Experience in painting and welding
  • 3 years of experience in woodworking, cabinet making, stage craft or other related experience in a team-based setting
  • Experience with CNC machines

  • 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
  • Woodworking, cabinetry, or furniture making
  • Professional demeanor with excellent communication skills
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to work well with a wide range of people
  • Operates extremely well as a team player but also works well independently
  • Able to use most basic office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point)
  • Willing and able to continually learn
  • Ability to work with a variety of materials (ex. wood, metal, acrylics)
  • Ability to use CAD, SketchUp, or similar programs

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.

Additional Information

This position will use standard wood shop tools, paint shop tools, and metal shop tools including table saws, routers, drills, spray equipment, welders, ladders and hand tools. Computers, phones, and cameras, and lighting and environmental monitoring devices are also used.

Work Location

Bloomington, Indiana

Benefits Overview

Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:
  • Multiple plan options for medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
  • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
  • Base retirement plan contribution from IU
  • Additional supplemental retirement plan options
  • Tuition benefit for IU classes
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.

Job Classification

Career Level: Intermediate

FLSA: Nonexempt

Job Function: Educational Resources & Tech

Job Family: Museum Services

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Posting Disclaimer

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.

This posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.

If you wish to include a cover letter, you may include it with your resume when uploading attachments.

New employees will be provided with information regarding Indiana University's COVID-19 vaccine policy, which includes the opportunity to request an exemption. To learn more, view our COVID-19 vaccine information page.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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