In all areas designated for the display of Library objects in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building including but not limited to the Gottesman Exhibition Hall, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery, Jill Rose Gallery, Edna Barnes Salomon Room, North Gallery, Rayner Special Collections Wing, Print Gallery, McGraw Rotunda, Astor Hall, Deborah, Jonathan F. P., Samuel Priest, and Adam R. Rose Main Reading Room, Trustee’s Room, Celeste Bartos Forum, Celeste Auditorium, Bill Blass Catalog Room, Special Collections Reading Rooms, and hallways, etc., the Installation Assistant will:
  • Install and deinstall exhibition objects for all Gottesman, Wachenheim, exhibitions, Rayner Gallery & Prints Galleries, flash and special displays in SASB
  • Prepare galleries for installation—case movement, cleaning, painting, spackling, fabric wraps case interiors and/or wall panels
  • Move all necessary tools, hardware, installation materials, hydraulic lifter, work tables, blankets, case lifters, ladders, work carts, tool boxes, bins, lights, light canisters, audio-visual equipment, stanchions, pedestals, bonnets, brochure stands, acrylic holders, object mounts, and fabric, etc.
  • Move, open, and close exhibition and display cases and bonnets from storage areas, some of which require leveling.
  • Assemble, install, and operate shop machinery, hand tools, work carts and materials’ handling vehicles, as necessary.
  • Framing—artwork, prints, photographs, and documents—in conformity with established conservation specifications
  • Carpentry—pedestals, platforms, bases, vitrines, etc.―including painting and demolition
  • Lighting
  • Label making and placement
  • Placement and positioning of all graphic elements
  • Move boxes of exhibition-related printed materials from the loading dock to storage areas throughout SASB.
  • Replenish holders of all printed materials produced for exhibitions or displays including brochures, flyers, postcards, etc.
  • Gallery maintenance

NYPL Core Values

  • Helpful
  • Resourceful
  • Curious

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in an art related field and relevant experience in museum or gallery work or; an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Successfully demonstrated experience with artifact handling, exhibition installation techniques, mount making, and framing.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle detailed work with speed and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic carpentry tools and machinery and an understanding of the practices of museum exhibition construction.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow written and oral instructions as to all aspects of exhibition installation.
  • Strong organizational skills. Good interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel

Work Environment

Research Library

Starting Salary

USD $35.00/Hr.


25 hours per week

Union / Non Union

Non Union