The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is seeking a flexible and responsive individual that excels in an exceedingly deadline-driven workplace to join the Exhibitions Design and Production Department. A Museum Exhibit Preparator has considerable knowledge of museum exhibit fabrication and installation, working knowledge of furniture design and construction, a wide range of carpentry and cabinet making skills and some knowledge of art conservation principles. Successful candidate is highly skilled in the operation of carpentry shop tools and other fabrication equipment. Assigned tasks are often under tight deadlines. Preparator frequently adapts to last minute changes. Performs a wide variety of construction-related tasks for installation of museum exhibitions and building fixtures. Tasks include frame carpentry, finish carpentry, cabinet making, fabric wrapping, and plastic laminate work. Uses specialized materials such as Plexiglas and metals, as required by exhibit design. Consults with design department regarding mechanical application of design ideas, choices of materials, and construction methods. Advises designers regarding structural engineering of installation projects; provides technical assistance in the design of special climate control systems of display casework, using knowledge of art conservation principles and environmental controls. Assists in material and supply inventory by providing supervisor with lists of material needs and unloading supply trucks. Helps keep shop safe and in good working condition by maintaining tools and making sure all employees are aware of safety hazards. Regularly reviews project schedule with production shop manager. Reads architectural plans, assesses accuracy, and determines construction methods. Devises improved and economical methods of exhibit fabrication. Maintains shop records and database of case dimensions and materials. Builds custom furniture for public use, such as benches, tables, information desks, and sales counters. Designs and builds custom furniture and cabinets for museum staff use, including counters, computer desks, bulletin boards, and conservation worktables. Reproduces and installs architectural details such as moldings and raised panels.

Minimum Qualifications

Working knowledge of hand tools, power tools and math applications. Detailed oriented. Good communication skills. Excellent project management skills. Ability to work collaboratively and effectively on a team. Ability to use hands to handle tools and equipment, reach with hands and arms, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. Ability to stand and walk up to 8 hours per day. Ability to lift or move up to 50 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced Exhibit Preparator experience in an art museum or gallery setting.

Special Requirements

Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check.