The Oregon Historical Society
  • Museum
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $15.00
  • Hourly
  • Seasonal

This position is not eligible for participation in OHS benefits packages


The Oregon Historical Society is currently recruiting 4-6 Exhibits Preparators to join our team! The Exhibits Preparator assists the Exhibits Production team in the timely preparation, construction, installation, lighting, and de-installation of museum exhibitions as assigned, including temporary, traveling, and permanent exhibits.   

This position is on-call, non-exempt with a schedule that varies according to the demands of the organization.  This position does not qualify for participation in the OHS benefits package.  This position does not provide relocation assistance.

Essential Duties for the Exhibits Preparators are:

  1. Assists Exhibit Production team in change out of exhibit elements from gallery (cases, vinyl, panels, etc.); spackling and painting; deinstallation and installation of artifacts under supervision of Museum staff.
  2. Installs/deinstalls exhibit components including but not limited to, walls, floors, case work, text panels, photographic murals, vinyl wall treatments, and artifact mounts.
  3. Construct and assemble exhibit components and furnishings, including but not limited to, fabricating custom artifact mounts, as directed by Exhibit Production Manager and/or Registrar.

Additional Job Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinates and cooperates with in-house staff, contractors, other temporary help, and vendors to meet exhibit deadlines.
  • Handles museum artifacts during retrieval, installation and storage with equal concern for object and human safety regardless of monetary value of item under the supervision of the Exhibits Production Manager, registration staff and the Museum Director.
  • Changes and arranges exhibit lighting, under the direction of the Exhibit Production Manager.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, visitors and volunteers and including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required education, skills and experience for this position include:

  • Minimum high school graduate or GED equivalent.  Three-to five years of experience in finish grade carpentry and/or cabinetry and/or exhibit production, with minimum of three to five years in museum environment preferred.
  • Must be highly skilled in use and care of hand and power tools, and working with a variety of materials – wood, glass, plastic, paint, metal, and adhesives. 
  • Position requires knowledge of appropriate methods of exhibiting museum artifacts, including mounts and lighting. 
  • Must be familiar with construction and material standards to produce exhibits that ensure safe, secure, and appropriate exhibit environments for visitors and artifacts. 
  • Knowledge of safe work practices for hazardous materials and understanding of MSDS literature is required.

Physical Demands for this position include:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms;  required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds unassisted.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Must use proper care and handling of fragile and/or large objects.  Ability to move heavy objects with mechanical assistance (moving jack, van etc.) 

Work Environment characteristics for this position include: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level for this position is moderate to loud. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, such as dust or paint. The employee is occasionally exposed to a risk of electric shock.

This position requires extended work hours during exhibition installation.  Must be willing and able to work a flex schedule to meet the demands of the position.  May be required to work in a confined space shared with other workers and/or volunteers.

The Oregon Historical Society
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