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Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum Technician in Utica, New York

Museum Technician Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute seeks a dynamic and creative individual to fill our Museum Technician position. Job Summary The Museum Technician assists the Museum of Art Registrar and Exhibition Manager in maintaining galleries and exhibitions; installing, de-installing, moving, and shipping of the permanent collections and objects on loan to Munson-Williams. Work involves the use of a variety of equipment and techniques necessary to produce quality museum exhibitions. Demonstrated carpentry skills using specialty exhibition materials, occasional painting, crate making, and exhibit lighting Responsibilities Performs the installation and de-installation of the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. Work involves the use of a wide variety of equipment and techniques necessary to produce quality museum exhibitions. Maintains galleries and display materials Performs skilled hand and bench work; including finish carpentry using a wide variety of specialty materials (wood, metal, Plexiglas, glass, plastic, laminates) used in the exhibition of museum objects. Work includes occasional painting, crate making, and exhibit lighting; sets up and dismantles exhibits and is involved in all phases of picture hanging, object mounting, and installation per curatorial and conservation guidelines and under the direction of the Registrar and Exhibition Manager. Estimates equipment, time, and materials needed to complete projects Maintains Museum of Art workshop and area and repairs machines and tools in the work areas to ensure the safety of the users and to meet OSHA standards. Establishes safe and effective procedures for the operation of the museum workshop Responsible for the installation of lighting for all exhibitions, including maintaining good working order of the track lighting fixtures Builds specialized archival storage housing for art objects. Installs and removes vinyl graphics Works with volunteers, interns, contract labor, and other museum staff as needed, including physical plant personnel who assist in the construction, installation, and maintenance of exhibits In conjunction with the Registrar and Exhibition Manager, receives and unpacks art arriving at the Museum, properly prepares, wraps and crates outgoing loans, builds crates, paints cases, risers and wall mounts, and assists in maintaining the Museum collection storage areas and the physical condition of the collection according to professionally accepted standards Transports exhibition furniture to offsite storage and maintains an inventory of all non-collection related storage objects including risers, crates, bonnets and display cases In conjunction with the Maintenance and Grounds staff, installs and removes the Summer Arts Festival fence. Prepares, installs, monitors, and de-installs all artwork on the fence for the Summer Arts Festival Sidewalk show Occasional travel or driving medium size trucks for business-related purposes. Performs other duties as assigned. Qualifications and Skills Trade, associate degree, or museum experience. Carpentry, general construction skills, knowledge of art handling/exhibition practices, basic computer skills, and knowledge of OSHA standards are integral to the position. Manual dexterity and ability to safely lift and carry up to 75 lbs. Occasional travel or driving medium size trucks are part of duties. Application and Selection Process \*If you don’t meet 100% of the above qualifications or check off all the boxes, you should still seriously consider applying. An important part of our interview process is understanding why this position and our mission particularly resonated with you.\* Applications will be reviewed as received. Send your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: Museum Technician Search Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute 310 Genesee Street Utica, NY 13502 Email: For Inquiries on this position, call: Human Resources (315)797-0000 ext. 2108