Missouri History Museum
  • 19-Dec-2022 to Until Filled (CST)
  • E&R/Preparator
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • 25.00 per hour
  • Hourly
  • Seasonal


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Position Summary:

The Missouri Historical Society seeks Temporary Exhibits Preparators. This position is a seasonal position whose responsibilities are to assist the full-time preparatory staff with exhibit turnarounds and fabrication for both the Missouri History Museum and Soldiers Memorial Military Museum. These projects include both in-house and traveling exhibitions, can vary in size and scope, and can include the transport of exhibit materials as necessary.

Essential Functions:

  • Assisting with the installation and deinstallation of MHS exhibits. This work can include:
    • Artifact casework, vitrines, platforms, pedestals, or risers
    • Temporary walls, rail structures, and other surfaces
    • Graphic elements such as labels, banners, cut vinyl, 3D lettering or 3D structures
    • Artifacts and artifact mounts as necessary
  • Assisting with the fabrication of custom exhibit elements such as temporary walls, risers, platforms, rail structures, etc. This work can include:
    • Woodworking, light metalworking, and acrylic fabrication
    • Finishing work such as fabric wrapping, marvel sealing, wood staining, and painting
  • Assisting with the fabrication of artifact mounts as necessary - this work can include light metalworking, painting, and finishing
  • Assisting with the packing and transport of exhibit elements as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required; Associate degree in visual or studio art or a related field is preferred
  • Minimum 2 years of exhibit installation or carpentry experience, preferably in a nonprofit museum and/or equivalent public sector
  • Must be able to routinely handle objects of up to 50 pounds or more


  • Basic to moderate art or artifact handling and installation experience
  • Basic to moderate general fabrication experience, especially in woodworking, metalworking, or acrylic fabrication
  • Basic to moderate experience using shop tools and equipment
    • Experience with lifting tools or machinery preferred
  • A motivated self-starter who is:
    • Detail oriented, attention driven, and a fast learner
    • Adaptable to new situations and new skill sets
    • Able to utilize creative problem solving to accomplish complex physical projects
    • Able to take clear direction to complete projects and reach goals
    • A solid and consistent communicator

Deadline to Apply: Position open until filled.

Please upload cover letter and resume when applying.

*External job boards: Please click this link, Temporary Exhibits Preparator to apply.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Services Provided On A Non-Discriminatory Basis

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