1. Leads the production, installation and maintenance of museum exhibits and dioramas. Works with director and curators in planning and designing installations. Prepares scale drawings and models. 2. Performs historical research and makes recommendations to curators regarding items to be used in exhibits as well as regarding displays and mounts to be fabricated for the exhibit. 3. Responsible for the care and maintenance of permanent exhibits. 4. Designs and fabricates mounts, molds, mats and frames for items or materials contained in a museum collection. Prepares items for display. 5. Oversees staff and outside contractors involved in exhibit, conservation, and repair projects. 6. May perform other duties as assigned.
Preferred Education: Experience in, and understanding of, the methods used to safely prepare, stabilize and exhibit fossil materials. Ability to adapt techniques and knowledge to unique situations involving fossil specimens. Welding and armature creation experience a plus.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Experience in, and understanding of, the methods used to safely prepare, stabilize and exhibit fossil materials. Ability to adapt techniques and knowledge to unique situations involving fossil specimens. Welding and armature creation experience a plus.
Required Skill/ability 5: Demonstrated awareness of preventive conservation and archival methods and materials, archival adhesives and consolidants and their uses.
Posting Position Title: Museum Preparator 2
Required Skill/ability 3: Demonstrated ability with molding and casting techniques and materials. Ability to paint exhibit-quality casts of fossil specimens. Demonstrated ability to draw and sculpt accurate reconstructions.
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
University Job Title: Preparator
Required Skill/ability 1: Proven ability to prepare delicate and complex fossil specimens, operate preparation tools, such as: microscopes, air-scribes, hand tools, air abrasive, and other specialized matrix removal devices. Ability to select the correct tool and personal protection equipment (PPE) for the task.
Required Skill/ability 4: Critical thinking ability and ability with written and oral communication. Ability to use digital cameras, prepare preparation records using a PC or Mac, and willingness to learn to enter technical information into the Museum's relational database, EMu.
Required Skill/ability 2: Demonstrated knowledge of the basic anatomy of the vertebrate skeleton, including ability to anticipate detailed morphological features hidden by matrix. Ability to research literature and comparative material to accurately recreate missing portions of fossil specimens. May require photogrammetry or surface scanning and printing of 3D reconstructions.
Bachelor's Degree in a scientific field and five years preparatory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Internal Number: 59164BR
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