• Hamilton, NJ

Website Grounds For Sculpture

Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is at the beginning of a long path toward building a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive (EDI) institution. We are looking for individuals, at all levels of the institution, who are interested in joining us on this journey of intentionality and public accountability. This path broadens our workforce (board, staff, volunteers), expands our artist selection and acquisition practice as well as strengthens our internal and external communication systems, networks and norms.

The Preparator is an experienced art handler with a minimum of three years of experience working in an art museum or gallery setting. They will enjoy working with contemporary artists and be knowledgeable regarding tools and equipment. They will complete a wide range of duties related to the function of the curatorial department, including art installation and maintaining the display of both indoor and outdoor exhibitions and collections to the highest standards. This position requires knowledge of proper art handling techniques and health and safety standards.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Working alongside colleagues in the Curatorial department, contract preparators, riggers, artists, and
others to safely complete the installation of indoor and outdoor exhibitions. Includes physically
handling artwork, loading/unloading trucks, hanging signage, lighting, providing valuable expertise and
input in pre-planning meetings. May require the use of ladders, lift-gates, hand-trucks, pallet jacks,
forklifts, scissor lifts, and dollies. At times may require driving box trucks for regional art deliveries.

• Prepare the indoor exhibition galleries for new exhibitions which may include painting, spackling,
sanding, cleaning, moving pedestals, framing, and setting up/breaking down temporary wall panels.

• Building pedestals, shelves, and mounts as required for exhibitions. Requires knowledge of carpentry
and experienced use of saws, manual and power tools.

• Maintaining the appearance of outdoor installations, which includes installing metal edging for gravel
beds, filling in beds with gravel, stone, wood chips, etc., hand trimming grasses in areas where
landscapers can’t, pruning sculpture beds, advising on need for tree trimming and landscape repairs.

• Completing annual collections cleaning of outdoor sculpture. This is the main focus of the Preparators
work seasonally April – October. Occasionally, requires wearing waders and entering water
feature/ponds to access work.

• Conduct weekly inspections of the indoor galleries, outdoor collections, and storage areas.

• Install, inventory, and maintain the appearance of outdoor signage.

• Maintain cleanliness and order in storage areas and advise on supply reorders.

• Attend weekly meetings with Curatorial department team. Attend monthly full staff meetings.

• Assist in the training and supervising of collections care volunteers.

• Assist in the annual inventory of the collection.

• Interact with staff, visitors, artists, and exhibition partners in a positive manner. Must be comfortable
under pressure and remain cognizant of deadlines.

• Serve as an ambassador for Grounds For Sculpture to help foster a culture of inclusion for all members,
donors, volunteers, and guests.

• Schedule is Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm, however flexibility to work an adjusted schedule based on
project needs is required.

• All other duties as assigned.

• Bachelor’s degree in fine arts, art history, museum studies or other similar fields preferred
• 3 or more years working in an art museum or gallery setting
• Carpentry experience required
• Forklift certified preferred
• Enjoys contemporary art and working with artists
• Experience with proper art handling techniques
• Comfortable working with manual and power tools
• Rigging experience / knowledge of safe rigging for objects
• Basic electrical and wiring experience preferred
• Experience with SketchUp or similar program preferred
• Demonstrate respect and inclusiveness to all employees, embracing differences
GFS is stronger for the diverse ideas, lived experiences, passions and skill sets of our staff. To that end, we offer equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing status, source of income or military status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.

About Grounds For Sculpture
Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is a 42-acre not-for-profit sculpture park, arboretum, and museum, founded by the late artist and philanthropist Seward Johnson. Featuring nearly 300 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists in a beckoning landscape, Grounds For Sculpture combines art and beckoning spaces to welcome, surprise and engage all visitors in the artist’s act of invention. In addition to its permanent collection, Grounds For Sculpture offers rotating special exhibitions in its six indoor galleries, rich educational programs, and dynamic family events.

Located in Hamilton, New Jersey, Grounds For Sculpture.

Compensation: $25 / hour
How to apply:

Interested in applying? Please apply directly through our website and must include a cover letter: