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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 257907-US
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Museums: Museum and Departmental Collection Services

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Exhibition and Collection Project Manager, the Preparator works collaboratively on specialized handling, storage, installation, lighting, and fabrication of mounts and casework for art objects at the Chazen. This position also assists in the design and layout of temporary exhibitions and permanent collection galleries and the related display elements.

Responsibilities: Preparator II (LM025)
Preparator I (LM024)
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree


At least one year of art handling and installation experience in an art museum, gallery, or studio setting is required. For Preparator II, at least three years of experience.

Ability to demonstrate knowledge of professional museum standards for art handling and collection care procedures is required.

Experience in the fabrication, carpentry, and painting, preferably with archival materials and in art related applications is required.

Valid driver's license required. Incumbents must be able to operate a state vehicle.

Able to climb ladders, drive and operate aerial lifts, and follow related safety procedures is required.

Experience with building or retrofitting crates and packages for safe shipping preferred.

Ability to demonstrate knowledge of common materials, tools, and equipment used in the care of art collections preferred.

Basic proficiency with the Adobe design suite or similar programs preferred.

For Preparator II level, experience using rendering software such as SketchUp, CAD, or Rhino preferred.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Schedule:

Typical work schedule is M-F, most days are 8:30-5, with one day a week 7:30-4:00, with 30 minutes unpaid lunch. Limited overtime work may be required during busy installation periods. Very occasional nights or weekends may be required.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $20.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications
Position may be hired at Preparator I or Preparator II level. Salary is negotiable and will be based on candidate's particular skills and experience.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For highlights of our benefits package see:

How to Apply:

Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process and create or modify your UW-Madison Jobs profile. You will need to upload a cover letter and resume.

Please include a description of your art handling and fabrication experience in your cover letter specifying your total years of experience and where it was obtained. References will be requested for finalists later in the process.


Kate Wanberg
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Preparator I(LM024) or Preparator II(LM025)



Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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