Denver Art Museum

Associate Preparator

As an institution, we believe the Denver Art Museum is both a platform for and an amplifier of the voices of all people. We acknowledge that Black lives matter and communities of color Latinx, Indigenous, Black, and others have been underrepresented in art museums over decades, both internally and externally. We are committed to being a platform for those voices, artworks and perspectives and strive to support racial equity in all areas. Candidates with a firm commitment to our institutional position are encouraged to apply.

Qualified candidates are expected to exemplify the DAMs internal values, which include being dynamic, respectful, inclusive, creative, and curious. The ability to maintain effective and positive working relationships with visitors, employees, volunteers, representatives of public and private entities, policy making bodies, and contractors is critical to the success of this position.

The salary range for the position is $55,000.00 – $65,000.00 per year. A comprehensive benefit package includes medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, Disability Insurance and a 403(b) Retirement Plan. The package also includes a free RTD Eco pass, a free year membership to the DAM at the Family level and lots of perks.

Position Purpose:

Assist in the daily management of all phases of work for the Preparation Department including supervision of PART-TIME staff and contractors. manage the safe handling, storage, and movement of incoming and outgoing art. coordinate the design, construction, and finishing of all crates, packing boxes, housing and related of art for storage and transport. oversee art pickups, deliveries, and installations at donor, lender, and off-site locations. DUTIES ARE SHARED BETWEEN THE REGISTRATION AND COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENTS AS NEEDED.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Design, construct, and finish crates, packing boxes, travel frames, exhibition pedestals, display casework, storage mounts, and related storage furniture for museum artwork.
  • Provide support and assistance with scheduling and arranging the pick up and delivery of artwork with the museum van or straight truck from donor, lender, and off-site storage locations. Assess appropriate packing materials and labor required for art pickups and deliveries. Secure and safely load and offload artwork from museum or contracted vehicles.
  • Unpack and repack incoming and outgoing artwork, document related crate and packing materials and methods, and assist with the safe movement of artwork within the museum between storage locations, conservation, the photography studios, and galleries, and to and from off-site storage locations.
  • Install, deinstall, and stage artwork and related display furniture for gallery installations and maintain related inventory lists and database location updates.
  • Assist Collections Management department with collection moves, collections rehousing, art and art furniture movement, inventories, location updates and other projects as assigned.
  • Conduct condition reports on incoming and outgoing artwork or works going on and off display and undertake data entry of artwork condition, measurements, location, and related crate, packing, installation, handling, and storage information on museums collections database
  • Manage storage and inventory of loan crates, travel frames and related.
  • Maintain preparation department supply inventory and order woodshop, crate, packing, exhibition, and storage-related supplies as required using standard accounting procedures and paperwork.
  • Frame, unframe, and install hanging hardware on artwork as required
  • Maintain cleanliness of the museums packing area, wood shop, collections storage, and related work areas
  • Perform gallery maintenance and cleaning of gallery displays as required
  • Other exhibitions and collections services duties as assigned.

Non-Essential (Other) Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provide art courier services
  • Answer public inquiry requests relating to packing and shipping
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Duties

  • Will supervise contractors, part-time and contract assistants, volunteers or interns as assigned.

Knowledge, Skill And Ability

  • Must be able to load/offload art and operate van and 20 straight truck
  • Must possess valid Colorado drivers license
  • Knowledge and experience of collections management and art handling best practices
  • Knowledge of carpentry shop equipment, safety standards, and wide range of tools and related supplies required.
  • Skill in safe use of lifts, scissor lifts, stockpickers and related
  • Strong computer skills in PC based applications and databases
  • Strong organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Must complete tasks according to scheduled deadlines and manage multiple timelines

Education or Formal Training

  • Bachelor of Arts with a focus on Studio Arts, Art History or related.


  • Minimum of 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in crate fabrication and packing, art handling, and installation in a Museum or gallery environment. Carpentry, woodworking, and painting experience required.

Material and Equipment Directly Used

  • Hand and power tools such as hammers, screwguns, routers, sanders, drill presses, grinders, planers, nail and staple guns, hand saws, table and miter saws, radial arm and band saws
  • Art moving equipment including A-frame, furniture dolly, pallet jack, scissor lifts, forklifts, stockpicker and related.
  • Museum vehicles for art transports
  • Computer

Working Environment/Physical Activities

  • Museum, off-site storage locations, local galleries, private residences
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Must be able to lift, push, or pull up to 50 lbs.
  • Standing, walking, sitting, and climbing
  • Eye, hand, and foot coordination

Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.,+CO&tk=1f6lontupuej8801&from=ja&alid=576aee2ae4b0f07a44018395&utm_campaign=job_alerts&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jobseeker_emails&rgtk=1f6lontupuej8801