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Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé/CV, and contact information for three professional references to hr@telfair.org.

Job Description:

Position: Preparator
Reports to: Senior Preparator
Job Classification: Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Date Written: May 13, 2021



The Preparator works closely with the Senior Preparator, Registrar, and Curators for all phases and aspects of exhibition design, from the initial concept to implementation and finished installation.  He/she handles art objects, installs and de-installs exhibits, fabricates needed props and crates, organizes storage space, implements packing and shipping, and does condition examination when needed.



  • Collaborate with Senior Preparator in the installation and de-installation of all art within the museum.
  • Work with the curatorial team, guest curators, and/or artists to design temporary exhibitions and installations. Utilize Sketchup to create scaled three-dimensional layouts and develop installation ideas.
  • Develop installation plans and find solutions to the unique challenges of each exhibition. Design and build special mounts, pedestals, or furniture as needed. Procure special materials or equipment for unique installations.
  • Mat and frame artworks as necessary.
  • Work with the Registrar to ensure a safe and secure environment for the art and visitors during the run of an exhibition. Maintain a cleaning schedule and maintenance check of all the galleries.
  • Pack, crate, transport, and store artwork in accordance with sound museum practices, ensuring the safety and security of the art.
  • Install artwork in all media, weights, and dimensions. Understand the nature of each artwork, its particular requirements, and execute the installation accordingly with the appropriate hardware and materials. Utilize sound museum practices when handling art from transportation to installation to storage.
  • Maintenance and operations of all exhibitions, including electronics, audio/visual and computer-driven components.
  • Communicate with the Graphic Designer in the development and installation of supporting materials for an exhibition, including vinyl lettering, text panels, etc.
  • Light each exhibition to appropriate levels according to the requirements of lending institutions and the conservation standards of different materials.
  • Work with the Education department to support educational programs. Design and build displays and interactive materials. Help design, build, implement, and install exhibits in the Imagination Stations located throughout the Museum.
  • Work with the Director of Special Events to ensure the Museum is appropriately arranged for special events and all artwork is appropriately secured.
  • Maintain the efficiency and cleanliness of the Museum workings spaces and make improvements as necessary.
  • Maintain an inventory of exhibition furniture, mounts, and A/V equipment and find solutions to their storage and organization.


  • Competency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Illustrator
  • Experience using Google Sketchup for exhibition layout
  • Carpentry skills including working in construction or a fabrication shop
  • Proven verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience with audio/visual installation
  • Experience with rigging techniques and processes


  • At least three years working as a museum preparator or similar experience
  • Knowledge and experience with museum standards of for packing, crating, handling, and installing artworks of all sizes and mediums
  • Possession of a valid GA state driver’s license
  • Ability to physically lift and move heavy objects (up to 75lbs) and be able to stand, kneel, or squat for extended periods of time
  • Comfortable working at high elevations up to 30’ in the air on ladders, scaffolding, or lifts
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and deliver work on time
  • Skill with power and hand tools and equipment used in moving and rigging heavy objects
  • Flexible, collaborative, and positive attitude. Works well with others, inspires and leads teams


  • Ability to perform various functions such as standing, sitting, walking across uneven surfaces, climbing stairs, lifting, seeing in varying light conditions, and participating in some physical activities.  Ability to lift heavy objects (up to 75 lbs) and work at high elevations on various platforms.


Telfair Museums offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.


Complete resume, references, and including salary expectations.
A cover letter addressing both your interest in Telfair Museums and your qualifications for this position.


Indicate “Preparator” on the subject line of the email or in the body of the cover letter
Applications in electronic format preferred, and accepted at hr@telfair.org.
Mailed applications: Telfair Museums, Attn: HR, PO Box 10081, Savannah, GA 31412.



Telfair Museums offers compelling expressions of visual culture — embracing three unique buildings and three distinct collections that bridge three centuries of art and architecture. The museum develops awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the arts and serves as a dynamic cultural center connecting people of all ages and backgrounds.

Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South, founded in 1883 through the bequest of prominent local philanthropist Mary Telfair, who left her home and its furnishings to the Georgia Historical Society to be opened as a museum. Today, Telfair Museums consists of three unique buildings: Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, two National Historic Landmark sites built in the early 19th century, and the contemporary Jepson Center for the Arts.

Designed in the Regency style by English architect William Jay, the Telfair Academy houses 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts. Highlights include fine examples of American Impressionism and Ashcan School Realism, with major paintings by Childe Hassam, Frederick Frieseke, Gari Melchers, Robert Henri, George Bellows, and George Luks. The Telfair Academy is also home to Sylvia Shaw Judson’s iconic Bird Girl statue, made famous in the Jack Leigh photograph on the dust jacket of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

The Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters is considered one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in the country. In addition to the historic house museum and decorative art ranging from the late 18th to the early 19th century, the site includes rare intact urban slave quarters and a lovely parterre garden. The site underwent an award-winning reinterpretation in 2018, providing audiences with a broader understanding of how slavery impacted urban life in and beyond the home.

The Jepson Center, designed by acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, is devoted to temporary exhibitions and today’s art and home to the Telfair’s Kirk Varnedoe Collection, a cornerstone of the museum’s contemporary holdings. The collection features works on paper by some of the most pivotal artists of the past 50 years, including Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Richard Avedon. Other contemporary artists include Carrie Mae Weems, Helen Levitt, Sam Gilliam, James Brooks, and many notable Georgia artists.

Telfair Museums’ permanent collection of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, and decorative arts contains over 4,500 objects from America, Europe, and Asia, dating primarily from the 18th to 20th centuries. Telfair provides a range of educational initiatives, including youth and family programming, school tour programs, preplanned field trips for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools fourth and eighth graders, youth classes, and summer camps. Telfair offers adults a variety of virtual and onground classes and workshops, ranging from drawing and painting classes with established local artists to workshops related to current exhibitions and exhibition opening lectures. Telfair (www.telfair.org) welcomes approximately 225,000 visitors each year.

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