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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Preparator for Torrance Art Museum

The City of Torrance Community Services Department is currently accepting applications for a Recreation Specialist (Exhibition Preparator) with the Cultural Services Division.

Under general supervision, the Recreation Specialist (Exhibition Preparator) works mostly during the times when exhibits at the Torrance Art Museum (TAM) are being installed and taken down.

* Plan and organize exhibition elements for TAM, working with curators and artists;
* Advise curators and artists on feasibility of installation and availability of materials;
* Prepare gallery walls for installation, including patching, light painting and cleaning;
* Install and Deinstall artworks as indicated by curator and artists;
* Handle art objects and equipment in a safe and professional manner;
* Supervise work of CAST members and others assisting in installation process;
* Organize supplies, tools and equipment, and notify supervisor when low;
* Deal with shipping companies to ensure art works arrive and depart safely and in due time;
* Collection and return of artworks;
* Perform other duties as required.

* Principals, techniques, and practices used in gallery/museum exhibitions.
* Proper handling of art objects.
* Construction techniques, common building supply materials, hanging and installing artwork, painting, and setting lights.

* Regularly lift up to 35 pounds and occasionally over 75 pounds;
* Have physical stamina to climb ladders and be on your feet;
* Use common hand and power tools;
* Use of scaffolding and scissor lift;
* Work independently and within time constraints and deadlines;
* Work occasional evenings and weekends;
* Read, write and comprehend instructions in English;
* Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with all persons contacted in the course of work including fellow employees and other City representatives, curators, artists and outside vendors.

Hours are flexible but concentrated around exhibition installation and deinstallation. Hours worked cannot exceed 999 in any fiscal year (July 1 – June 30.)

FILING DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012
* Interested applicants can submit an application and cover letter to the City of Torrance Human Resources Department, 3231 Torrance Boulevard, during the following hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Human Resources Department is closed every other Friday. Applications and cover letter can also be submitted on-line on the Human Resources Department web page at www.TorranceCA.Gov.
* No applications will be accepted at the Torrance Art Museum. Do not drop off or email any materials directly to TAM.
* Only those candidates whose training and experience best meet our needs will be invited to participate in an oral interview. If no qualified applicants apply by the deadline, the position will be reopened. Oral interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of May 21, 2012. If you have additional questions contact Max Presneill, TAM Curator, at mpresneill@TorranceCA.Gov

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The City of Torrance is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applicants with disabilities who require special arrangements must contact the above-named personnel prior to testing/interview.

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