Temporary Support - Exhibitions Installation

Minneapolis, MN

The Temporary Support Technician is a project-based hire, acting as support crew for the Lead Technician during specific exhibitions, special projects and commissions as assigned.  Primary responsibilities include art handling & installation, fabrication, gallery preparation, demolition, painting & finishing. The Support Technician is given assignments by the Lead Technician, and works with the Exhibition Installation, Registration and Visual Art departments to achieve daily objectives.

Essential Responsibilities (include but may not be limited to):

Project Experience:

  • Art Handling & Installation
  • Gallery Preparation: Wall Repair, Sanding, & Painting
  • Exhibition Furniture Fabrication and Finishing
  • Crate Construction
  • Gallery Demolition
  • Work at elevated heights
  • Use of hand tools, power tools, moving and lift equipment

Project Execution:

  • Assist in safe transport and placement of artwork
  • Maintain cleanliness and safety of work environment
  • Safe and responsible use of all tools and equipment
  • Attentive to safety of artwork, crew, staff, contractors and patrons on premises

Project Communication:

  • Attend the morning "muster" to receive project assignments, daily objectives, and schedule highlights
  • Reports to Lead Technician or Exhibition Installation crew as assigned for project duration
  • Update Lead Technician, Registrar and Associate Director of progress or obstacles pertaining to project completion
  • Notify the Lead Technician prior to prolonged absence from gallery
  • Communicate where/how to be contacted
  • Consult with Lead Technician, Registrar and Registration Technicians prior to Handling/Packing/Unpacking of artworks. Possess a clear understanding of preferred method for the handling of an object before proceeding.
  • Refer to Lead Technician, Associate Director of Exhibition Installation and full-time technicians for feedback on performance
  • Notify Lead Technician upon completion of project/objectives for new assignment

Project Performance & Values

  • Personify and promote the qualities of a positive and respectful work environment
  • Be On-time, Be Prepared, Be Safe
  • Exemplify professional museum practices in art handling/installation
  • Leave work spaces cleaner than they were found. Proper cleaning, storage storage and disposal of tools/materials associated with the project/assignment 
  • Be responsive to feedback, adjusting performance accordingly

POSITION SPECIFICS: hourly, non-exempt, $18-25/hour, dependent on experience; up to 35 hours per week with some fluctuation due to exhibition installation needs. While we may not have an immediate opening, we are seeking a pool of qualified candidates that we can contact as additional support is needed. Walker membership and museum discount, and the opportunity to work alongside talented individuals and support remarkable artists, events and programming.

The Walker is committed to being an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities and audiences we serve. We are dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.

The Walker Art Center requires all employees to comply with our COVID vaccination policy, which requires staff to be fully vaccinated or test every 6 days. The Walker Art Center is an equal opportunity employer and will consider request for reasonable accommodations based on disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs possible without undue hardship.