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Preparator - Job Opportunity, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art/FSU (Sarasota, FL)
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Preparator - Job Opportunity, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art/FSU (Sarasota, FL)

Job ID 46856

Apply on or before 3/24/2020 at:


The Preparator works as a member of the Preparation and Design Team with a focus on digital based media.

· Serves as the subject matter expert and primary consultant on matters pertaining to digital-based media in exhibitions for the Ringling Museum of Art (RMA) campus. Conducts research on technology developments and methods to improve the installation and presentation of digitally-based media in the museum. Provides recommendations to curatorial and preparatory staff on equipment needs and best methods for implementing new media installations. Responsible for the installation and initial set-up of digitally based media including long/short throw projections, wall mounted TVs, iPads, interactive media, speaker installation and automated light systems. 

Formats digital files for display for both presentation of digital objects and didactic/interpretive media.

· Establishes maintenance schedules for audio-visual equipment and troubleshoots audio-visual equipment/computer problems in exhibition spaces as needed. Maintains the Preparator department’s equipment inventory list.

· Acts as PREP Project Manager for digital media exhibition and collection-related projects as assigned by the Senior Preparator. Works in tandem with assigned Registration Project Manager to complete all aspects of the exhibition to meet opening deadlines. This includes coordination of OPS staff and contractors in the execution of tasks, provides logistical support in the movement of objects, and interfacing with external clients such as couriers, vendors and contractors. Communicates regularly with Senior Preparator to keep them informed on the status of assigned projects.

· Works closely with curators, educators, registrars, and conservators in fulfilling installation and de-installation needs for exhibitions, gallery rotations, conservation moves, and education spaces.

· Works alongside PREP staff to install/de-install traveling exhibition collections and the safe handling of objects within the museum’s collection. Fabricates exhibition supports materials including temporary walls, plinths, and platforms. Prints, presses, cuts, and installs labels and gallery text. May complete other tasks to support exhibitions including, but not limited to, installation of gallery lighting, matting and framing of works on paper, display fabrication, and mountmaking. Assists with packing and crating works ofart with MOA teams.

· Drives large trucks and vans, to perform safe transit of museum objects, loaned objects, and casework. Drives and operates scissor lifts, single-operator lifts (in excess of 40’), and forklifts. Operates rigging equipment (gantry/hoist, boom lifts, duct lifts).

· Follows all applicable safety policies and procedures as outlined by the Ringling Museum and Florida State University. Troubleshoots shop equipment. Ensures cleanliness and proper maintenance of workshop and its equipment. Assists conservation with maintenance as needed.

· Collaborates with the Exhibition Technician on installations and maintenance in Tibbals Learning Center and Historic Circus Museum.

· Performs other duties as assigned including implementation of emergency protective measures and maintenance of gallery and storage spaces. 

· May be required to travel (nationally or internationally) to serve as a museum courier. Assignments are based on the needs of the museum. Courier training and certification is required prior to the incumbent serving in this capacity. May be required to work overtime according to department’s needs.


· High school diploma or equivalent and one year of experience related to museum preparation. (Note: related post-high school education may substitute for experience at an equivalent rate.)

· Ability to meet the physical requirements of the positions, to include climbing ladders and lifting and moving objects up to 50 lbs.

· A valid Florida driver's license or ability to obtain prior to hire.

· Ability to perform accurately in a detail oriented environment.

· Knowledge of and ability to safely operate machinery, tools, equipment and materials used in area of work.

· Knowledge of exhibit displays, display design and installation. May include framing, art installation, construction and finishing, carpentry work, alterations and repairs.


· A Bachelor's Degree in a related field.

· Strong fabrication and installation skills with a variety of materials.

· An ability to creatively solve problems and a willingness to participate in all aspects of exhibition implementation.

Anticipated Salary Range

Anticipated salary range of up to $38,150 annually (commensurate with experience) plus Florida state benefits available.

To learn more about all the benefits and perks offered for this role (including
vacation, sick, holiday, retirement, etc.) please visit


While the primary working hours for this position are Monday through Friday between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, the incumbent may be required to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, special events, and holidays based on the needs of the Ringling.

Criminal Background

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How to Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at, Job ID 46856.  

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Contact Info

For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or

Pay Plan

This is an USPS (University Support Personnel System) position.

Veterans' Preference

Certain service members and veterans, and the spouses and family members of the service members and veterans, will receive preference and priority in employment and are encouraged to apply for the positions being filled. For information on who may be eligible for Veterans' Preference, go to, or call FSU Human Resources at (850) 644-6034.

IMPORTANT: In order to claim Veterans' Preference, applicants must upload a
DD-214 (and other documentation, as applicable) with their online application
prior to the closing date of the job opening.

About the Ringling

The Ringling is a preeminent center for the arts, history, performance, and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. From its inception, The Ringling has joined the diverse visual traditions and theatrical spectacle of yesterday with the genre-defying global practitioners of today. A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling's campus in Sarasota, Florida - which includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, a historic home, an 18th-century theater and bayfront gardens - is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars and lifelong learners of every age across the region, country, and around the world. For more information, please visit

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

Posted: March 2, 2020
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