Associate Preparator

/ Part Time


The Associate Preparator is responsible for the preparation of the galleries and the installation and
de-installation of objects for exhibition within Cranbrook Art Museum. The Associate Preparator also
assists with overseeing Assistant Preparators during the installation and de-installation periods and
assists with facilitating the digital rendering and fabrication of exhibition furniture, gallery layouts, and
designs. This is a part-time position, working on average 30 hours each week with approximately
twenty-six 35-hour weeks and twenty-six 25-hour weeks each year. The Associate Preparator must be
able to work flexible hours.

Rate: $25/hour

This part-time position includes eligibility for paid time off, participation in our retirement programs
with employer contribution, and a unique environment in an educational setting that values

Responsibilities Include:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned. 

  • Prepare galleries for exhibition, including wall and pedestal construction and painting.
  • Prepare objects for exhibition, including installing, de-installing, matting, framing, mounting, and lighting.
  • Assist with the movement, transportation, packing, and installation of objects in the museum.
  • Assist the Head Preparator/Exhibition Coordinator to oversee the work of the Assistant Preparator during the active exhibition installation and de-installation periods.
  • Assist the Head Preparator/Exhibition Coordinator with their daily responsibilities, including the general care of the Art Museum’s permanent collection and the general maintenance of the storage vaults and galleries.
  • Assist the Head Preparator/Exhibition Coordinator with the preparation of digital renderings, models, and working drawings as well as the fabrication of designs.
  • Available to attend Exhibition Staff meetings in order to further expedite the needs of the Art Museum.
  • Assist with the design and production of wall labels for exhibitions, as well as other temporary signage for use throughout the museum, and other exhibition spaces on campus as required.
  • Maintain attendance, punctuality, and performance standards set forth in Cranbrook’s employee handbook.


  • Excellent technical, construction, and woodworking skills.
  • Knowledgeable in art handling techniques.
  • Knowledgeable in the care, preservation, and exhibition practices for various types of objects
    including bronze, ceramic and wooden sculptures, paintings, works on paper, and textiles.
  • Interest in contemporary art.

Education Assistant

/ Part Time


Education assistants help present educational programs in the topics of art, architecture, and design for a variety of constituents at the Cranbrook Art Museum. Education Assistants demonstrate excellent presentation, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. Looking for candidates familiar with a range of artmaking, art education, design, and art historical topics; or with previous classroom experience and familiarity with art education pedagogy.

Looking to hire education assistants to help with school groups visiting the museum from December 2022 through May 2023, with the possibility to extend. Working up to 20 hours per week Monday–Friday, approximately 9am–1:30pm, with other education responsibilities as assigned. Schedules will vary and may occasionally include weekend or evening programs.

Rate: $17.43/hour

Responsibilities Include:

Working closely with the larger education and visitor experience team, articulate program details based on established program vision; assisting with the development of materials for programs and presentations for groups and museum visitor programs.

Effectively presenting information, working with diverse audiences in an articulate, thoughtful, and enthusiastic manner; adapting programs in response to age, ability, and feedback of participants as well as equipment malfunction, performance reviews, and/or program evaluation.

Explain class material and perform demonstrations as needed for groups of visitors or school groups. Assist visitors or school groups of all ages with learning techniques, including, hands-on interactive projects, or other activities.


Knowledge and Experience: Some college-level studio art, art history, art education, or elementary education courses (a Bachelor’s degree preferred). Great position for students looking for more classroom experience! A minimum of one year of experience teaching a variety of ages is preferred. Positive experience working with children and adults in a public setting, enthusiasm for the subject, and an eagerness to share that enthusiasm with learners of all ages. Looking for candidates with high energy and ease working with school groups and young visitors. Organized and efficient, strong decision-making skills. 


To apply, download the Cranbrook Employment Application Form.

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