Part-Time Preparator (OPS)

John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Job Description


The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is located in Sarasota, Florida.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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

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The Ringling Museum of Art is seeking to fill a part-time preparator position (20 hrs per week average). The Preparator department is one of three teams in the Collections Department of the museum. The Preparator team is responsible for all handling, installation, transportation, framing, packing/crating, lighting, rigging, and fabrication of casework and supports of all objects within the museum’s custody.

The Part-Time Preparator reports directly to the Senior Preparator and works in a larger team setting and occasionally on individual projects.


High School diploma or equivalent.

2 years’ experience installing art/artifacts within a gallery or museum.

Valid Driver’s License or ability to obtain prior to hire. Experience driving vans/trucks (16’ – 26’ trucks).

Strong carpentry skills (proficient in using table saw, chop saw, hand tools). Painting experience.

Ability to deadlift 50 lbs or more, climb ladders, and work at heights 20’ or higher.

Experience using pallet jacks/J bars/dollies/hand trucks.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.


Background in Art/Art History (academic or vocational).

Experience with museum collections policies/procedures.

Gallery lighting experience/driving lifts.

Experience with AV systems.

Matting/framing experience.

Art/Artifact transportation/packing.

Other Information

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

Contact Info

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

Anticipated Salary Range

Anticipated salary will range between $15 to $17 per hour, commensurate with experience.

Part-Time Preparators also receive:
- Regular training on upcoming exhibitions
- Private gallery talks with curators
- Free admission
- Discounts on memberships
- Discounts in the museum stores
- Discounts on select performances and events and much more!

Pay Plan

This is an OPS/Part-Time Job.


20 hours a week, based on the needs of the Ringling.

Criminal Background Check

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 If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

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.

Affordable Care Act

OPS employees are covered under the Affordable Care Act. OPS employees that meet certain criteria will be offered affordable health care coverage. For more information, please visit the following website regarding the Affordable Care Act,
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