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Museum Artisan Sought for Bureau of Historical Museum

Published June 17, 2014

A position for a Museum Artisan at the Division of Cultural Affairs, Bureau of Historical Museums was just announced.  It could be good for somebody interested in a career in museum studies.


  • Produces and installs exhibit panels, cases, hardware, crates and all other necessary exhibit elements, within standards of AAM and MFH and according to design specifications.
  • Designs and recommends materials, fabrication and installation details.
  • Maintains permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits to ensure quality, safety and availability.
  • Makes reproductions of artifacts and constructs artifact mounts to ensure stability and preservation- requiring extreme care in handling, knowledge of techniques and artifact preservation requirements.
  • Maintains exhibit production facilities and equipment; specifies, gathers quotes and orders supplies and equipment.
  • Trains other artisans, preparators, interns and assistants as needed.
  • Assists other museum staff in the completion of a variety of museum projects and programs, including set-up for events, special programs and other museum- or department-related activities.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Ability to use a variety of wood shop, metalworking, painting and other tools and equipment.
  • Ability to use a computer to produce reports, conduct research and maintain records.
  • Ability to construct from conceptual designs.
  • Knowledge of general carpentry and building practices.
  • Knowledge of cabinet and case construction.
  • Ability to work with a variety of materials such as woods, plastics, fabrics, metals, mechanical fasteners, and adhesives.
  • Skilled in artistic techniques such as casting, carving, etc.
  • Knowledge and skill in painting, staining, other finishing techniques.
  • Skilled in cutting mat board and frame stock for making picture frames.
  • Able to perform daily gallery and shop maintenance tasks.

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