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Posted: 12/02/2015

Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. You are invited into more than 40 original buildings, including homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops - all situated on more than 200 scenic acres. Visitors can meet heritage breed farm animals and interact with authentically costumed staff.

Preparator/Exhibit Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Sturbridge, MA
Open Until
Until Filled

Reporting to the Director of Curatorial, the Exhibit Specialistis responsible for design, installation and maintenance of all in-house exhibits throughout the museum including changing exhibitions, permanent installations, and other projects as assigned. The Exhibit Specialist works closely with the curators, collections manager, and other staff on conceptual planning, design, scheduling and implementation of all in-house exhibit development.


This position is Full Time, Salaried, Exempt and Benefit Eligible. At times, weekday evening and weekend hours are required as needed to accommodate installation schedule.   

 Specific Duties:


Design and fabricate innovative gallery exhibitions highlighting historic objects from Old Sturbridge Villages collection

Design, fabricate, paint, and install all necessary components for assigned projects: exhibit cases, barriers, panels, pedestals, mounts, partitions, etc.

Assist curatorial and collections staff in the planning of exhibitions to estimate time, labor, materials, etc.

Install exhibition related graphics or didactics, or arranges for contract installation as appropriate

Work with staff to implement gallery lighting as required

Prepare works of art for travel, including building crates when necessary. Accompanies collections staff for pickup and delivery of artwork

Work with the curatorial staff to improve the quality of design, project installations and professional standards

Inspect and maintain exhibits, including dusting and cleaning of artwork, paint touch-up, etc.

Assist with care and conservation of objects as necessary

Other duties as assigned



Two to five years of collections/exhibits experience in a museum, gallery, or arts organization is required

Bachelors degree in art, design or related field or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience

Experience with exhibit design, preparation and installation, art handling and crating, carpentry, fabrication, and painting

Demonstrated experience with advanced carpentry techniques and with woodworking machinery and tools

Familiar with museum standards for handling and installing works of art and professional collections practices, policies and procedures

Familiar with standard safety procedures

Must be organized as well as flexible, and able to be self-directed in prioritizing tasks and work

Excellent interpersonal skills and team work required


How to apply
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@osv.org
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566

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