IMLS Project Preparator

As the visual arts center at one of the world's leading public research universities, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) brings the rich artistic resources of the UC Berkeley campus to the broader public. BAMPFA's mission is to inspire the imagination, ignite critical dialog, and activate community engagement through art, film, and other forms of creative expression. Through its collections, research resources, and programs, BAMPFA aspires to be locally connected and globally relevant.

The mission of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art, film, and other forms of creative expression. BAMPFA has developed an international reputation for its active and ambitious exhibition programs, as well as for the quality of its art and film collections and research resources. BAMPFA is an institution with a stellar history and an exciting future.


Handling and Transport:

  • Remove artworks from permanent storage locations and prepare for transport to on- and off-site locations.
  • Make portfolios and boxes, wrap and collar artworks, and assist with other temporary packing.
  • Load, unload, and help transport artworks to the off-site photo studio for photography.
  • Assist in the preparation of works for the photography process and work with photographer during the sessions to move and stage works.
  • Re-package and organize artworks, and return them to their permanent locations.

Collections Care:

  • Work under the direction of BAMPFA staff to rehouse and replace acidic storage materials, including interleaving and buffering materials.
  • Build new permanent housing for artworks, such as boxes for the Asian scroll collection.
  • Assist in the organization of the artworks during the photography process so that artworks move safely in and out of the different spaces.
  • Track artworks both on paper and in the collections database as they move from location to location.
  • Measure artworks and record descriptive information to be added to the database records as needed.
  • Assists designers, curators, registrar, and other museum staff as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience handling a variety of artwork media according to best practices.
  • Experience making and using packing materials to properly secure and safeguard artworks.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Access to reliable transportation.
  • Work well as part of a team.
  • Ability to safely lift 50 lbs. and to climb ladders.


Bachelor degree and/or equivalent experience in art exhibition installation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with handling Asian artworks.
  • Strong skills in box-making and housing artworks.

Salary and Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the Union negotiated range up to $22.22, Step 2.5.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

Other Information

This is a Limited (temporary) position. The duration of this position will be approximately 30-weeks, working part-time at 30-hours per week.

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Technical Unit (TX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: February 13, 2020. Open until filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

To Apply

Visit the UC Berkeley Jobs posting (Job ID 3533) to and follow the application process detailed on the website. To be considered, applications must be completed through the campus online website. Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.