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Mount maker/Preparator










The Mount maker/Preparator is responsible for:

  • Construction of museum-quality artifact mounts from initial design through completed fabrication
  • Safe handling, packing, presentation, installation, transport, and storage of museum collection artifacts
  • Maintenance of collection storage facilities

Assistance with ongoing collections care, documentation, exhibit installation and deinstallation. 



  • Design, fabricate and prepare mounts for artifacts
  • Prepare artifacts for exhibition, loan, photography, etc.
  • Install and deinstall objects for exhibition
  • Design and construct or retrofit crates, display cases and archival cardboard containers
  • Oversee and participate in packing, transport, and storage of collections
  • Able to travel for installation and deinstallation of travelling exhibits
  • Able to write condition reports, processing, and documentation of collection artifacts
  • Maintain storage areas
  • Order archival supplies and materials
  • Meet a flexible work schedule which at times includes evening, weekend and extended out-of-town commitments
  • Maintain an organized, clean, and functional working prep space
  • May lead, guide, and train staff, interns, and/or volunteers in performing related work; may participate in recruitment


  • Five to seven years’ experience with object mount making
  • Three or more years’ experience working in museum or gallery setting preferred
  • Experience handling historical artifacts and/or art objects using best museum practices.
  • Fabrication skills:
    • Experience with metal, acrylic, woodworking, and machining
    • Experience with silver soldering of brass, stainless steel and TIG welding
    • Knowledge of fasteners, adhesives, paints, finishes and textiles
    • Sewing experience desirable
  • Experience with fitting and modifying mannequins highly desireable
  • Must possess a driver’s license
  • Must be able to drive a variety of vehicles including forklift, box truck, scissor lift
  • Must be able to work at high altitude on a lift
  • Computer experience, including MS Office applications
  • Willingness to become proficient with The Museum System software
  • Possess or able to obtain a passport
  • Ability to work independently with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Be detail-oriented, and self-motivated, able to manage project load
  • Be self-directed and comfortable with working alone for extended periods of time
  • Exhibit strong organizational skills to manage a continuous high-volume, multi-tasking environment
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment with a dynamic range of people

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Work areas are inside, in a windowless, climate-controlled environment with moderate background noise. Work may require long periods of sustained standing during exhibit installation and strike. Position may require travel to multiple work sites. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is frequently required to lift up to 100 pounds.


The Museum of Pop Culture is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock 'n' roll, MoPOP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors. At MoPOP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship to the popular culture of our time.

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