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Preparator – Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Closing date:   July 22, 2018
Institution:   Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
Salary:   $85,750. Package includes salary ($70,652 - $77,363), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
Employment status:   Full-time 3 year contract up to 30 June 2021
Location :   Sydney Region / Sydney City
Contact name:   Penny Angrick, Workshop Construction Coordinator, 02 9217 0276
Contact email:   Penny.Angrick@maas.museum

A catalyst for creative expression and curious minds

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is an executive agency of the New South Wales State Government. Embodying the best of design ingenuity and innovation, the Museum profiles one of the world’s great collections and is a highly successful interdisciplinary institution that sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in supporting the brand and vision of the city.

MAAS currently operates three sites, the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney Observatory in Millers Point and Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill. In April 2018, the NSW Government announced the largest investment in museum infrastructure in Australia’s history, which will enable MAAS to expand its operations, and will ensure the Museum and its collection remain a critical part of our local and global communities for centuries to come.

Those joining the MAAS team at this time will be given a career-defining opportunity to work on a project will which will break new ground in the way museums do business.

The Opportunity
We are currently seeking an experienced cabinet maker or set builder to join our workshop team. In this role, you will be responsible for construction, installation, dismantle and maintenance for the Museum’s exhibitions, art commissions and projects. Day to day, you will:

  • Provide advice on materials most suited for use in fabrication of displays and collaborate with other workshop staff in construction methods and techniques
  • Create and construct exhibition furniture, walls, fixtures and props
  • Install and dismantle museum standard display cabinets and showcases
  • Work with various materials including processed particle board, timber, plastics and metal using a variety of equipment and techniques
  • Repair and refurbish exhibition housings and displays to acceptable standards, including spray painting, hand finishing and other techniques.

To be successful in this role you will need to possess the following skills, experience and attributes:

  • Relevant qualifications or equivalent work experience in carpentry or cabinetmaking, including reading and interpreting construction plans.
  • Knowledge of fabrication techniques including metal working, welding and painting including spray-painting.
    Knowledge of a workshop, and carpentry and joinery tools and machinery as well as usage of different construction related materials as well as safe work practices.
  • Understanding and practice in safe object handling or willingness to undertake training.
  • Australian drivers’ license required

For more information or to apply visit: JobsNSW.


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