Under the supervision of the Chief Preparator, the Installer works with preparators, registrars, project managers, and curators in packing artwork for shipping and storage, loading artwork and materials in and out of the facility, preparing the galleries for exhibition, constructing exhibition furniture and elements, performing wall preparation, and installing, lighting, and maintaining artwork. The installer may be asked to work on other tasks as needed related to equipment storage, materials inventory and shop maintenance. This is a seasonal, hourly, non-exempt position.

Please note:

  1. All ICA employees are required to reside in Massachusetts or within a reasonable commuting distance from our Seaport location as of their first day of work.
  2. All ICA employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Monday, October 25, 2021.  All new hires onboarding after Monday, October 25, 2021 will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no later than their first day of work.

Essential Reponsibilities

  • Prepare galleries for exhibitions including demolition and rebuilding of walls, patching, repairing and painting of the space.
  • Utilize professional art handling and installation practices while in contact with and around artwork
  • Provide maintenance of exhibition galleries and artwork
  • Provide maintenance of technical elements in exhibitions
  • Fabricate display furniture and new elements as outlined by the Preparators and identified as needs for display by the Curator or Project Manager.
  • Pack and move artwork based on high quality professional standards
  • Install exhibition graphics
  • Maintain ICA workshop to include cleaning, organizing, inventory and storing equipment and materials.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience handling artwork of a variety of media and sizes
  • Basic working knowledge of hand and building tools and materials
  • Ability to take direction, follow instruction, and work as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of the fundamentals/industry standards of art handling procedures
  • Basic working knowledge of audio/visual equipment
  • Basic knowledge of gallery lighting systems

Working conditions

The installer position requires routine handling of heavy and delicate materials and objects. The installer must be able to lift 40 pounds over head and be able to work on ladders and mechanical lifts. Installation periods may require extended work hours and on occasion 7-day work weeks. Pay rate and responsibilities will be determined based on the amount of prior experience with art handling and in museum operations.

Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to jobs@icaboston.org. When applying, please include “Installer” in the subject line.

The ICA is located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, and is accessible by public transportation (Red and Silver Line).

The ICA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic workforce committed to working in a multicultural environment. Qualified candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the museum professions are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.