Tampa Museum of Art




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Museum Operations Assistant






Museum Operations Assistant

General Purpose

Under general supervision, install art work or other objects, fabricate museum exhibit components and assist with building security, maintenance and operations.

Typical Duties

Support preparation of museum buildings and arrangements for public display, event, special programs and facilities.  Involves:  Move, install and store exhibit components, paintings, statuary and other art objects.  Place protective pads between and around art to ensure against damage.  Lift art objects and move to designated area, hang paintings and position statuary and other objects on stands as directed.  Measure and mark floor layouts. Set up and dismantle audio and lighting systems, exhibit floor areas and platforms in accordance with prescribed security and artistic standards.  Examine exhibits for damage and perform minor repairs.  Prepare and paint various surfaces with rollers, brushes or sprayers. Set up and store tables, chairs, risers and equipment for museum and outside terrace events.  Perform custodial work before, after or during events, if required. Place informational materials in exhibits.

Under supervision, maintain, repair and upgrade buildings, infrastructure equipment, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), security, fire suppression systems and grounds.  Involves:  inspections of equipment and monitoring of systems.  Ensure compliance with state and federal inspection programs, building safety and operating codes and regulations.  Complete preventive maintenance to meet equipment manufacturers’ specifications and operational needs.  Utilize computer based facility management system to monitor HVAC and security equipment.  Assure operational status of back-up generator power and systems monitoring equipment.   Maintain and operate automated lighting and as instructed maintain grounds.

Assist in ensuring public acceptance of safety and security rules and regulations.  Involves:  Monitor and assist with event security, crowd control and emergency egress plans.  Monitor closed circuit security cameras located in galleries and other museum indoor and outdoor locations.  Notify supervisor or others of unusual circumstances. Answer questions and provide information and directions.

Patrol assigned museum facilities to protect the exhibits, property and artifacts from theft, violence or vandalism.  Involves:  Report any irregular or suspicious activities or expel violators.  Greet visitors and explain museum rules.  Provide general information about exhibits and facilities to visitors and provide directions to other city attractions.  Maintain records of activities, exhibits and attendance.  Unlock facilities for authorized personnel.  Open and close buildings and facilities.  Check and secure windows, doors and gates.

As directed, perform general maintenance and repair museum facilities or exhibits.  Involves:  Paint, lay tile, and repair minor plumbing leaks, install electrical switches and outlets, replace light fixtures and bulbs.  Assist in exhibit preparation including carpentry.  Move display cases, paintings, handcraft pieces and artifacts for displays.  Install and remove exhibits.  Set up and tear down tables, chairs, displays and audio-visual equipment for public events and receptions.  Dust and repair permanent exhibits.  Maintain grounds.

Clean interior and exterior of assigned portions of the facility and grounds daily, following a pre-determined schedule. Involves: Picking up trash and emptying trash receptacles from interior and exterior of buildings; dusting of furniture, shelving and other surfaces; vacuuming and cleaning carpets and floors; washing windows (interior and exterior), baseboards, upholstered furniture, restroom walls, and partitions.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Application of knowledge of monitoring of complex security, HVAC and climate control systems.
Application of good knowledge of handling and installing artwork.
Application of good knowledge of various skilled building trades methods and procedures.

Application of good knowledge of the use and maintenance of technical, hand and power tools commonly used in exhibit fabrication, facility maintenance and equipment repair.

Application of good knowledge of facility and equipment maintenance, repair and remodeling/upgrading.

Application of some knowledge of safety and security procedures.

Application of some knowledge of utilization and operation of computer based monitoring systems.

Application of some knowledge of technical manuals to read and interpret blueprints, schematics and equipment diagrams.

Interpretation of federal, state, and City laws, rules, regulations, maintenance of public facilities, state and local labor and occupational safety and health rules and regulations.

Establish and maintain of effective working relationships with coworkers, officials, contractors and the general public.

Clear, concise oral and written communication to prepare and present activity and work reports.

Other Job Characteristics

Frequent exposure to hazardous conditions, climbing ladders, working on lifts, and moving equipment parts when maintaining or repairing facilities, HVAC and other equipment.

Frequent extended standing, walking, bending, stooping, squatting, and moving or lifting equipment, tools and materials weighing up to 50 pounds when overseeing, or participating in the set up and tear down of events and displays.

Work extended hours, weekends and holidays as needed.

Must have a valid Florida driver’s license and approved driving record for pick-up and delivery of art pieces, materials and necessary supplies for the museum.

Contact: Qualified applicants please send your resume and cover letter to EA@tampamuseum.org. Indicate the job title ‘Museum Operations Assistant’ in the subject line.

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