Placer County

Exhibit Preparator Assistant (#15411)

$18.96-$23.68 Hourly / $3,286.40-$4,104.53 Monthly / $39,436.80-$49,254.40 Yearly


To assist in the planning, design, construction and installation of exhibits and displays at all County museums and to formulate material lists.


Receives general supervision from the Museum Program Manager and Exhibit Preparator.

May exercise technical and functional supervision over volunteers.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assist in the construction of rough and finished three-dimensional exhibits using carpentry through to finished including background painting, sculptural work, textile fabrication and lettering, graphic design, silk screening and photography, fiberglassing special effects, animation.
  • May supervise and work with volunteer work crews in exhibit construction and detailing and museum maintenance.
  • Assist in coordination of work crews, equipment, tools and supplies and provide for transportation to various museum work sites. 
  • Assist in the purchase of materials and supplies for exhibit construction and museum maintenance.
  • Pack and transport artifacts and props for use in exhibits or storage; set up and dismantle exhibits.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: One year of experience using various types of hand and power tools used in the construction and facility maintenance fields.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.  Additional specialized training in building technology trades or a related field is desirable.

Required License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Proper use of hand and power tools and specialty tools; i.e., vertical saw/chisel, motor-tool engraver/carver.
  • Arithmetic and basic mathematical calculations.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand operations and observe safety rules.  Intermittently analyze problems with equipment; identify and locate equipment; interpret assignments; remember equipment and artifact location; and explain jobs to others.
  • Intermittently, sit, bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist when performing installation of exhibits; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; and lift very heavy weight.
  • Learn the principles and practices of museum exhibit and display design, construction and finishing.
  • Learn the principles and practices of carpentry work, alterations and repairs.
  • Continue learning new techniques, products and tools as related to exhibit construction.
  • Use hand and power tools. 
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

CLASS: 15411; EST: 11/1/2002;