Placer Employment Opportunities

Exhibit Preparator Assistant

Recruitment #2018-15411-01


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, westward through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play and learn. For more information about Placer County, please visit


The Department of Public Works and Facilities is seeking an Assistant Exhibit Preparator to work as extra help in the Museums Division. This position will support several museums in the Auburn area and assist in the planning, design, construction, installation and maintenance of exhibits and displays. The ideal candidate will have experience in carpentry, painting and audio-visual media. To learn more about the Museums Division of Placer County click here.


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Appointments made from this eligible list may transition to permanent status, should permanent vacancies arise at some future date.

Temporary/Extra Help assignments are limited to 999 hours (or 960 hours for CalPERS retired annuitants) in a fiscal year and are not eligible for benefits.


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.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

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.

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.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination, which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation, sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation and/or be bonded.


The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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