Current Job Openings

Date Posted: October 16, 2018
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery seeks an experienced Preparator for installations and events. This is a part-time on-call position. The Preparator coordinates the labour and materials for the installation and takedown of exhibitions and works with staff to ensure the safe keeping of all exhibition related materials and the collection. On all matters, the position works closely with and reports to the Curator. This position plans for exhibition installation, consults on technical aspects of installation and the unpacking and repacking of art and artefacts.

Reporting to the Curator, the successful applicant will coordinate all preparation activities and be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the preparation shop including the maintenance and upkeep of the equipment, shop, and preparation storage areas, and be responsible for stocking and ordering of preparation materials.

The position also offers assistance to other departments as required.


  1. Follows exhibition specifications developed by Curator and exhibiting artists.
  2. Prepares, installs and removes artwork, artefacts and installation materials for exhibitions.
  3. Prepares the exhibition spaces by repairing exhibition walls (patching and painting).
  4. Maintains equipment and maintains the orderly condition of the preparation storage area.
  5. Loads/ unloads, picks up/delivers, packs/unpacks art/artefacts/institution materials for storage, exhibition and/or shipment.
  6. Constructs crates and other shipping containers if needed. Builds display props (such as risers and pedestals etc.) when required.
  7. In consultation with Curator, schedules casual preparation staff when required.
  8. Transports art and artefacts when required.
  9. Performs other related duties as required.
  10. Be willing to work irregular hours as required.


The incumbent must have excellent art handling skills and a thorough knowledge of art and artefact handling, exhibition installation, carpentry, general electrical skills. This position is frequently required to lift heavy objects such as artwork, pedestals, crates, ladders, scaffolding and construction materials. The successful candidate must also have a knowledge of basic electronics, audio-visual and computer-driven exhibition applications, exhibition lighting and its application and will possess a valid driver’s license and be licensed to operate a forklift and skyjack (training can be provided). S/he must have previous museum preparation experience, including a sound knowledge of the principles and practices of museum management, conservation and lighting standards and an ability to meet deadlines. Post-secondary school education or training in a related field is an asset. The incumbent must have the ability to work independently and collaboratively and should have excellent leadership, interpersonal, organizational and time management skills and have the ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally with artists, visiting curators and co-workers. 

The successful applicant will be required to know and comply with Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery policies and procedures and the safety rules and laws prescribed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations of Ontario as outlined in Section 28 (1) and (2) of the Act.  


Send letter of interest, hour rate expectations, CV and references to:

Denis Longchamps, Executive Director

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

25 Caroline Street North

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 2Y5

Or by email to

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.