Lead Preparator

The AGA is seeking a full time Lead Preparator. Reporting to the Exhibitions Manager, the Lead Preparator will provide technical assistance for the production, presentation, preparation and maintenance of all AGA exhibitions; and for the care and maintenance of the AGA’s permanent collection. The Lead Preparator coordinates production assistance to curatorial staff, exhibiting artists and visiting curators. Administrative responsibilities include supervision of the Preparator staff.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Handling and preparation of works of art to professional museums standards
  • Constructing crates and gallery display fixtures
  • Preparing exhibition spaces including wall building, painting, lighting, etc
  • Installing of vinyl signage
  • Providing audiovisual support
  • Providing assistance to exhibiting artists and visiting curators
  • Assisting in the development of production plans for upcoming exhibitions and collection maintence and lead in their implementation
  • Hire, train schedule and supervising of full time and part time Preparator staff
  • Maintaining the gallery and collection facility work spaces
  • Delivering, picking up and moving materials and/or works of art


  • Experience working in a public art gallery, museum or related field
  • Experience handling and installing various works of art
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to work under general direction and within a team environment
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to perform physical work associated with preparation of exhibits
  • Capacity to adapt behavior and work methods, as needed, in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles

Preferred Knowledge and Skills

  • A university or college degree in related field
  • Experience matting and framing
  • Strong carpentry skills & experience with tool maintence
  • Forklift, Aerial Work Platform, and/or Fall Arrest certification

This is a full-time position commencing January 3, 2022. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please submit cover letter and resume by mail or email to sara.mckarney@youraga.ca.

Deadline: November 30, 2022

Attn: Sara McKarney, Exhibitions Manager

Art Gallery of Alberta 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1

The Art Gallery of Alberta

The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the province’s only solely dedicated art museum. Located in the City of Edmonton, the AGA serves the local community, the province of Alberta and plays a significant role in the cultural life of Western Canada. The AGA maintains a collection of over 6,000 works of art and presents an annual series of temporary and collection-based exhibitions with related educational, public and outreach programs.

The AGA is committed to promoting diversity and representativeness within our organization. We strive to provide and maintain a fair and equitable environment for all by valuing and respecting individual differences for our enrichment and that of the community we serve.

The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi / Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. We also acknowledge all of the Indigenous, Inuit and Metis peoples who make Edmonton their home today.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is an equal opportunity employer serving diverse communities. We appreciate all applications; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Listing on the Art Gallery of Alberta website