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Art Handling Specialist

Winterthur - Delaware (DE), 19735

Winterthur Museum, Garden

Job Description:

Winterthur comprises an outstanding naturalistic garden, the premier collection of American decorative and fine arts, and a nationally renowned research library, all in a historic BrandywineValley landscape of nearly 1,000 acres. Winterthur’s mission is “to inspire, enlighten and delight all of its visitors while preserving and enhancing its buildings and landscape, its collections and programs, and its history as a country place."

Winterthur considers its employees and volunteers to be among its greatest assets and provides them with the chance to develop their love of the arts and horticulture while contributing to the mission of the institution.

Working at Winterthur is a unique and rewarding opportunity, offering a variety of career paths in a beautiful setting. Winterthur employs full-time, part-time, and temporary employees in a wide array of positions in the areas of curatorial, horticulture, education, conservation, library, maintenance, and administration. At Winterthur employment is more than just work. Employees enjoy an environment that is rich in culture and natural beauty while contributing specific skills and upholding the core values of the organization.


Winterthur’s Art Handling Specialists are responsible for scheduling and effecting the movement of objects for museum programs and activities, such as workshops, classes, special tours, conservation, and photography. This position also has responsibilities for installation of objects in museum rooms, exhibition galleries, and other collection spaces; and for packing and transportation of museum and loan objects on-site and off-site. This position ensures objects are handled with care and are moved to specified locations to meet deadlines.


1. Knowledge of best practices for handling, packing, moving, and transportation requirements of 2-D and 3-D museum objects.

2. Familiarity with standard museum installation techniques, including hanging systems for framed artwork in a historic house and gallery setting.

3. Knowledge of museum-standard packing and storage materials and sources of these materials. Ability to select appropriate packing materials, depending upon the medium, surfaces, condition, and fragility of the objects. Knowledge of soft packing and cavity packing methods. Knowledge of or ability to learn how to retrofit a standard crate and how to pack a travel frame, shadow box, slipcase, slat crate, and standard crate. Ability to read packing specification drawings.

4. Knowledge of how to properly wrap, load, and strap objects within a van or truck to keep them safe in transport.

5. Familiarity with and ability to use hand tools. Basic woodworking skills.

6. Ability to analyze and resolve problems. Initiative and resourcefulness. Confidence to make logistical decisions in the interests of object safety. Ability to direct and coordinate object movement with others.

7. Ability to follow directions precisely and completely. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to schedule tasks, manage time, and meet deadlines. Ability to conceive time- and cost-saving techniques.

8. Professional demeanor. Good verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to be flexible, work collaboratively as part of a team, and to function independently. Ability to maintain an alert and observant approach when moving and working in collections display and storage areas.

9. General proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Outlook, digital photography and image management, and database navigation.

10. A sense of aesthetics and ability to visualize in three dimensions.

11. Ability to design and fabricate object mounts for museum objects desirable but not required.


Minimum Qualifications: 3 or more years of 2-D and 3-D fine art handling or preparatory experience with a BA/BS or a minimum of 6 or more years’ experience with a high school diploma. 2 or more years’ experience in art handling, packing, transportation, and installation of fine and decorative arts in a museum setting.

Preferred Qualifications: 5 or more years of 2-D and 3-D fine art handling or preparatory experience with a BA/BS. 3 or more years’ experience in art handling, packing, transportation, and installation of fine and decorative arts in a museum setting. Some experience working in a historic house museum.


Candidates should email a cover letter, a résumé, and contact information for three references to Winterthur Human Resources via the application link found at:

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $18.00 to $20.00 /hour


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Additional Compensation:

  • Store Discounts
  • Other forms

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave

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