Employment Opportunity – Lead Preparator
Southern Alberta Art Gallery

The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) is one of Canada’s leading contemporary art galleries.  For over forty years, SAAG has evolved from a grassroots initiative to become a significant participant in the national dialogue on contemporary art. 

SAAG is seeking a skilled and supportive individual to fill the position of Lead Preparator. As a key member of the SAAG curatorial team, the Lead Preparator is in charge of exhibition installations, transport and assisting with art collections under SAAG’s care. The Lead Preparator is a detail-oriented individual with the ability to solve problems in a creative manner, with a friendly, professional demeanour; they are committed to realizing the visions of the artists that we work with, and caring for artworks and collections to a high standard.  

The Lead Preparator assists the Executive Director and Curatorial Team in all areas of exhibition installation and maintenance, art registration and art handling for packing and shipping, as well as overseeing the care and facilitating access to the Gallery collection, art auction artwork and City of Lethbridge Fine Art Collections. 

The Lead Preparator implements the standards of contemporary art installation and art gallery practices, registration practices and gallery environmental maintenance in the SAAG’s exhibition installation plans. They participate with the Curatorial Team in the planning and implementation of the annual exhibition program. The Lead Preparator manages the gallery and preparatorial spaces, and the collections and storage facilities; supervises contracted preparatorial staff and contractors related to exhibition installation and shipping. The Lead Preparator works together with all staff, and assists in the success of events such as the SAAG Art Auction. 

The applicant ideally has an undergraduate degree in arts, or an equivalent program. Two-three years experience in a preparatorial capacity in a gallery environment installing artworks is required, as well as a combination of technical installation abilities such as installing audio or video works, carpentry and construction skills, and art handling skills are necessary. The candidate has worked with gallery or museum databases, and computer programs such as SketchUp, Word and Excel is required. The individual should be highly-organized, detail oriented, possess integrity in their work and able to multi-task under pressure. Heavy lifting, climbing, and strenuous physical activities are essential functions of the position. This is an ideal position for someone wishing to explore a career in the gallery/museum field.

This is a contract position for one-year, renewable for two consecutive years: 35 hours per week (140 hours per month) averaged as 4 days per week and 6-7 days per week during installation blocks; flexible schedule to coincide with events and openings. Overtime will from time to time be required, when approved it will be compensated as time in lieu. Benefits wellness package is included, with two weeks paid vacation and one paid holiday break from December 25- January 1 annually. Salary is commensurate with experience, within a set wage range.

Description of Duties and Responsibilities

Your application must include the following components: cover letter, resume and three references. The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is an equal opportunity employer. The successful candidate is subject to a criminal record check and protocols of our SAAG Employee Handbook. Please address any inquiries to the contact listed below.

Deadline for Application: 5 PM Monday, April 8, 2019

Please send your resume and cover letter via email to the following address by the deadline:

Kristy Trinier, Executive Director  

Thank you to all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.