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Exhibits Preparator-Graphic Design Focus

Job Description Summary

The purpose of this position, under general supervision of the Exhibits Manager, is to fulfill CHM strategic objectives through participation in the planning, design, production, installation, and maintenance of exhibitions and services facilitating CHM programs and events.



The tasks listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional tasks related to the type of work of the class as necessary.

Produces graphic signage using various techniques and materials such as paint, vinyl, metal, wood, acrylics, and display boards.

Assists in gallery preparation including, but not limited to: spackling, sanding, and painting of gallery and mobile walls, cases and risers; loading, transporting, and arranging gallery furniture, specimens, and artifacts; mounting artworks or other exhibition components; installing graphic signage and labels; monitoring condition of exhibition components and lighting; and repairs, replaces, or rearranging exhibition components as required.

Produces representation-style painting and illustrations for natural history models, history reproductions, promotional and exhibition murals, signage, and printed materials.

Fabricates exhibit components and object supports using various methods and materials including clay, plaster, foam, rubber, wood, acrylics, resins, and fiberglass.

Produces and installs decorative components, signage, and lighting for CHM events and programs, and assists with event set-up, activities, and clean-up as required.

Maintains and services tools and equipment, organizes contents, and disposes of waste materials in the workshop.


Drives a county vehicle between museum sites and to purchase tools and materials for exhibitions. Assists with site operations and building maintenance as needed.



Completion of Bachelor’s degree. Requires three years of experience.


Valid state driver”s license is preferred.


Knowledge of shop tools and equipment including the use and maintenance of stationary saws, power tools, and hand tools. Knowledge of materials and processes including but not limited to clay, plaster, foam, rubber, wood, acrylics, resins, and fiberglass. Skill in designing and sculpting custom objects using various materials. Skill in designing and fabricating custom cabinetry, museum mounts, or object supports. Skill in applying vinyl graphics and signage. Skill in representational-style acrylic and oil painting. Skill in wall and furniture painting. Ability to construct free-standing walls. Knowledge of installation hardware. Ability to work off of a ladder. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Ability to calculate figures, amounts, proportions, percentages, dimensions of areas, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra, and interpret basic construction drawings.


TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL: Work involves inspecting, measuring, or comparing to a standard; utilizing special training to perform a defined function; following standardized procedures, techniques, or procedures.

Perform clerical or manual tasks involving intensive understanding of a field, unit or division. Example: May summarize, tabulate, or format data or information, or gather data and information for later evaluation; or perform arithmetic operations including basic geometry or algebra, including computing rates, ratios and/or percents; uses or operates medium use equipment such as chain saws, mowing equipment; journeyman level trades work.

Follow complex technical instructions, solve technical problems, or disseminate information regarding policies and procedures; may compose unique reports or analysis, or provide extensive customer service to internal or external clients.

Communicate to convey or exchange general work-related information or service to internal or external clients.

Perform semi-skilled work involving some set procedures and frequent problem-solving.

Serves a significant role in advising on the design, methods, and materials required to accomplish the task/project.

Regularly exercises discretion and independent judgment in the performance of the job.


None/Not Applicable.


Use office machines such as copiers or calculators. Use computers for data entry; or handle hand-held power equipment or light machinery. Use computers for word processing, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. Use of specialized artist’s tools for sculpting, molding, and casting, and fabrication of two- and three-dimensional objects.



Standing and walking over 2/3 of the time. Tasting or smelling, talking or hearing, and sitting under 1/3 of the time. Climbing or balancing under 1/3 of the time. Gripping or feeling with hands, reaching with hands and arms, and stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling over 2/3 of the time. Position requires lifting up to 25 pounds 1/3 to 2/3 of the time, and up to 100 pounds under 1/3 of the time.


Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up or down or to the left and right when vision is fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).


The job may risk exposure to indoor environment, outdoor environment, noise, extreme temperatures, vibration, moisture and/or humidity, dust, fumes, gases, poor ventilation, electrical hazards, mechanical hazards, and chemical hazards.

York County is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence and strength through diversity. The County seeks a wide range of applicants for its positions so that one of our core values, a qualified and diverse workforce, will be affirmed. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance requires the County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.

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