The Opportunity: Public Art Installation & Conservation Technician

August 10, 2021 11:08 AM | Deleted user

The Regional Arts Culture Council (RACC) has one mission – to enrich our communities through arts and culture. We believe that the arts have the power to change hearts and minds, and to inspire social change. We also believe that arts and culture are key elements in creating desirable places to live, learn, work and visit.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and strive to cultivate equity in all of our programs. Prejudice and privilege have created barriers that RACC must dismantle, systematically and strategically, until everyone in our community has equitable access to arts and culture.

As a RACC team member, your work will help to educate and empower people from all walks of life by providing and promoting access to a diversity of art and cultural experiences. If you’re eager to make a difference, that’s a great start. To best serve our communities, we need commitment—to our mission, our goals, and most importantly, to the people we serve.

If you are ready to be a part of a committed, collaborative team dedicated to our community, we want to talk with you.

The Opportunity: Public Art Installation & Conservation Technician

Position Summary:
Under the direction of the Public Art Collections Manager and the Exhibitions & Collections Coordinator, the Installation & Conservation Technician (Tech) installs 2-D artworks in City of Portland and Multnomah County public spaces and assists with art collection transportation, storage, and condition reporting. The Tech also assists the RACC collections management team with the maintenance, repair, and conservation of works of outdoor sculpture in the City/County collection. In the course of the job the Tech performs a wide variety of tasks that require excellent art handling skills and the ability to organize, lay out, and install 2-D artwork. The Tech must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds, be comfortable standing for significant periods of time, and be able to meet the physical demands of working outside in various conditions.

Essential functions and responsibilities:
Follows safe workplace practices and procedures while handling, installing, and maintaining artwork.

·         Under the direction of the Exhibitions & Collections Coordinator the Tech installs and strikes displays of the City/County 2-D collection in a wide variety of City & County buildings.

·         Under the direction of the Collections Manager the Tech provides routine maintenance and basic conservation, including graffiti removal, for outdoor sculpture in the City/County collection.

·         The Tech performs regular condition assessments for the 2-D and outdoor sculpture collection and updates the collection’s maintenance database with related reports and photos.

·         Helps care for installation tools and maintenance/conservation related equipment and helps assure their safe and orderly storage.

·         Performs other Public Art program related duties as assigned.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

·         Lift and move objects weighing 50 pounds.

·         Work confidently on ladders, scaffolding, or personnel lifts at heights over eight feet.

·         Ability to stoop, bend and kneel.

·         Comfortable working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.

·         Ability to work with paints and solvents safely per RACC protocols, best practice, and OSHA requirements.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

·         A thorough understanding of RACC’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a willingness to contribute to a workplace that fosters and prioritizes these characteristics.

·         Ability to plan ahead and stay organized; be comfortable working independently or as part of a team.

·         Experience handling and moving art.

·         Basic carpentry skills and familiarity with the safe use of common hand and power tools.

·         Good problem solving skills, patience, ability to follow detailed instructions.

·         Ability to communicate well and maintain effective working relationships with fellow staff, representatives of City government, other organizations, and the general public.

·         General familiarity with computers and office software, basic digital photography skills, familiarity with databases.

·         A valid Oregon driver’s license and good driving record.

·         Knowledge of sculpture fabrication techniques a plus.


Status:                          32 weekly | Part-time | Hourly | Non-Exempt

Schedule:                    Regular Hours of Operation 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday - Friday
Flexibility will be required to accommodate events and business needs

Supervisory:               Public Art Collections Manager

Compensation:         $21.00 minimum hourly compensation

RACC offers excellent benefits, including paid holidays and Flexible Time Off, medical and dental benefits, a 401(k) plan, and long-term disability and life insurance.

Apply By August 27th 


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