POSITION TITLE:  Worker II, Cultural Services (Museum Preparator)   (Full-Time Regular) (Classified)
REQUISITION #:  req3770
DEPARTMENT:  Cultural Services
EMPLOYMENT TYPE:  Full-Time Regular
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:   $36,794.00 – 55,191.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)
ANTICIPATED ANNUAL HIRING SALARY RANGE:   $40,000.00 – $42,000.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)
SELECTION PROCESS:  Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 6/11/2021.

You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check required.

The Community:  The City of Fort Collins sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth-largest city and spans 57 square miles. With the 20 year growth projection, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.

The first people who hunted in this region arrived approximately 11,000 years ago, and Northern Colorado remains an integral part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. European-American trappers and traders arrived by the early 1800s but rarely established permanent settlements. Gold and silver discoveries in the Colorado mountains in the mid-1800s and the prospect of land for farming and ranching attracted people from eastern cities and across the globe to the Colorado Territory, including what would become the town of Fort Collins; an agricultural colony that emerged from its founding days as a military fort. The expansion included the sugar beet industry’s growth, which brought new residents whose descendants still live here today, including Mexican-American families from southern Colorado, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, as well as Germans from Russia. Since 1879, Fort Collins has been the home of the state’s land grant institution, Colorado State University, which currently enrolls 34,000 students. Along with the university, the city’s major high-tech and manufacturing companies and breweries attract new residents from all over the country and world. The community’s overall social diversity continues to grow.

There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife within the city. Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.

The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:  

  • No. 5 Best Remote-Ready Cities: Livability.com Jan 2021
  • Top 30 Creative Small Cities: CVSuite – May 2020
  • No. 18 Safest Cities in America: SafeWise – April 2020
  • No. 1 Best Place to Live: Livability.com March 2020
  • No. 9 Most Fitness Friendly Places: SmartAsset – Dec 2019
  • No. 7 Safest Driving Cities: Allstate – June 2019
  • No. 4 Best U.S. Cities to Raise a Family: MarketWatch – April 2019
  • No. 9 Best Performing Cities: Milken Institute – Jan 2019
  • No. 3 U.S. Cities with Highest Economic Confidence: Yahoo – Nov 2018
  • No. 2 Brain Concentration Index: Bloomberg – Nov 2018
  • No. 1 City in America for Cycling: PeopleForBikes-May 2018
  • Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award: Alliance for Innovation-April 2018
  • The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-Nov 2017
  • 18th Best City for Career Opportunities: SmartAsset – Sep 2017
  • 3rd Best College Town to Live in Forever: College Ranker – July 2017
  • 25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now: Outside Magazine – June 2017
  • No. 1 Stable and Growing Housing Market: Realtor.com-June 2017
  • 11th Happiest City in America: Yahoo! Finance – March 2017
  • No. 9 Top 150 Cities for Millennials Report: Millennial Personal Finance – Feb 2017
  • No. 2 Best Cities for Small Business Owners: ValuePenguin – Feb 2017

Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?

  • Medical, dental, vision (for self, spouse, children) – eligible on the 1st of the month following date of hire
  • Paid vacation, paid holidays, and sick
  • Retirement + company contributions – after 6 month probation period and immediate vesting
  • Flexible spending: Medical expenses FSA, dependent FSA or both
  • Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal, financial assistance 
  • Life insurance, short-term and long-term disability 
  • >Wellness program, workout facilities 
  • Employee/family Onsite Health Clinic 
  • Personal & professional learning opportunities including supervisory and leadership development; plus career mobility
  • Collaborative work environment

Job Summary

The Exhibit Preparator reports to the Exhibits Manager and works closely with other staff in the ongoing maintenance, fabrication, and installation of permanent, traveling, and off-site exhibits and displays. The primary focus of this position is on the daily care and upkeep of exhibit components, ensuring they are maintained to a high level and conducting repairs when required. Ideal candidates will possess experience with and a general working knowledge of accepted museum/gallery standards regarding exhibit maintenance and artifact handling; of use of tools and equipment for fabrication and construction in wood and other materials; of electronics and audio-visual technology; and the ability to research, identify, and procure parts and supplies using online computer and printed catalogs and other resources. The person in this position must be a “self-starter” with an eye for detail, a strong customer service ethic, the ability to analyze situations and troubleshoot problems, and deliver appropriate solutions. Being a team player and communicating effectively with fellow employees is critical to this position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

  • Perform daily startup and shutdown of exhibits.
  • Provide ongoing exhibit maintenance, repair, and improvement needs and adhere to a schedule for such maintenance.
  • Conduct regular gallery walkthroughs and inspections to verify exhibits and facilities are operating correctly.
  • Conduct cleaning of the exhibits and gallery on an ongoing basis.
  • Under the direction of the Exhibits Manager, construct and install exhibit displays and other elements. and assist in the setup and tear-down of temporary/traveling exhibits.
  • Maintain the exhibits workshop as a clean, organized, and safe environment.
  • Observe safety and risk management procedures in public areas and work spaces and ensure visitor safety and experience goals are maintained.
  • Maintain inventory of fabrication materials, tools/equipment, and exhibit consumables, and order supplies as needed.
  • As required, assist with exhibit-related work at off-site locations.
  • As required, assist with museum visitor services and non-exhibit operational needs.

Management Responsibilities


City Competencies

  • Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.
  • A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.
  • A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledgeable in the use of basic carpentry techniques, hand tools, power tools, basic electrical wiring and lighting, paints and adhesives, and associated safety practices. Prior experience in museum/gallery or tradeshow exhibit fabrication a plus.
  • Basic understanding of audio-video equipment and electronics, with the ability to learn new skills regarding the operation and maintenance of A/V systems.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, able to analyze situations, responding quickly to deliver effective solutions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers.
  • Ability to comfortably and effectively interact with the general public and visitors of all ages.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to keep and maintain accurate records.
  • Listens attentively to others.
  • Asks clarifying questions to gain a better understanding of the other person’s views and assumptions.
  • Works effectively in a team environment and actively participates in joint problem solving; willingly cooperates with co-workers.
  • Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • Comes to meetings prepared and on time; honors work commitments; follows through on commitments; meets deadlines.
  • Collaborates with other work groups and outside organizations as appropriate, in a proactive and responsive manner.
  • Honors the private and confidential matters of co-workers.
  • Protects the proprietary and confidential information of the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.
  • Follows rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Positively contributes to problem solving and implementing changes.

Required Education

Minimum Some college-level coursework or undergraduate degree preferred.

Experience Requirements

  • Minimum 2-3 years’ work experience in a relevant design field (e.g., graphics, interiors, architecture, industrial design), museums, fine arts, or in a related trade/skill. Prior experience working in a museum or gallery environment a plus. Will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

Certifications/Licenses/Specialized Training

  • A valid Colorado driver’s license is required., Bi-lingual English/Spanish preferred.

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The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use:
Because the possession and use of marijuana,whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body.  The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


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