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  • Full-time


The Arizona Historical Society is a nonprofit organization and state agency established in 1864. AHS connects people through the power of Arizona’s history. AHS collects, preserves, and tells the story of Arizona’s past through museum exhibitions, libraries and archives, historic sites, educational programs, and the Journal of Arizona History. AHS seeks to be the driving force strengthening Arizona’s communities by promoting history through leadership, partnership, and scholarship.

Flagstaff, Phoenix/Tempe, Tucson, Yuma


Job Location:

Address:  949 E 2nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85719

Posting Details:

Salary: 15.00 

Grade: 17

Closing Date: OTF

Job Summary:

This position requires a wide range of skills relating to the development, building, fabricating and installation of exhibits. The ability to work with various department teams to assist in building exhibitions that support our Mission and address diverse audiences.

Job Duties:
  • Attend exhibit team meetings and follow exhibit team plans as laid out by the calendar. Use of all types of woodworking and finishing tools to build pedestals, platforms, walls and cases. MIG welding for fabrication of exhibit elements and object mounts. Follow exhibit designers and supervisors instructions to build any materials needed for upcoming exhibits and exhibit maintenance.
  • Work with Adobe Pro and Photoshop to help curators and supervisor with panel and photo designs for any temporary and permanent gallery refreshes. Regular maintenance of existing exhibits and lighting throughout display areas. Maintenance of workshops and tools. Ensures that the exhibits are clean and all objects, panels, and photos are in accordance with museum standards.
  • Preparator 1 will assist the exhibits team and supervisor in installing any new temporary, permanent, and updated exhibits as needed. This includes, but is not limited to; painting galleries, installing cases, hanging panes and photographs, handling and installing objects, and any other necessary tasks. Installation and de-install of exhibits. Requires travel to the four museum locations at times and will require driving the State Van and transporting objects and materials as needed for that process.
  • This includes and is not limited to attending and hosting virtual and in person programs as needed by the exhibits team, working with AHS partner organizations, and working with marketing and experience ideas team as needed.
  • Partake in any additional training and professional development as directed by supervisor and/or exhibit team lead(s). Seek out conferences and other networking opportunities to expand knowledge of best museum standards.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:

  • Museum protocols and procedures.
  • Standard practices for exhibit fabrication.
  • Standard practices to produce and mount museum labels.
  • Lighting techniques in museum setting.

Skilled in:

  • The safe and effective use of hand and power tools, including woodworking an painting equipment.
  • Construction and installation of exhibits according to the design specifications.
  • The use of appropriate lighting techniques.
  • Using standard business computer programs to communicate, perform research and assign and completed required on-line training courses.

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with others.
  • Work collaboratively with the exhibit team.
  • Work with various agency teams, staff, temporary workers, interns and volunteers.
  • Prioritize and organize.
Selective Preference(s):
  • Previous experience constructing exhibits in a museum setting preferred.
Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid Arizona Driver's License.

The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

  • Sick leave
  • Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

  • Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.
Contact Us:
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Melba Davis at mdavis@azhs.gov or
    520-617-1161 for assistance.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.