Company:Terry Dowd Inc. 2233 S. Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608
Branch: Operations
Department: Crating
Position reports to: Crating Manager
Compensation: Hourly (+ benefits post probationary period)
Status: Full Time, non exempt

Since 1978, Terry Dowd Inc. has been handling fine art, artifacts, and antiques; objects that are high in value, fragile and irreplaceable. TDI, is perhaps best known among museums for its superior packing and crating services and its innovative adaptation of commercially available materials that meet conservation standards. Our crating methods have been informed by the research of the Canadian Conservation Institute, and in turn our standards have served as a guide for many institutions. Our clients, including many of the most prestigious museums, private collectors and corporations in the world, regularly contract us for the collection, crating,
storage and transport of individual loans or entire exhibits.

Craters work independently and in teams to fabricate our custom-designed packing materials including crates of all formats and sizes, for objects of the highest fragility and value.


• Safely use power tools and hand tools including table saws, miter saws, band saws, foam saws, routers, drills, etc.
• Read and interpret wood-shop cut sheets. Complete paperwork such as itineraries and cut sheets with accuracy and attention to detail.
• Fabricate crates and custom packing materials ranging from heavy-duty museum-quality exhibition crates to custom boxes—all sizes and weights.
• Work both individually and as part of a team to accomplish projects.
• Assist in maintaining the orderliness and security of the Terry Dowd facility and equipment.
• Other projects as assigned.


• Strong initiative and work ethic with flexibility to respond to and take action in changing circumstances, often under pressure.
• Diplomatic demeanor; ability to work in a team format with sensitivity to a variety of personalities or independently with equal productivity.
• Willing to take on challenges/difficult circumstances; maintains a positive attitude.
• Professional attitude. Able to address conflicts and stressful situations in a professional manner.

1-5 years fabrication experience minimum required; preferably in a museum/institution, high-end gallery, or other art-service company.
• Experience driving 12-16 foot box trucks strongly preferred; must have a valid driver’s license; must have a clean driving record; must be willing to drive or to learn; C-class license preferred but not required.
• 2-5 years art handling experience strongly preferred.
• Understanding and ability to articulate art handling best practices for packing/crating, transportation/shipping, and installation.
• Basic familiarity with art, art history, and terminology preferred.
• Customer service experience and experience in a fast-paced environment.
• Experience working in a warehouse/fine art facility or institution strongly preferred.
• Working familiarity with basic hand tools, power tools, and equipment.
• Knowledge of TSA CCSP preferred.

• High attention to detail and strong organizational abilities.
• Excellent communication and comprehensions skills; able to interpret detailed instructions.

• Familiarity with power tools and hand tools required.

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level of education/experience preferred.

• Must be able to lift 80+ lbs.
• Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
• Schedule frequently requires early start time (8:00—8:30 AM); some weekend and evening scheduling necessary.