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Daniel Schmid

Crater | Terry Dowd Inc.

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.

The Crater position is a primarily carpentry/fabrication position. Craters work within the TDI facility both individually and as a team to fabricate and construct custom packing materials and crates designed for fine art objects and artifacts, or items of unique fragility and value.

***TDI has prepared an extensive set of guidelines for operating amidst pandemic conditions to help ensure the health and safety of TDI employees, clients, partner vendors, and others in our community. Our Pandemic Preparedness & Response Plan can be shared with any interested applicant.

Interested candidates should contact us and send a cover letter and resume for consideration. No calls please.

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, including PTO and Health Insurance)

Status: Full Time, non exempt


  • Use carpentry skills, hand tools, power tools, and power saws to fabricate custom-designed packing materials for unique objects.
  • Assist with inventory of supplies, maintain stock, stock shelves and materials storage.
  • Assist in receiving materials deliveries.
  • Maintain and clean fabrication shop.
  • Assist other departments with service requests as necessary.
  • Can be trained in art handling practices/skills to also serve as an Art Handler to provide installation, packing, and transportation services.
  • Interact positively and communicate diplomatically with a typically educated, professional, and often opinionated customer base and colleagues/vendors.
  • Complete critical paperwork such as inventories and itineraries/time logs, and cut-sheets.
  • 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.


  • Personality:
    • 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.
  • Experience:
    • 2-5 years minimum experience in carpentry, crate building, use of power tools, and/or fabrication.
    • Working familiarity with basic hand tools, power tools, and equipment.
    • 2-5 years art handling experience preferred; preferably in a museum/institution, high-end gallery, or other art-service company preferred.
    • Basic familiarity with art, art history, and terminology.
    • Excellent comprehension abilities--able to read and understand a cut sheet, perform mathematical calculations and measurements.
    • Customer service experience and experience in a fast paced environment.
    • Experience working in a warehouse/fine art facility or institution strongly preferred.
    • Knowledge of TSA CCSP preferred.
  • Organization:
    • High attention to detail and strong organizational abilities.
    • Excellent communication and comprehensions skills; able to interpret detailed instructions.
    • Good time management abilities; self-starter.
  • Technical:
    • Familiarity with basic digital cameras and power/hand tools.
  • Education:
    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level of education/experience preferred.

  • Physical/Availability:
    • Must be able to lift/move 80+ lbs. (sometimes with aid of equipment).
    • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
    • Must have good health/strength, and stamina.
    • Schedule requires regular hours and availability (Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM); some weekend and evening scheduling necessary.
Contact Info:
Daniel Schmid
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago