Event Support Crew

Reports to:  Staff Event Lead
Department:  Museum Business Services
Position Type:  Part-time/On-Call/Non-Exempt
Salary Range:  $12.50/ hour
Benefits: Not Eligible

Summary of Position

The Event Support Crew position combines event program needs with TAM facilities resources. Event Support Crew is responsible for working with a team that includes an Event Lead and other Event Support Crew members to complete detailed event set-up, clean-up, security monitoring, and janitorial duties by a set timeline. Ideal candidates will have a flexible schedule, be able to work well with others, and maintain a positive attitude under stress. Event Support Crew does not have to be available at all times of a day, but will be expected to provide detailed contact information and up-to-date availability for all days of the week. All crew individuals hired will have opportunities to be trained in each of the event position needs. Priority hiring will be given to individuals whose availability includes weekends, late week day evenings and early week day mornings.

Event Support Crew is a non-exempt and on-call position. Schedule and hours to be worked by the Event Support Crew are dependent on private events, education events, and other internal events at Tacoma Art Museum, and may vary widely depending on season. Applicants should expect between 5 and 20 hours per week. It is anticipated that 2 to 6 hours will be scheduled per shift dependent upon event numbers, set-up, clean-up, and other event needs.

Event Support Crew will report to the TAM staff member responsible for the event, as well as the Events Coordinator, the Museum Business Services Manager, and Facilities and Maintenance Lead.


  • Complete all event set-ups, technical requirements, furniture and equipment, etc.
  • Provide prompt and courteous customer service to patrons and clients
  • Relay all pertinent information/issues to staff event lead as appropriate
  • Inspect all equipment for proper functioning before setting up
  • Conduct orderly appearance in all storage areas
  • Responsible for appearance/cleanliness of entire museum public spaces
  • Resetting spaces after events/meetings
  • Relay outstanding/pending items to replacement shift or staff event lead prior to being relieved
  • Required to attend one orientation/training session prior to first shift
  • Ability to adjust to event setup and clean up needs as they arise (i.e. sweeping, mopping, stocking bathroom supplies)
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Provide at least two references who can verify reliability and judgment
  • Ability to perform well in a fast-paced environment
  • Friendly, customer service, and safety oriented personality
  • Ability to work within a crew to complete a variety of tasks
  • Exhibit an awareness and sensitivity to cultural and other differences when working with partner organizations, volunteers, vendors, museum staff, and the general public
  • Able to manage multiple projects/tasks and remain flexible under pressure
  • Ability to balance working in a team environment
  • Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule as assigned when needed, including evenings and weekends for special events
  • The qualified candidate must possess a compatible commitment to the museum brand values: innovative, passionate, civic-minded, gracious, approachable

Travel, Working Conditions, and Physical Environment

  • There is regular need to stand, stoop or walk for long periods of time
  • Frequently reaches with hands and arms and uses hands and fingers to handle and lift objects (up to 75 pounds)
  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with staff, volunteers and individuals in the community
  • Some work may be occasionally performed outside where employee is subject to adverse weather conditions

To Apply

  • Please email a completed job application, cover letter and resume to
  • Include “Event Support: First Name, Last Name” in subject line
  • No phone inquiries, please

Resume review will begin immediately. Position is open until all slots are filled.

Tacoma Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Tacoma Art Museum strongly encourages applicants from members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.

About Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum is a public-spirited institution with nationally recognized exhibitions and innovative educational programs. Named by  USA Today  as one of the “Top 10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities,” the museum has developed a reputation for presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner with a strong commitment to Northwest art through its acquisition and exhibition programs. Founded in 1935, the museum has strong roots in the community and anchors Tacoma’s lively downtown university and museum district.

Completed in November 2014, an additional $15.5-million building project has added approximately 16,000 square feet, and houses the  Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. This collection establishes TAM as the only major museum of Western American art of this caliber in the Northwest. It also enables the museum to fully explore the art history of the West while integrating its Western and Northwest collections.

Another significant gift announced on January 14, 2016 is the gift of the  Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection. The Benaroyas carefully assembled over their 70 years of marriage a collection that  includes Northwestern and international studio art glass along with important paintings and sculptures by renowned regional artists. The gift, announced on Mrs. Benaroya’s 93rd  birthday, includes a contribution for the construction of a new 7,390 square-foot gallery addition in which to present the collection.  The new wing  has been designed by award-winning architect Tom Kundig of Seattle-based Olson Kundig and is projected to open in January 2019.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Tacoma Art Museum family!

About Tacoma

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Tacoma is known as the City of Destiny, a city that has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Close enough to Seattle to take advantage of everything a major metropolis offers, Tacoma is its own distinctly unique and actively engaged community with a clear love of the arts.

Diverse individuals and families continue to invest in Tacoma for its charming historic neighborhoods, schools, parks, waterfront, and amenities. You’ll find the beaches and forests of Puget Sound ideal to bike, run, hike, and paddle – including the nearby Mount Rainier. In addition to sports, theater and other cultural offerings, Tacoma is home to a growing restaurant and pub scene that’s made national press. The thriving Tacoma Museum District lines the downtown core and showcases some of the nation’s best collections. Tacoma is a great place to call home.