Art Handler - International Cruise Ship

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa | Full-time



Park West Gallery has brought the experience of collecting fine art to more than 2 million collectors around the world since 1969, through art auctions and art sales on over 100 cruise ships and in major cities worldwide. Our mission is to create an entertaining, educational and welcoming environment that ignites a passion for the arts and offers an incomparable collecting experience.



As an Art Handler, you will live and work onboard a cruise ship. You will assist the art team and program in a behind-the-scenes role. By managing the daily setup and storage of art, you will help to keep our product, the artwork, look its best.


Please note: this is NOT a client-facing role. For our sales & public speaking role, please search for “Professional Public Speaker & Auctioneer Apprenticeship” job opening with Park West.

Specific Job Duties:

  • Daily art display setup in accordance with best practices and safety guidelines
  • Lead setup and breakdown of around 300 artworks for art auctions 3 days a week
  • During art auctions, gather and stack all requested artwork to be auctioned,
  • Bring artworks on or off the main easel quickly and safely
  • Lead and manage a team of hired art movers, educating them in best practices of art handling in accordance with shipboard safety requirements
  • Manage art and supply inventory, alerting the Auctioneer when any items need ordering
  • Assist with onloads and offloads of new artwork collections onto, or off, of a ship
  • Maintain the quality of the onboard art collection
  • Ability to recognize our artist’s work and their style, as well as lot types and mediums
  • Package “Take Off” works safely for clients

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Coachable with the willingness and desire to learn
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds on a daily basis
  • Ability to speak English clearly, distinctly and cordially with guests
  • Strong work ethic
  • Professional demeanor

Want to learn more about Park West Gallery? Check out our Facebook page or watch our artists in action on YouTube.