Exhibits Prop Maintenance Specialist

Position Summary:

The Exhibits Prop Maintenance Specialist works closely with both the Exhibits and Museum Learning teams to complete daily cleaning tasks associated with the sanitation of exhibit props, costumes, and manipulatives. The Exhibits Prop Maintenance Specialist works primarily from the Sanitizing Room on the Lower Level of the Museum and will be required to support the Exhibits Technicians in their responsibilities as well. Those additional responsibilities include assisting with the collection of dirty props, costumes, and manipulatives from locations throughout the Museum and assisting with the distribution of clean props, costumes, and manipulatives back into the Museum’s exhibits. The Exhibits Prop Maintenance Specialist will be required to follow strict safety and sanitation protocols with respect to the various objects that are being cleaned.

This position is part of the AFSCME Local 397 bargaining unit.

Essential Functions:

  • Completes thorough sanitizing of all props, costumes, and manipulatives according to strict sanitizing protocols and the Exhibits cleaning schedule.
  • Ensures correct numbers of clean props are available to be distributed to the exhibit galleries.
  • Maintains an exhibit sanitation program through regularly scheduled inspections, checklists, and documentation to the Assistant Director of Exhibits.
  • Assists the Exhibit Technicians in basic tasks associated with the fabrication, organization, and storage of props and manipulatives.
  • Assists in the collection of dirty props from the Museum and the distribution of clean props throughout the Museum on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Sanitation experience a plus.
  • Experience working in a museum or similar environment a plus; will train.
  • Experience operating an industrial washer and dryer a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively in a team.
  • Good oral communication skills.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete work duties independent of supervision.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, analyze situations and respond quickly to deliver effective solutions.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to walk up and down stairs; and stand for extended periods of time every day.
  • Ability to utilize cleaning supplies and materials safely.
  • Must have PA Act 153 clearances (PA criminal history, FBI fingerprints, and PA Child Abuse) completed prior to hire.
  • All employees are required to have COVID-19 vaccination, and flu vaccination, as a term and condition of employment.

Physical Requirements & Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Is regularly required to use hands.
  • Must be able to reach with hands and arms.
  • Must be able to use hands and fingers continuously.
  • Is frequently required to stand and walk; will frequently be required to move from one position to another.
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the position, i.e., pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, squatting, kneeling, climbing.
  • Ability to work with cleaning products in an enclosed space.
  • The noise level in the work environment is typically moderate but ongoing, noise level may be overstimulating at times.
  • The individual performing this job must be comfortable in an environment where people are coming and going regularly.
  • Ability to walk up and down flights of stairs; and stand for periods of time every day.

The statements in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being executed by the employee assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the position or individual and may change at any time with or without notice.

Please Touch Museum offers an excellent work environment, benefit, generous time off package and competitive salary. To apply for this opportunity, please fill out our online application. Should you have questions on the application process or require assistance in completing our application, please email

It is the policy of Please Touch Museum to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on account of a person’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, family status, veteran status, genetic information, disability or any other protected group or status.

Equal opportunity is applied in all aspects of the employment relationship and personnel actions, including but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, orientation, assignment, employee development, discipline, promotion, demotion, transfer, assignment, separation, pay and compensation, benefits, layoff and recall, granting of and return from leave of absence, training and education, employee facilities, and social programs. Furthermore, all employment decisions, policies, and practices are in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

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