Position Summary:

The Exhibit Technician position works closely with other staff towards the fabrication, installation and repair of in-house, temporary and seasonal exhibits throughout the Museum to ensure the highest quality of visitor experience. A primary focus of this position is the daily care and upkeep of exhibit components as well as troubleshooting and improving the performance of existing exhibit devices, ensuring they are maintained to a high level of usability. The Exhibit Technician works as a member of a design team providing technical, safety and durability expertise. Work is performed according to technical drawings and artist renderings as well as verbal instructions and stated objectives with some latitude for creativity and judgment. Work is reviewed for conformance to museum standards by supervisor. This includes but not limited to, cabinetmaking, electronics, metal work, foams, plastics, and high-level finish painting.

Essential Functions:

  • Daily inspection of all exhibit components and facilitate immediate repairs as able.
  • Report more extensive repairs for scheduling.
  • Maintain an exhibit maintenance program through regularly scheduled inspections, checklists and documentation to the Director of Exhibitions.
  • Assesses the need for changes in design or materials.
  • Maintains exhibit maintenance records according to manufacture warranties and requirements.
  • Participate in all phases of exhibit installation, including demolition of previous exhibit, site preparation and component installation.
  • Produce working prototypes of exhibits and components and test under direction of Director of Exhibitions. Utilizes mechanical drawings, schematics and product manuals towards repair and maintenance of exhibit components.
  • Constructs and installs museum exhibit structures and components using a wide range of materials, tools and workshop equipment.
  • Assist with the set up and break down of seasonal, temporary and traveling exhibits. Participate in the design and fabrication of components that support other departments including but not limited to Guest Engagement program and theater stage set installation/dismantling, collections display support and family program elements.
  • Maintains a clean, well-organized and safe work environment. Observes safety and risk management procedures in public and workspaces. Maintains inventory of building materials, tools and equipment and orders supplies as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate degree, or vocational or technical school degree required and/or years of experience in exhibitory.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in a Museum or similar environment in a related field in shop production or experience with production of exhibition display (interactives, display cases, etc.).
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret design schematics, shop/fabrication drawings; ability to analyze situations and troubleshoot problems and deliver appropriate solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and working successfully in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of various techniques and applications of latex, oil paint, enamel and epoxy to surface finishes; knowledge of materials, techniques and equipment used in basic carpentry construction.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools, CNC router and knowledge of associated safety practices.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, analyze situations and respond quickly to deliver effective solutions.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Must have PA Criminal History, FBI fingerprints, and PA Child Abuse Clearances. All background check clearances must be complete prior to hire.

The position’s essential functions listed above describe the general nature and scope of work. Other responsibilities, duties and skills may be required and assigned, as needed.

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 the application, please email employment@pleasetouchmuseum.org.

Please Touch Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks and employs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, transgender, pregnancy, medical condition, national origin, age veteran status, disability, citizenship, ethnicity language, socio-economic status, family or marital status or other classifications identified and protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. This policy governs all aspects of employment, promotion, assignment, discharge, training, wage & salary administration, employee benefits, application of policies and other terms and conditions of employment.

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