Position Summary:

The Lead Exhibit Technician is responsible for the daily care and upkeep of exhibits as well as troubleshooting and improving the performance of exhibits, ensuring they are maintained to a high level of usability.

The Lead Exhibit Technician divides time equally between project managing routine exhibit initiatives and participating in exhibit maintenance, installation, and repairs. The Lead Exhibit Technician serves as project manager for all temporary (traveling) exhibits, including coordination with lending venues for scheduling and logistics, installation, maintenance needs, and de-installation. Other project management will include coordinating external repairs for exhibit components and overseeing weekly inspections for safety and repairs.

Essential Functions:

  • Serves as project manager for exhibit repairs and temporary exhibits. Contacts vendors, coordinates deliveries, oversees installations and de-installations, works with contractors and venues on repairs and logistics. Leads the set up and break down of seasonal, temporary and traveling exhibits.
  • Shares updates with department at weekly meetings.
  • Oversees weekly exhibit inspections, including examining exhibits for safety, usability, and aesthetics. Records all needed repairs, and quality checks recent repairs.
  • Maintains log of repairs needed and repairs completed. Updates and distributes weekly repairs list. Presents and discusses repairs at weekly staff meeting.
  • Participates in all phases of exhibit fabrication and development of mechanical/electronic components, including demolition of previous exhibit, site preparation and installation.
  • Produces working prototypes of exhibits and electronic systems and tests 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.
  • Inspects all exhibit components daily and facilitates immediate repairs as able.
  • Maintains 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 manufacturer warranties and requirements.
  • 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 our 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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