The Exhibit Technician II, reporting directly to the Director of Exhibit Fabrication and Installation, is responsible for monitoring, identifying, prioritizing, and performing preventative maintenance on exhibits to ensure they remain in working order; sharing proposed priorities with the Director of Exhibit Fabrication and Installation for sign off, and sharing priorities and plans with others on the exhibit team.
The Exhibit Technician II will perform necessary repairs requiring carpentry, electronics, and fabrication skills; fabricating replacement parts; and producing new exhibit prototypes as necessary under the direction of the Director of Exhibit Fabrication and Installation. The Exhibit Technician II will oversee the work products of other Exhibit Technician colleagues, assessing, giving feedback on, sharing expertise with, and supporting their daily work.
- Propose priorities for repairs, work with supervisor to finalize and share with others on the team
- Support the work products of other exhibit technicians, supporting their understanding of Museum approaches to component development and fabrication quality
- Possess or develop a deep understanding of the safety and engagement approaches and requirements necessary for the Museum’s family audience
- Occasionally lead the visioning, fabrication, and installation of small‐scale Museum exhibitions
- Repair malfunctioning components inclusive of pumps, compressors, electronic hardware, and mechanical systems
- Execute scheduled maintenance of water pumps and filters, pulleys, gears, and similar parts to ensure reliable performance
- Identify items in need of repair, both independently and in conjunction with the Visitor Services staff/ Exhibit Department staff
- Track and document tasks with the use of a Work Order system
- Paint exhibit surfaces and maintain exhibit lighting
- Identify and secure replacement parts needed for repairs; fabricate components if necessary
- Assist in the construction and installation of exhibits
- Maintain shared exhibit workspaces, keeping them clean and organized; this includes the Repair Room and Storage Rooms
- Occasional exhibit supply pick‐ups
- Fabricate exhibit interactive prototypes, for safe use by visitors, to assist in the development of new experiences. This includes the design and fabrication of mechanical assemblies for moving exhibit components
- Read and execute shop drawings, develop, and design new exhibit components in accordance with the Exhibit’s goals
- Work collaboratively with colleagues from the exhibits department as well as other teams, such as programs and visitor services
- Other duties as required
- Serve and maintain experiences for visitors from diverse populations with age‐appropriate programming courteously and professionally
- High School Diploma, trade school experience, apprenticeship experience, or equivalent
- 5 years of work experience with a background in the trades. Experience in exhibit or theater production preferred
- Proficiency in the safe operation of woodworking equipment including, table saw, compound miter saw, router table, band saw, and other tools
- Proficiency in the fabrication of objects made of wood and one or more of the following materials: plastics, steel, and aluminum. Fabrications must possess a high level of finish
- Demonstrated experience reading and interpreting shop drawings
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office required
- Familiarity with microcontrollers preferred
- Knowledge of CAD, Adobe Suite programs helpful
- Knowledge of family audience demonstrated ability to develop experiences that are engaging, safe, robust, satisfy project goals, and are easily maintained
Physical Demands: Frequently walking, climbing stairs, squatting, pulling, pushing, reaching, and lifting, occasionally climbing ladders, have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds, have the ability to work in tight or cramped spaces and required to wear a back brace when lifting, pulling, or pushing
Work Environment: Normal office environment with exposure to typical office equipment and supplies. i.e., desktop computer, multi-line phone, fax, printer, and shredder, in addition to the exposure of shop equipment and tools. The office/shop is a shared space. Working in the Museum exhibits can occasionally be loud, noisy, and crowded during peak seasons.
Other Factors: A Sunday – Thursday Work Schedule, 8hrs shifts, 40hrs/wk. Required to carry 2‐way radio while on duty. Required to wear a uniform shirt provided by the museum. The position may require overtime hours dependent on emergency situations, project work, etc. All overtime must be approved in advance by the manager.
(Benefits eligibility is based on regular weekly hours per week)
- Health Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vision Insurance
- 13 Paid Holidays
- Up to 12 Sick days
- Mass Earn Sick Time
- Up to 10 Vacation days
- 403(b) Retirement Plan
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Qualified Transportation Accounts
- Life Insurance
- Short- Term & Long-Term Disability
- American Alliance Museum Access
- New England Museum Association Access
- Free Admission to 100+ Museums
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Boston Children’s Museum is a curious, experimental, and creative learning organization. We have a child and family-centered focus, welcoming and respecting all Museum audiences. We collaborate and show mutual respect and support for our colleagues. We recognize that each person has equal, intrinsic worth and deserves to be treated with dignity. We are a culture that innovates, changes and pushes boundaries to keep the museum relevant. We are responsible to each other and strive to keep our commitments to our colleagues. We commit to high ethical standards. We recognize the importance of work-life balance, respecting the importance of personal growth and family. We have an ongoing commitment to fairness in all aspects of the Museum and we embrace alternative ways of thinking.