On-call Senior Exhibit Technician

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SUMMARY Exhibit Technicians fabricate and maintain educational interactive exhibits. As part of the Technical group, an Exhibit Technician facilitates the construction of exhibits from initial prototypes to completed exhibits, maintains and improves existing exhibits, and provides support for the installation of temporary and regular exhibitions at the museum. The position requires both collaborative work within project teams as well as independent work. An ability to work from schematics, sketches, or verbal descriptions is required. Willingness to work within project constraints is a must. The position reports to the Exhibit Technical Group Manager, but works closely with Exhibit Developers, Exhibit Engineers, and project management. The Senior Exhibit Technician position differs from the Exhibit Technician position in its emphasis on self-direction and independent construction of high-quality exhibits. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Execution: Consistently deliver high-quality exhibit construction across a number of projects with minimal supervision.

Solutions/Idea Generation:  Regularly implement a wide variety of practical and innovative building strategies. Work to find creative ways to integrate appropriate technologies into our current system.

Facilities/Institutional Support: Contribute to the general museum operations, including shop maintenance, exhibit maintenance, material ordering and stocking, and equipment ordering.

Flexibility: Adapt to project constraints with proactive solutions. Work comfortably and productively on a range of projects from prototypes to highly-finished, turn-key exhibits.

Judgement: Make timely exhibit construction and maintenance decisions. Show strong creative discernment and good discipline around choice of forms, materials, and processes. Other duties as assigned.


BA/BS degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in engineering or design. Minimum five years’ prior exhibit construction experience. Two years’ Exploratorium experience preferred. Intermediate shop knowledge: wood, metal, and plastic fabrication; prototyping and fabrication of exhibits using appropriate production methods; uphold safety standards. Intermediate experience with Autodesk Inventor plus working knowledge of AutoCAD, wiki-based platforms, MS Word & Excel. Ability to effectively communicate ideas and concepts through hand sketching, advanced drawing skills preferred. Talent for collaboration and effective teamwork, and demonstrated ability to work with people at all levels of an organization. Ability to work on multiple projects and problems simultaneously with minimal supervision.  Excellent sense of value and efficiency as expressed in effectiveness of solutions, use of materials, and personal time management. Ability to adhere to budgets and timelines for individual exhibits and projects, and to proactively communicate expected variances. Interest in science and teaching a plus. Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds short distances. Able to move from place to place; bend, stretch, grasp, reach, kneel and twist.

APPLICATION DEADLINE Open until filled HOW TO APPLY This is an on-call position that does not include benefits.  Please, no phone calls in regards to this job. To apply, please visit the Exploratorium job page. The Exploratorium is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, religious expression, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veteran’s status or any other class protected by applicable law. The Exploratorium will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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