Employment

Museum Technician


Position Summary
Under the supervision of the Exhibits Manager, the Museum Technician will assist with repairs, refurbishments, installation and maintenance of exhibit components, which may include audio-visual equipment and interactive processes. The Museum Technician has a critical role in ensuring that each visitor’s experience interacting with exhibits is consistently meaningful and rewarding. The Museum Technician will also assist the Facility Manager with maintenance projects as instructed.
 
This position is part-time, hourly and works a flexible schedule averaging 25-27 hours per week.
 
Essential Functions
·         Ensure that exhibit components /interactives/lighting are operating at all times
·         Build and install museum exhibit components according to the specifications provided in technical renderings, shop drawings and designs
·         Construct artifact and specimen mounts to prescribed parameters
·         Install and maintain audio-visual equipment
·         Construct graphic components, mounting and installation
·         Work closely with curatorial staff to inspect and clean museum displays
·         Paint existing museum exhibits and galleries as assigned
·         Repair and/or refurbish cosmetic surfaces of exhibit components as instructed by Exhibits Manager
·         Operate power saws and other woodworking equipment; utilizes power tools, hand and bench tools, and other equipment in the repair, remodeling and maintenance of exhibits and associated areas of the museum
·         Assists with the moving of portable walls, installation and dismantling of exhibits, and installation of equipment required to operate exhibits
·         Assists Facilities Manager with general building maintenance and repair
 
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
·         Knowledge of basic woodworking construction techniques and use of required equipment including work with wood, Plexiglas, glass, spray painting, and structural metals
·         Technology capable -- including the ability to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues with interactive exhibit components
·         Knowledge of basic building maintenance and repair procedures, including electrical
·         Knowledge of basic safety procedures and occupational hazards
·         Knowledge of mechanical, electrical, electronic and audio-visual mechanisms
·         Skilled in manual dexterity, mechanical skills, and aptitude for learning exhibition techniques
·         Ability to diagnose the cause of improper or failed equipment operation and determine the appropriate action for repair
·         Ability to learn the operation of a wide variety of equipment necessary for the production and maintenance of exhibits
·         Ability and willingness to perform routine, repetitive tasks without constant supervision
·         Ability to maintain cooperative and pleasant work relationship with fellow employees, volunteers, and visitors
 
Physical/Mental Requirements
·         This position may require sitting, standing, and/or walking and climbing stairs and ladders throughout the facility for extended periods of time on any work day
·         General maintenance and exhibit production will require heavy lifting - 50 pounds; pulling and pushing, carrying, grasping, reaching, stooping, crawling, and crouching
·         The position requires motor coordination skills, and coordination of eyes, hands and feet

Workplace Conditions
·         Potential for significant noise exposure associated with power equipment and fabrication and production activities
·         Employee may experience atmospheric exposures such as dust, fumes, vapors or mists associated with exhibit construction and carpenter shop operations, plant maintenance situations
·         Employee will be exposed to workplace hazards and potential injury associated with construction and fabrication, facilities repair and maintenance work, as well as heavy lifting and carrying

Training/Experience
·         High School Diploma
·         Prior related work experience desirable
 
Immediate Opening – Apply today by emailing a cover letter and resume to dcurry@putnam.org.

Putnam Museum & Science Center is an equal opportunity employer.



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Putnam Museum & Science Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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