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10-18-2010, 11:45 AM
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Job Summary:
The Exhibit Technician cleans and maintains museum galleries, prepares objects for display, troubleshoots and repairs exhibit installations, interactives, and lighting, and participates in the development and installation of new exhibitions and exhibit elements. This position works with one full-time Exhibit Technician and a staff of conservators, curators and archivists to fulfill all exhibit- and collections-related activities in a fast-paced, dynamic, and highly collaborative work environment, reporting to the Registrar.

Duties and Responsibilities
- Regular inspection, cleaning, and maintenance of museum galleries, departmental facilities and equipment; exhibit cleaning and maintenance performed according to an established schedule of tasks performed daily, weekly, and monthly prior to museum opening
- Adjustment and repair of exhibit installations as required, including artifact mounting, casework, graphics/text panels, exhibit and gallery lighting, multimedia displays, and mechanical and computer-based interactives
- Artifact handling related to installation and de-installation, including: receiving, packing and unpacking, handling, displaying, and shipping collection objects at the direction of the Registrar
- Coordinate productive relationships with suppliers and contractors
- Procure and maintain tools, materials and supplies required to perform assigned duties
- Maintain inventory of fabrication and installation supplies, exhibition furniture and equipment; identify, locate, and purchase special installation supplies as needed
- Responsible for knowledge of and adherence to safe workplace practices and procedures in all operations
- Work with Curatorial/Exhibits team to develop exhibit solutions, including casework preparation and construction, exhibit label, graphics, and vinyl installation and maintenance
- Preparation of objects for display, including designing and fabricating object mounts as well as matting and framing 2-dimensional works
- Creation and mounting of exhibit graphics
- Event, tour, and programming support
- Member, Emergency Response Team

Education Required:
High School Diploma Required.

Experience Required:
-Minimum 2 years experience in some combination of artifact or fine art handling and mounting, fabrication/light construction, exhibit installation and maintenance, and graphic production in a museum or gallery setting
- Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to perform concurrent multiple tasks in a busy environment
- Strong time management and organizational skills
- Ability to work independently and assume direct responsibility for complex tasks
- Strong attention to accuracy and detail
- Knowledge of proper artifact handling, installation, packing and crating methods, maintenance, rigging and care of 2-D and 3-D artifacts
- Proficiency with tools and equipment associated with basic carpentry, woodworking techniques, electrical work, light construction, and audio-visual and computer displays
- General knowledge of museum lighting techniques
- General knowledge of current conservation practices and archival materials
- General computer skills; familiarity with database, design, and/or Photoshop software a plus
- Must be able to lift 70 lbs, work on a ladder and operate power equipment

- Flexibility in work scheduling (may be a Tuesday - Saturday or Sunday - Thursday work week)
- Weekend availability and ability to vary workload during periods of high activity