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On-Call Exhibit Technician

Exhibits & Media StudioSan Francisco, CAPart Time


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 with supervision. 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.



  • Execution: Consistently deliver high-quality exhibit construction across a number of projects under the direction of project leadership.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BA/BS degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in engineering or design.
  • Basic shop knowledge: wood, metal, and plastic fabrication; prototyping and fabrication of exhibits using appropriate production methods; follow safety standards.
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and concepts through hand sketching, basic drawing skills preferred. 
  • Experience with Autodesk Inventor plus working knowledge of AutoCAD, wiki-based platforms, MS Word & Excel preferred. 
  • Ability to collaborate as part of an effective team.
  • Comfortable taking direction and mentoring from senior shop staff, senior engineers, and project leadership.
  • 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.


Open until filled



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.


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