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Exhibition Technician  


This position requires skills related to the fabrication, installation, repair, and maintenance of exhibits within a professional museum context. The applicant must be a problem solver who can envision and carry out potential solutions efficiently and effectively with respect to deadlines and be effective working as part of a team or independently. Responsibilities include but are not limited to assisting the fabricator with various types of construction and fine woodworking, such as display cabinets, exhibit furniture, storage units, and A/V and environmental installations. This individual will also be responsible for non-video AV components in gallery exhibits. This involves keeping inventory, troubleshooting problems in conjunction with the Film & Video department staff, and serving as department liaison with outside developers, programmers, and installers for computer-driven or web interactives in exhibit settings. In addition, they will be asked to provide cost estimates, research best-practices and real-world solutions, be proficient in the use of a wide range of tools and materials, and have experience operating a scissor-lift or be willing to learn.

The Exhibition tech works with a core group of staff and volunteers in Exhibits but also needs to be able to work collaboratively with colleagues in Collections, Film & Video, Museum Interpretation, Education, and Facilities.

Job Tasks Breakdown

20% Fabrication

  • Work under the supervision of the Exhibits Fabricator to build exhibition furniture and prepare gallery environs, including constructing and finishing exhibit bases, risers, and seating as well as temporary walls and environments.
  • Contribute to the exhibition planning and problem-solving to enhance the experience for all visitors to the Museum.

25% Exhibition Installation

  • Assist with the installation of exhibitions, including moving and placing exhibition cases, walls, interactives, AV elements, interactives, and lights
  • Help with deinstallation of closed exhibitions
  • Prepare and install computer or web-driven A/V equipment, including but not limited to digital technologies
  • Assemble and assist with temporary MILA wall assembly

30% Gallery Maintenance

  • Provide maintenance and upkeep to exhibits on a regular basis
  • Be on-call for issues related to computer or web-driven interactives
  • Solve problems in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Think and communicate pro-actively about improvements to exhibits

25% Equipment and Inventory

  • Maintain workspaces and equipment in the exhibition shop
  • Keep an accurate and current inventory of supplies and materials
  • Assist with sourcing, ordering equipment and supplies and communicating with vendors.
Position Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Two years of related paid experience.
  • Experience working with and reading rough drawings, as well as formal prints, and translating them into fabricated items.
  • Knowledge of basic safety standards and procedures.
  • Experience applying inventive solutions to design/build challenges
  • Proven art/artifact handling skills as demonstrated in prior experience and references.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with designers and content experts to realize projects.
  • Technical expertise in A/V applications.
  • Two years of experience at a museum, art gallery, or theater
  • Detail oriented, with high standards for quality work.
  • Demonstrated work experience that included effective working relationships with departmental and interdepartmental associates and a diverse public.
  • A sense of humor, ability to work under pressure, and desire to work as part of a creative team
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
EOE Statement Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition, state and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, Veteran's status, age (40 years and over), physical or mental disability, religious affiliation or other protected status. It is our policy to comply fully with these laws and information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law.  
About the Organization Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation's leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America's seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to 'inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.'

The Museum's grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America's oldest commercial ship still in existence.  

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