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Exhibits Engineer 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science, one of North Carolina’s top family destinations, has been a beloved Durham institution for 75 years. The Museum features 84 acres of exhibits, experiences, and outdoor exploration, including one of the East Coast’s largest butterfly conservatories and a two-story science center. As an accredited zoo, the Museum is home to lemurs, black bears, endangered red wolves, and more than 140 species of live animals, butterflies, and insects. Readers of Durham Magazine, Indy Week, and Carolina Parent have repeatedly named us the top Museum in the Triangle. Charity Navigator rated the Museum, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, 100 out of 100 — the highest possible score.

Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people of all ages embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. The Museum serves our increasingly diverse community with interactive and accessible experiences that build and develop lifelong connections with science, nature, and critical thinking. The Museum partners with NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina on many research projects and programs.

In addition to an incredible team of co-workers, the Museum provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as a full array of employee benefits, including a generous 403b retirement plan with employer contributions, health, dental, and vision insurance, flex-spending plans, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, nine paid annual holidays, employee appreciation events, and a family membership to the Museum.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

Position Objective: To support the Museum mission by keeping all exhibits in functioning order and completing repairs and maintenance to exhibits in a timely manner. Provide preventative maintenance and cleaning of the exhibits and exhibit environments.

To ensure that museum exhibits are safe and properly maintained with technologies periodically updated, and to assure that our one-of-a-kind exhibit prototypes are engineered and fabricated to both create a desired visitor experience and to resolve pertinent technology issues.


  • The Exhibit engineer is the team’s SME on technology driven exhibits. Focuses on troubleshooting, upgrading, maintaining, and installing exhibit technology.
  • Act to perform daily upkeep, maintenance, and cleaning of museum exhibits, for both inside and outside exhibit areas, accomplishing repairs to exhibits as necessary to help ensure that the exhibits continuously deliver safe, reliable and satisfying interaction for our members and other guests.
  • Act to perform opening and closing functions for outdoor and indoor exhibits as assigned. Opening function includes verifying operation of outdoor kiosks and deploying exhibit devices, refreshing materials, consumables, and/or supplies. Closing function includes removal and safe storage of exhibit devices, materials, consumables and/or supplies; and lock-up of exhibits components as required. Both functions include inspecting exhibits for breakage, failure, or malfunctions as the opening or closing is performed.
  • Report exhibit outages and collaborate as required to formulate plans for exhibits repair, and act as necessary to bring exhibits back into operation in a timely basis. Primary objective is to ensure a reliable and satisfying interaction, in terms of maximized operational uptime of exhibits.
  • Responsibilities for material planning /ordering.
  • Assist with installation of pop up exhibits.
  • Develop / Create / Build prototypes with the Exhibits Team.
  • Coordinate Contractor work.
  • Recommend
    • Improvements and/or redesigns for existing exhibits and implement these changes
    • Designs and/or adapts appropriate technologies to fulfill exhibit concepts, and implements these in functioning prototypes.
  • Develop/Contribute
    • Develop technologies and designs for new and existing exhibits
    • Develop and implement exhibit prototypes
  • Flexibility to work weekend shifts and assist with other projects as needed.
Position Requirements
  • Ability to independently learn and understand the technology behind one-of-a-kind exhibits. (PC’s, media players, projectors, video cameras & displays, networking, etc.)
  • Proficiency in electronics and computer installation, set-up, troubleshooting, programming.
  • Experience with multimedia / commercial audiovisual equipment (Installation and programming).
  • Knowledge of wood working, painting, plumbing and metalworking principles.
  • Good communication skills
  • Demonstrated success in a
    collaborative work environment.
  • Prior experience in industrial installations or exhibit prototyping.
  • General sciences background
  • Capable of climbing ladders, lifting 50 lbs. and working outdoors in changing weather conditions.
  • Flexibility to work weekend shifts.
  • Able to clear a background check prior to employment.


  • Degree in Engineering Technology or related discipline
  • Computer programming and scripting experience.
  • Familiarity with 3D printing
  • Familiarity with CAD
  • Prior non-profit experience
  • Project Management Experience
  • Exhibits Fabrication / Maintenance experience.
Shift Days  
Pay Range $22.15/ hr  
EOE Statement The Museum of Life and Science is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, we will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, perform crucial job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. As an equal opportunity employer, we value the differences and benefits that a diverse culture brings. Join us!
Category Exhibits  

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